The Illinois blockchain and distributed ledger task force presented “Final report to the General Assembly” where it has outlined the use of blockchain technology in the state's inter-government operations. The state intends to use blockchain to manage state resident identification, tokenize assets and reduce entitlement fraud.
According to the report, a blockchain-powered platform would allow residents to access and store all their ID information, including tax records, voting histories and driver licenses as decentralized nodes. The platform will also let residents own the information and share it with different government agencies for public services.
This new model would reimagine the relationship between state and individual, as a government would become the verifier, rather than the custodian, of people's public service identity. The government would move from providing data storage to verifying identity, allowing users to store access to personal data securely on devices.
Illinois blockchain and distributed ledger task force report
The task force also reported that blockchain technology has the potential for Illinois' public sector in digitalizing assets such as tax credits, social benefits, and municipal bonds.
Also as part of its research, the task force has published a database that tracks worldwide initiatives currently exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in public sectors. The leader in a number of blockchain initiative is the Netherlands with 32 implementations of technology.