What could blockchain do for politics? – Welcome to Blockchain – Medium

  • This is perhaps why the government in Tbilisi, under the leadership of justice minister Tea Tsulukiani, decided to make Georgia the first country in the world to use a blockchain to protect its land registry system.Blockchain is a system that makes an immutable ledger using sophisticated cryptography, distributing the database…
  • Imagine a UN-backed electoral blockchain that could be used as the gold standard to prevent corruption in elections, replacing the need for costly election monitoring programs.More Secure National RecordsThe Georgian land registry is one of the first examples of blockchain being used in this way.
  • A blockchain with a thousand or so computers on it, such as the Georgian land registry, but theoretically also a hospital patient database, electoral roll, or anything else you can think of, is much more secure than holding the database on a single server — as is the norm today — because attackers would…
  • North Korean hackers were later found to have been behind the attack.But by anchoring the smaller private blockchain to the behemoth bitcoin blockchain, which has millions of nodes and unbelievable amounts of computer power maintaining its integrity, the database becomes even more immutable.Land Records and Smart ContractsOther countries have taken…
  • On blockchain, no matter what buildings were lost, every record would be absolutely secure.The next step, according to Mari Khardziani, head of the international relations unit at Georgia’s National Agency of Public Registry, is to add the ability to incorporate “smart contracts” onto the blockchain itself, so that a Georgian…

The small nation in the Caucuses, with a population of just under four million, gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. But in 2008, under the pretext of supporting separatist movements…

Georgians know what it’s like to have their land stolen from them.The small nation in the Caucasus, with a population of just under 4 million, gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. But in 2008, under the pretext of supporting separatist movements, Russia invaded from the north, seizing control of several Georgian territories — South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia still occupies both, and in July Russian troops annexed yet more Georgian land in what Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili called “creeping occupation.”This is perhaps why the government in Tbilisi, under the leadership of justice minister Tea Tsulukiani, decided to make Georgia the first country in the world to use a blockchain to protect its land registry system.Blockchain is a system that makes an immutable ledger using sophisticated cryptography, distributing the database across thousands of participating computers. This makes it almost unhackable; even if an attacker was able to access one unit of the blockchain, any changes they managed to make would be permanently visible on the ledger, like graffiti scratched on a steel tabletop.How About an Immutable Blockchain-Based Voting System?Blockchain is the technology behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin, which has hit headlines in recent weeks for its extraordinary tenfold increase in value during 2017. But experts say blockchain has the potential to change not just currency but also any industry or state activity in which data is exchanged.“The blockchain, as a decentralized and perfect ledger and selective and impenetrable store of data, can replace anything where people can make mistakes. Government comes to mind,”…

What could blockchain do for politics? – Welcome to Blockchain – Medium