Draft Copy: Scotland’s Pulitzer Prize Blockchain Democracy Submission

If you are an individual who lives in fear of democratic progress, you are well advised to stop reading.

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Everything you are about to read is entirely factual, it actually happened! It’s a summary about how one initial small and original thought, can grow to become something with truly epic global potentials.

It started with a thought. And I believe the story may well be worthy of a Pulitzer.

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This article is designed for a reader to go through the main story in one go, and then to return later to drill further into article links, as you wish. Thank you for visiting and reading.

Things do not simply happen. Things are made to happen.

Back in 2014 I was admittedly, to say the least, disappointed with the No victory resulting from Scotland’s Independence referendum. But much more pertinently, I was absolutely appalled, with the referendum methodology itself. We were 21st century citizens, interacting with 19th century institutions, via 15th century paper-based voting systems.

Noted, submitted content for a #PulitzerPrize needs to have been of some news for USA readers.

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USA is the second highest ranking country readership, on our ultra niche wordpress. If in the meantime, you are a USA journalist who wants to help underpin our 2018 Pulitzer case further, please publish something about future blockchain democracy! And tag us in!

In any event, our source subject matter will probably be the underpinnings for all future USA democracy.

After all, the United States of America was somehow able to elect a President who had 2,868,691 FEWER votes than the eventual runner-up. That’s weird, is it not?

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Your 2016 Presidential vote took place in a society, in which 44.3% of people never voted. Democratic exclusion! Klaxons please people!

And for the people who did vote, they experienced ‘significant issues with digital desktop counting machines’.

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Were the Russians involved in your Presidential elections? Russia hacked voting systems in 39 states before the 2016 presidential election

Oh, and those citizens who did place a vote, they probably voted after being brainwashed on Facebook, with lies, spin, threats and bias, originating from an England HQ’d ‘political strategy’ firm. Cambridge Analytica are of course now infamous. Say hello to Project Alamo: We were the first Scotland media source to highlight the future implications of that article, here in our country.

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The next USA Presidential elections will probably be more of the same. But what happens after that. I’m not a gambler, but I’d put my last dollar on a wager to say that our niche subject matter will lead to future USA Presidents.

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Our 4 year timeline of #Innovation and #InvestigativeReporting, as follows:

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So what was the original thought? Summer 2015 I was reading a book, and the TV was on in the background. I heard Scotland’s First Minster say on TV, ‘we’ll only have another referendum, if that’s the measured will of the people’.

Instantly I thought, ‘Measured will of people, how are they gonna measure that?’, which instantly gave my answer, ‘We need a modern era website, to measure the will of the people’.

Vision, is the art of being able to see the invisible.

After all, and moving ahead to today, Scotland’s YES side has never gone away. To the contrary, Scotland’s YES side are biding their time, massing, digitally preparing unprecedented #BigData activity. For many Scots, the dream shall never die.

And certainly, across Scotland the wee signs are all still there. And they keep getting renewed.

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– It began in September 2015. We initiated YesDayScotland on twitter as the first ever such social media source, calling for technology to be used as a means for resolving Scotland’s division and mass conflict

That’s exactly how it started.

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Absolutely naively however, I believed that all I had to do, was pop the idea out there into the public domain, and someone would take care of it. I was very wrong.

That said, if you have hope, you have everything. And as we all know, the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.

In actual fact, and as I was quickly to realise, our conceptual was about to take on the entire might, of every part of the UK ‘democracy Establishment’, archaic institutions rooted in the past, content with their own mediocrity, and seemingly all absolutely firmly set against any desire to embrace any form of progress for democracy. And so, the digital revolution began! Viva la Revolution.

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Regarding archaic institutions:

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Our methodology use of twitter is very different to most others. It has been highly effective for progression.

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What does all of that do? It enables us to deliver accumulating summaries which are flawless. It’s always the same. People don’t have much to say about our articles, because they are so well researched, that they are flawless. That’s always the objective. To hit the digital nail right on the head!

Flawless? So good, that THEY, would be unable to ignore us.

Twitter delivers our creative edge. We collate. We ask for further corrections and improvements, and then we circulate. To a few people is all. Frankly that’s all we’re able to do, as the only resources to hand, are an iPad, an iMac, and time.

And right at the beginning, I wasn’t afraid to fail. I was afraid not to try.

– October 2015. We came up with a global first, a brand new invention! Scotland’s well deserved reputation for canny inventiveness, for real! Resourcefulness for survival! Welcome to the conceptual of #OCM – Online Charter Methodology, as a means for resolving mass conflict in any computer-literate democracy. Immediately suggested for Scotland.

