Progress Update on the Scottish Constitutional, Legal and Institutional Development Platform

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Dr. Mark McNaught.

The wiki-based Scottish Constitutional, Legal, and Institutional development platform has undergone considerable development since our launch on December 1, 2018. 

There were numerous amendments submitted by users to the constitutional text, all of which were excellent improvements. I never cease to be struck by the power of collective wisdom.

We have also been working closely with Nicolas Russell of YesDayScotland, and Nimo Naamani from world-renowned Horizon State technology company, coordinating on developing digital citizenship. This would involve the introduction of a biometric digital ID for all living in Scotland, which would be based on Digital Ledger Technology (DLT), better known as blockchain. This technology opens up immense possibilities for 100% secure digital democracy: including voting, distribution of a Universal Basic Income and other social benefits, contract management, treaty modification, and much more. Financial corruption could all but be eliminated with DLT.  This would radically transform governance in Scotland from the corrupt inegalitarian paper-based Westminster system, to a modern non-corrupt egalitarian digital governing system.  

In addition, we have also begun to develop the Corpus of Scottish Law (CSL), which if enacted would be a world-first legal structure, which simplifies and coherently codifies the law. Currently, Scotland is mostly governed by Westminster law, some of which goes back centuries and is utterly inapplicable and often regressive. Just finding out what the law is on any particular question is fraught with confusion and ambiguity, as laws on any particular question were often written at different time periods, which you have to pay an expensive lawyer to piece together. Adding to the confusion,  there are regulations, secondary legislation, statutory instruments and other mechanisms to enforce the laws, which are often illegibly complex.

The CSL is an online, coherent, easily accessed legal code framework.  It is divided into 27 Spheres of the law, which are further subdivided into Domains. The text of the law can be changed through a parliamentary vote, on proposition from a variety of sources. This allows laws to be changed much more easily, eliminating the arduous task of passing legislation in the classical manner. Given that the text of the law is potentially modifiable on a real-time basis, this eliminates the need for regulation an other sources of law. 

We have already begun to develop the CSL by incorporating Estonian Digital law, which is arguably the most advanced in the world. This shows the vast potential for fully developing the CSL during the proposed 18 month period between a vote for independence and the full implementation of the Scottish State. We can look to the different countries in the world to get the best laws to regulate the Scottish society and economy, with their permission and consultation of course. Finland, for example, employs excellent banking regulation, which they would likely be willing to share so it can be adapted to Scotland.

We have submitted this wiki-based Scottish Constitutional, Legal, and Institutional development platform to the Scottish Parliament for their consideration. I have had discussions with top Scottish Government Ministers and Civil Servants about its potential implementation. For now, Scotland is still part of the UK, and it is currently not within the powers of the Scottish Parliament to implement it. However, during a referendum campaign and once a positive vote for independence is secured, we are very hopeful that this will serve as THE Constitutional, Legal, and Institutional development platform for the new, digitally-based Scottish State.