Episode 19: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 12 (Combating Corruption)

After talking about using blockchain to fight corruption subjects – Registration of assets, tracking of transactions, Identity management and voting – here is the second part taking a look at another corruption target i.e. government procurement. Plus a few thoughts on overall strategy with blockchain to combat corruption. All this here in the 12th episode […]

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Episode 18: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 11 (Combating Corruption)

How to solve a problem like corruption? Corruption is strongly associated with opaque, hidden transactions, distorting of documents and records. Blockchain provides transparency, and immutability. Corruption is associated with centralization and misuse of power – a strong link is observed between number of intermediaries and corruption. And Blockchain is all about decentralization. So, can blockchain […]

Episode 17: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 10 (To Blockchain or Not)

Blockchain has been evolving from a hot tech disruption buzzword towards actual business. But before jumping onto the bandwagon with all your resources and guns firing, there is one basic question we need to answer and that is – To Blockchain or not to Blockchain. A look at a Blockchain use case selection Framework in […]

Episode 16: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 9 (Some examples – Thailand)

Data management and exchange, Identity management, Traceability and food safety – these are the 3 major blockchain use cases cited by Thailand’s Digital Government Agency (DGA). The Thailand government has undertaken blockchain projects across transportation and logistics, Voting, Tracking agri produce, Tourist VAT refunds, Government e-procurement, National trade platform and more.  A brief overview on […]

Episode 15: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 8 (Some examples – UAE)

Supporting a secure data exchange by Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and the Smart Dubai blockchain payment reconciliation and settlement project are a couple of UAE public sector projects. A key finding here is that the core challenge remains in strategic, operational and regulatory aspects of implementation – rather than on the technical. A brief overview […]

Episode 14: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 7 (Some insights from India)

Sanctity of single source of truth, Suitability of atomic vs. non-atomic transactions, Integration with legacy systems, Initial cost of implementation – these and more as part of some key learnings from blockchain projects pursued by India think tank, Niti Aayog.   Welcome to the Blockchain Hustle where I take a look at some interesting plays […]

Episode 13: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 6 (Some insights from a few projects in Europe)

In the last couple of episodes, I shared a few examples of blockchain projects undertaken in the public sector in Europe. As a quick recap, these include – Land registry in Georgia, Academic credentials in Malta, Smart vouchers in Groningen, Netherlands, Decentralized ID management in Zug, Switzerland and Pension fund management again in Netherlands. In […]

Episode 12: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 5 (Some examples – Netherlands, Switzerland)

  Governments world over have come out with relief packages, payouts etc. to help especially the needy to tide over in this Covid-19 pandemic. Is it possible to improve ease of access/use for the intended citizens, enhance the targeting of public money, and all this within a framework of improved operational gains and auditability of […]

Episode 11: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 4 (Some examples – Georgia, Malta)

Land registration is often complicated and inefficient with time delays, frauds and human errors often cited as its major challenges. In this 4th episode of my Blockchain in Public sector series, I share Georgia’s efforts towards bringing a secure and efficient land registry via blockchain. This episode also showcases how Malta has addressed issues with […]

Episode 10: Blockchain in Public sector – Part 3 (Requisite infrastructure & features)

With the context of the transforming public – private engagements shared in the last episode, I present in this episode what this entails and list out a few required facets and corresponding blockchain features that can be leveraged for the same. This is followed by main areas in public sector which hold most promise for […]