BlockSurvey: Private, Secure- Forms and Surveys on the Blockchain in 2021
5 min read Last updated: Apr 8, 2021
The current online survey space is junked with profiling systems based on behavioural, demographic trackers and it harvests information about your respondents. This makes it a scary and dangerous place to live and share information. Even your most private information is not safe, even though it’s claimed to be. Hence I found the aim and objective of current survey space are little haywire.
What if, you don’t have to worry about your respondent’s sensitive information and have complete control of your respondents information, most importantly, any kind of private information.
Thus even though the existing tools are good and been in the ecosystem for a very long time, they may not meet a criterion that will ensure absolute privacy and safety. This alarming thought and possibility gave birth to BlockSurvey. Tool that I recently discovered.
”BlockSurvey”, implies “Survey on the Blockchain”. It allows digital rights - data protection and identity ownership. 🤔 Quite Interesting
People are generally looking for a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) tool to gather data from a broader audience and assumes that data privacy and security should be in place. BlockSurvey ensures that.
BlockSurvey is powered by Stacks and secured by Blockchain. Stacks is an open-source network of decentralized apps and smart contracts built on Bitcoin, unleashes Bitcoin’s full potential as a programmable base layer. BlockSurvey is built around the theme of society 3.0 and web 3.0. That starts making sense now. 👨💻
For data collectors and providers, Blocksurvey guarantees
End–to–End encryption to your responses,
Only you can access it.
You are not sharing your identity.
Your data is yours.
You own it.
How BlockSurvey Works? 💪
The BlockSurvey UI is downloaded from the webserver and is run on the client. There are no trackers, no cookies, and no fingerprints.
BlockSurvey uses Stacks Blockchain for Decentralized Identity/Account(DID). BlockSurvey uses Stacks API for identity, auth, and storage management. This is the core working system that enables true ownership of the identity and data for you.
Remember, you are in complete control of your identity and data all the time. This is your digital rights. You get a unique identity and private storage(GAIA). You have your keys for your identity and storage. You own it, and only you can access it.
As a data collector, you can create surveys and forms from scratch or use our templates to get started. It’s easy to create one.
By default, all your surveys and forms are encrypted and stored privately in your storage.
Your surveys and forms are accessible by URL to the public only when they are published. People having access to your URL alone can see the questionnaire. Today, you can distribute them in many ways using BlockSurvey. Like Web URL, QR Code, Widgets. etc., you can also use your own domain to share for branding.
Surveys and forms have zero trackers, zero cookies, and zero fingerprints. These respondents or data providers can remain anonymous by default unless they choose to disclose their identity in the form voluntarily by filling it. Note: Never share personally identifiable information with unknown data collectors at any time. Take caution.
Data submitted by the respondents or data provider is encrypted using your public key and sent to BlockSurvey’s temporary data store to collect when you return online.
All the data stored in BlockSurvey is encrypted using your keys. BlockSurvey has zero knowledge of your data and cannot understand any of it. Only your key can unlock it to see it.
As a data collector, you will collect your data from BlockSurvey and store it in your private storage(GAIA). Once done, using your private key, you’ll be able to decrypt the data and see it in the form of results and analytics.
Let’s create and use some forms
I found a bunch of examples are given in the website and it’s quite interesting as well.
Data is more valuable than oil. Oil leaks. So does data. It’s so true now. It makes complete sense to try BlockSurvey and starts creating forms without sacrificing security. It has a bunch of templates and design which you can use it easily. Can track performance with advanced analytics, share and add widgets as per usages.
A survey conducted by the famous Harris Poll (2017) stated that “Privacy” is the #1 priority for Americans, with 82% choosing technologies that protect their privacy. This begs the question, are the survey tools secure enough? For any help reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.