Published by Rodger Oates, Consulting Partner BFSI, Tata Consultancy Services and member, Tech UK on 24 November 2017
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27 November 2017
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) presents an opportunity to transform the way Governments manage citizens identities and enables citizens to take more control of their own data. Along with other emerging technologies (such as biometrics, Internet of Things), this is an exciting opportunity to transform both the way Government operates and also how citizens interact and receive public services.
By using DLT to manage citizen identity, we could, for example:
Distributed Ledger technologies are evolving very quickly. Whilst the technologies scale at pace, the public sector is well positioned to take advantage of them through:
Cross-Government collaboration: Government departments readily share data about individuals and use cross-department sharing processes. These processes have evolved from traditional, paper-based processing and now is the time to change these ways of working further by using new technologies. Creating a consortium, across Government departments, Policing, the NHS (and other government bodies) would help to increase communication and the exploration of DLT solutions – bringing benefits to the public sector much quicker and more effectively.
Standards and regulation: Assurance and regulatory frameworks will be key to ensuring that DLT solutions become standardised and Government and publics service agencies are now in a key position to progress this, with industry and blockchain organisations.
Defining DLT strategies: Exploring application of DLT alongside other future strategies and technologies will help define the value that DLT can provide. Being joined up, across departments, to explore this will be particularly beneficial. We should also encourage a continued exploration of available technologies, current processes and people changes, and aim to fail fast where value isn’t realised and to scale solutions where possible.
Exploring DLT alongside other emerging technologies is a must to making government fit for the digital age. By leveraging the best thinking and experience across industry and the public sector will be an accelerator to achieving this.
Tory Thorpe, Technology Consulting, Accenture