The uncertain promise of blockchain for government
Blockchain remains a hot topic for digital transformation and innovation. In the private
sector, blockchain has demonstrated disruptive potential through proven use cases.
However, despite strong interest and greater awareness, blockchain has had minimal
impact on the public sector, where few projects have moved beyond small pilots. At
the same time, there is a growing scepticism and cynicism about public sector blockchain.
This paper seeks to understand why this is, by analysing the latest research in the
area and identifying and analysing government experiences with successful and unsuccessful
projects. It provides early findings on beliefs, characteristics, and practices related
to government blockchain projects and the organisations that seek to implement them,
with a focus on factors contributing to success or non-success. Although blockchain
has yet to affect government in the ways that early hype predicted, government decision
makers will nonetheless need to understand and monitor this emerging technology.
Published on November 16, 2020
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