He3Labs Demonstrates Blockchain E-Government at the 100th Annual Crow Fair
In August 2018, He3Labs and its partner, Universal Tribal Partners (UTP), demonstrated the transformative potential of blockchain in the public sector with an e-government proof of concept system shown at the historic 100th Annual Crow Fair in Montana.
Built on an alpha version of He3Labs’ Threshold DLT middleware solution and using NEM blockchain technology, Crow Tribe government officials and Native American citizens were given a hands-on look at integrated and streamlined e-government systems accessed via smartphone app, including:
Blockchain-based citizen's ID
Use of cryptocurrency for individual payments or merchant point-of-sale.
To date, this is one of the first working blockchain-based e-government system demonstrations and possibly the only one in the world with this level of cross-service blockchain integration.
He3Labs and UTP have worked closely since 2017 to bring real-world benefits of blockchain technology to Native American people and governments. E-Government was identified early on as an area of significant potential impact, and the Crow Tribe provided critical guidance that pointed the way for the features shown at Crow Fair.
The efficiency of an integrated e-government system was on clear display, with the proof of concept system running on hardware entirely within the teepee where Crow citizens were able to create their blockchain ID cards, vote in a mock election, and begin transacting with each other in real time, all by using a smartphone. He3Labs’ Threshold system is able to make use of both public and private blockchains, such as those offered by NEM, to offer the right combination of privacy, performance, and accountability – critical for public elections and other public sector functions.
The Power of Blockchain-Based E-Government Starts with Identification
Registering each citizen’s identity in a cryptographically secure form on blockchain instantly surpasses traditional social security numbers or physical ID cards. He3Labs’ blockchain system makes this possible without relying on falsifiable ID cards or trusting other parties with a social security number, and in the future users will authenticate to their blockchain ID with biometrics or other methods as appropriate.
Representing each citizen within the blockchain system directly is the foundation for further highly integrated e-government features. Users may selectively expose verifiable identity and personal information, as needed, and other official applications may have direct instant access to verified age, registration, or family relationship information. And of course, the blockchain ID for an individual or businesses also serves as their cryptocurrency wallet.
Additional Capabilities Strengthen Everyday Blockchain-Based Application Use
With citizens universally registered in this way, a truly world-leading voting system is possible. Voter registration, balloting, and casting and counting of votes are all integrated within the blockchain system, providing better accuracy and transparency than ever possible before, not to mention instant tallying of results.
Appropriate privacy is guaranteed with a hybrid public/private blockchain approach, without compromising verifiability. Citizens experience greater trust in the voting process, and greater accessibility of participation for voters of all ages, anywhere in the world.
Integrated government services such as registration and viewing of land ownership also benefit from blockchain. Official ownership, linked to blockchain ID, and associated rights and survey results can be viewed instantly rather than through complex paperwork. Transferral of ownership or other rights may be securely conducted with the necessary approvals provided in auditable cryptographic form – instantly.
Other blockchain efforts being pursued by UTP with He3Labs’ support include cryptocurrency mining within reservation lands and One Nation Coin (ONC) – a sovereign cryptocurrency concept intended as a foundation for Native American people and businesses to take control of their own economic future digitally, as they once did along ancient trading routes.
He3Labs, UTP, and NEM’s attendance at the 100th Annual Crow Fair will be covered in a forthcoming documentary “Adventures in Crypto”.