Describe Scotland’s democracy today.
We are 21st century citizens, with archaic 19th century vote institutions, using 15th century pieces of paper. Hopefully to the amusement of Scotland’s Germans for Indy YES, we might indeed consider referring to the 2014 Westminster referendum process as ‘a Baron Munchausen’, in honour of the eighteenth-century German nobleman, who never let reality get in the way of a colourful (not to say florid) account of his extraordinary adventures and achievements. Because fundamentally, the 2014 vote was based on a White Paper, which most people had never even heard of.
And it sadly gets much worse. In 2016 Scotland voted 62% to remain in the EU, but we are to be dragged out by our 10 times bigger English neighbour, all based upon Tory lies written on the side of a red bus? That isn’t democracy for Scotland. It’s the very opposite of democracy.
Given what Scotland’s citizens have been subjected to over recent years, it is crystal clear that the digital democracy revolution now has great capability to be a dictatorship of the exploited, against the exploiters.
What is your background?
Twitter: @YesDayScotland initiated in summer 2015. The initial conceptual was ‘Scotland needs a website to measure evolving desire for Independence’. People liked the concept, so we kept tweeting.
In January 2016 a Scot then resident in California, suggested any such project would be best underpinned with #Blockchain #DLT distributed ledger technology.
The progressive conversation then accelerated, with global dialogue which has involved aspirational digital visionaries, groundbreaking democracy innovators, blockchain evangelists, professors and academics, and many an ordinary Scot. All input in and around YesDayScotland is 100% voluntary.
A totally pivotal moment occurred in summer 2017, when DigitalScotNews deployed all resources into accelerating the capability. Their overall stated digital ambition for Scotland’s future capability is simply incredible, and it has defined that there is no reason whatsoever why Scotland cannot now become the world’s leading direct digital democracy.
What has it been like to deliver groundbreaking investigative reporting?
It has been a profoundly humbling experience to collate progressive information, and then share it to the wider world. It has especially been an honour of a lifetime to write the first ever #BlockchainDemocracy article for DigitalScotNews.
Then subsequently also, to deliver The Business for Scotland #BlockchainTrilogy, which phased general, academic, and political. The first article achieved very significant global viral, accelerating #BlockchainDemocracy into global number 1 ranking on Facebook.
Thereafter, our May 2018 BellaCaledonia article was written, absolutely from the heart, concluding ‘And if Scotland does the things that we are now capable of, we will literally astound ourselves’.
Today, our latest articles are sitting as the main news headlines on Scotland’s most cutting-edge democracy news portal, http://indynation.scot
The real world blockchain potentials have mostly previously been restricted to ultra-niche digital news, but these have also now reached mainstream media.
Tell us about Scotland’s previous blockchain polling tests.
There have been two previous blockchain IndyPoll Alpha simulations, both restricted to circa 2,000 participants. Both of the Alphas delivered 100% success. And by-the-by, both also delivered 98% YES for Scotland Independence. YesDayScotland ran one of these 2017 Alphas ourselves, in conjunction with Switzerland’s BouleCoin. An extremely insightful project, also realising philosophically that we were looking at the evolution of democracy itself, right on the very cutting edge of global democracy innovation.
Tell us about Scotland’s first national-scale Clearpoll blockchain-powered IndyPoll.
In June 2018 ClearPoll offered Scotland the future opportunity to use their phenomenal new technology on a much larger scale. Scotland can treat this groundbreaking blockchain poll as an historic learning experience.
Polling will run from October 23rd – 30th 2018, and it’s open to anyone with a smartphone. The same as all of today’s existing newspaper and social media polls, even our children can take part. One smartphone, one vote.
ClearPoll suggest their location filters will only permit people in Scotland to participate. It will be interesting to see if the luddites who do not wish for a #BlockchainDemocracy future, will be able to disrupt the participatory process.
The Scotland #IndyPoll can therefore enable a national scale equivalent of ‘an Alpha test’, in effect, a system simulation on mass scale.
Clearpoll have only issued one single tweet about the poll. It was seen by more than 280,000 people.
What will be learned from the national IndyPoll?
The poll IS ONLY A POLL. But it will familiarise Scots, with a totally brand new future of smartphone voting, introducing citizens to wonderfully convenient participation. It will prove blockchain technology can accept a vote, and confirm that vote to the smartphone owner, in that process beginning to instill trust in revolutionary new #BlockchainTechnology democracy.
Welcome to a totally new vision, with accumulating and visible vote statistics.
Historic and current democracy is already an agenda’d talking point in Scotland’s schools. This poll will become an unprecedented talking point.
It will provide a snapshot of what it will be like, to begin to increase democratic participation, and digital inclusion. Goodbye to Scotland’s existing 25% – 50% electoral turnouts, and say hello to the beginnings of potentials for Scandinavian-inspired 85% participation. These are the societal underpinnings for a new Scotland.
