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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 Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles has announced that myDMV will now accept cryptocurrency through PayPal for online payments for services like renewing a driver’s license or vehicle registration.
Energy-hungry cryptocurrency mining operations have caught the attention of state and federal lawmakers. While some welcome the operations, others are taking a more critical look at what they bring to the table.
North Dakota high school students can now create digital wallets for storing transcripts, diplomas and other credentials, and the state expects colleges and employers to sign on in the coming months.
Former educators Nate McClennen and Vriti Saraf shared their vision of future schools powered by emerging technologies, namely artificial intelligence, blockchain and the metaverse, at ISTELive 23 on Monday.
A blockchain group will award up to $100,000 apiece, in its own $EDU cryptocurrency token, to some K-12 teachers for the creation of educational content for use in a decentralized education system.
The distributed ledger technology, used in cryptocurrency, could potentially power food permits, social media access and other tasks. But blockchain still has serious political and logistical obstacles to overcome.
Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Elizabeth Tanner is paying close attention to the e-government work being done in Estonia in her mission to offer more modern, streamlined state services.
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.