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City promotes blockchain tech for its records, experts say effort ‘riddled with errors’


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Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and city officials are promoting blockchain technology allegedly to increase transparency in government. An initial effort is to put the city’s records for historic properties onto a blockchain ledger. The city in June announced it was partnering with a private company.

“Previously, as the mayor has alluded to, a lot of these have been in bankers boxes, so ease of access to the public is really important here, as well as clarity with the blockchain process,” said the city’s Nic Ciccone. “The blockchain process ensures that each step in that process actually happens.”

Experts said this list of historic properties and associated information published by the City of Reno to the blockchain is “riddled with errors.” They said they have not been consulted by city officials on the effort.

When asked why that isn’t already happening, Ciccone said it is.

“From a technical aspect this would ensure on the back end all of our t’s are crossed and our i’s are dotted,” he said. 

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