Feb 14, 2018 Blockchain hype is at a fever pitch. The distributed ledger technology is hailed as a cure for everything from identity management to electronic health records and securing the Internet of Things.

Blockchain provides a secure, reliable matter of record for transactions between independent parties, entities or companies. There are industry trade groups, a Congressional Blockchain Caucus and frequent panel discussions to raise awareness.

Federal agencies are plunging ahead, both on their own and in concert with the General Services Administration’s Emerging Citizen Technology Office (GSA ECTO). The office groups blockchain with artificial intelligence and robotic automation, social and collaborative technologies, and virtual and augmented reality as its four most critical technologies.

Its goal: Develop use cases and roadmaps to hasten government adoption and success with these new technologies. “There’s a number of people who assume that fed agencies aren’t looking at things like blockchain,” Justin Herman, emerging technology lead and evangelist at GSA ECTO, told a gathering at the State of the Net Conference held Jan.

29 in Washington, D.C. “We got involved in blockchain because there were so many federal agencies coming to the table demanding government wide programs to explore the technology. Read more from govtechworks.com…

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