Op-Ed: Blockchain Technology to Tackle Gun Reform?

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Australia-based MiVote, a blockchain voting platform, just announced it will conduct a vote for gun reform in the U.S. We unpack the news in an op-ed.

The gun debate has been intrenched in United States politics since the inception of the country a few hundred years ago.

It’s an issue so close to the nature of what it means to be an American that the right to own a gun is constitutionally protected under the Bill of Rights.

Yet some argue this right has been blown way out of proportion, with access to essentially wartime weapons in what is suburbia.

School shootings and other public shootings fan the flame of consistent criticism to U.S. citizens’ access to firearms.

It may seem absurd to the outside, especially once they look under the hood towards the ability for U.S. citizens to obtain weapons through inheritance or at gun shows without reasonable background checks.

And so, it has become a debate not about the essence of the right itself, but rather how to manage the right—how to ensure that these weapons truly are for sport, hunting or recreation, rather than gunning down a school on the back of social isolation and teen angst.

What’s the solution to this immense problem? It’s not for us to say—it should be democratically resolved. It shouldn’t be decided via lobbyists, special interest groups or the industry which manufactures the weapons. It should be resolved by a vote.

How can this be voted on in a fair, reasonably cheap and democratic way? Through the use of blockchain technology, argues MiVote’s Adam Jacob.

But is this some far off pipe dream? Adam Jacob and MiVote announced that this is in fact a reality. That this vote is happening.

That democracy is meeting technology in a historic vote on an issue that is begging for some form of resolution. This could save lives.

What Is MiVote?

The lobby of the office of the township clerk is set up for walk in voters.

MiVote has recently secured something major: the ability to exercise proper scalability of its platform on an issue close to many U.S. citizens’ hearts.

Australian developers have created MiVote, an application which could power political change through truly democratic means. The power of real voting for anyone who wants to participate.

The application works by allowing participation of every member of a political party to contribute with a simple click of a button on their smart phones.

The MiVote website claims it is the “only current mechanism that allows members to contribute to every policy.” But this isn’t true. The Flux Party ran for several seats in the last Australian federal election on a platform of essentially exactly what MiVote is claiming it could do.

Flux Party members would use any won seats as a mere mouthpiece for the mechanism of the party’s phone application (also built on blockchain technology). Flux Party members would vote on issues they felt passionately about via an app on their phone, just like MiVote.

MiVote appears to have been built in 2017, well after Flux Party pushed for candidates in the 2016 election following the building of their technology.

Regardless, MiVote could have a place in the world as a platform that provides organizational structures the ability to cast votes, verified by cryptography and blockchain for total transparency.

Although, it might be seen by some as slightly disingenuous in that MiVote is clearly a subtle rethinking and remarketing of the arguably revolutionary Flux.

Applying MiVote to the U.S. Gun Debate

MiVote has recently secured something major: the ability to exercise proper scalability of its platform on an issue close to many U.S. citizens’ hearts.

Not only that, they’ve received the backing of political activists and school shooting survivors Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Marcel McClinton, who have been the ones to implement MiVote into their campaigns.

That is what MiVote has secured—an ability to flex their technological muscle through the social campaigns of the shooting survivors. It’s likely going to be significant exposure for the organization.

Adding HST Token into the Mix

Horizon State Decision Token (HST) fits into this upcoming vote by providing the foundational technology to allow MiVote to take on 100 candidates for polling purposes.

HST is a token that engages with governments, large corporate entities, councils and unions to provide a commodity to be used for these organizations to vote on matters.

It’s going to serve as the backbone for MiVote’s front end, and the technology looks fantastic, built by a solid team of developers.

The token is currently priced at $0.74 AUD, and this will likely go up in accordance with the consistent exposure that HST will continue to receive. It’s a great-looking token and seems as though it will be a quality long-term investment.

The short-term outlook for HST is even better for the cryptocurrency, as this partnership is breaking news and as the word travels, the price will climb.

Is the Gun Issue Going to Be Resolved with Blockchain Tech?

Gun with ammunition on wooden background.

The gun debate has been intrenched in United States politics since the inception of the country a few hundred years ago.

It’s a great idea—to change democracy by implementing blockchain technology and providing everyone with a voice. But the problem is that it isn’t enough yet; it’s not ready to change the world built by law and business graduates.

Flux came first. And if by some miracle the Flux Party, on its first outing in the 2016 Australian federal election, had landed a few Senate seats, we might have seen real democracy in action.

We might have seen a political party use a phone application and blockchain technology to allow the party members to vote on issues, and watch that vote be taken straight to the Senate floor, quite literally.

But it wasn’t to be. Not yet. You can bet that the Flux Party will be back next election, and the one after that. Eventually they’ll probably get a seat and who knows, by that point: the sky is the limit.

MiVote takes this same idea and applies it to something more tangible in one sense, but also less tangible too: it applies the blockchain voting to polling. Frankly: polling is somewhat pointless in a world of legislation. A poll result won’t change a damn thing. At best, it could have a vicarious impact.

Sure, MiVote will flex its development muscle on the upcoming U.S. vote regarding gun reform, in that the application will show it can scale to accommodate a few tens of millions of votes/voters (as MiVote’s Adam Jacob optimistically predicts), but then what?

The results are not binding in any capacity. It will be a technological statement, perhaps, but it will translate to nothing legally.

This is a major problem in not only U.S. and Australian democracy, but democracy in its current Western form: it’s becoming apparent it is all a façade, a thin veil, a puppet show.

The real magic happens behind closed doors by old men in expensive suits. The industrialists with the National Rifle Association as their mouthpiece and their endless drone lobbyist army that flood Washington bars.

This news and announcement is a great for the technology of blockchain. For showcasing its potential to objectively obtain votes per mobile device (though even that, without strict “Know Your Customer” verification processes in place, might serve as a security vulnerability to the system).

But is this something that will change gun laws? No. Not in this commentator’s opinion. Not by a long shot…

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