New Task Force Examines the Use of Blockchain in Public Sector Business Processes
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Posted by: Andrea Walter
The IJIS Institute – a nonprofit alliance working to promote and enable technology in the public sector and expand the use of information sharing to maximize safety, efficiency, and productivity – is pleased to announce the creation of a new Blockchain Task Force that will focus its work on the development of blockchain use cases within the context of public safety, criminal justice, and government-sector business processes.
Through the new Blockchain Task Force, IJIS Institute Member companies can help to improve the level of understanding of blockchain technology and standards, and to create awareness of how blockchain might impact public safety, criminal justice, and government sectors. The IJIS Institute’s Blockchain Task Force will also identify the benefits of implementing blockchain technology, as well as the potential risks and mitigations. By offering expertise and guidance on blockchain, the Blockchain Task Force will continue the IJIS Institute mission to drive public sector technology innovation and empower information to promote safer and healthier communities.
The chair of this new task force is Anne Thompson, director of product development at Thomson Reuters. In speaking about the Task Force, Thompson noted that, “There are a lot of mainstream discussions about blockchain but there is still much to be understood about this technology, particularly in its application to public-sector business process in criminal justice and public safety. This is exactly where the IJIS Institute excels, at the intersection of industry solution providers and the public sector, and has done great work for many other emerging technologies. Collaborating in a vendor-agnostic manner, with direct input from justice partners, will be key in identifying and evaluating relevant blockchain use cases. Providing clarity on the potential benefits and risks of distributed ledger technologies will be valuable for both the public sector and industry partners.”