Trust is distributed.
This is Scotland’s first ever collated summary of media quotes about the potential new future for pioneering #ElectronicDemocracy #BlockchainDemocracy e-voting
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The more distilled to the essence, the better!
‘We need a principled approach, which reflects how much we value democracy … elections should be run by the people, for the people, and the technology should respect that … Scotland can do this, and it can be exemplary’ Professor Aggelos Kiayias, chair in Cyber Security and Privacy and director of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. World exclusive, quote via Business for Scotland
“The future, though, is likely to be a fully integrated voting system and which are robust and secure. This system should preserve the privacy rights of the citizen and a full anonymization of the voting procedure, and where trust can be applied at every part of the process. This is likely to involve blockchain infrastructure and advanced cryptography and would have to be completed reviewed for its operation’ Bill Buchanan OBE is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, December 2016 Scottish Cyber Evangelist of the Year award. World exclusive, quote via twitter @liveindyscot Source article via THE INDEPENDENCE LIVE BLOG We also highlight Professor Buchanan’s article e-voting in Scotland
‘It is fitting that Scotland is home both to Professor Bill Buchanan’s Napier University Blockchain Identity laboratory, and Wallet services. Both will provide technology for the separation of powers over citizen and consumer data. We are now looking at a new era for Scotland’s Digital Enlightenment’ Adaptation of a tweet via Peter Ferry, Founder and Director of Edinburgh’s Wallet Services, the Scottish government public infrastructure blockchain partner. Peter is also Scotland’s Honorary Consul of Estonia.
If you are here reading about #BlockchainDemocracy for the very first time, take at look at what Estonia has already achieved. One quarter the size of Scotland. ‘Named the most advanced digital society in the world’
‘Blockchain might just be the game changer. Firstly, the capability of blockchain would be best served by promoting the positive social opportunities blockchain offers in its broadest sense; promoting trust in efficient governance and delivery of public services. That’s a benefit for all … Scotland can lead the charge’ Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dumbartonshire, via Business for Scotland Noted, this is the first ever Scotland MP article in history, on the subject of #BlockchainDemocracy – and additionally, Martin has now formed a Scotland Westminster MP Blockchain Group.
‘We need to challenge old ways of thinking’ Anne Moises, Scottish Government Chief Information Officer, Directorate for Digital
Prof Burkhard Schafer spoke about blockchain’s ability to change voting and stated, ‘the technology can replicate what institutions do’. We will, for example, no longer require institutions to arrange polling stations, or physical counting of votes by hand. Prof Schafer then turned to postal voting, and talked of ’replacing postal voting on demand, to make it available only where a reason for requiring it is shown’, whilst highlighting that blockchain voting must be available to all of the population.
‘By digitalising alone, this can increase voting participation by 3% – 12%’ Professor Ailsa Henderson from the University of Edinburgh
‘A new kind of internet … One which is based much more on security than openness; one that reliably verifies who you are, and what you’re doing, rather than the current maelstrom of spam, scam and fakery. This is what a “blockchain” makes possible. A blockchain is a giant digital ledger of all transactions that are made within its system. Those transactions are encrypted, turned into unlockable code, so no-one can track you down individually. But it means you can trust the system as a whole. Even more so, as its information is distributed across every computer that signs up to the blockchain: it doesn’t reside in some central bank or corporation’s databases … A better Net evidently needs to be built … Let’s see if the blockchainers have some answers’ Pat Kane writing in The National 16.09.2017
‘Secure electronic (blockchain) voting systems can take the pulse of the nation an issue instantaneously, making five-year plebiscites and big referenda look positively medieval’ Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp CE Business for Scotland, writing in The National 6.10.2017
‘Scotland should take the lead in developing a commonly owned blockchain system … blockchain would also enable secure online voting. Young people see centralised parliamentary systems with old-style political debate as spectacularly uninspiring and irrelevant to them. This means political decisions are made by those with less time to live with the consequences of electing fools. Just as postal voting helps old folks vote, secure instant mobile voting will encourage younger generations to have their voice heard. If young people aged 16-25 voted as often as those over 50 then everything would change’ Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp CE Business for Scotland, writing in The National 13.10.2017
‘Never mind technological innovation – we may need some moral and emotional innovation before we get the best out of our accelerated, ramifying era. And if we ever get to shape our Scottish state, I hope we avail ourselves of the best thinking and practice around how we balance the open freedoms and the vulnerable dangers of the internet … Could we think that way about local digital networks – as a software commons? Using secure technologies like blockchain to support everything from e-voting to local currencies?’ Pat Kane, writing in The National 28.4.2018
‘Massive implications for our democracy’
Alistair Hunter, former SNP Councillor for Leven, Kennoway and Largoward
‘We need to ensure voting is both accessible and secure – and if we can help to do that with the introduction of a digital option, then we need to consider it’
Julie Hepburn, 2018 SNP Depute Leader candidate
And here’s two quotes of ours:
‘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’
‘Based upon all accumulating facts and figures, we’d like to suggest that Scotland’s number 1 prioritised debate today, is no longer about having a referendum. It’s about switching from paper to blockchain digital, in order to have a better referendum’ @YesDayscotland THIS IS HOW SCOTLAND CAN BECOME AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY #BlockchainDemocracy #Opus
‘The goal is to engage the public into a better policy formulation as well as decision making process’ Neil McEvoy of DigitalScotNews
‘The problem with traditional digital voting is that it has a single point of trust, the voter terminal. That’s the advantage to a Blockchain based infrastructure, trust is distributed’ Liam Bell, #CyberSecurity Research Fellow @EdinburghNapier
Initiated in late summer 2015, with #BlockchainDemocracy conceptuals following in January 2016, the voluntary network of community discussions in and around YesDayScotland, has delivered over 50 global and Scotland pioneering innovations. BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION AND THE LIST OF FIRSTS
Amongst the first ever twitter dialogue in these blockchain contexts, ongoing twitter with technologist, Belgian-based @delboy1978uk – ‘Scotland now has an opportunity to nail dynamic real time counting. Can you imagine? No one would be able to spin anything, once the constitution of the project was all live and public online! I’m all about the Blockchain, ScotGov needs to deliver a reprogramming of existing political infrastructure, into the Blockchain! Scotland’s entire electoral register and governmental processes need to move into this new modern era. Technology now needs to undermine the antiquated existing paper system, and then eventually overtake it, and become it!’ Above quote via Twitter: Derek Stephen McLean, aka delboy1978uk – In digital discussions with Twitter: @YesDayScotland 7.12.2016
Westminster MP quote provided for YesDayScotland Media, 17.5.2018
“The EU referendum last year was a great exercise in democracy, but it is hard to ignore the fact that 12.9m eligible voters did not take part. As Members of Parliament, we should always be looking at what more can be done to engage the masses with our political process. It is never good enough to shrug our shoulders and accept the status quo when things could clearly be better.
Technology, not least of all blockchain, has brought great challenges, but even greater advances for our society. The introduction of online voting would be a vital, cost-effective reform that could enable some of the most marginalised groups in our country to exercise their right to vote. Young people, voters with disabilities, and voters overseas should all be given accessible methods of voting at elections. It is unacceptable that in 2018, we are yet to enable a process which effectively does this.”
Thanking Hannah Bardell MP, Member of Parliament for the Livingston Constituency. SNP Spokesperson on Trade and Investment.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with everyone who is involved with the Scottish government trials for digital voting. C’mon Scotland.
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