Open Data & Blockchain

The past few years have seen increasing interest in blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Blockchain can help solve challenges in data privacy and security and offer other benefits for publishing and using open government data. Here are several resources for exploring this technology’s public potential.

The Emerging Citizen Technology Office at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is  focusing on blockchain as one of its priorities, and is assembling use cases from the federal government. GSA notes a wide variety of data types, many of them open government data, that can be managed more effectively using blockchain, including financial management data, procurement and contracting data, patents, trademarks, and copyrights, foreign aid, federal personnel workforce data, and appropriated funds.

This short presentation from U.S. Department of Justice federal prosecutor Kathryn Haun offers early examples of how the U.S. government is using blockchain to fight fraud. In 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury piloted the use of blockchain for federal financial management and published guidance on the agency use of blockchain.

Several technology companies, consulting firms, and academic institutions have also published useful resources and reports on the uses of blockchain in government. These include:


The use of blockchain for public goals is evolving rapidly. Please comment on this post to add insights, ideas, and other sources.