Chapter 13: Government Blockchain Applications

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”

-Confucius

“...the question we now have to ask technologically is if it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there is no door at all. Then how do we apprehend the child pornographer? How do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot? What mechanisms do we have available to do even simple things like tax enforcement? If in fact, you can't crack that all, if the government can't get in, then everybody is walking around with a Swiss Bank account in their pocket. There has to be some concession to the need to be able to get into that information somehow.” 

-Barack Obama, March 2016

Blockchain started on the fringes, meeting considerable skepticism by most governments, but today blockchain as a technology has been battle-tested, just as much as any information technology since the beginning of the internet. As we’ve discussed earlier, it is the evolution of decades of cryptography and information theory. We believe that it will become a critical component of cybersecurity strategy and other government applications in the future.  

There are three core elements that the blockchain will impact in government by 2035. These are cybersecurity, auditability, and accountability, and finally, the prospect of state-issued cryptocurrencies and the policy options such a shift would create.

Cybersecurity is a requirement for every government on the planet. If you don’t control your data, if you don’t have command of your information, if you don’t have some degree of privacy or secrecy, your adversaries can and will take advantage of you...

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