Catalonia Plans Blockchain Infrastructure
The integration of blockchain technology into the public sector has been the source of both excitement and dissent, depending on what circles one asks about the divisive movement. For some, the use of the decentralized structure to a centralized end creates a massive philosophical problem. For others, though, this could be one way that the cryptocurrency market could experience the mass adoption so essential to its long-term success.
For some bigger countries, the transition has been relatively slow. Some countries like the United States have dabbled in medical applications of blockchain ledgers, while countries like France have implemented smart contract technology to issue degrees at some leading institutions. But if Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are truly going to gain the traction they need to become the currency of the future, adoption needs to be large-scale, significant, and world-changing.
In this light, the government of Catalonia may be making extremely quick moves. The government has recently outlined their intent to develop a system to promote technologies on the blockchain. The general government for the country outlined in an official statement that it will be promoting those blockchain technologies that seek to “improve … services to the public.”
Catalonia has already been the source of controversy, though for marketed different reasons. The area is an autonomous community. This means that, though official stances may vary depending on where and whom is asked, Catalonia operates as a separate country within the physical borders of Spain. The Spanish government does not official recognize Catalonia as its own country, but there is a growing movement to provide the small m unicipality with its official independence all over the world.
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The government seems eager to roll out some sort of blockchain system to make things more efficient within the small country, as well. Their statement stipulated that the must develop a substantive plan for pushing blockchain technology into all areas of operation before the end of the year, December of 2018.
The strategy will henceforth be the sole responsibility of an interdepartmental working group formed out of the DDP, or the Department of Digital Policies. The group will discuss budding technologies, deliberate potential implementation opportunities, and identify potential, as well as maximum value to the institutions of key importance to Catalonia.
The implementation of successful blockchain technologies within Catalonia could have several important implications for the growing autonomous municipality. The obvious benefit is that blockchain technology, including ledger tech and smart contract developments, could up the ease with which the country is able to respond to key bureaucratic concerns related to the daily functioning of the government.
But as Catalonia continues to gain more and more political autonomy from the mother country of Spain, the country will continue to seek out ways to demonstrate its ability to innovate and separate itself from the larger country. Catalonia may very well look to this establishment of blockchain technology as one way that it can stand out from other countries, demonstrating its ability to change its own political landscape and integrate a technology that Spain has been largely unable to.