Presenting our most recent work under the light of the recent events in Catalunya.
On Sunday October 1st the world watched in disbelief as the smart phone video footage streamed in from Catalonia, showing us Spanish national police outfitted like the military detail for an earthbound Darth Vader with faces hooded and helmeted and masked attempting, through the use of truncheons, rubber bullets and heavy body armor, to prevent Catalans from voting in a referendum the Spanish Prime Minister called illegal.
Groups of ordinary people standing in line to vote can be seen cowering back against the walls as military-looking police smash their way into a voting precinct located in a school. They grab ballot boxes, using their truncheons liberally on men and women, young and old alike who stand or sit with their arms raised high in the air — many of them singing — in attestation that they are peaceful.
The Democracy Earth Foundation was created in 2015 with the goal of creating a borderless, peer-to-peer democracy. It enables mobile, personally sovereign, incorruptible voting in situations just like Catalan, among many others. For the past two years we have been developing our open-source liquid democracy app Sovereign, launched pilots in Colombia and Hong Kong, researched the role of the internet in our geopolitical system, and took our digital democracy message to more than a dozen countries.
The Social Smart Contract is the culmination of this work, an open-source document created by an international team of programmers, activists and researchers. In it, we present our Manifesto, Paper and Execution plan for a transnational network of liquid democracy, incorruptible blockchain-based voting, individual sovereignty, and cryptographically-induced equality.
The Democracy earth mission has already been featured in New Scientist, Futurism, The Huffington Post and the World Economic Forum; now, under the light of Catalonia’s events, we think it’s a good timing for you to hear about it from us.
In our Manifesto we covered the global political context with the internet becoming a dominant force and power being divided between The Land(national territories) and The Cloud (global corporations that monopolize access to user data), with citizens trapped in between. Our Paper describes the basic building blocks for a liquid governance system that can be implemented by anyone, anywhere. Finally, in Execution we specify how this system tackles the historical tension between money and power.