IJIS Institute Forms New Blockchain Task Force
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Comments

The IJIS Institute created a new blockchain task force that will focus its work on the development of blockchain use cases within the context of public safety, criminal justice and government-sector business processes. A blockchain is a digital, decentralized public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions.

Through the new task force, IJIS Institute member companies can help to improve the level of understanding of blockchain technology and standards, and to create awareness of how blockchain might impact public safety, criminal justice and government sectors. The group will also identify the benefits of implementing blockchain technology, as well as the potential risks and mitigations. By offering expertise and guidance on blockchain, the task force will continue the IJIS Institute mission to drive public-sector technology innovation and empower information to promote safer and healthier communities.

Anne Thompson, director of product development at Thomson Reuters, chairs the new task force.

“There are a lot of mainstream discussions about blockchain, but there is still much to be understood about this technology, particularly in its application to public-sector business process in criminal justice and public safety,” she said. “This is exactly where the IJIS Institute excels, at the intersection of industry solution providers and the public sector, and has done great work for many other emerging technologies. Collaborating in a vendor-agnostic manner, with direct input from justice partners, will be key in identifying and evaluating relevant blockchain use cases. Providing clarity on the potential benefits and risks of distributed ledger technologies will be valuable for both the public sector and industry partners."

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