Blockchain Ireland and the Public Sector



Our near digital-future is ubiquitous, serverless and cloud-based. It is built with AI-enhanced, internet-of-things and boosted by quantum computing. 

We barely have the time to notice the latest cybersecurity threat/breach/disclosure before scooping the kids out of their Roblox and Minecraft servers in time for their tea. So who is taking a lead in forging a trustworthy digital-society of the future?

In Europe, we see our public sectors creating digital solutions to enable public administrations and businesses to transact seamlessly across sectors, borders and organisation boundaries; empowering citizens with privacy-preserving data accountability. 

Our public services of the near digital-future co-create, multi-party, interoperable systems with blockchain and DLT to enable trust in our future digitally networked society.

As CEF Digital Connecting Europe stated in their "The Challenge for Digital Transformation in Public Administration"; "Blockchain is often mistaken for just another online data sharing tool, but it is more than that. Before blockchain came along, several data exchange protocols for the sharing of information online already existed. Blockchain is not a protocol for sending and receiving data, but a shared ledger in which the blocks of information composing it contain permanent and variable records about specific entities. For example, blockchain creates an immutable and decentralised record of financial transactions, the lifecycle of a document, and the steps products go through in a supply chain. In practical terms, this means that blockchain can facilitate checks on the integrity and origin of official documents without the need to contact their issuing entity each time. In this case, the sharing of data is often done using digital wallets. This is why CEF is working on the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI), which was put together by the Commission in close cooperation with the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP). The plan is for the blockchain to join other Building Blocks, such as eDelivery, eSignature, and eID, in the EU's digital transformation." 

Blockchain Ireland ran an event on June 23rd titled; "Decentralisation, Innovation and the Public Sector".

Introducing the event was Philip McGrath, Innovation Section, Dept. Public Expenditure and Reform and speakers were; 
Dr. Tudor Pitulac, Manager, Research Division, OpenSky Data Systems, David Baines, Innovation Specialist at Government of Canada, Dr. Kosala Yapa, Principal Investigator at Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform, Insight/NUIG. IRELAND and moderated by Fiona Delaney, Chair Startups at Blockchain Ireland.

Watch the event here;