Blockchain in politics could be just what we need. Let’s face it – we all forget things, and when it comes to politics, some people (politicians) even count on that. More often than not, they want us to forget their entire track-record prior to the current election, and to make things worse – this works for them.
The blockchain technology is well suited to keep us all remembering what each and every politician has said and done in the past. This way, we may not repeat our mistakes. Or at least, that should be the case.
Bringing greater levels of transparency and accountability to the world of politics
It is said that without accountability, democracies run the risk of becoming autocracies, and eventually turning into dictatorships. Worse yet, we can end-up with corrupt systems that work to the benefit of a few even when the party in power changes.
NextElection aims to change that with a decentralized system where lawmakers and their policies are given scores by the electorate. The team behind this bold project believes that many democracies around the world struggle to effectively scrutinize elected representatives during their time in office, and so they end-up voting the same people back to the office, on and on. And this can leave many people disillusioned with politics altogether, with politicians embroiled in major scandals surviving unscathed.
NextElection’s platform wants to inject trust back into political discourse, while also helping voters cut out the noise and focus on things that really matter. To that end, they let users concerned about a particular issue — such as immigration, gun control, pollution or taxation — access a “continuous stream of content and updates” focused on that topic alone. On the other hand, similar feeds are available for elected politicians and appointed officials, as well as election developments in single constituencies.
For instance, every politician gets a page on the platform that includes his/her biography, related news, links to other affiliated politicians, and a sentiment meter which shows how other voters perceive their performance and voting record. This, NextElection claims, would provide sufficient information to floating voters who are unsure about whom to support.
Issues are the building blocks
NextElection regards issues as “building blocks” on its platform, enabling users to raise their concerns, and cast votes on problems they deem most important. In that sense, issues that affect the greatest number of people gain higher levels of prominence.
On the other hand, the system also distinguishes between local and national issues, and highlight them accordingly. So if you live in one part of the country, you may not care as much about issues affecting other areas and won’t see those other local issues being presented promptly in your feed. At the same time, national issues like taxation and employment will be visible to all citizens in the country.
The NextElection team hopes that this approach will also help politicians focus their efforts and rhetoric to issues that matter to most people. The platform will provide them with “real-time performance appraisals,” which is deemed a valuable information for those intending to use it correctly.
Creating change has already started
NextElection wants to make a difference all the time, not just during elections. Beyond politicians and voters, the platform also aims to serve as a tool for journalist, helping news outlets to devote greater attention to issues which matter most to the people.
The company is based in India, the UK and the US; and its service is now live in beta. The NextElection website is optimized for mobile devices, and is already showing some activity. We expect them to only grow from here, and can’t wait to see them flourishing. Cause at the end of the day — their victory is also our victory. Or at least, that’s what I want to believe.