Digital exclusion is a problem in Scotland today. Scotland’s digital inclusion is at 80%, whereas Norway’s is 96%, so it’s all there to be improved.
How will the Scotland poll influence the future of global polling?
Most importantly of all, the week of polling in Scotland will categorically help revolutionise global polling, heralding the global end of manipulated, fabricated and censored public opinion data.
The next phase of blockchain polling will introduce verified participation information, via self-sovereign identities, a further total game-changer for global polling.
Scotland’s inaugural poll is also going to make people realise what happens, when social media share capabilities are added to democracy.
It is worth highlighting, that the ClearPoll technology is to be used for the USA 2020 Presidential Elections. The USA therefore gets to follow in Scotland’s pioneering footsteps.
What do you see as the biggest implication of #BlockchainDemocracy?
To use Scotland’s #IndyPoll as an example, what all Scots are seeing, is total decentralisation of democracy itself. There are no #ClearPoll employees in Scotland, there isn’t even a virtual office. There is no regulator. There are no Scotland Clearpoll spokespersons. There is no mainstream media control. The decision-making power is shifting from archaic voting and its associated institutions, directly into the hands of the people, and that’s where it should be.
Observing that process through the vortex of accumulating views across global media, and then delivering investigative reporting on it, offers all involved an absolutely intriguing new set of dynamics.
It isn’t a case of, ‘Who is the architect of this new global democracy?’, because what we’re all seeing is a convergence of so many aspects, from across the entire global span of blockchain engineering, evolution, technology, revolution and innovation. Over recent months the acceleration with global platform providers, actually defies belief.
What other blockchain initiatives is Scotland now considering?
There are 3 distinct phased aspects now in progress for Scotland.
Firstly. An online Independence Covenant has now been established. This has been created by the Indy division of DigitalScotNews. This isn’t established on blockchain, it’s simply collating online YES signatures.
There are very significant plans now getting underway, to bring The Covenant to all of Scotland’s attention.
Secondly. ClearPoll #IndyPoll 23rd – 30th October, all as above.
The poll itself will go live via twitter: https://twitter.com/voteclearpoll
Thirdly. As we understand it, in the first few months of 2019, the Scottish government will be issuing Saltire Cards, with unique digital ID numbers, for all Scots who don’t yet have one.
This will pave the way for blockchain identity academics, to be able to liaise with one of the world’s most prominent blockchain democracy platform providers, to deliver something absolutely unprecedented in Scotland. A permanent Online Blockchain Indy Register.
YesDayScotland has been made fully aware that we cannot report which academics and which platform is involved, until NDA non-disclosure agreements have been finalised, in order for all involved to be able to then fully share system capabilities.
We will update further, when we receive more information.
It is worth noting that as at 31st July 2018, Scotland’s government has already confirmed in collaboration with their public infrastructure blockchain partner, Edinburgh’s Wallet Services, that the future of Scotland democracy is via #BlockchainDemocracy.
It remains to be seen however, if Scotland’s government will be able to step up and deliver an Online Blockchain Indy Register, before the blockchain identity academics and democracy platform providers beat them to it. First there gets the oysters, those that follow get the shells.
Either which way, tremendously exciting times ahead for Scotland’s modern era democracy.
Globally, what will be the biggest single improvement that #BlockchainDemocracy can bring?
If incorporating compulsory (and simplistic) downloads and tickbox acknowledgements as part of the vote process, voters will define that they actually know what they are voting about.
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23RD – 30TH OCTOBER 2018. INDY POLL – QUICK READ SOCIAL MEDIA INFO https://yesdayscotland.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/23rd-30th-october-2018-indy-poll-quick-read-social-media-info
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Edinburgh University Blockchain Technology Laboratory
Professor Aggelos Kiayias, director of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh
School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University
World’s first advanced blockchain identity lab to be built in Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s Wallet Services are the Scottish government public infrastructure blockchain partner
The Chair of European Parliament’s science and technology options assessment panel, says blockchain is ‘pioneering, forward-looking, less bureaucratic, more trusted, more democratic and gives control to the citizens’
And to fully understand the vision of ClearPoll? Please do read their article. Here’s why ClearPoll needs to exist, and why it will succeed
Here’s a link to the #ClearPoll website.
Blockchain media quotes are already accumulating from across the span of business, politicians, academics, technologists, and many ordinary Scots.
Scotland’s centralised technology platform for #BlockchainDemocracy – is via Twitter @DigitalscotNews – Quick summary: Blockchain Digital Voting – Blueprint for Scottish #digitaldemocracy
Where exactly, is the global cutting edge of #BlockchainDemocracy? COULD BLOCKCHAIN HELP THE GROWTH OF ONLINE VOTING?
Amongst all Investigative Reporting, from the many global platform providers now in existence, if we had to choose only one single platform, which has totally caught our attention? It’s the MiVote ‘sister platform’, HorizonState
Specifically, HorizonState are the only platform, to have done this: Horizon State joins Google, Dropbox and Spotify as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers