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Rhode Island could run entirely on blockchain soon

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Sat, 15 Jun 2019, 06:46 am UTC

Governments becoming interested in implementing blockchain in their operations is old news. It has been well-established, at this point, that the system is far more secure and efficient than what most agencies are using. Now, Rhode Island is thinking that perhaps it is time to put its plans into action of allowing blockchain to run its entire government.

The move is detailed in a recent purchasing proposal submitted by the state with the aim of exploring the viability of using blockchain. Liz Tanner, the Director of the Department of Business Regulation recently made a statement clarifying the state’s stance on the technology.

"Rhode Island aims to be a leader in government efficiency and innovation and we believe exploring the possibilities of blockchain technology is a step toward modernization in government," Tanner said. "This will encourage blockchain businesses to demonstrate their value to government entities, and I encourage blockchain-based businesses to consider Rhode Island to test blockchain technology within the government."

Rhode Island is the second most populated state in terms of density in the U.S. Having blockchain run its systems would certainly allow for better efficiency and increased functionality. The proposed uses for the technology include “antifraud, contracts, medical marijuana, records, notarization, registration and licensing, investigative evidence control and more.”

If the state is successful in implementing blockchain when running some of its most crucial functions, other states could soon follow the example. This could then lead to a nation-wide adoption movement, which would then allow for a global movement. The U.S. could be the leader in blockchain governmental adoption and become proof that the technology is perfect for such uses.

As of now, there are no specific plans in place as to how blockchain would be implemented in Rhode Island governmental affairs. Rather, this was simply a means of starting the conversation and drawing in the bidders who will then come up with ways to integrate the technology into existing systems.

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