Some counties in northern Nevada have reported using blockchain technology to archive a digital version of government documents, including birth and marriage certificates. The blockchain of choice is that of Ethereum.
Wedding certificates on the Blockchain
Washoe County, Nevada, devised a digital marriage certificate program that uses the Ethereum blockchain to archive digital versions of government records – reports Reno Gazette-Journal.
Presumably, the program has already served about 950 customers by the end of 2018. In addition, Elko County is also testing blockchain to create certified digital copies of birth certificates.
The news drew the attention of the co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin.
"Actually I think the ultra-high storage of very small but high-value files is a totally legitimate case for public blockchain, and it's nice to see Nevada experiment with Ethereum for it." – Tweeted Buterin.
Actually I think that the ultra-high storage of very small but high-value files is a totally legitimate case for public blockchains. It's nice to see the Nevada experiment with ethereum for this.https: //t.co/esq26rQ6HW pic.twitter.com/C2QAssQgT5
– Vitalik non-donor of ether (@VitalikButerin) January 8, 2019
Blockchain technology in public fields
Washoe County Digital Wedding Certificate Program is not the first case where public authorities recognize the merits of blockchain technology.
At the beginning of 2018, Live Bitcoin News reports that Chilean parliamentarians Giorgio Jackson and Miguel Angel Calisto presented a resolution in front of the lower house of parliament. They suggest implementing the technology in all the public areas of the country.
… with this technology we could also monitor in a transparent and unalterable way the management and the work done by the various public agencies, with their indicators and all the collected data, reducing the possibility that this information will be maliciously used with others. – He noticed Calisto.
The Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan is also taking steps to implement blockchain, as well as smart contracts, to improve the country's public services.
The second largest state of the United Arab Emirates – Dubai, is also working on a project called "Smart Dubai", with the aim of launching a blockchain platform supported by the government. Dubai worked with IBM's mogul tech for the project.
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