INTERNET OF VOTERS
As a process, democracy was sufficient when communities were small, everyone knew each other, and faith in ones’ word was as valuable as life itself. Trust was able to be extended within the social group because you commonly knew the person to whom the important decisions of the group were being made by, and, if required, one had the capacity to challenge that person, or their decision. Dēmokratia, which was coined from dēmos (“people”) and kratos (“rule”) or, “rule by the people”, lost its’ way, as self oriented individuals were able to disconnect “rule” from the “people” using the machinery of the ballot box to separate responsibility from representation, allowing them go on and “rule”, with little or no accountability.
In the age of blockchain, civic representation can now take a step to recover the trust component which once existed between individuals. A blockchain builds layer upon layer to its ledger, and will only accept an update to its ledger, if the previous iterations can be verified against the most recent version which is held, and other nodes in the network confirm it to be correct. The development of trust-less networks (the trust is integral within the protocol) on a blockchain, allows everyone to participate transparently and be accountable for their contribution to the commons.
Trust can now be outsourced to the machine, so one no longer needs to delegate authority to unconcerned powerbrokers making decisions which primarily benefit wealthy interests. A decentralised blockchain-based platform for civic administration allows interaction with all forms of governance, by any individual, to any extent with which they wish to be involved.
Decentralisation is a core design principle of blockchain. Using a blockchain based peer to peer network which can distribute content amongst users. Each user becomes a node which then carries a full copy of the content which is updated as changes are made.
The IOV system will govern itself once initiated. Control will be by consensus, no one person or group will have capacity to alter or corrupt the process.
The crypto industry has been developing token systems for multiple years now. Tokens can be issued, and used in effectively the same way as currency, but without any financial value attached. In lieu of a dollar per token, consider it a vote per token. In this way, the voter system may start out with a 100 billion token issue, which is available for use within a voter population. Distributing voting influence may be to issue each voter with a quantity of tokens, e.g. 100, or 1000, dependent on complexity of issues covered. Each token can be used within the voting platform to support the issues deemed as important by each voter. The tokens can be used at any level and will hold equal value, i.e. one token one vote, or parts of a token for more localised or fine toothed issues.
For example - the voter may use some tokens to vote for a representative whom they believe best represents the views of that voter, so they will use a token to indicate their support for that person. On the next level down they may place tokens to support the portfolios which that representative is working on, eg. tax reforms. Then the voter may have policy areas of special interest so can add tokens to that, and may also need to use tokens to show support for an issue in their neighbourhood and can use some tokens at that level.
A voter will not be required to use any tokens at all, if they have no interest in governance, it will be their choice not to be involved. The tokens will be 'invested' with a smart contract time lock which weights the value of the token, a short term time commitment having less value than a long time commitment.
Voter education and awareness will be essential;. As Churchill said, “the greatest argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with a voter” which implies that the average voter is poorly equiped to make balanced judgements with regard to civic policy. Therefore the involvement needs to be vetted via education and/or a contribution schema? The contribution method would involve a system of ‘approval’ similar to the likes process of social media. The voter has opportunity to post information to the issue, and/or declare their preference for the contribution of others.
This platform and its contributions will function anonymously, outside of naming the representatives for whom voters may allocate their tokens. Any token, support information, or voter education elements will remain anonymous.
Primarily, this will be to get away from the grandstanding which occurs on social media platforms. Input will be on the merits of its efficacy, rather than being an ego boost for the contributor.
National identity documentation will be the primary mode of verification into the voting system, however is not the only way, particularly if resistance to change by despotic governments, needs to be implemented. Identification can be done via peer to peer networking so that groups of individuals within communities validate each other.
Ideally this platform will be built via open source collaboration and contributed to by the leading talents in blockchain programming.
This is the first step on what will be a long journey. Those interested in contributing to the open source code will be invited to do so once initial funding is secured and the basic platform is created.
Welcome aboard, lets see where this goes.
Publish and begin testing validity
Launch crowdfunding and invite open source contribution
Invite broad discussion on constitution, mechanics of platform, and format for voter education process
Provide working solution
Run test modelling with small jurisdictions
Publish to the world wide web, to be used freely.