UK Land Registry Plans to Test Blockchain in Digital Push
HM Land Registry has revealed it is looking to test blockchain as part of a digitization effort called 'Digital Street'.
The UK’s national land registry is looking to test blockchain technology as part of a wide-ranging digitization effort.
Last month, HM Land Registry began searching for new board members and, in a notice published to its website, also detailed its plans for a so-called 'Digital Street' – an upcoming scheme the office hopes will improve the speed and efficiency by which titles change hands.
It's for this purpose that the Land Registry is eyeing blockchain as a possible solution.
What they’re doing: While the document itself is decidedly short on details, here's what the office said in its note, which touches on some of objectives of the project (and hints at where blockchain may fit in):
The big picture: While it remains unclear when the tests will take place (or what potential platforms the Land Registry will experiment with), the development nonetheless represents the latest example of a public agency looking to blockchain tech as a mechanism for cataloging changes in land ownership.
Several countries have moved to test the tech for this purpose. Sweden, for example, initiated the second phase of a test as recently as March. Regulatory hurdles, however, could hamper any attempts to bring that project to commercial scale, its organisers said.
Similar undertakings are being pursued by the government in Brazil, and the state of Illinois, too, is working on a land registry project as part of a wide-ranging blockchain initiative.
HM Land Registry image via Shutterstock
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