DTA’s blockchain discovery: Focus on the problem, not the tech

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The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has published the findings of its $700,000 research program to examine the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in government.

The DTA concludes that agencies should “focus on the problem they are facing before applying any solution, including blockchain”. It also noted the multitude of weaknesses in the emerging technology.

“Our team found that blockchain is still an emerging technology and, when applied to various pilots or considered against alternative technologies, gaps become evident across both the technical and business facets of its implementation,” the agency wrote in guidance to government agencies today.

“We recommend agencies considering technical solutions focus on addressing the needs of users and explore solutions to meet that need,” it added.

The investigation – earmarked in last year’s budget, but met from within the DTA’s existing resources – came to the much the same findings as the US National Institute for Standards and Technology, which issued its Blockchain Technology Overview in October last year, and Gartner, the DTA said.