So this is my first post on Trybe.one and I hope at least a few people can find some interest in a few of my thoughts and I also hope this can spark a few high quality discussions on topics that I may talk about.
I propose 3 potential, experimental, gradual changes to the way our democracy currently operates that could vastly improve the reliability of the electoral and policy making protocol of our government. I will present the 3 changes in the order that they are to be implemented then after I will explain them in some more detail although the purpose of this post is to hear feedback and criticisms of the proposed system.
Firstly; Election of electoral representative via a provably fair election on EOS.IO of which the results easily verified in comparison to traditional methods.
Secondly; Operation of a government application of which one would vote with their government registered and verified public/private key pair on issues that face the parliament as an assistance to politicians that is securely verified from biased with a blockchain.
Thirdly and finally; Replacing the elected representative with a “proxy voter” representing the electorates votes “absolutely” which is a much more truer form of democracy but faces dilemmas and possible downfalls due to human mentalities such as a generalized short term view
1 – Election of electoral representative via a provably fair election on EOS.IO
In reference to the election of individuals in order represent electorates, the EOS blockchain seems perfectly suited(compared to its potential competitors) to operate a standard, provable election due to speed of block production, no transaction fees and the ease of interacting with the blockchain.
By implementing EOS or cryptography of any means into traditional voting system will solve the problem of figures being fudged and will allow immediate tallying of votes rather than employing many people and having to trust those people to count votes.
2 – Operation of a government application of which one would vote with their government registered and verified public/private key pair on issues that face the parliament
I think elected government officials in the present day face a new kind of issue and that is to do with increased difficulty judging exactly what the electorate of which they have been elected to represent is thinking in regards to the issues of the day. This is mainly due to biased media and the existence of “vocal minorities” which are groups of minorities which usually lean to the extreme sides of the political spectrum are significantly more vocal than the centre which gives the illusion to politicians that those minorities are actually bigger than first thought.
A potential solution to this problem would be to create a government application that would allow voters to share their views on issues that are facing parliament at any given time, this would be only available to voters with registered public/private key pairs which would prevent the effect of “vocal minorities”
3 – Replacing the elected representative with a “proxy voter” representing the electorates votes “absolutely”
In the future there will be many potential methods of Government Election and structures of government due to developing technologies which will allow us to do things that we currently or previously have not been able to do.
I was thinking about this subject as another Australian government leadership spill was in motion and I quickly came to the idea of possibly replacing politicians sitting in the House of Representatives almost completely with a “voting proxy” for each electorate. The way this would work is that every one would have a public/private key pair that is exclusively theirs that must be registered with the government prior to the election if they decided that they wanted to vote, this would then allow the government provably verify that there has been no double voting and only count votes from accounts registered, eligible public keys.
On each issue that voting is required upon in the House of Representatives the electorate will be able to vote on that said motion and their “voting proxy” who is representing the people of that electorate in Parliament will vote accordingly.
The effect this would have on an operational democracy can only be theorized and there are fair arguments for and against giving the people more absolute power rather that delegated power.
In conclusion, this blog post has been a very very very slim portrayal of an idea although I do think its food for thought as I can see this being the way our democracy’s must go if they are to combat fake news, “vocal minorities” and rogue, misrepresentative politicians. I am looking forward to feedback.