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Evaluate Promising and Maturing Blockchain Use Cases in Government

Published: 08 May 2019

ID: G00385460

Analyst(s): Rick Holgate, David Furlonger , Rick Howard


Governments’ fascination with blockchain shows signs of being balanced by a greater sense of realism about potential uses of still-young technology. Government CIOs leading digital transformation should focus on practical use cases, with discipline, pragmatism and awareness of risks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Blockchain Disruptors
    • Global Aspirations
    • Voting
  • Digital Asset Markets
    • Societal Markets
    • Humanitarian and Social Services
  • Efficiency Plays
    • Cross-Entity Transactions
    • Identity Fabrics
  • Record Keeping
    • Self-Sovereign Records
    • Complex Data


  • Evaluate Blockchain as an Option for Storing Data or Records Where the Current Controls to Ensure Immutability and Manage Access Are Expensive; Explore Data Storage Options for Record-Keeping Use Cases, Particularly for Those With Retention Policies, Privacy Implications or Large Data Volumes
  • Make Sure You Have Planned for and Factored in Scalability, Security and True Decentralization (or Consider Other Technologies) When Aiming for Efficiency Gains Through Blockchain
  • Evaluate Different Participation Options in the Context of Digital Asset Markets; for Example, What Models, Incentives and Populations to Target and Plan for to Achieve Viability
  • Apply Realism When Assessing the Potential Disruptive Effects of Individual Blockchain Use Cases for an Organization or Sector

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