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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 standard U.S. vaccine card is a piece of paper — and thus quite easy to forge. So Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey has turned to blockchain for secure and valid digital vaccine cards.
Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin aim to use blockchain technology to help homeless people access health care by verifying their identity and sharing it securely throughout a health services network.
As coronavirus vaccines become more widespread, critical questions arise around providing proof of vaccination. Blockchain or open source digital ledger technologies could offer a secure solution.
For a second time in 2020, MIT scientists have warned the country about the risks of blockchain voting, which has been featured in a few pilots, most notably in one Utah county during the 2020 presidential election.
The University of Wyoming is now one of a few universities in the country to have a blockchain-focused educational center. Stakeholders believe it will attract even more blockchain businesses to the state.
A resident in Utah County used the phone app Voatz to cast a vote in this year's presidential election. Voatz has played a part in several of the county's elections since last year.
Massachusetts sees blockchain as a promising tool for governments of the future. The state is now offering a training program to help local leaders wrap their minds around the possibilities of the technology.
A little more than a year after launch, Cleveland-based CHAMPtitles has enticed some investors as a digital alternative to in-person transactions, a selling point that could gain traction after COVID-19.
Vital Chain, a Cleveland-based startup that uses blockchain technology to create a secure way of digitizing and cataloguing birth and death certificates, is the second of parent company Ownum’s product launches.
As countries fight what the World Health Organization is now calling a global pandemic, blockchain technology is finding a place in a number of efforts to assist individuals, institutions and businesses around the world.