Q: When will Flowback be released?
A: Flowback version 1.0 is expected to be released in the spring. Want to know more about the conference and party? Register your interest here and we'll send out more information.
Q: Is digital democracy applicable on a larger scale?
A: We don't know where it is applicable because digital democracy tools such as delegation, quadratic voting and prediction markets have not yet been tested on a large scale to govern a country. Whether it works for large organizations and countries is an empirical question that requires more research. We advocate that our tools be tested initially in grassroots movements, such as non-profits, political associations, cooperatives, trade unions, etc., and then spread from below up to increasingly larger organizations. It will then be possible to organically adapt the digital tools to the challenges that ever larger organisations require. At a later stage, when more data is collected and more research done in the field, experiments with digital democracy in large organisations and countries can start to be implemented.
Q: Is digital democracy safe?
A: Distributive ledger technology (DLT) creates new opportunities for completely secure online voting where the votes can be verified as long as the immutable ledger is secure, a zero knowledge proof can then be carried out after the voters verify their votes. Formal verification can make sure that the forum runs correctly for critical voting.
Q: If people vote online from home, they may be forced to vote for something by other
A: That's true, but this problem also applies to physical voting: there is a risk that someone will not allow you to go to the polling station, will try to influence how you vote by sticking ballot papers in your hands at the polling station itself or will manipulate postal votes. If an organisation is worried about pressure, a simple solution is to give you your voting link at some random time over three weeks (it's rare that someone sits with a gun to your head for three weeks). Other solutions are dynamic voting that doesn't run out or having digital voting booths, which already exist today, they exclude other electronics, scan and are difficult to hack.