Smart Donations: Event-Driven Conditional Donations Using Smart Contracts On The Blockchain

Ludwig Trotter, Mike Harding, Peter Shaw, Nigel Davies, Chris Elsden, Chris Speed, John Vines, Aydin Abadi, Josh Hallwright
2020 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction  
Recent work has questioned the largely unconditional nature of charitable donations and explored the value of conditional giving with contemporary donors. In this paper, we extend this work by exploring how to operationalise features of conditionality in charitable giving, situated in the context of large international non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Building on prior engagements with international aid organisations, we present design considerations and a conceptual architecture
more » ... g real-time, conditional giving for individual and institutional donations. Our architecture leverages properties of distributed-ledger technologies (DLT) to empower donors to (i) attach conditions to their donation, (ii) store funds in a secure, decentralised escrow and (iii) automatically release funds once conditions are met. Unlike prior work that envisions radical disintermediation and the removal of intermediate NGOs using DLT, our work recognises the expertise of NGOs in tackling complex global problems and instead investigates compelling new way for charities to increase transparency and accountability by introducing dynamic pledge controls. CCS Concepts: • Social and professional topics → Socio-technical systems; • Human-centered computing → Mobile computing; • Information systems → Collaborative and social computing systems and tools.
doi:10.1145/3441000.3441014 fatcat:y6o2aua5i5asjbzherh3yprsga