Over the last 4 years @YesDayScotland has tracked the evolution of global digital democracy, continually summarising how this could perhaps be applied to Scotland’s future.
We’ve been absolutely focussed on technology’s ability to resolve mass conflict, in any society that respects computer literacy and democracy itself.
Along the way however, much has also been learnt from the scope of YES to Indy perspective.
Very much hoping that this summary information will make many Scots realise the massive potentials by simply switching from paper to digital. So, a few words for YESSERS to tell other YESSERS about the potential of 1,000,000 new YESSERS, by switching paper to digital!
Those YESSERS who are campaigning for a paper slip referendum, would certainly do well to pause and consider the new digital possibilities.
The fact that you cannot yet see blockchain democracy being discussed in any Scotland newspapers, is self-evident. It’s because the digital capabilities are already known.
Instead of only campaigning for Indy, Scotland YES should additionally campaign for Digital, as that massively increases the YES potential!
Voting controlled and counted in Scotland. Accelerated democracy. Driven by youth. Accelerated by social media. No more Tory tallies of postal votes, get tae! And so on.
These thoughts today, set out of course, without sight of what the UK government will do in their next phase of ‘Cambridge Analytica style’ purchased votes, mass brainwashing, and general ‘scaring’ voters into making decisions.
The 4 month long Scottish government Public Consultation on Electoral Reform has just ended, and Business Affairs Minister Joe Fitzpatrick has now confirmed that there will indeed now be trials of digital voting.
What? Scotland is going digital democracy? And THAT’s not in the newspapers? If you are in doubt, go and google it!
At outset, the consultation documentation was still behind the @YesDayScotland curve, in that it failed to mention two words, ‘cryptography’, and ‘blockchain’.
It was also behind the curve of the Edinburgh University Blockchain Technology Labaoratory academics.
If the new digital voting trials extend into the scope of full-blown regulated blockchain democracy, this will pave the way for possibilities which Scotland’s YES communities can only dream of today, ability to increase the YES by one million voters.
Underlined, digital infrastructure creates the underpinning, however people are going to need to make it happen.
So, fasten your seatbelts:
In 2014, the timeline allowed for postal voting, was 1 month. And paper and pencil booth voting, was 1 day.
Instead of having another 1 month paper vote referendum, switch it to digital, and run it for 3 months. After all, there has already been a quite incredible precedent for that!
More than 2,000,000 citizens (45% of the electorate) took part in Scotland’s 3 month long 2016 National Survey. That exercise was however run without interface with the electoral roll. It ran on the NationBuilder platform, and it used postcode software to extrapolate the data. We understand, that it resulted in a 62% YES for Independence.
And noted, that previous online survey was run by the SNP party. Future regulated blockchain democracy needs to be run by the government, with complete interface with the electoral roll.
First things first, older and younger Scots already have National Entitlement Cards, each with a unique digital ID number, so all other Scots need one as well. That’s possible for spring 2019, maybe sooner.
Okay, supposing Scotland has a brand new blockchain democracy platform, an iconic technological marvel, befitting the reality of its status, and resonating with global pioneering democracy innovation. What can happen next?
Immediately – 125,000 SNP members suss the capability. They grab their iPads and smartphones, and take to the digital streets, and they are joined by all other YESSERS and mobilise into the biggest YES digital taskforce ever seen in Scotland. And then IT then, begins. The biggest digital revolution ever seen in Scotland. A digitalised volcano, erupting into a digital tornado. Woooooosh!!!
A new form of empowerment, on an unprecedented scale.
Blockchain has social media share capabilities. Can you imagine?
Recalling the words of a Fife newspaper photographer back in Sept 2014, along the lines, ‘YESSERS arrived at voting booths happy and proud, but many No voters arrived looking down at their shoes’ – so what’s the 2018 social media share equivalent of that!!!
Blockchain can include visible accumulating results. Drilled geographic mapping. Tentative and switchable vote capability, based on public sentiment. Imagine.
Let’s segment the new digital potential.
THE 2014 NON-VOTERS
If you believe the 2014 vote figures, there were circa 660,000 people who were registered to vote, but then did not participate. Have always struggled to understand that, but there we go.
