Scottish Government Explains Adoption of Blockchain in Public Services
The Scottish Government published a report that details how to incorporate Blockchain technology in public services.
This report highlighted the benefits of blockchain and distributed ledger technology for public services, therefore setting the base for this technology to be utilized in this industry.
The report was published by the official website for the public sector UKAuthority and was titled Distributed Ledger Technologies in Public Services. In this, the government describes blockchain as creating opportunity on ‘natively digital’ services and gave several suggestions to add onto the possibilities.
This report was compiled from the research done by Wallet Services, a blockchain development specialist for the Scottish Government Digital Directorate. It says that Scotland should join ‘the international ecosystem’ of digital ledger technology and develop a national vision and create small-scale public sector projects.
The report recommended conducting more studies to analyze whether blockchain can support or undermine compliance with the latest General Data Protection Regulation. The report notes that DLT makes it difficult to trace who is the data processor when used for citizen data. However, it also noted that there are blockchain apps that credit the technology with private by design.
The report gave a total of five broad recommendations creating a group of leaders from the public sector that can determine how to use blockchain to solve common problems. This group would ideally be given a budget for proof-of-concept.
It also urges that the Scottish Government looks at promoting the use of the technology through channels such as the CivTech programme, the CodeClan digital skills academy and the University of Edinburgh’s new AI and blockchain accelerator.
Analytical companies Big Innovation Center, DAG Global, and Deep knowledge published a separate report last month suggesting that UK is ready to be the global blockchain leader over the next few years. According to the company, the UK has all the resources required to achieve it.