Utah makes progress on digital IDs for citizens, with blockchain technology as a bonus


It is crucial that governments approach new technologies like blockchain with cautious optimism.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Spencer Cox takes a seat for the ceremonial signing of several bills into law in the Capitol Gold Room, on Mar. 22, 2023.

Utah just took a momentous step towards bringing paper-based government services into the 21st century. Over the next few months, the Beehive State will conduct a first-in-the-nation pilot program to examine the feasibility of a digital ID system utilizing blockchain technologies. As more states begin to recognize the importance of modernizing public services, they should emulate Utah’s approach of cautious optimism.

This month, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a novel piece of legislation requiring the state’s Division of Technology Services to delve into the possibility of using new digital record schemas to establish a government-issued digital verifiable credential, better known as a digital ID. In contrast to other states like Colorado and Arizona that have begun to offer more traditional…

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