“Blockchain Will Shape Digitalization”

  • Blockchain Masters 2018 in Hamburg: Blockchain driving advances in e-government
  • Blockchain supporting transparent supply chains and administration
  • 70 percent of companies call for blockchain for public authorities

Blockchain technology will have a decisive impact on the future of the mega-trend digitalization: Of this Dr. Sebastian Saxe is certain. Saxe is Chief Digital Officer of the Department for Industry, Traffic and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. In his greeting at the start of the Blockchain Masters on 3 May in Hamburg, he spoke of the many applications of blockchain technology. In the private sector, these include, for example, supply chain processes – from which, in particular, the maritime industry and the Hamburg port can in future benefit.

Government forms made secure against forgery in blockchain

Saxe sees advantages in the area of e-government as emanating particularly from blockchain’s capacity to store all kinds of transactions transparently and securely against forgery: This means that marriage certificates, digital forms for registration purposes, and much more can be securely stored in a blockchain. “A blockchain offers an interesting possibility to make public administration transparent,” Saxe commented. The state and public administration may not necessarily have immediately recognized the opportunities.

In contrast, the extent to which the private sector in Germany desires greater opportunities to exchange data with authorities via blockchain was established by the eco Association in March 2018 in cooperation with YouGov: In particular, collaboration with the taxation authorities and the federal employment agency could become faster and more secure with the aid of blockchain, in the eyes of companies.

Blockchain for governmental authorities called for

“70 percent of those surveyed call on the state to offer the possibility for data to be transferred to authorities under the protection of blockchain. The result is a clear call for action for the law-makers,” says Alexander Rabe, Managing Director of eco – Association of the Internet Industry “Many of those responsible are demanding higher security standards and more efficient solutions. Blockchain technology can be a good starting point for this,” Stephan Zimprich, Attorney and Leader of the Competence Group Blockchain at the eco Association, adds.

Positive examples for an efficient, digital society were provided in Hamburg by Taavi Kotka, the former CIO of the Estonian Government. He gave examples of how blockchain today makes administrative processes in the northernmost Baltic state more secure.

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