Leaders from EU governments came together Monday April 9, in their second gathering of “Digital Day.” The meeting is used to address the most pressing issues related to technology, and how best the group can utilize available tools to work together and mutually benefit from the possibilities.
Five main topics:
Joining forces on artificial intelligence
Building a European partnership in blockchain technologies
Sharing data to personalize healthcare
Encouraging innovation with the help of new online tool Innovation Radar
5G cross-border testing corridors to support connected and automated mobility
Serious research into blockchain technology began in a united form with the EU back in February as they launched the “Blockchain Advisory and Forum.” The movement is firmly backed - “Up to 2020, it will fund projects that could draw on blockchain technologies for up to €340 million.
At the end of the conference, 22 European countries signed a declaration on the establishment of a European Blockchain Partnership. Commissioner Mariya Gabriel for Digital Economy and Society, had a strong positive outlook on the topic:
"In the future, all public services will use blockchain technology. Blockchain is a great opportunity for Europe and Member States to rethink their information systems, to promote user trust and the protection of personal data, to help create new business opportunities and to establish new areas of leadership, benefiting citizens, public services and companies. The Partnership launched today enables Member States to work together with the European Commission to turn the enormous potential of blockchain technology into better services for citizens."
What is the U.S. doing?
A hint of government adoption recently sprung up in Unite States, where West Virginia has implemented a blockchain based voting system for military personnel who are stationed overseas.
The technology for the project was developed in partnership with Voatz (https://voatz.com/). They’re system has been successfully used in private organizations, but this will be its first federal implementation.
The other two groups involved in getting this project off the ground were The Tusk Montgomery Philanthropy Fun, which is focused on voting access and hunger problems, and the New America Blockchain accelerator.
As regulation and adoption movements continue to grow around the world, its likely that working non-partisan groups like the Blockchain Accelerator will be sought out by more local governments.
By: BGN Editorial Staff