Decentralization Of Data Means Decentralization Of Power
By: Josh Cameron | Our Voice Contributor
To anyone who is paying attention, we live in some weird times. In an era of fake news, corporate take overs, wiping our behinds with the Sherman Anti-Trust act, we now have a political system where we have pseudo representation from the Right in the form of Democrats, and the very far right in the form of Republicans. There is no left in this country. Perhaps you like it that way, perhaps you don’t, but the problem this creates in a capitalist system, is it removes nearly all sense of competition.
I am not here to defend the merits of a capitalist system, but rather discuss how and why it can be used for good. A capitalist system is good at attracting people who can witness a vacuum in society, and fill it with a good or service. We see this with Lyft. We see this with Air BnB. We see this in the private space industry. The more there is lack of competition, the more a system stagnates.
Competition promotes innovation. It promotes consumer-centric ideology. It promotes simplicity and ease. Congress right now has about an 18% approval rating, but incumbents have nearly a 95% re-election rate. Often this is due to gerrymandering and big money from a very small section of society; the donor class. Many within the donor class make their money through inheritance, and quite often through stock buy backs; a system where private entities buy up public stocks to reduce the number of shares on the public exchange, making the stocks more valuable while also giving them more shareholder value and power. Bonuses for corporate executives usually come in the form of stock shares, giving them even more incentive to make these shares more valuable, driving down competition and driving up stagnation and lack of innovation.
We have this same type of feedback loop in congress where they don’t want to listen to the public, so they get private money to give them funds in the form of Super/PACS, limiting the influence the public has on them, or even their desire to listen to the public. Pretty analogous to stock buy backs, no? Using private money to pervert the public influence over public offices, or publicly traded companies while stagnating from complete lack of innovation to represent the public.
If you ask a Democrat, they will say the problem with the system now is we don’t have enough Democrats in office, and if only we get more Democrats elected, somehow the system will be fixed. I find this line of reasoning quite strange.
Why is that, you may ask. Well because Politico just came out with an article on 12/16/2018, stating that the DNC (Democratic National Committee) chair, Tom Perez, is at war with their state elected leaders. Apparently, per Politico: “The DNC wants to gather all the data points on voters into a new, massive for-profit database, but needs to convince state parties on the idea.”
Publicly elected offices, aggregating data on the public, and putting it into a for profit database. In fact, Tom Perez is threatening to cut off access to tools like NationBuilder/VoteBuilder, which is the data the Democrats have aggregated and grant access to pertinent areas within a candidate’s intended race.
State Parties own their data, but the DNC, a private corporation, wants to buy up this public data so the public has less access to it, then charge a premium for access. The voter data version of stock buy backs; ultimately leading to more stagnation and less innovation.
Is this fight over private entities trying to control data unique to Democrats? Hardly. The Republicans also use NationBuilder, but the Koch brothers invested large amounts of money in tech called i360. The Republicans allowed for sharing of data with the i360 platform as it was gaining legitimacy in 2014, but as Reince Priebus, the former RNC chair found out, they gave far too much power over the data to the private entities known as the Koch Brothers.
We have a system where both Democrats and Republicans serve private corporate interests. If they don’t play well with the party elites, candidates can literally be locked out by way of denial to access of data, or locked out due to monetary cost to access said data. Either way, this does not bode well for regaining public control over congress due to a monopolized private influence. And where does a monopoly lead? You guessed it, lack of innovation and total stagnation.
Ultimately there is too much centrally controlled data by the two elite parties that have no interest in representing the little guy. So what can be done about it? I know I don’t have the funds to compete against the donor class.
Well first, the answer to centralized data is Decentralized Data. Meaning candidates can go and collect their own data, outside of the party infrastructure, so they can control and own it themselves. This way no one tells them what they can or cannot do with it, nor can they lock them out of their data.
Second, candidates can look outside of party controlled systems like NGP-Van and i360 by way of free tech, offered to anyone, built for you by Our Voice USA. HelloVoter / HelloVoterHQ are free canvassing tools that allow for you to upload data into the system, carve out your specific district, give out specific areas to canvass to your volunteers, and allows you full control over your data. If you wish to share your data, you can. If you wish to sell your data, you can. If you wish to build your own party and feed that data to a central hub, you can.
Ultimately, in the game of politics, data is the name of the game. He or she who has the data, has the power. Decentralizing data is also a way for a third party to gain legitimate footing in this country, if building a third party is something you desire to do. Decentralizing data is a way to disrupt the ‘stock buy backs’ of the political system, and regain public control of public offices, for the representation of the proletariat, the working class. And, like the Sherman Anti-Trust law, break up the corporate monopoly and strangle-hold money has over our political system.
Third, the great thing about the Our Voice USA HelloVoter App, it is literally available from your app store, effectively a public marketplace outside of party control. So that means you don’t have to show your membership card at the door, do the secret handshake or pay to play, because it’s free to use for anyone, of any political persuasion. Anyone who says “if only we have more Democrats”, or “if only we have more Republicans” completely misses the issue at hand. Both Democrats and Republicans are bought and paid for by private entities with respectively matching names. So the real thing we need to be saying is some approximation of: “if only we had more publicly minded candidates running for office”.
Our Voice USA is here to help. We don’t need to be involved beyond our videos showing you how to use the product. We don’t own the data in any way, shape or form. We provide the tools, so you can broker your own data. After all, you collected it so we feel it is only right you control it.
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