A Blockchain-Enabled Participatory Decision Support Framework

10 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2017

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Marek Laskowski

York University; University of Guelph

Date Written: March 5, 2017


In this “post truth” age of “fake news” and “alternative facts” uncertainty in the provenance of policy makes transparency in decision making increasingly important for evidence-based policymakers. This paper demonstrates how the convergence of Agent Based Modelling, Smart Contracts, Blockchain, and Virtual Reality technologies make possible the development of practical participatory decision support systems. An Agent Based Model of disease spread within a population (SIR model) is implemented as a so-called Smart Contract on a public Blockchain network. We demonstrate that in order to “close the loop” the simulation outcomes can be visualized using commodity hardware, and future extensions towards fully interactive participatory simulations are proposed.

Keywords: Blockchain, Participatory Decision Support, Agent Based Model, Data Analysis, Ethereum, Smart Contract, Virtual Reality

JEL Classification: C63, D81, E17

Suggested Citation

Laskowski, Marek, A Blockchain-Enabled Participatory Decision Support Framework (March 5, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2927692 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2927692

Marek Laskowski (Contact Author)

York University ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario

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