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BLING: Research Project Mapping Use Cases for “Blockchain in Government”

How could Blockchains enable better services for society and individuals? The EU research project BLING (Blockchain IN Government) collects information about projects in the this particular field. 

To get a better understanding we asked questions to Dr. Juho Lindmann, one of the organizers of the project. He is Director of the Blockchain Lab at the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation and Visiting Scholar at the SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership at Havard University in the US. 

Dr. Lindmann, can briefly describe the goals of the BLING project?

“Blockchain is a key enabling technology that will underpin efforts to deliver innovative services under the Digital Agenda for Europe. Blockchain promotes user trust by making it possible to build systems that share information and record transactions in a verifiable, secure and permanent way.

Blockchain-enabled systems will allow governments to deliver a range of new solutions and service designs that have the potential to redefine the relationship between governments, citizens and SMEs in terms of transparency, trust and data-sharing. BLockchain IN Government (BLING) provides a unique combination of public authorities, knowledge institutions and SMEs who will work to develop and deploy blockchain-enabled public services focusing on Identity, Direct Democracy, and Customer Services. 

What is the focus of the project right now?

“We are currently creating inventory of all the European blockchain pilot projects. We will then select a number of benchmark services from the three different sectors. Then we will analyse these projects to generate blockchain maturity measurement tooling and frameworks.”

What do you see as main obstacles right now?

“Technology is not mature for mainstream use, but developing quickly.”

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