An interview with Steve Olson, Enterprise Architect and Head of the Project Management Office for the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a service unit with the Library of Congress. Steve provides an in depth perspective of blockchain activities within the US government. We have a wide ranging discussion covering the value of blockchain to Copyrights, Patent & Trademarks, and how blockchain would function in the government. We cover a number of ideas on where value is added by government (digital identities) as well as pitfalls and concerns about blockchain implementation by government.
THIS PODCAST IN CONJUNCTION WITH Ep. 15 with Congressman Jared Polis gives a good feel for where blockchain and the government are working.
The key takeaways from this conversation are:
- Blockchain & smart contracts can revolutionize the fundamental mechanics of our democracy and the downstream legal system in its capacity to accurately track Laws (L), Regulations (E), and Rulings/Opinions (J) over time.
- Blockchain can provide transparency into government activities to help expose waste, fraud and abuse which *could* make the federal government more efficient.
- Blockchain will have a widespread impact across the entire federal government.
- Blockchain projects are already underway within the federal government.
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