A Digital Democracy Hackathon with Australia’s Mivote

Our core theme of documenting ‘World Class Digital Government’ means both highlighting world class innovations at a local Scottish level, and of course sharing best practices from around the world. This sharing will be achieved through online articles and also face to face meet ups and workshops, the first being a perfect example of this […]

A Sovereign Identity for a Sovereign Scotland?

Digital Identity refers to the various usernames and log-on procedures we use to interact with web sites and other digital services. The Scottish Government has defined it to be essential to their goals of building a World Class Digital Government, with key goals including: Develop a common, single sign-in and authentication process for businesses seeking […]

Blockchain Digital Government – Digital Mortgages

I’ve started an article series ‘Blockchain Digital Government’, to identify the enabling role the Blockchain will play in building new digital government services. Identity-Enabled Digital Services What’s immediately notable is the involvement of Identity technologies too, the two are practically inseparable. For example this enabling role of new digital service innovations is effectively highlighted in […]

Blockchain-Enabled Digital Government: A National Blueprint

Blockchain-Enabled Services Architecture A keystone foundation for modern Digital Government services will be the definition of a Blockchain-based design model for enabling secure data sharing between government agencies, as Professor Bill Buchanan introduces in his guest article. The fabric for integrating multiple legacy systems into a Single Citizen Account will be formed through Identity-centric data […]

CivTech and Wallet.Services – Driving Blockchain Innovation in Government

CivTech The ScotChain17 presentation from Wallet.Services is introduced by Alexander Holt of the Scottish Government’s CivTech Accelerator. Alexander describes the challenges of slow and bureaucratic government procurement, and how their initiative is intended to speed things through a more innovative approach. Working around a number of shared challenges they then award contracts to for the […]

Democracy 2.0 – Online voting first step towards Digital Democracy

The Scottish Government is currently running a consultation to poll citizens on their views for online voting. While views that the IndyRef vote may have been tampered with are somewhat conspiratorial the use of Internet technologies most notably the Blockchain would put this concern to bed with finality, and much more importantly, would set in […]