Chinese local governments are facing difficulties when implementing blockchain applications due to stakeholders being unwilling to share privately owned data, reported Cointelegraph, citing a local news outlet.
According to the outlet, there are more than 30 local governments procuring blockchain technology. Their aim is to leverage blockchain to build management platforms that improve local administrative and social governance capabilities.
Some of these projects have been forced to shut down in under two years due to lack of supporting data. The reason? Many stakeholders refuse to share their data.
Zhang Desheng, a staff member who participated in a local government blockchain project, said: “Because there was no clear policy framework, government staff had obstacles in the process of communicating with stakeholders. The data needed for the blockchain management platform involves local banking, insurance, telecommunications and other departments. Some departments were willing to provide data, while others were not.”
Yan Meng, vice president of China Digital Asset Research Institute, agreed that the “information barrier” has brought great challenges to the implementation of blockchain technology.
Meng explained that this resistance is problematic because, for these blockchains to succeed, data is everything. He believes no government sectors or private enterprises would be willing to “donate” their data “for free” and then put these data on a chain where everyone can see it. He suggested data owners should be paid when their data is requested.