Blockchain, the driving technology behind bitcoin and digital currency, has also found takers in the government. As per reports, several state governments, including Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra, have started evaluating the technology for purposes of e-governance.
The news comes as cyber security is becoming more and more critical to protect sensitive data. Blockchain is a distributed database technology for storing continuously growing records. Blockchains are secure by design as data is kept in `blocks’ that cannot be tampered with. New and updated records are stored in new blocks that are linked to the previous ones through a hashing technology. This creates an unbroken chain where old records are preserved forever and new data is added irreversibly.
It is this technology that the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are looking to leverage to secure government data. The two states are seeking assistance from blockchain startups as they evaluate the distributed ledger system to protect data against hackers.
Telangana has even begun a pilot programme in parts of Hyderabad to use blockchain technology. The programme uses blockchain for land registration and integration with the state revenue department in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
E Magesh, director of C-DAC, Hyderabad told ET, “Simply put, it’s going to be an open platform where anyone can see who holds the land and, since it’s encrypted, people wouldn’t be able to tamper with the data. It brings in more transparency and the integrity of the information is maintained.”
He also added that the complete rollout of this programme across Hyderabad and some of the surrounding semi-urban areas is expected in the next 6-12 months.