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Pretty cool! Easy peasy! Straightforward. Nice new websites, for people to freely express their opinions.

I could see straightaway that I had inadvertently become a pioneer for some new form of democracy. There was therefore no option other than to seek to blaze a trail!

I decided to proceed further. Crucially, I could sense in the small community around our twitter feed, that there would be capability to keep me properly corrected.

– December 2015. As a global first, we defined that, AFTER 256 YEARS, SCOTLAND FINALLY HAS A SOLUTION FOR ADAM SMITH’S SUGGESTION! In ‘Theory of Moral Sentiment’, Smith declared the need for actions based on universal values which go far beyond the profit motive – and indeed which must provide the framework for the market to work effectively. Our solution was defined in an Open Letter to Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations. No subsequent reply

I hope the above paragraph hasn’t lost you. Let’s put it another way. I understood we were dealing with envisaging how to change an entire system for the benefit of the 99% less fortunate. Future society therefore changed. Dramatically so.

And I wish I’d known back in 2009, what I now know today. Because when Kofi Annan came to ‘the Lang Toun’ of Kirkcaldy in Fife, to deliver that original 2009 lecture, he actually stayed under my roof that night! I would have certainly loved to have asked him many questions. Maybe next time in Scotland.

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– December 2015. As a global first, open letter on digital democracy, to Geneva’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding. No subsequent reply

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– December 2015. As a global first, open letter on digital democracy, to Norway’s Nobel Peace Prize committee. No subsequent reply

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Don’t think for a minute that we were in any way perturbed about not receiving a reply to an email! After all, these are very big organisations. I know what #OCM was, because I came up with it. If someone sent me an email headed #MCO – it might not get read, or forwarded! And never mind, we certainly knew we had a great source idea!

We began, by considering multiple mirrored servers, with indelible digital records for UN inspectors. Straightforward. Same records in Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam. We knew we had something. We knew that, because twitter knew it. Twitter is a ruthless examiner. You can talk nonsense all day on Facebook, Twitter easily sorts truth from fact, if you ask it to do that.

– Then, December 2016. Delivered global first, conceptuals published via The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) – Innovation Center (Lausanne, Switzerland) Innovation adored by YES and accepted by No

That’s cool credibility:

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– January 2016. We became the first ever media source to propose #DLT Distributed Transaction Ledger technology, for Scotland democracy

As we are submitting for a potential USA-based #PulitzerPrize, we highlight that the original #DLT actually appeared originally via private messaging from USA! Specifically, Walnut Creek, California. #DTL at outset, #DLT today. Same thing.

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So, we then figured out some blockchain democracy! And that’s when I realised that my life could potentially be at stake. The scope, was the future creation of Scotland’s Independence. The by-product of that, would be the end of The United Kingdom. If we reflect on centuries of Imperialism, things ‘have apparently happened’ to those who dare to stand up to Westminster’s Establishment.

I’d read about a former prominent Scotland proIndy campaigner, who had managed to shoot himself in the head twice, before throwing the gun many yards away.

Oh well, I wasn’t even talking about Scotland and Independence, was I?

Nope, I was only talking about the evolution of democracy, in the much bigger picture.

Acknowledged today, from what I see on social media, if I were a citizen of Barcelona, campaigning for #Catalonia to use #BlockchainDemocracy – I would now be in jail, just for speaking out.

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To this point, everything I had done was incognito. Literally, and to repeat, I thought all I had to do was place the conceptual into the public domain, and it would ‘simply happen on its own’. Oh boy, I was so wrong about that.

Scotland has 37 weekly and daily newspapers. All, are owned by Unionists who do not wish to see Scotland’s Independence. However, 2 of the newspapers adopt a semblance of being proIndependence, in order to generate sales.

I submitted the conceptual to both of those publications. The Editors seemed dumbfounded by the suggestions made. Dialogue went on by email, for weeks. Eventually they agreed to print. And then, the bombshell. They would not print without my confirmed personal identity.

So, I put Pavarotti on my headphones, and went running. I ran for 3 weeks. I spoke to my loved ones, and then made my decision. I had to do what I felt was right. In making that decision, if necessary to do so, I was literally prepared to put my life on the line. That, was certainly my main thought. It certainly underlined a belief in the substance as well.

