If you’re in the IT industry — public or private sector — and have an interest in blockchain and its use in government, the state Government Operations Agency (GovOps) is putting together a Blockchain Working Group. The deadline to submit an indication of interest is April 26.

Legislation creating the working group was enacted in January, and it expires in January 2022. Its purpose is to investigate and evaluate the uses, risks, benefits,  legal implications and best practices in using blockchain in California state government and California-based businesses.

The working group, by law, will include three appointees from the technology industry; three nontechnology-related industries; three appointees with a background in law chosen in consultation with the Judicial Council; two appointees representing privacy organizations; two appointees representing consumer groups; the state chief information officer or a designee; the finance director or a designee; the chief information officers of three other state agencies, departments or commissions; one member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; and one member of the Assembly, appointed by the speaker of the Assembly.

The group will accept input from stakeholders with diverse interests affected by state policies governing emerging technologies, privacy, business, the courts, the legal community, and state government.