It’s been about a week since I purchased a portion of a BitCoin. I’ve been doing a lot of BitCoin research and just stumbled onto a BitCoin news site with a familiar layout called Coinspotting. One of the articles on Coinspotting sparked an interest and got me reading a little more into proxy servers.
I found that I could purchase a VPN service using BitCoins from VPN4ALL.com. Pretty nice! I made my purchase and about five or ten minutes later, it was accepted as “confirmed” across the BitCoin network.
Ten minutes is like the old dial-up days! It will obviously get better as more people continue to adopt the currency and payment processors start lending out credit to make transactions more instant.
Anyone working on BitCoin startups in the York or Baltimore area? My friend and I are interested in brainstorming ideas.
An open voting system based on the BitCoin concept would allow anyone to verify the true winner. It’s a hopeful wish considering corruptive motives of some people.
However, there are entrepreneurs that realize the voting process needs to be more secure and these attempts are prone to error as in the case of voting machine creator, Diebold. They ignored reports of insecurity in their systems, most likely to save face. Human emotion can affect clear decision making in different ways.
Voting is an integral part in any democratic system. It’s a shared decision that should be stored in the open. I imagine “BitVote” which is a concept based on BitCoin’s architecture that would transfer “votes” to “election” addresses.
The open voting system is desirable to anyone who doesn’t have the advantage of tampering with a voting process. One of the cool quotes I heard about BitCoin is “Math doesn’t lie.”, which states that you can’t manipulate the results of the calculations to confirm a transaction (or Vote in an open system).
So what’s the downside? Jobs are unaffected and volunteers can still volunteer. Votes are in the open (and they should be in a shared decision making system). Companies can compete with each other by contributing processing power to the BitVote network. It’s friendly competition and good PR.
A little bit of a tangent here, but how would changing the voting day to a voting week affect the process? Media companies would love to run advertising over “election week”. Some of my friends missed the last election because of normal inconveniences on the day the election fell upon. These include vacations, illness, and something simple as a flat tire. Election week could give hope to the younger people of the country to show in real-time that other people around them are actually voting. It would encourage voting.
I really feel that this needs to be started/adopted on a non-commercial level (similar to the start of Linux, Apache, WordPress, and digital currency). And just like the previous open-sourced projects, there will be ways to profit from open-voting. The hackers/coders create an open-sourced system to protect the voter’s interests, private business is stimulated by finding innovative ways to profit off the new technology, and if Hank Hill wants to feel good about contributing, he can download the latest BitVote client and be proud for contributing.
Thoughts? Let’s grab a beer if you’re in the York/Baltimore area. I have a slight obsession with certain 90s cartoons like King of the Hill and South Park and just learned how to use Gimp in the past week. :)