[Cryptography] Bitcoins and lobbyists

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Tue Feb 27 23:07:15 PST 2018

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 8:19 AM, Henry Baker <hbaker1 at pipeline.com> wrote:
> (I'm going to use the term "Bitcoin" here as the best-known examplar of many block-chain-based cryptocurrencies.)<br>
> I was listening to a radio program where an investigative reporter was describing the (laborious) process by which she traced campaign contributions using the various disclosure statements required by the U.S. government.<br>
> It occurred to me that she was performing -- by hand -- many of the same steps that a Bitcoin miner has to perform, by tracing the sources and sinks of the various money flows through individuals, corporations, LLC's, law firms, etc.<br>
> If these money flows had all been Bitcoin-based, her job would have been trivial: the government would simply require the disclosure of the Bitcoin addresses of the various participants, and the Bitcoin miners (and the various Bitcoin tracing technologies) would do the rest.<br>
> Thus, instead of *resisting* Bitcoins & blockchain technologies, perhaps democracies interested in "open" governments should *embrace* Bitcoins, and indeed, *require* Bitcoins for all lobbying transactions.<br>
> Thus, the "Fourth Estate" -- the press -- performs "mining" for the control of democratic governments themselves.<br>
> Thomas Carlyle and Edmund Burke would have approved.<br>

Perhaps it is closed governments that are "interested"
in democracies, lobbying, and the press.
And that control rests with crypto users as a route
around such layers.

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