The City of Dublin—located within Ohio’s capital Columbus—published a document revealing its plan to trial the creation of a blockchain-based personal identity system, wherein it also solicited proposals until September 7.
Ohio’s Test Lab
According to the document, the project will be using distributed ledger technology (DLT) for creating a digital identity system. This is but a necessary move, as the city officials believe that there will exist more robust applications of blockchain technology, “so the city desire to establish a base technical foundation upon white it will build additional functionality,” the public document read.
To be able to achieve its goal, the officials will begin to inculcate the viability of blockchain technology to its citizens by providing proofs, real proofs, that the technology can indeed deliver its promise. Also, the government will strive to educate its citizens on the technology. And by demonstrating some of the basic functions of data collection, security, privacy, and use, the officials are hoping to “establish a foundation” wherein more advanced applications would be built upon.
With the said plan, the city hopes to become the “test lab” for the Central Ohio region, and will be needing volunteers, both from its own government staff as well as its native citizens, to interact with the said technology and its business processes.
The document assured:
“The City will enthusiastically share successes achieved by this project publicly and bidders may wish to consider the value of the marketing potential of a success in this early adoption project in their submission.”
On To Reaching New Levels
Dublin hopes to achieve more than the said use case, as it is mulling the viability of other fundamental societal activities like basic voting, opinion survey, and is even eyeing the establishment of its very own “token of some arbitrary value.”
“Blockchain technology has the potential of disrupting a number of government service areas,” the document says. “There is potential that citizens may accomplish new levels of data privacy and data security.” Not only that, but the city government believes that its very systems could be transformed by the said technology, including its internal operations and service delivery.
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