UK government exploring the blockchain and its potential use

Announcements | September 16, 2015 By:

The Government Digital Service is currently exploring the blockchain and its potential use in managing, formatting, and ultimately improving the government’s multiple registers used in the organization of pertinent records.

Paul Downey, technical architect at Government Digital Service said, “Technically we are aware of how protocols such as the blockchain demonstrate how proofs could be distributed, and certificate transparency demonstrates how to use distributed copies to highlight where a canonical source of truth has been tampered with, but these are only two of a number of different models for increasing the trust in integrity of record we’ve started to explore.”

Downey acknowledged that the blockchain can take on the task, and has stimulated support from the cryptocurrency community in the UK.

The Government Digital Service is a unit of the UK Government’s Cabinet Office tasked with transforming the provision of government digital services.