Additionally, there are a further circa 140,000 people who are not registered to vote.
Mostly in the impoverished demographic, and digitally excluded as well.
If there was another paper slip referendum, most of these Scots would very arguably remain non-voters. By switching to digital, they can certainly be encouraged by ongoing community activism.
Impoverished? These Scots will never ever vote Tory in a milllion years. Hence, they are very capable of being encouraged to vote YES for Independence, if you follow the logic. However, that can only happen, if directly encouraged, on the doorstep. SNP members are organised and driven by target capabilities. They already know the voting preferences of most Scotland households. And so, it begins. Inclusion as never seen before.
Digital inclusion can improve people’s quality of life, social cohesion, future innovation, boosting economic growth and allowing for more effective delivery of public services.
Using the combination of blockchain electronic democracy and community spirit however, much of that process can also certainly be organically-driven, by people. Scots being who we are, it is in our nature to seek to bring progress via voluntary input, holistic inclusion, and kindness through common wellbeing. There will be wonderful opportunities to increase success with these aspects.
Of course, in advance of anything happening, Scotland’s government have clear opportunities to make effective plans so as to increase all digital inclusion. As at 2015 studies, Scotland was 80% digitally included. We can take lessons from Scandinavia, Norway for example has 96% inclusion.
Scot to fellow Scot, brother to sister and vice versa, work colleague to work colleague, and so on. On it goes, via community activism.
LIES AND FEAR REPLACED WITH TRUTH AND POSITIVITY
Blockchain voting works with online information packs, as part of the participant process.
2014 had a White Paper which most voters had never even heard of. This is replaced with facts and knowledge. Therefore significantly removing scope for those who voted No in 2014, because they were tricked, conned, gulled and deceived by mainstream media and state broadcaster fake news and lies, – to vote No again on the basis of the same type of misinformation.
The 2014 White Paper.
Needs to be distilled into some form of vote process download, that’s very easily understood by voters.
No to YES SWITCHERS
The information provided by Scotland’s government needs to be much more aligned into being easily understood by ‘normal voters’.
Perhaps begin by saying that being a Unionist is not normal. In a global context, it is certainly abnormal. Being an Independent country, is normal. Please let that be understood by all.
Confirm that most of the sponsored political content Facebook feeds, has been paid for. Tell people, ‘if you have not provided your specific tickbox consent, the source is in direct contravention of 2017’s @ICOnews guidelines’
Many people cast their 2014 No votes because they were scared by media. Tell voters that Unionists own all of Scotland’s 37 daily and weekly newspapers. And additionally, that the BBC is a state broadcaster, whose employees are physically contracted to work in the interests of the Union. These after all, are simply facts. Open Your Eyes people!
Tell voters that IF Independent, Scotland can then aspire to become like Denmark, 3 time winner of the world’s Happiest country. Scotland currently doesn’t even merit a listing in the World Happiness Report – which is based upon population Happiness, Press Freedom, with society driven by positives.
The single recurring most consistent thought across YES social media? When Independent, we get to make ALL OF OUR OWN DECISIONS here in Scotland. THAT, is clearly what voters need to understand.
Tell voters, – as nearly all Scots are blissfully unaware today, ‘If we don’t nail a YES for Independence, independence itself, will probably be ‘terminated for centuries’, under House of Lords plans for ‘A NEW ACT OF UNION’
Say hello to The House of Lords ‘Constitution Reform Group’. That’s correct, you are looking at Princes St gardens!!!
Provide figures. Tell people, ‘If you are over the age of 55, please take time to research the fact that a majority under the age of 55 want Independence. The younger, the higher the %. It’s the future you are voting for. Their future’.
If you have been told that Scotland is too wee? LOL. Scotland has 5.4M people. Iceland has 330,000 – 40,000 fewer than Fife! Etc. Provide the figures!
Via @SaorAlba59 ONE SINGLE SENTENCE TO USE IN THE DEBATE WITH UNIONISTS: ‘They waffle and tend to go off on tangents, just bring them back to the point, justify the Union’
Via THE INDY POET @PaulJColvin ‘I will never forget the elderly lady in Aberdeen who was questioned because she was voting YES. She calmly looked out to sea and said; Out there I see oil rigs yet behind me I see Foodbanks. That’s why I will vote YES’
Everything needs to be easily understood by people. People who were previously duped, need facts.
