Wallet.Services starts work this week to conduct research to inform Scottish Government’s Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) strategy.
In March 2017 Scottish Government’s “A Digital Strategy for Scotland: Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world” specifically identified BlockChain and Distributed Ledger Technology as an emerging technology to support innovation and improvement of public services. It committed to exploring its potential and to sharing best practice with progressive international governments.
Wallet.Services’ partnership with Scottish Government, through their CivTech® programme, has now been extended to consider how DLT should underpin this strategy. There are a dozen action points in the strategy document that could, potentially, be enabled by DLT.
We will be researching the use of DLT in other jurisdictions around the world and assessing the capability and capacity available in the industry here in Scotland to support the government’s ambition.
We will also be meeting with public sector leaders to understand how DLT might support their strategic plans. We will be involving Gillian Thompson OBE in this aspect of our research. She is ideally placed to support us as her 36 year public sector career included various significant policy development issues and the delivery of a number of high profile changes to law and practice. She was CEO of the Executive Agency AiB from 2002 - 2009.
We will also be tapping into the knowledge and experience of our Systems Integration partner, Sopra Steria, and their 30+ years of experience working with the Scottish public sector.
Wallet.Services Chair, Rab Campbell commented:
Two years ago Sir Mark Walport, who at the time was Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government, compared the impact of DLT to the Magna Carta. For us, in Scotland, a better analogy is the Declaration of Arbroath.
We feel privileged to be charged with such a strategic responsibility and we are keen to consult as widely as possible in developing our response. If you believe you can make a contribution please get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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