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Blockchain

Stories about the distributed ledger technology blockchain and its potential use in government as a secure alternative to traditional records management. Includes coverage of pilot projects in voting and elections, health and human services, identity management, and public finance.

The bankruptcy filing by crypto giant FTX, along with the dramatic drop in the value of most cryptocurrencies in 2022, has raised new questions regarding the future of blockchain technology.     
In a forthcoming project, Secretary of Commerce Elizabeth Tanner hopes a centralized data lake and distributed ledger technology could securely share professional and business identity data across state agencies.  
The lab, launched with the support of the Filecoin Foundation, will host courses and lectures aimed at expanding students’ understanding of Web3 and blockchain technologies, decentralized storage and cryptocurrencies.
Gov. Jared Polis announced that a cryptocurrency payment option will be offered on all state tax bills — including individual and business incomes — during a kickoff event for Denver Startup Week, which began Monday.
Last week the California Fair Political Practices Commission passed a resolution allowing cryptocurrencies to be used as donations for political campaigns. The move reverses its earlier decision to ban digital currencies.
Even as cryptocurrency investors deal with recent losses in value, public-sector interest in crypto continues to grow. That means more opportunities for fraud and more need for protections, the companies say.
We asked state chief information officers where they stand on blockchain, chatbots, AI and robotics to find out what new technologies have the potential to be more than just buzzwords.
Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order places the state among the first to create “a comprehensive and harmonized framework” for assessing how state and public institutions can use blockchain technology.
Research has found that 21 members of Congress or members of their immediate family have bought and sold about $1.8 million in crypto-related investments. Does this pattern represent something unethical at play?
From securing public records to using digital assets to pay for goods and services, state governments’ use of digital ledgers and currencies have the potential to be as varied and diverse as their stances on digital privacy.