Blockchain-based ledgers have wide and varied applications for governments such as digital national identity, procurement, voting, registries, healthcare, regulation, and administration. All of these use cases have a significant impact on society. The importance of a digital identity, for instance, can’t be underestimated with over 1 billion people without official proof of identity which is often necessary to secure health services, insurance coverage and inclusion in financial services.
Voting, for example, has a direct impact on society and how it is governed. While the technology is not yet ready to replace paper-based voting systems, in the near term, blockchain integration into existing systems can be beneficial. Blockchain has already been proven to support voting by improving transparency and immutability in the collation period of elections. Collation is when votes that have been counted at individual polling stations must be aggregated with other polling stations to form a consensus for a given region.