China’s Official Government Auditor Is Looking at Blockchain Solutions

China’s government auditor thinks blockchain can “open up a window” to more streamlined data storage.

In an article published Tuesday on its website, the National Audit Office of the People’s Republic of China discussed using blockchain to alleviate the bottleneck caused by its current data storage infrastructure. At present, the office is responsible for a massive amount of data, which it believes can be stored more efficiently on a decentralized ledger.

The National Audit Office, as one of the 29 cabinet-level departments in China’s State Council, examines all government-related financial transactions, ranging from administration expenses to individual public programs. It also supervises provincial and municipal level auditing bureaus that have their own designated commissioners.

Envisioning a decentralized system that would have every local office and accredited auditor as an individual node, the article states that a blockchain can reduce the central government’s workload while ensuring a traceable ledger that timestamps every transaction at all levels…

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