Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 11, Number 01, January 2021

DSurvey: A Blockchain-Enhanced Survey Platform for the Data Economy


Alessio Bonti, Akanksha Saini, Thien Pham, Mohamed Abdelrazek and Lorenzo Pinto, Deakin University, Australia


The data economy is predicted to boom and become a 156B dollars business by 2025. In this demo we introduce the use of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) applied to digital surveys in order to create an ecosystem where data becomes a central piece of a complex economy. Our system allows for interesting key features; ownership, traceability, secure profiles, and anonymity where required. Also, the most important feature, is the incentive mechanism that rewards all participants, both users creating surveys and those answering the surveys. DSurvey (decentralized survey) is a novel application framework that aims at moving away from the large commercial data sink paradigm whose business is restricted to gathering data and reselling it. Our solution makes so that no central data sink exists, and it always belongs to the creator, who are able to know who is using it, and receive royalties.


Decentralized survey, data ownership, incentive mechanism, ICO, blockchain.