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Illinois issues promising first report on blockchain in government

February 7, 2018

The State of Illinois has released its first report about blockchain, just over a year after it first announced its intention to investigate the distributed ledger technology.

The report, released on Jan. 31, is primarily accessible on the InterPlanetary File System, a blockchain-based file storage system, as a nod to the task force’s confidence in the utility of the growing technology. (The report is also available as a direct PDF download here.)

The task force concluded that “blockchain technology and its built-in encryption can facilitate highly-secure methods for interacting with government and keeping paperless records, increasing data accuracy and providing better cybersecurity protections for Illinois residents.” The report continues: “Though the technology still needs refinement, government has an opportunity to help shape and adopt innovative solutions.”

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