Democratic Movement towards Blockchain political voting

** Not a political ad or sponsorship, but rather an interesting look at real world uses of Block-chain technology.

Part 2 of a 2 part series.

Click here to read part 1 first

Now to drill into the item which I see huge potential in.

Imagine a political party with no policies on Education, Taxes, Health, or anything else. Sounds crazy, right? So crazy that it just might work. No potential in-fighting.

The Flux voting system has been around for 18 months. The Flux Party is attempting to win enough seats at federal and state levels in Australia enabling voters to directly influence the outcome of legislation that affects them, through the Flux app that has been built based on the block-chain.

How does it work, once a Flux member is voted into parliament?

All registered voters of that region/electorate which the Flux member represents are able to download the voting app. Even if the public didn’t vote for a Flux member, if they are in the electorate they still have a right to vote through the App to influence the decision of the FLUX member when they are in Parliament. All sorts of policies and bills will be summarised to enable the public to make informed decisions and vote accordingly. Once a vote is in the Flux member table this response/result as his vote in parliament. Sounds easy right? The underlying technology that allows this is the Blockchain, with a publicly verified ledger. This creates a fairer democracy. How many people think that the last election results are 100% accurate? Phase two would be to bring the same voting technology for voting members as shown by Homer below in a booth (perfect for the elderly); in addition this could also be an App on your phone.


Other countries have already started voted in this fashion.

Advantages for FLUX political party:

  • The majority of the electorate rule. **The larger part of the people who choose to vote in the electorate.
  • Votes you can trust – The voting system is not running on a Server anywhere, it is distributed across a public network, much like how Bitcoin works. This is a public ledger where anyone can verify that every vote is above board.
  • Stops backroom deals- Flux makes backroom deals difficult and ineffective.
  • Empower voters- Flux lets passionate Australians become fully involved in the political process, and to focus on the issues they care most about, and are best suited to impact.
  • Encourages criticism and debate- Flux encourages a culture of criticism. Voters examine new policy before it’s enacted.
  • Ends corruption- Big banks and corporations will have to win over ordinary people, not just wander parliament corridors with brown paper bags to win over Canberra insiders, the way it should be.
  • A launchpad for ideas- Flux encourages Australians to bring their great ideas for their communities to the political arena. You won’t have to be a powerful political organisation to innovate for Australia’s benefit.

So next time you are required to vote, ask all parties the questions that mean the most to you. Perhaps you will agree on Education reforms with one party, and Healthcare with another party. With FLUX you can have both. If you don’t agree with everything from your favored party, FLUX is the answer for you. All comments are welcomed on this new technology. But remember Technology isn’t what FLUX is about, it is about transparency. We now have the technology to remove all Parliament members, this is a step towards the future.

Aaron @aaronw


New uses for Block-chain (distributed ledger technology)

Part 1 of a 2 part series.

I watched this video on YouTube and started thinking about the new uses for Blockchain (distributed ledger technology) that will most definitely be coming in the future. The Blockchain makes things Transparent, Democratic, Decentralized, Efficient, and Secure

I have summarised the items discussed in the video. The 18 Industries that will benefit from Blockchain.

  1. Banking- Access to banking, little fees, instant delivery.
  2. Cyber Security- Although the data is public, it is also verified by all. Eliminate middle men attacks.
  3.  Supply Chain Management- Documents in a permanent public ledger, remove resource waste, verify fair trade status and track origin.
  4. Forecasting- Research approach will change.
  5. Networking and IoT- Central location not need to communication.
  6. Insurance- Remove reliance on trust, identity, real world data, crop insurance.
  7. Private Transport and Ride Sharing service – Secure with no third party required (look out UBER).
  8. Cloud Storage- Robust storage
  9. Charity- to track donations and remove corruption
  10. Voting- identity registration, votes not changing,
  11. Government- reduce bureaucracy. Dubai aims to put all documents on the Blockchain by 2020.
  12. Public Benefits- Assess and distribute welfare in a streamlined way.
  13. Heath care data- Secure data, share with authorised people.
  14. Energy management- Buy direct from the providers removing middle layers.
  15. Music- Artists to get paid direct removing record label taking their cut.
  16. Retail- Trust verified buyers and sellers removing the middle man (Amazon).
  17. Real Estate- Remove bureaucracy, fraud, remove paper based documents, transferring property more easily.
  18. Crowd Funding- Remove the need for a middle man services (gofundme), and smart orders can release funds only when certain achievements are met.

We do say from time to time in IT that this is something that you must learn and get your head around. I believe that this is the case with Block-Chain. Click here for my second part of the series where I look deeply at voting with Block-Chain.

Aaron @aaronw


Surface Studio – Redefining how we interact with Technology

The following opinions are mine, not necessarily my employers.

As various new products arrive in the near future it will change the way we interact with technology. Several of the ways that Microsoft is helping with this shift is with devices such CortanaXBOX, HoloLens, Surface Hub, Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Pen. Perhaps one day keyboards and mouses will be fully replaced by touch, pens, hand gestures, facial expressions, and voice controls.

Today I had the chance to see some AutoCAD power users (Design Architects) come and see what the Surface Studio could do to change to way they currently design buildings. One of the Architects actually had an RSI injury from his existing mouse. He was able to move the mouse to his other hand. The Surface Dial and the mouse were controlled by his left hand and the pen more comfortably became his primary tool. All three Architects could see how this device could change the way they design and create buildings of the future. They have registered their interests for further information at a forthcoming event.

Please reach out to me directly in Brisbane to attend an upcoming demonstration event (June 2017) on Surface Studio. Currently we will be deep diving into Adobe the products such as PhotoShop, Premier and AutoCAD.

Images credits here and here.

Aaron @aaronw2003


Office 365: Adoption – Accelerating Business Value

adoptionToday I was lucky enough to attend my customers Change and Adoption Workshops (Office 365: Adoption – Accelerating Business Value). This is a standard workshop under Premier.

The workshop started with participants from various parts of my customers organisation learning more about our modern tools and products; including how to have effective meetings utalising the full suite from Office 365, including Skype for Business, OWA (browser), Outlook, FindTime plugin, Mobile experience, OneNote. I even took away various features within Microsoft’s rich tool-sets I had not used.

Key Features and Benefits: During this two-day workshop, attendees will discuss the benefits of scenario-based approaches, review the capabilities of Office 365 in real time, work with their adoption team to make decisions to help them get started, and review reinforcement techniques and ways to measure adoption success.

Workshop Goals: After completing this workshop, users will know more about:

  • Implementing Adoption and Change Management methodology
  • Executing a scenario-based approach to drive adoption
  • Using learning and readiness resources to drive adoption
  • Identifying team roles and skills required to help you drive adoption forward
  • Engaging active, end-user champions
  • Measuring usage and adoption
  • Reinforcing adoption

If this sounds like the workshop to help your organisation get the most benefits out of your deployed tools please contact your Microsoft Technical Account Manager/Service delivery Manager. Or if you don’t have one, contact Microsoft in your local region.

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Aaron @aaronw2003


BYOD in action – Modern Desktops at Microsoft – Seamless integration.

How do you get a new PC/Laptop on the Microsoft network? At Microsoft we have the ability to obtain a new device/reimage a machine and add it to the Domain ourselves. What does this involve?

To join our machine to the Azure Active Directory AAD we simply follow these steps with a brand new build.

Now what, I have no apps?

Then I go to the Office 365 Portal and download the Office desktop app.

I then confirm that both of my corporate and personal OneDrive’s are connected and syncing.

I then go to the store and installed the Expenses app (Dynamics) and the Company Portal.

Then I install a ‘follow me’ printer, Spotify and ITunes and I am good to go. Easy. ETA 20 mins or 35 mins with a full re-build. I haven’t had to call IT or the help desk once.

Why is this important? Companies can now pass this work to the end user who is comfortable doing this. My corporate data is still managed and segregated, all thanks the EMS and Office 365.

Aaron @aaronw2003


Changes ahead for Microsoft Australia events

Microsoft Australia’s GM Steve Worrall has announced today a new set of events coming this year. Microsoft Australia has created one flagship event over one week, for BDM customers, partners, IT pros and developers. We’re calling it the Microsoft Summit and it will be hosted in Sydney at the International Convention Centre (ICC) from 14-17 November this year.

The goal of the Microsoft Summit is: to deliver the connections, solutions and skills for individuals and businesses to engage, adapt and grow in the digital age. And it will cover the below 3 events across 4 days, targeting both existing and new audiences.

Microsoft Business Summit, 14 November

This day is targeted at commercial and public sector customers and prospects in C-Suite and BDM roles across industries. They will be joined in the morning for the opening keynote by the partner and tech community, to hear a world-class line up of speakers to be announced soon. It’s then into an exclusive experience to explore industry tracks and garner value from customers, start-ups, ISVs and partners, as they share the solutions and outcomes that are transforming businesses across industry and sector.

Microsoft Partner Summit, 14-15 November

This is the evolution of APC and there will not be an APC event in Q1 FY18. The Partner Summit will be everything partners loved about APC and more. They will join customers at the opening keynote and will benefit from being able to tailor a program across leadership, sales and marketing tracks, and into the Tech Summit (below) for their tech teams and decision makers. It will remain a deep learning and structured networking experience with actionable outcomes for growth and transformation.

Microsoft Tech Summit, 16-17 November

Aimed at IT pros and developers, this event comes to us from Corp as part of a world tour. It will have an amazing line-up of engineers and experts across our cloud technologies with focus to Azure, Windows 10 and Office 365. It will be two days of technical training up to level 400 and the team will create an incredible community spirit as has been consistently delivered for years across all our events for technical audiences.

What do you think about the new event/s? Please add your thoughts and comments below.

Aaron @aaronw2003