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North Dakota CIO says blockchain can be ‘immense’ for state government

January 4, 2022

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley told StateScoop Monday that states should focus on tangible, public-facing projects to demonstrate the utility of technologies like blockchain, smart contracts and non-fungible tokens in government.

Riley, who has led North Dakota’s technology efforts since 2017, said blockchain has an “amazing” amount of potential applications in state government, though it can be difficult to explain its applications to people who aren’t familiar with the technology, thus making it difficult to build support for them.

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