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Colorado's Technology Office to Hire 'Blockchain Architect'

The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology will soon name its first "Blockchain and Distributed Ledger (BDL) Solution Architect," the state's chief technology officer announced.

The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology will soon name its first blockchain expert.

The state is set to announce early next month the hiring of a “Blockchain Architect,” according to a tweet by David McCurdy, the state’s chief technology officer.

Officially known as a Blockchain and Distributed Ledger (BDL) Solution Architect, the new role “will lead efforts as a subject matter expert on leveraging technology, innovation and thought leadership to provide scalable solutions to complex and diverse business problems that benefit in leveraging blockchain technologies,” according to the job posting.

McCurdy was not immediately available to discuss the new position with Government Technology on Monday. And his office also did not release the name of the new blockchain architect.

“We plan to issue a press release in April to officially announce the appointment of this position,” said Brandi Simmons, a spokesperson for OIT.

All indications suggest Colorado is embracing blockchain and its abilities to safeguard state data. In 2018 the state Legislature passed SB18-086, titled "Cyber Coding Cryptology For State Records," which encouraged the use of blockchain technology for developing protected data systems.

The Legislature also recently introduced HB 19-1247, which would direct the Colorado commissioner of agriculture to form an advisory group to study how blockchain technology could be used by the agriculture community.

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Yreka, Calif.