24.09.2018

Blockchain and democracy – potential uses in finance, services and the media

Blockchain has the potential to strengthen democratic institutions. We discuss specific potential applications with experts.

Democracies the world over are increasingly being threatened by corruption, abuse of power, and autocratic actors. When democratic institutions are undermined, this has grave consequences for social cohesion and the basic human rights of large sections of the world’s population.

Blockchain can make a major contribution to promoting democratic institutions. Potential fields of application for the technology include the public services and finance sectors as well as independent journalism. Blockchain not only promises greater transparency and thus greater trust in democratic processes, it also provides scope for new incentives systems and a chance to make efficiency gains.

Alongside configuring the technical solution, other crucial factors for the implementation of blockchain projects include precisely mapping out the general legal, political and institutional conditions. The GIZ Blockchain Lab is pursuing this goal.

At this event, experts in the fields of technology and governance will be discussing how using blockchain to promote democracy works in practice. The discussion will identify the potential added value of using blockchain in e-government, public finances and the free press, and present individual initiatives in these areas.

Please register at BlockchainDemocracy

You may also be interested in some of the other public events we are holding as part of the 2018 digital event series:

  • 19.09.2018 | 6 pm: EngagementDigital
  •  25.09.2018| 6:30 pm: Digitally controversial! #5: ‘Social media: enemy or friend of democracies and freedom of opinion?’
  •  26.09.2018| 6:30 pm: Film screening: ‘Digital Africa – a continent reinventing itself’, followed by a discussion
  • 27.09.2018| 10 am – 3 pm: Closing event: ‘Market of possibilities’, presentation of GIZ projects relating to digitalisation

Venue and date

GIZ-Haus Berlin
Reichpietschufer 20
10785 Berlin

Monday, 24 September 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm