Illinois to Use Blockchain for IDs and Asset Management

An Illinois blockchain and distributed ledger task force has also published a database that tracks worldwide initiatives currently exploring blockchain in public sectors
02 February 2018   159

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.

UCLA Blockchain Crypto Conference to be Held in LA

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers
17 February 2018   232

UCLA's Blockchain Lab and Far from LA are holding the Blockchain Cryptocurrency Conference, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers across SoCal, in order to foster both economic and educational progress. The conference will concern cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018.

Location: The University of California, Humanities Building, 415 Portola Plaza, UCLA 90095, Los Angeles

The headline speakers will include Kathleen Breitman, the co-founder of Tezos; Sandra Ro from UWIN Lab; David Moss from EOS; Jeremy Rubin, the Bitcoin core developer, and many more.

The agenda of the conference is as follows: the future of blockchain keynote, bringing humanity to the blockchain, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, blockchain's influence on the development of art and culture, blockchain in the music industry, government adoption of blockchain around the world, and more.