About this Research Topic
Blockchains, and complementary technologies such as APIs, are suggested as a means for improving civic functions, the inherent functions of the blockchain said to make the process of voting and improvements to democracy ideal use cases. Indeed, the Civic Tech Field guide details twenty-eight civic tech applications built atop the blockchain, in addition to state and national pilot and project applications of blockchains in the democratic process. For varied reasons, however, projects started by start-ups and governments alike fail to gather momentous social traction and capitalise on the interest garnered during ideation, suggesting that the process of voting may remain paper-based for many years to come.
We seek manuscripts describing both empirical and theoretical applications of blockchains in democracy from experts and technology partners. Descriptions engaging a forward view, a sociopolitical, crypto-anarchic or critical lens regarding the use of blockchains in the democratic process, are also welcome. Perspectives regarding addresses the institutions hurdles to adoption are encouraged as are thoughts regarding the impact of the expected blockchain standards on adoption in this regard.
Keywords: blockchain, API, voting, democracy, civil technology, governance
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