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DHS Supports Blockchain Projects, Standardization Efforts; Douglas Maughan Comments

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The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has partnered with other DHS components and startup companies to develop blockchain-based technology platforms, GCN reported Tuesday.

S&T also supports the World Wide Web Consortium in efforts to standardize the Verifiable Claims Data Model and Decentralized Identifiers.

“Government must be informed and ensure blockchain technology supports standardized approaches for security, privacy and data exchange,” Douglas Maughan, director of S&T’s cyber security division, told two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee at a hearing Tuesday.

The report noted the directorate collaborates with the Customs and Border Protection to explore the potential uses of blockchain in international travel and shipping processes.

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