Panel: Blockchain applications in government

Lemuria Carter, Jolien Ubacht

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In the past fewyears, researchers and practitioners have highlighted the potential of Blockchain (BC) and distributed ledger technology to revolutionize government processes. Blockchain technology enables distributed power and embedded security. As such, Blockchain is regarded as an innovative, general purpose technology, offering new ways of organization in many domains, including e-government for transactions and information exchange. However, due to its very characteristics of peer to peer information exchange, its distributed nature, the still developing technology, the involvement of new actors, roles, etc., the implementation of blockchain applications raise issues that need governance attention. BC initiatives have implications for citizen trust, privacy, inclusion and participation. Governmental organizations need a thorough understanding of the BC design principles, the possible applications in the domain of e-government and the exploration of governance mechanisms to deal with the limitations and challenges of the BC technology when used in a myriad of sectors, ranging from the financial and business sector to the social domains of healthcare and education. In this panel we explore the impact of block chain technology on all levels of government and create an awareness of effects or applications in society that raise governance issues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Subtitle of host publicationGovernance in the Data Age, DG.O 2018
EditorsCharles C. Hinnant, Anneke Zuiderwijk
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365260
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Governance in the Data Age, DG.O 2018: Governance in the Data Age - Delf, Netherlands
Duration: 30 May 20181 Jun 2018


Conference19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Governance in the Data Age, DG.O 2018


  • Blockchain
  • Blockchain applications
  • Distributed Computing
  • Distributed Ledger
  • Peer-to-peer Information Exchange
  • Smart Contracts


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