Blockchain democracy: how tech can help global voting become a reality



How could we make global democracy actually work? By using software systems like blockchain that digitally guarantee the anonymity, and single vote, of global citizens.

This story shows how blockchain democracy helped the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame beat voter fraud

The 1,812,688 votes cast for the Rock Hall’s Fan Vote is reportedly the largest use of online voting using blockchain to date. People from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 100 countries worldwide accessed the Rock Hall’s site to cast their votes for their favorite rock artists; 60% of votes were made from smartphones... [Last] year’s vote was compromised due to hacking. While many organizations run fan votes primarily for marketing and promotional purposes, the Rock Hall of Fame opted to link with Votem [because] their online voting platform leverages blockchain, aiming to bring improved uptime, security and performance to the voting process.

Alex Tapscott describes here what blockchain is and can do: 

Blockchain is a vast, global distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices and open to anyone, where not just information but anything of value – money, but also titles, deeds, identities, even votes – can be moved, stored and managed securely and privately– and where trust can be established through mass collaboration and clever code rather than by powerful intermediaries like governments and banks.

The European Parliament (PDF) has been exploring the possibilities for "blockchain-enabled voting" (or BEV):

Blockchain experts are discussing a new generation of ‘techno-democratic systems’, and we can already see the emergence of virtual equivalents of national administrations, based upon blockchain technology. However, in the near term, BEV’s strongest potential may be in organisational rather than national contexts. Indeed, they have been used for the internal elections of political parties, and shareholder votes in Estonia. Taking the concept a step further, BEV could be combined with smart contracts, to automatically take action under certain agreed conditions. Here, for example, election results could trigger the automatic implementation of manifesto promises, investment choices or other organisational decisions.