Published on 29 August 2017
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Reform is delighted to welcome Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, Member of the Artificial Intelligence Select Committee to led this roundtable on ‘Blockchain: securing digital identities’.
Blockchain can transform public services, and the wider economy. Most commonly associated with Bitcoin, the online currency, blockchain provides a secure record of transactions. Many are calling it the second internet.
In the UK, it can revolutionise identity management. Under the current system, citizens have no visibility or little effective control over who accesses their data. Blockchain has the capacity to allow citizens to store their identity, such as passport and national insurance number, on smartphones, and share it automatically with public services, such as the border. This is more secure and more efficient for the user.
Using blockchain for identity management would allow the UK to match international pioneers, such as Estonia. Doing this requires policymakers to answer key questions about control of identity, data sharing and data security.
We are delighted to hold a high-level roundtable investigating how blockchain could improve identity management for citizens and government. The roundtable, with around 25 industry leaders, will launch a new Reform report, sponsored by Accenture, on blockchain in public services. The event will take place under the Chatham House Rule and will be in partnership with Accenture.
27 November 2017
10.00 - 11.30