Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services

The city of Austin is piloting a new blockchain platform to improve identity services for its homeless population. The goal of the program is to consolidate the identity and vital records of each homeless person in a safe and confidential way while providing a means for service providers to access that information. By using blockchain, the hope is that the city could replace paper records, which are hard to manage, with electronic encrypted records that would be more reliable and secure. In addition, the blockchain platform could create a decentralized authentication mechanism to verify a particular person’s identity. More importantly, vital records on the blockchain could build over time, so different providers would know what services a person had used previously.

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