31 Mar '14, 9pm

How Bitcoin Could Revolutionize Voting and Change Democracy

How Bitcoin Could Revolutionize Voting and Change Democracy

The current way citizens vote at different levels of our democracies is by electing delegates every four years or so and generally staying out of the process in between. Apart from special occasions or various US states' ballot proposition systems, we rarely get to decide on an issue-by-issue basis. Instead, we trust our representative to cast a vote for us or otherwise represent our interests. This arrangement isn’t necessarily a bad thing—many of us are too busy, lazy, uninformed, apathetic, or all of the above to decide on a wide range of political questions that leaders grapple with. It’s a relatively efficient division of labor. Up until the widespread adoption of the internet, having a true direct democracy wouldn’t even have been remotely practical. But as connectivity grows, it’s now within reach, and getting closer.

Full article: http://www.vice.com/read/bitcoin-could-revolutionize-voting

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