maybe everyone needs their own personal hash that is their identifier? ie S.S. #?
It seems that we are dreaming of Democracy with Anonymity, but I'm not sure that is possible to the precision of error that we require. As hard as I hope for the ability to remain anonymous in our current and coming age, the truth is, we are loosing that ability very quickly. America has this issue bobbing around a lot near elections, the need to identify people to remove the election fraud. I see both sides of the issue and as I age and the world evolves, it is quite apparent that I need to adapt and accept that anonymity is going to be very, very difficult to maintain.
That being said, I'm hoping we can come to some sort of consensus on this so we can all get this bus in gear.
Democracy with pseudo-anonymity which is something different.
DACs can provide:
1) Decentralized delegation of decision power.
2) Decentralized value exchange.
3) Decentralized identity.
4) Decentralized reputation.
5) Decentralized trust.
6) Decentralized autonomous gift economy for fund raising.
And maybe much more than that but with that you have everything you need. You have the ability to vote from 1). You have the ability to exchange gifts with 2). You have a way to connect an identity with 3).
You have a way to track reputation in the form of Patronage Points, Angelpoints, Reputation Points, AGS/PTS as proof of donation, or whatever you want with 4). You can know who is trusted with 5). And with 6) you can have a DAC which is able to perpetually fund itself for continuous renewal of resources.
But DACs in my opinion must also be represented in the real world. While the DAC itself is a contract free zone the world we live in outside of the DAC has contracts with laws. A cooperative allows for the gift economy of the DAC to interact with the traditional entities. If there isn't a mutually beneficial partnership program between the DAC and traditional world then we simply cannot do certain things like financial services, insurance, etc.
To do identity you could do that pseudo-anonymously but you still need a real world cooperative to do anything like insurance. The cooperative could simply be set up like a standard regulated insurance cooperative with all registered members of Bitshares as members of the insurance cooperative. Dividends would be given in the real world via the cooperative while the blockchain could mirror the process yet be separate.
It will be important to have physical link to a cyber system. Smart property requires these physical links as well.
I do like the idea of the co-op as I am a founding member of a new farming co-op in WA state that we are providing local produce to local schools and colleges. The protections that are able to be provided for the members, the ability to easily pool money and resources, and namely insurance issues are some of my favorite things about it. I would love for us to look at this seriously after the new year, but focus on the current changes in the short term.
I put my ideas out there on the forum. If a year from now people want to find these discussions they'll easily be able to do so. The Google doc is up there so anyone who wants to take the time to help write a whitepaper can speed up the process. In my opinion the sooner you get a legal cooperative set up the sooner you can form partnerships which could dramatically speed up the development process.
Cooperatives can allow all sorts of entities to fund development of these DACs who cannot ordinarily do so because they cannot interact with a blockchain. They can interact with a cooperative though which could mean grants, stipends, donations, or stock as endowment.
No I'm no lawyer but I've seen other cooperatives doing it and the Cog Cooperative is already up. The longer we wait the more advantage they will have.