"I hope that this report will challenge us all to consider the practical steps that we need—across all sectors of the economy—to take advantage of the opportunities it describes.
- Colin Cook, Digital Directorate Director, Scottish Government
In March 2017 The Scottish Government identified Distributed Ledger Technology, including blockchain, as a tool which can address common issues in digital public services.
The Digital Directorate committed to exploring its potential and to sharing best practice with progressive international governments. Wallet.Services, in partnership with the Scottish Government, conducted international and local research into the application of DLT in digital public services.
Wallet.Services conducted interviews with digital public services leaders of central and local government, at a UK and international level, and assessed the global DLT ecosystem.
This research found an overwhelming international consensus of DLT’s significant role in underpinning future digital government. It found significant scope and support for DLT use in Scottish digital public services, and identified potential social benefits and economic impact. It also identified significant barriers to optimal deployment, including co-ordinated leadership across the public sector in driving cross-government collaboration.
The report uncovered a significant global innovation ecosystem focused on building future digital public services with DLT - consisting of not only government, policy and research, but also driven from private sector.
The overarching recommendation of this report is that Scotland join the international ecosystem as an active participant, and develop a Scottish vision together with universities and businesses.