Technical research and business analysis into whether Blockchain technology is ready and appropriate to support local government service delivery.
A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a hashpointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. Harvard Business Review defines it as "an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way”.
Blockchain has the potential to support the sharing of data to deliver more joined-up, efficient and seamless public services. A simple example could be a central database of personal data which could be used to pre-populate citizen forms, but there is huge potential across the range of services.
This proposal seeks to bring together five local authorities to investigate Blockchain in the first phase, with a view to then move on to pilot a service.
The technical research and business analysis phase will investigate the legality of using Blockchain within local government, the complexity of building it into the business process, an information governance review of blockchain providers, a headline technical analysis and practical implementation review in relation to relevant services and solutions it could support and the benefits/complexities thereof.
The result of this work will be a comprehensive review document.
Blockchain is one of the main areas - along with IoT, AI and data analytics - that holds significant potential in terms of positive impact on public services across the next 10 years. To really understand this potential and how it can support local authorities and their partners, this collaboration seeks to undertake the due diligence and practical research to form a solid basis on which to progress.
A report outlining the following:
Five local authorities
Commitment from Head of Information Governance/Legal
£5k per co-funding authority - £25k total
Three months from project initiation
Jane Hancer: Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org