The Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development is proud to present a significant body of research, focused on raising awareness for the potential of blockchain technology to contribute profound social impact worldwide. The purpose of this white paper—The Future is Decentralized: Block Chains, Distributed Ledgers & The Future of Sustainable Development (Volume 1) is to demystify the technology + demonstrate real-world applicability of its potential using existing case studies + fieldwork.
The potential of blockchain technology to disrupt industrial sectors, commercial processes, governmental structures or economic systems seems to know no bounds. We suggest that the transformative power of this innovation should not be seen as a threat to existing systems of governance; rather, it should be seen as an opportunity for national and international institutions to defend the rights of those they represent and to accelerate our collective progress towards meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
We have taken an intersectional approach to collaboration on this project, working with volunteers across industries and organizations, with support from leading academic researchers.
This white paper is designed as the first volume in a series of primers to provide policy makers, regulators, and UN Member States a non-technical introduction to blockchain technology.
The digital world is part of our DNA now; it is part of how we consume our entertainment, share our experiences, and keep in touch with our loved ones. Technology can be harnessed to strengthen democratic institutions; in this day and age, a revaluation of our relationship with technology is more important than ever.
Blockchains can bring transparency to opaque or corrupt systems, and verifiability and immutability to commercial processes. They can bring increased security and resilience to vulnerable infrastructure, ensure individual privacy whilst guaranteeing autonomy, and encourage cooperation and engender trust where needed most.