On the afternoon of making that decision, two things happened. I was driving on the school run, muttering to myself ‘C’mon lad, make the call, right now!’ A car pulled out in front of me, its numberplate began with the letters, YES.

Follow the signs!

A few minutes later, I arrived at at the New Inn A92 roundabout, where on the back of a road sign, someone proIndy had placed a 9 inch blue YES circle sticker 18 months previously. Passing every day, I’d kindof nod at that wee YES sign. Anyways, that day, someone had scratched off the sign. It remains like that today.

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I wondered, what sort of country do we live in, whereby an individual can selfishly simply choose to scratch out the dreams of others? That’s not right, is it? It isn’t a democracy.

So I made the decision. It’s funny how small things can sometimes flip switches.

However, having then provided my personal ID to the editorial team, the story never ran, as was indicated to me, in the Sunday newspaper. So, the publication had the #OCM idea, and my personal ID. Jeepers Peepers!

So, I went for a pizza! Frankie and Benny’s in Perth. Got on the wifi and started messaging our conduit press liaison Seuna Walker, who had worked the project through with me. I actually thought that I was about to be abducted by a group of men clad in black! Seuna told me not to worry, and that delays were sometimes incurred on the greasy pole of journalism. She was correct. Because the small article appeared in print the following Saturday!

– January 2016. After weeks of back and forth with Newsquest (Unionist owners) Editorial team, we delivered the first ever Scotland mainstream media article on digital democracy. In print, a tiny wee article, page 10. In digital form – it went Top News Story in Scotland for 3 days!

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No helicopters appeared overhead! I was not subsequently abducted by a group of men clad in black! So, we kept on going! And for sure, we didn’t focus on Scotland’s Independence. To the contrary, we focussed on Scotland’s Democracy.

It was clearly the case, that the more original the nature of what we had suggested, the more obvious it was seeming afterwards.

The question was no longer, ‘Who is going to let us’, it became ‘Who is going to stop us?’

– February 2016. Policy 1. The first ever source submitting modern technology democracy conceptuals into Scotland’s Scottish National Party, as a Member Policy, as a means for ‘measuring desire for Independence’. This suggestion was knocked back within a week. That’s when we began accelerating on twitter! Within weeks, some day rates equating 1,000,000 month impressions.

Here’s a photo we took of the PC screen, at the point of Policy submission. Underlined, it’s a proper photo, not a screenshot!

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February 2016. Policy 2. The first ever source submitting modern technology democracy conceptuals into Scotland’s Scottish National Party, as a Member Policy, as a means for ‘all future elections’. No subsequent reply

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By this point, we were realising that officialdom probably wasn’t replying, because they couldn’t reply. They did not know, what they were dealing with. We were very, VERY significantly, ahead of any existing curves. Years ahead!

And you know what’s remarkable? Upon running and re-running twitter software, we were able to define that the people helping us, were virtually all mostly ordinary Scots, same as myself. There were no visible politicians, and there was virtually zero media assistance. Just a bunch of ordinary folk, kickin’ around a digital football. That’s broadly speaking where it’s still at today. Ordinary people, considering the potential attainment of extraordinary objectives.

Many people have brought great joy to our twitter feed. Some when they joined the conversation, and others when they left.

For true innovation in any evolving process, we need human interaction, conflict, argument, reasoned debate. We had all that, and the rest. We all need people who can give us feedback, that’s how we can make things better.

In unselfishly setting out at outset, to recognise the many flaws in existing UK democracy, our twitter had an immediate and enormous advantage – we had no competition.

And everything we have ever done, every tiny wee comment or DM received, has been voluntary. We are not crowdfunded. We have never sought sponsorship. Our opinions could not be purchased.

And fact of the day, everything achieved, has been achieved in financial terms, under £250.00 – that isn’t a typo, two hundred and fifty quid. And all of that, was on demonstrating how to work with and flex Facebook adverts and PsychoGraphics, etc.

As always, the most sincere gratitude to everyone ongoing, who has contributed and supported the proposed progress.

– April 2016. We delivered the first ever source, via open letter, to call for John Swinney, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for the Economy to enable ‘a fully functioning standalone electoral role-interfaced verifiable E-Democracy website … blockchain-secured’. No subsequent reply

Finger must have got stuck, safely holding up the Dam Wall! LOL

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– June 2016. Due to apparent inactivity from SNP party, we went ahead as the first ever to define the cost of Scotland using electronic democracy. Submitted to Scotland’s First Minister. Independence enabled for 1% of the cost of a Referendum No subsequent reply

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– Summer 2016, much time highlighting how Scotland could emulate the success of Scandinavian countries. Scotland doesn’t even merit a listing in the World Happiness Report. Bet you didn’t know that!

– September 2016. Having a few months ago initially turned down our request, for ‘a website to measure the will of the people’, SURPRISE, SURPRISE!

Scotland’s SNP Party assembles in The Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling, and announces ‘an online National Survey’ instead … !!!

Noted, we had zero input into the construction of the website itself. Sadly, and patently obvious at outset, there was no electoral roll interface. This exercise did however turn out to become the biggest political survey in Scotland history. And as we could see great enthusiasm from fellow Scots, as well as the generality of familiarisation with online democracy, we fully supported for 3 month campaign duration.

On our tiny Facebook portal we streamed some support footage, which showed where electronic democracy conceptuals had come from.

Noted, to this day the YouTube source footage only has 58 views! Now that’s a niche!

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45% of Scotland took part:

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– October 2016, we delivered the first ever such Case Study for Scotland, highlighting Copenhagen as the world’s happiest city in the (3 time winner) world’s happiest country of Denmark, in turn defining how Scots could perhaps begin to rethink the future. It remains the most enjoyable Case Study we’ve ever worked on! AFTER WE BECOME INDEPENDENT? SCOTLAND, THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST COUNTRY? ONE FINE DAY!!!

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– There was no mainstream media to speak of, for what had been achieved with the 2016 National Survey. We collated and archived. We became the only such media source.

– That enabled further coverage Scotland, a worldwide class act

– December 2016. We delivered global first footage, a summary on the scale of achievement with Scotland’s incredible 3 month National Survey. We were the only such ‘TV’ footage. Even although a line of people 1,200 miles long had just taken part in a national survey. Extraordinary, upon reflection.

– December 2016, Public Consultation on the workings of future referendums. We were first to submit Electronic Democracy for future Scotland referendum process.

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When the public input into the above consultation was later published by Scotland’s government, our policy submission was redacted. Blacked out. Rendered invisible.

– December 2016, we were first in Scotland to use social media to highlight the implications of National Survey BigData. THIS IS NUMBERS GAME OVER

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– December 2016, we were the first in Scotland to consider what further could be actioned, using accumulated BigData. Digitalised Accelerators, Like You Wouldn’t Believe

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– January to April 2017 was spent very carefully further researching and appraising blockchain potentials, in the form of using an Online Register, instead of a referendum.

– May 2017, a global first, suggesting Scotland use a blockchain Online Register. We begin to see real traction and significant viral … Maybe because we also started using some visuals …

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That was our ultra niche first article which went through 1,000+ at source shares, then kept going …

Crikey! True innovation is seemingly coming up with a product that the customer didn’t even know they needed!

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– August 2017, after drafting the first ever article for Scotland’s largest business network, Business for Scotland, it was considered ‘too technically-worded’, so in turn it published via more digitally-focussed DigitalScotNews. It was the first ever such article published in other media in Scotland, on #BlockchainDemocracy, however the online record itself was lost, when the site moved into a further phase of development. Here’s the original.

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-The DigitalScotNews article was absolutely vital, upon reflection. Whilst it was a first for #BlockchainDemocracy – much more importantly it would require to stand the test of ‘flawless’, through Scotland’s technology and blockchain evangelist community. It did that!

– August to October 2017 was spent very carefully further appraising for the forthcoming Business for Scotland article. We knew it would potentially be very significant. We spent weeks, literally, focussed on one future article.

– September 2017. As part of ongoing groundwork, a first for Scotland, considering 80 Future Advantages for Scotland, as a result of future #BlockchainDemocracy

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– October 2017. Business for Scotland. Blockchain arrived on Scotland’s largest business network. This was Scotland’s first real serious mainstream article on blockchain potentials. Viral worldwide. Global rank 1 for Facebook. How Blockchain technology can transform voting in Scotland

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So, we took a commemorative photo!

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Business for Scotland CE Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp / Kilted YesDayScotland / co-writer Tonie McKay.

And it certainly isn’t every year that we can pull together something, to showcase Scotland’s global technology potentials!

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– October 2017. We finalised a new, pioneering, groundbreaking project which had been some time in the making. In conjunction with Switzerland’s #BouleCoin, YesDayScotland designed and delivered a global first, with #BlockchainDemocracy Alpha test. This delivered 100% success for the technology. And also by-the-by, a 98% YES for Scotland!

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– October 2017. We became the first such media feed to ask serious questions of Scotland’s politicians and journalists.

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– November 2017. In context, we were the first such media source to be invited to meet with Edinburgh’s Wallet Services – the newly-appointed Scottish government blockchain public infrastructure partner.

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– November 2017. At the suggestion of Wallet Services, we were the first such media source to attend Scottish Government Elections Team event, at Edinburgh University Informatics, Launch of Public Consultation on Electoral Reform. We are in turn, the only media to confirm that the Scottish government actually initiated their own consultation, unbelievably in context, without even referencing either ‘blockchain’ or ‘cryptography’ in their paperwork. Blimey.

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– January 2018. We became more poignant and definitive in what we were asking Scotland’s politicians and journalists.

As leader of a brand newly-formed Scotland MP Westminster Blockchain Group, MP Martin Docherty-Hughes (West Dumbartonshire) agreed to become the first MP to work with us on a future blockchain article, for Business for Scotland. We’ve seen initial draft, and await the final edit. It was great to meet Martin to discuss the future potentials for Scotland.

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– January 2018. Assisted by Professor Aggelos Kiayias, Director of Edinburgh University Blockchain Technology Laboratory, we delivered the first ever pioneering mainstream on future #BlockchainDemocracy, from an academic perspective. Blockchain academics define a new future for democracy in Scotland It was such an absolute honour, to work on that project.

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– January 2018. We delivered the first ever Scotland #BlockchainDemocracy film clip, to air on TV. Scotland’s Blockchain Future

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– March 2018. We hosted Scotland’s first ever #BlockchainDemocracy summit, which was organised by DigitalScotNews

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– March 2018. I personally spent 3 weeks in the inaugural role of Blockchain Chair of MiVoteScot. This very quickly considered the potentials of using the offered £50M of global cutting edge Australia-based blockchain technology, to initiate citizen-led digital revolution in Scotland. Conclusion was, Scotland would not have digital interface capability until 2019. Additionally, unclear as to Scottish government agreeing interface with blockchain source external to Scotland. Concluded, that in Scotland’s pertinent circumstances and character, the very best way to proceed would be by supporting the creation of #BlockchainDemocracy platforms right here in Scotland, run by government and regulated by government.

It was amazing to meet the MiVote blockchain pioneers as well. And we will be watching MiVote for the future, because if Scotland’s government don’t deliver, self-sovereign Identity will certainly lead to national citizen-led capability for digital revolution.

– April 2018. A Scotland first. The audacity to suggest that Scotland YES proIndy for Independence COULD increase by 62%, as result of shifting from paper voting, to digital democracy. We aligned everything known on our journey, into summarising #Project1Million – how Scotland’s YES could have potential to very dramatically accelerate, and then strategically planning for success. IF progress was led and inspired at national level. IF systems were created to fix Scotland’s existing digital exclusion.

62% increase? Really? Well, NOBODY has disputed the capability.

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Nobody disputed the capability, despite over 300 at source Facebook shares in the first few days! All we see are the same social media recurring sentiments, of Like, Love, Cool, Wow, and Share.

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– April 2018. A Scotland first. Created 8,500 word, 40 support article, 100 InfoGraphic #Opus #CaseStudy on #BlockchainDemocracy for #Scotland

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We called for the creation of a new Scottish government department for #BlockchainDemocracy

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And we defined how future blockchain voting platforms could operate in Scotland. Anyone can easily see how such future innovation, is a central issue for Scotland’s future economic prosperity.

AND THEN, SOMETHING VERY SIGNIFICANT ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!!!

– Within a few days of publishing #Opus – Professor Bill Buchanan provided thoughts on Scotland’s Blockchain Future. These published as a World Exclusive via Twitter @liveIndyScot 

The article is a first for Scotland! e-Voting in Scotland

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every part = EVERY PART

As at the point of Professor Buchanan publishing, @YesDayScotland remains today, as the only media source for Scotland’s future #BlockchainDemocracy. At potential stake, Scotland’s Independence. And additionally, the entire new vision underpinning a new society in Scotland. In a much wider context, Scotland’s ability to provide a global showcase for technology’s ability to resolve mass conflict, in any digitally-literate and democratic society.

The academics however, they are only focussed on one thing, the ability to nail blockchain democracy itself. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Action is the foundational key to all success.

Scotland’s blockchain academics now appear to be on the very threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious new democracy lies ahead, if the final frontiers can be breached. Achieve! Achieve!

And if successful, wise Scots would then do well to put all our #BlockchainDemocracy eggs into one basket, and then watch the basket!

Our thoughts and best wishes to the academics who are charged with the challenge of delivering a new digital democracy for Scotland. It’ll only happen today, if every part is to their satisfaction. If it isn’t, no doubt they will set about designing it for tomorrow.

The first group of blockchain academics to nail national scale #BlockchainDemocracy gets the oysters; the second group gets the shells.

Despite the very significant footprint that YesDayScotland has created, #BlockchainDemocracy still doesn’t even feature today, ANYWHERE on Scotland’s proIndy YES platforms! Go figure!

Mainstream media? Yes Platforms. State broadcasters. The further we’ve studied, the less attention we pay to what YESSERS say. We just watch what they don’t do.

The google digital footprint for the single word yesdayscotland only has 3,230 results!

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– April 2018. #Project1Million and #Opus submitted for SNP 2018 National Prize for Innovation. No subsequent reply 🙂

– May 2018. Submission for #PulitzerPrize for Investigative Reporting. 

Scotland is admittedly and understandably regarded by many, as the world’s most beautiful country. Our democracy however, is another matter entirely.

Having a general election when half of people don’t vote, because they don’t feel their opinions count for anything, is wrong. And for those who do vote, recently the Scottish National Party has been the most voted for party, but we then end up being governed by a combination of the English-centric Conservative and Unionist Party, in partnership with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. WTF!

Scotland voted 62% to remain in the EU? We’re getting dragged out the EU.

This is how many Scots see our democracy today:

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So, we put it to you today, that what Scotland needs to do, is overhaul all democracy, and use #BlockchainDemocracy, to drag it from the 15th century, 600 years fast forward to completely modernised new capability. Fundamentally, Scotland’s democracy will never change, until the opinion of all Scots, becomes valued.

Better put, Scotland will never change until Scots themselves, individually feel that their opinions are valued. 800,000 people never even voted in Scotland’s 2014 referendum. 18% of the electorate. Their votes will count, and THEY will count, if there’s future #BlockchainDemocracy.

If Scotland embraces #BlockchainDemocracy, there will be very significant potential implications for Scotland, The United Kingdom, and globally.

Whilst many forms of existing democracy are built today on lies, disinformation, distortion and bias, #BlockchainDemocracy provides an opportunity to reverse those, into working with the positivities of truth, love, hope and courage. As I’ve mentioned on Twitter!

If anyone has a better set of ideas for improving democracy, please let us know!

Our conversation has been epic. Our ambition unrestrained. People together, dreaming of making the world a better, happier place.

Capability to help create Scotland’s Independence. Knock-ons of creating other Independent countries. Identities up, barriers down. Ability to be used to resolve conflicts in Catalonia, Quebec, and where else next? Ireland perhaps? The architectural underpinnings for new society based upon truth and values, and which is also so much more respectful of the feelings of fellow human beings.

And as highlighted yesterday:

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The prioritised collective goal, is simply to create better society.

It’s been great fun these last four years, campaigning for something that doesn’t even exist yet.

The ‪#BlockchainDemocracy process itself has origins back in January 2016, within Scotland’s YES to Indy community. It takes an ingenious and unprecedented approach to now seek to successfully achieve a previously unachieved feat.

In the Western world today, we all process incredible amounts of daily information. As a generality we think too much, and we feel too little. In considering the digitalisation of democracy, and the associated machinery, it is of paramount importance that we apply humanity. More than complicated digital information pack downloads, we need simplicity, kindness, and gentleness. These are the qualities that modern democracy should aspire to.

And if Scotland does the things that we are now capable of, we will literally astound ourselves.

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My Turkish friend Erdal (who was lied to by Unionists in 2014), Ian the piper, and I 

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(Image via Ken Patterson Photography, in conjunction with Lifetime Photography)

In combination with our two most recent articles, #Project1Million and #BlockchainDemocracy Opus – we are circa 17,500 words. Our subject matter has been absolutely focussed, we’ve investigated and lived it through. And we’ve reported it. Exclusively!

Many thanks for your time in considering our project for a Pulitzer. If we were to receive a future award, it would be a victory for freedom of speech, the evolution of democracy, and the relevance in speaking out as an individual, if you think you have an idea for improving society. It would also be a celebration of community spirit, absolutely centred on aspiration, and hope for a better future.

Best wishes one and all,

Nicholas Russell, for community in and around Twitter @YesDayScotland

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