All reports say Blockchain it will lead to radical transformation. But …
We live in exciting times, and we have great opportunities to create better, transparent, open, efficient, and trustworthy governments. The blockchain may help the process as long as we are modest and smart enough to learn about its opportunities, focus its applications to provide new public value and avoid the smoke and mirrors.
2020.03.11 What's up with the blockchain in Government (London)
What’s up with the Blockchain
London, 11th March 2020
• Region of Spain
• 7.5m inhabitants
• 1,000 local councils
90% < 20K inhab.
• +20 years in Government
• Mayor of la Roca del Valles
• VP Digital Innovation ACGP
• Strategy & Innovation. Open
Government of Catalonia Consortium
1. Why Blockchain in Government ?
2. What is the current situation ?
3. What do the reports say ?
4. Do we understand its limitations ?
5. Recommendations and use cases
“It will be at
least 5 years
to a range of
“Big questions remain about its
potential and actual applicability.
Blockchain may offer a more
egalitarian alternative to the
institutional solutions. At the
moment, this remains mere
The potential is clear, but the jury is
still out on what actual impact
The Gov Lab
“Technology is in its
infancy but it has
immense powers that are
waiting to be unleashed.
It is not possible to make
any decisive claims about
its future or about where
it should be used and
Blockchain: Latest advice for government agencies 12 February 2019
• Blockchain is still an emerging technology and, when considered
against alternative technologies, gaps become evident
• Recommend focus on addressing the needs of users
So far, the it is neither
transformative nor disruptive
for the public sector.
We have not observed the
creation of new business
models, new services nor
disintermediation of public
Truly transformative services
are missing from the current
“Blockchain is where AI
was 5 years ago.
It might end up being
something great as AI or
much smaller. That will be
determined by how many
killer apps are found.
We just have to be honest
and evaluate technologies
at the proper tech stage”
Executive at Apple, Google & Microsoft. AI
renowned Expert and VC investor in disruptive
Anonymity & no privacy
Not easy to scale
Nobody is liable
GDPR: right to be
forgotten, who is the
Limitations There are various proposed solutions to these limitations, but they
have not been validated in production government projects yet
To build their
– Look at international initiatives
– Be sceptical about “successes”
Focus on users’ needs
– 1st the Challenge, 2nd the Tech
– Do you have an issue with
– Weigh benefits and limitations
Experiment and learn
– Learning by doing in sandbox
labs (Lean Start-Up)
Evaluate in sandbox
– Cost, right to be forgotten,
private key destruction, etc.
– Partnership with governments
and companies to develop
complex and costly projects
Intermediaries are inefficient
Cross-border or public-private transactions
Interoperability & tracking is hard
Legal, organization, standards or technical issues
Lack of transparency and trust
Areas with more potential
(leaving apart cryptocurrencies)
Self-sovereign digital identity for the public
and private sector, local and international
Traceability between the private and public sector:
food, medicines, imports, etc.
Public registers where public trust in government
runs low (usually due to corruption)
(leaving apart cryptocurrencies)
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