Were you lied to on your dorstep by Unionists, back in 2014? They told you, that you would lose your pension?
Well, if using digital, Scotland’s government can place the information online, telling you EXACTLY what your pension is going to be.
THE ANNUAL GERS DOOM-MONGERS
You think that Scotland is too poor, but you base these thoughts on skewed figures generated whilst under the jursidiction of Westminster?
Well, Scotland’s government can remedy that, by showing you future budgets and cash flows. Again, all as part of digital information pack.
THE DIGITAL EFFECT ITSELF
Setting aside the potential of a Tsunami of DigitalRevolution arising from social media shares, there is also the digital effect. Because it’s driven by youth and organic capability, that in itself increases participation.
As an example, in the only digital polling we’ve ever seen published, taken immediately after the Brexit Referendum result, due to people being furious about getting dragged out the EU, here’s Professor Sir John Curtice confirming that assisted by those digital accelerators: we saw YES at 65%.
THE SNP EU LEAVERS
It would probably be a good idea, if Scotland’s government were to make a compelling case for becoming an Independent country first, before confusing THAT MATTER with any other matter. Thanks.
And in any event, especially given the disgraceful lack of EU response on events in Catalonia, many Scots might no longer wish to be in the EU? Others may wish to remain in the EU purely on the basis of all previous successful war avoidance.
Have a future debate about the EU, using blockchain democracy in the future. Please don’t confuse issues any further.
(comment adding 15.4.2018 – quote twitter @RogueCoder250 ‘Why should Scotland stay trapped inside a failing union, when England is desperate to leave a successful one?)
OOFT! The SNP kept this one quiet! THE PYRAMID OF YES BIGDATA
Incredible potential YES dynamics, when taken in conjunction with blockchain democracy, Some people think it’s all about the bass? It isn’t, it’s all about the BigData! It sounds like the SNP now have absolutely phenomenal underpinnings, to use accumulated data to convey the positive cases for Independence.
Providing of course, that they work with Positivity, and base all work on Truth, Love, Hope and Courage – what’s not for YESSERS to like?
As anyone can see, the combined overview of all of the above has truly massive potentials, a world beyond the scope of archaic paper slip voting.
Reflect back on 2014. What happens if we’re anywhere near correct in suggesting there is such capability simply by shifting, from paper to digital.
Remember though, not one piece of it will ever happen on its own. Only people can make it happen. And the harder we work, the luckier we get. Start visualising and preparing to put your YES shoulders to the digital wheel.
You never know. Our government might actually step on up, and deliver blockchain democracy!
You do not make a thing stronger, by always keeping it the same.
Blockchain Democracy for Scotland, please!
Addition 18.4.2018: Should you wish to read the article which has followed this one, THIS IS HOW SCOTLAND CAN BECOME AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY – it’s an #Opus #CaseStudy for Scotland, over 8,000 words, 40 supplementary articles and 100 InfoGraphics.
Links to all related substance, highlighting:
2017 Scottish Government Digital Strategy:
Estonian Blockchain Technology:
Zug to use Blockchain for Citizen ID:
2018 submission, ScotGov Public Consultation on Electoral Reform:
DigitalScotland: Blueprint for Blockchain Digital Democracy:
(24 page PDF download)
YesDayScotland – the world’s first global blockchain democracy trials:
Scotland – Saltire National Entitlement Cards
Plans in progress, capability to issue entitlement cards to all Scots who do not yet have one:
Scottish Government Digital Directorate
Scotland’s 2016 National Survey:
In numbers, 2014’s referendum:
(Noted, there were circa 140,000 unregistered voters)
Two Scotland companies with Blockchain capabilities:
Scottish government public infrastructure blockchain partner:
Scotland’s 1,400+ member Blockchain community:
Digital Exclusion in Scotland:
Scotland’s People: Results from the 2015 Scottish Household Survey:
Norway’s 96% digital inclusion:
Blockchain’s visible statistics, with tentative and switchable vote capabilities:
Live, location-based geographical mapping: Scotland 2017 Demo: