Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Report on government applications of blockchain technology

Report on government and democracy applications of the blockchain
A new report has highlighted the increasingly realistic possibility applications value of the ‘blockchain’, to transform government.

The Report by MyungSan Jun in the Journal of open Innovation entitled Blockchain government - a next form of infrastructure for the twenty-first century is available to download in full here.

The blockchain technology is best known for being the underlying infrastructure behind Bitcoin and most (but not all) cryptocurrencies. However, as this report points out, its applications potentially go far beyond disrupting the financial system.
The report highlights that more than 100 blockchain projects created to transform government systems are already underway in more than 30 countries (not including New Zealand according to the reported data).

The report considers what leads countries to rapidly initiate blockchain projects of this nature?

The thesis is that this is because blockchain is “a technology directly related to social organization; Unlike other technologies, a consensus mechanism form[s] the core of blockchain.”

The argument is that blockchain will enable machines and algorithms to in-part take over a crucial element of institutional transparency and accountability – consensus. This may sound a bit scary but it really is not. Currently humans are doing a pretty bad job at consensus, leading to inefficiency, widespread fraud , manipulation and other error. It seems machines could not do much worse.

The report states:
”Traditionally, consensus is not the domain of machines but rather humankind. However, blockchain operates through a consensus algorithm with human intervention; once that consensus is made, it cannot be modified or forged.”

It suggests that blockchain creates “absolute law” that cannot be violated:

“This characteristic of blockchain makes it possible to implement social technology that can replace existing social apparatuses including bureaucracy.”

The report posits that due to the similarity of bureaucracies and the blockchain technology, it is possible and moreover unavoidable to replace bureaucracy with blockchain systems.

It argues both of them 1 are defined by the rules and execute predetermined rules, 2 work as information processing machines for society, and 3 work as trust machines for society.

In conclusion, the report suggests five principles that should be adhered to when we replace bureaucracy with the blockchain system:

1) introducing Blockchain Statute law;
2) transparent disclosure of data and source code;
3) implementing autonomous executing administration;
4) building a governance system based on direct democracy and
5) making Distributed Autonomous Government(DAG).
Read the full report here


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Should Be Anxious About Artificial Intelligence

Frankly, the prospect of possibly losing half the existing forms of paid employment to AI does make me feel extremely anxious, given the indifference shown by central government to the downstream social damage caused by the reform process last time around... More>>

ALSO:


Binoy Kampmark: Tom Wolfe The Parajournalist

As New Journalism’s primary advocate, Tom Wolfe headed the field with such experimental forces as Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and Hunter S. Thompson, all dedicated to enriching supposedly factual accounts with excessive flourishes that hurried out the beige in favour of the kaleidoscopic. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Racism And The Windsors

For all the talk about the modernizing effect that Meghan Markle could have on the Royal Family, the suspicion all along has been that the House of Windsor is resistant to change at any level beyond the purely decorative. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Prospects Of US Talks With North Korea

On June 12, the leaders of North Korea and the United States will meet across a table in Singapore, and Kim Jong Un must already be feeling giddy at the thought that this meeting is already being described with the word “summit” formerly reserved for meetings between superpowers of equal stature... Image: Steve Bolton NZ's contribution to the IAEA’s work on North Korea

  • United Nations - UN chief ‘optimistic’ over peace efforts
  • David Swanson - Enough is Enough. The Time Has Come to BDS the US - Peace Comes to Korea: Let’s Understand Why
  • CTBTO - CTBTO on North Korea
  • NZ Govt - NZ welcomes talks between North and South Korea
  • Massey University - Nukes to cyber war – NZ security in focus
  • Jim Miles - The Doomsday Machine - Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
  • UNHCHR - North Korea detente: UN expert urges human rights opening
  • Binoy Kampmark - Trump, North Korea and Post-Olympic Angst
  • Gordon Campbell: On National’s Latest Attempts At Relevance

    Having ignored the existence of massive problems in health and education for nine years in government, it is no longer politically viable for National to maintain the pretence that such problems really don’t exist, or are somehow unworthy of serious concern by rational men of commerce.... More>>