Three types of blockchain projects: Ukraine, on a Blockchain

Ukraine is investigating running its election on a blockchain, which is an entirely rational thing for them to do.

They have a credible fears of a stolen election, facing a hostile nation state actor with the significant resources and desire to undermine the legitimacy of their institutions. Mathematics is somewhat harder to undermine, when used correctly.

Blockchains don’t remove the “Know Your Customer” (Know Your Voter?) type concerns (anywhere), they simply transform them, and the transparency that comes as part of that, when properly implemented. Read more…

posted: 13 Mar 2016

A question on the Cabinet Office update on the data copying consultation

The recent Cabinet Office blog post on their data copying consultation says:

 In the Troubled Families programme, for example, this created a catch-22 situation where government wanted to offer proactive services based on the consent of individuals involved, but faced legal hurdles to share data to see which individuals and families might benefit.

Have detailed case studies of why this was actually a problem ever been cited anywhere?

While it’s understandable that the Director of Data wants to remove legal hurdles, they might be there for a reason, if they’re actually there at all…

For example, the Home Office (General Register Office) part of the consultation is a case where GRO want a particular legal gateway to confirm particular attributes of an individual for other Government departments (generally confirmation that they were born), with the individual’s active consent for that transaction. The beginnings of a civil society response to this consultation are here.

Unfortunately, it appears the Cabinet Office decided to consult on language they’ve had on the shelf since s152 back in the days of ID cards.

I’m not sure a Chief Data Officer would have made the same decision.

Update: This might be the actual problem: Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 17.38.09

posted: 12 Mar 2016