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Wednesday, September 25 • 4:45pm - 5:15pm
BBBlockchain: Blockchain-Based Participation in Urban Development

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Robert Muth (Technische Universität Berlin), Kerstin Eisenhut (Technische Universität Berlin), Jochen Rabe (Technische Universität Berlin), and Florian Tschorsch (Technische Universität Berlin)

Urban development processes often suffer from mistrust amongst different stakeholder groups. The lack of transparency within complex and long-term planning processes and the limited scope for co-creation and joint decision-making constitute a persistent problem for successful participation in urban planning. Civic technology has the potential to improve this predicament.

With BBBlockchain, we propose a blockchain-based participation platform, which is able to address all layers of participation. In the development of the platform, we focus on two key aspects: How to increase transparency and how to introduce enhanced co-decision-making. To this end, we exploit the immutable nature of blockchains and effectively offer a platform that excludes monopolistic control over information. The decision-making process is governed by smart contracts implementing, for example, timestamping of planning documents, opinion polls, and the management of a participatory budget. Our architecture and prototypes show the operational capabilities of this approach in a series of use cases for urban development.


Robert Muth

Technische Universität Berlin

Wednesday September 25, 2019 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Boardroom West