INTERNET OF VOTERS
IOV is a proposal for decentralised civic administration, as an alternative to the incumbent democratic systems. IOV proposes to distribute our current democratic processes, within a blockchain based peer to peer network, allowing for greater input and influence by its’ voting constituents. IOV proposes a future democracy which is separated into sectors of specified governance, providing accurate input by those most energised and incentivised to deliver the best to their sector. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the administration of democratic processes, and have their input appreciated on its merits, by their peers.
Peer to Peer
A peer to peer network allows all its users the opportunity to participate and contribute, equally, in that network.
The benefit of decentralisation is in moving away from centralised power structures, which often disproportionately favour the central actors within that entity. Decentralisation is the opposite of centralisation. Consider a pyramid, with all the power attributing to the central position at the top. Decentralisation provides any position within that pyramid to exert influence over any other part of the structure. Centralised governance is our incumbent democratic state, which enables exploitation by wealth interests upon actors in the political system. Decentralisation prevents these corruptible nexuses by distributing the decisions evenly among all actors in the network.
A distributed network, distributes programming and data across multiple networks, once again allowing fair access and manipulation by all contributors to the network. Similar to decentralisation, distributed networks can provide distributed sharing of ideas, governance, fiscal value, and the like, to all other users.
An electronic token, with zero economic value, can be used within a democratic system, to represent the will of the voter. Tokens can be issued to voters, then consequently ‘spent’ in the democratic process to show support for ones’ preferences.
Blockchain based programming has the potential to change the landscape of computing, perhaps forever. Blockchain builds, layer upon layer, delivering exceptional levels of security as a core function of the program. This is why blockchain and Bitcoin are synonymous, as the layering effect, which is irreversible, and immutable, provides the secure layer to the newest form of money. This security is equally valuable as the foundation of a decentralised civic administration.
The collective psyche of all beings is now able to be collated, for the good of all. As computing, particularly artificial intelligence, develops, information is able to be shared and accurately utilised. This has the potential to employ all the best minds and intentions on the planet, to contribute to the enhancement of all civilisation. To this end, the collaborative mental energy of all humanity can combine within the ‘machine’.
IOV is intended to be an open source program, in the same vane as Bitcoin, or Linux, or Loomio, or any of the many standout new projects which leave the door open for community participation in the code.
IOV is intended for use for small scale organisations, all the way up to the largest, whilst providing influence upon the system equally for the individual, whether they wish to contribute to the lowest levels, or the highest.
Management of civic affairs can be executed efficiently by those who participate in their chosen fields, without the corruptible influence which centralised government power is exposed to. IOV intends to distribute administration of civic affairs, and provide an even distribution of influence to the choices we have available, in the development of our society and environment.
The technology to make IOV evolve is here now, it simply needs to be brought together as a platform. For a deeper dive into the IOV future, read on here
Publish theory and begin debate on validity
Invite broad discussion on constitution, mechanics of platform, and format for voter education process
Launch crowdfunding and invite open source contribution
Provide working solution
Run test modelling with small entities
Publish to the world wide web, to be used freely.