As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, the Biden-Harris administration has embarked on new strategies for recovering the U.S. economy. This is great, but the introduction of new technologies while maintaining privacy should be a top priority for the White House administration.

Don Tapscott, head of the Blockchain Research Institute, a think tank that seeks to advance blockchain and other emerging technologies, told Cointelegraph that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused government leaders to now learn about digital reality: it’s time for government leaders to develop a comprehensive the basis for achieving prosperity, justice, sustainability, social cohesion and good governance.

Tapscott believes the world is on the cusp of a “second era of the digital age,” which he describes as a contrast to artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and blockchain technologies. So there is a pressure on innovation – a pressure that makes federal leaders aware of how these technologies are being applied at the government level.

BRI report highlights blockchain and self-governing identity.
In an effort to raise awareness of new technologies, BRI and the Digital Chamber of Commerce – the metropolitan trade association representing digital assets and the blockchain industry – have produced a 120-page report that outlines how U.S. government officials can present their technology policy strategy. The document also explains how managers can mitigate the unwanted impact of new technologies, such as data misuse or job loss, as a result of the use of artificial intelligence devices.

The report outlines a series of five priorities to help the Biden-Harris administration achieve a long-term digital strategy. These include the adoption of cybersecurity to protect identity and privacy; Understanding the digital dollar and other cryptocurrencies; Communicate with citizens and bring those responsible to justice; Stimulating the US Innovative Economy; And retraining of government services.

While each of these issues is significant, Tapscott notes that blockchain technology in particular serves as an important foundation. For example, he explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that traditional supply chains are inadequate, and as a result, the BRI report indicates that they should take advantage of blockchain-based networks that can provide multilateral trust and transparency. For example, the document mentions the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, which states that increased speed and efficiency may well be possible through the blockchain network:

“With blockchain technologies, collective coordination is no longer an impossible task. US digital leadership, a service mindset with cryptocurrency compliance throughout the supply chain, and a clear business travel map can put the US economy on a recovery path.
This idea is already being implemented in different parts of the world. For example, a UK-based digital activity tracking provider known as Everyware is working with the UK’s National Health Service on a blockchain system to manage the storage of the COVID-19 vaccine. Brazil also wants to use blockchain to track who received the COVID-19 vaccine.

While the report is impressive, it shows that the previous Trump administration made little progress in modernization and digitization, stating:

“Most agencies are still grappling with an abundance of outdated technology, outdated business processes and even outdated management processes and resources, all of which are linked to cybersecurity and cost-effectiveness issues. As a result, many agencies may not meet with citizens. ” expectations regarding service safety ”.
Regardless, Tapscott remains hopeful that the new Biden-Harris administration will play a critical role in ensuring that technology works for the benefit of American citizens. However, the report also highlights the importance of using digital identity.

According to the document, data has become a new asset class in the digital age, but as citizens produce data, technology clusters use this information on a daily basis. While Facebook is one of the best known examples of companies using user data, privacy apps like Telegram have recently been hit by data breaches.

The report says every citizen needs a self-sufficient digital identity, and notes that the United States should be the first country in which citizens truly own their data: “The government should encourage multiple efforts using blockchain to protect identity and the use of user data. They trust us. ”