Could Scotland be a global pioneer of Blockchain Democracy?

A key technology that could underpin digital voting is the Blockchain, what has been called ‘Block the Vote‘.

Scotland, with it’s unique combination of passionate public engagement in politics and unparalleled history of invention, has the opportunity to become the world leader in the largest seismic shift our societies have yet experienced –

The entire transformation of how our democracies work.


These advances offer the tools to enable 21st century democracy through the use of blockchain technology for online voting, empowering the citizens directly with their own means of expressing political will. It’s a cutting edge trend being pioneered around the world like in Korea and West Virginia among others.

The Balance provides an overview of the role it could play in enabling this capability including the challenges, with Venture Beat describing how it could help tackle voter fraud.

Considerable technical research has been conducted to explore this scenario, such as this analysis from Plymouth University, this paper from Bitcoin specialist Weusecoins, as well as Tufts University, and the EU has also researched the possibility.

What is especially exciting about the trend is that the scope extends much further than just facilitating the digitization of the voting method, other experts have defined how this keystone would lead to a broader evolution of democracy itself.

Government Of The People, By The People, For The People

In his Forbes article Alex Tapscott describes Blockchain Democracy as Government Of The People, By The People, For The People, and how the blockchain provides all the essential foundations, such as integrity and transparency of all democratic and government transactions.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. In other words, the right to an identity that has inherent value that can be hashed onto the blockchain at birth. We can aggregate other aspects of identity—diplomas, passport, driver’s license, social security card, voter ID—that currently exist in multiple databases into a single ledger and receive integrated services without multiple check-ins. We would own all our data and could decide how to deploy it. Our votes would have value.

Democracy.Earth – How To Build a Democracy on the Blockchain

This Blockchainhub presentation The Future of Democracy asks the questions that begin to probe the nature of this profound transformation, proposing in the future we won’t be citizens of nation states but of blockchains, with their underlying constitutions being defined through blockchain consensus protocols.

The CitizenLab describes how it could transform the face of democracy, and the Cryptocurrency Hub offers a guide for How to Build a Democracy on the Blockchain.

This FastCompany article describes the background that led to the Democracy.Earth initiative, and Wired interviews the brains behind the movement Santiago Siri.

Born from a direct experience of the corruption experienced in politics, the project was accelerated through the Y Combinator startup program and is now pioneering what they call ‘Crypto Politics’ – They’re tapping into the seismic trends of Blockchain and Self-Sovereign Identity to make possible an entirely new paradigm for voting and democracy that is secure and integrous.

Liquid Democracy

Securing the voting process is only the first small step in a larger journey to entirely transform the very nature of democracy itself, to a model described as ‘Liquid Democracy‘:

Liquid Democracy combines the advantages of Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy and creates a truly democratic voting system that empowers voters to either vote on issues directly, or to delegate ones voting power to a trusted party.

Blockchain News explores how the technologies being pioneered by Democracy.Earth make this new paradigm possible.

With the current Brexit farce exposing just how broken our medieval parliamentary model actually is, Scotland is presented with the ideal catalyst to be a global pioneer of the new digital democracy that will inevitably replace it.

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