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January 31, 2013, 04:29:40 PM
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The YouTube channel, Truthloader, will be hosting a live debate today at 7PM GMT / 2PM EST / 11AM PST.

The topic - "Can we govern ourselves with digital technology?"

Gavin Andresen, Birgitta Jonsdottir (Wikileaks activist and Icelandic MP), Naomi Colvin (Occupy Movement) & Mark Johnson (The Economist) will be speaking at the debate on the channel - www.youtube.com/truthloader.

I will post a direct live link in this thread once I have it.

Leave your questions here and I will try and get them to our guests, or tweet them at us #digigov.

Here's the link to watch us live at the time stated above!- http://youtu.be/riI51xO3BsM
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January 31, 2013, 04:36:02 PM
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What's the position of each individual?
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January 31, 2013, 05:22:56 PM
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What's the position of each individual?

They all think you should watch.

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January 31, 2013, 06:56:53 PM
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Starting now!

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January 31, 2013, 07:28:18 PM
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tuned in late but havent heard 1 word from Gavin Sad
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January 31, 2013, 07:37:35 PM
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tuned in late but havent heard 1 word from Gavin Sad

You kinda missed it he spoke a bit, I mean nothing ground breaking, he just explained what bitcoins are. He spoke very nicely, considering the time they gave him, but they got like 6 people so that is a fail, I feel like the show was trying to cover a board topic when they could have focused on bitcoins and even the crowd source constitution, which I would have liked to hear about more.

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January 31, 2013, 07:48:58 PM
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Thanks, Gavin, you rocked it!
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January 31, 2013, 07:56:53 PM
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Thanks for making this happen!

I thought most opinions were pretty conservative. I think there's much more room for disruptive innovation in the way we organize as a society due to modern communication technologies. The Internet has been around for only 15 to 20 years. Bitcoin has been around for only 4 years. These are very short timespans if you put it into perspective.
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February 01, 2013, 09:24:41 AM
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For anyone that missed it, here's the full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riI51xO3BsM
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February 01, 2013, 11:41:29 AM
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That talk was pretty interesting.

Also, *amazing* job Gavin !


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February 01, 2013, 01:17:43 PM
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Nice! I had never actually heard Gavin speak and I was a bit afraid we'd end with an Amir Taaki situation... but good job!

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February 01, 2013, 02:00:33 PM
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Thanks good watch

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February 01, 2013, 02:37:43 PM
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It was an interesting discussion. The Icelandic situation illustrates the dysfunction of the financial system. I agree with Gavin that direct democracy won't scale, but like everything else, there will be a technological solution. We just haven't developed him yet.

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February 01, 2013, 03:23:16 PM
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Gavin kind of struggled when he had to respond to the "bitcoin is not democratic" argument.

I think the very concept of money is actually not democratic, or it should not be.

What I mean by that is that money should be like any thing that can be exchanged in a market.  So like any consumer product, it is not democratic because its use does not depend on some decision made after a vote.

Money is democratic only in a system where only one form of money is allowed.  The decision of which kind of money and how it should work MUST then be taken and the democratic way of making this decision is the vote.

But in the liberal way of dealing with the concept of money, there is not limit in the number of competing currencies in circulation.   In such a system, a currency is no more democratic than any stuff that can be exchanged on the market.   Is the iPhone for instance a democratic product?  Well, in a way it is, since it is used by a lot of people.   But in the pure sense of the expression, that is in the political sense, it is not democratic at all.

Same with bitcoin.


More generally, digital technologies offer more choice to people, and this increased number of choices decreases the need for a normalization of the way of doing stuff.   Democracy was a way to fairly organize this normalization.  With more choices, the need for democracy decreases because less normalization is needed.    So in a way digital technologies make democratic concepts more obsolete.  That's a point that was missed in the debate imho.
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February 01, 2013, 05:54:36 PM
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Great job, Gavin.

Quick aside. When Truthloader first came upon the scene a couple short months ago, I sincerely felt, and still do, that somehow Google is behind it. They only had a small handful of videos up at the time, each having very few view counts, but Google gave it tremendous juice on its news site. After kept seeing it over and over again at the time, and doing some research (basically finding nothing to support my theory), it still seemed like Google was/is behind it. I'm not saying that that's a good or bad thing. Just saying.

Boy, wouldn't that be something if we later learn that Google was behind Bitcoin from the get-go?

My apologies for the long aside.

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February 01, 2013, 05:56:58 PM
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Great job, Gavin.

Quick aside. When Truthloader first came upon the scene a couple short months ago, I sincerely felt, and still do, that somehow Google is behind it. They only had a small handful of videos up at the time, each having very few view counts, but Google gave it tremendous juice on its news site. After kept seeing it over and over again at the time, and doing some research (basically finding nothing to support my theory), it still seemed like Google was/is behind it. I'm not saying that that's a good or bad thing. Just saying.

Boy, wouldn't that be something if we later learn that Google was behind Bitcoin from the get-go?

My apologies for the long aside.

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February 01, 2013, 08:41:44 PM
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Gavin kind of struggled when he had to respond to the "bitcoin is not democratic" argument.

Yeah-- "democratic" is such a loaded word. Everybody loves democracy, so I didn't want to bash it.

But democracy can be terrible if you're in the minority and the majority decides to trample on your rights.

I probably should have just said "Bitcoin is a lot more democratic than the system we currently have, where a handful of unelected central bankers control our money."

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February 01, 2013, 09:31:19 PM
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Yeah-- "democratic" is such a loaded word. Everybody loves democracy, so I didn't want to bash it.


One of my hobby is to bash democracy and get karma points for it.

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February 02, 2013, 12:24:43 PM
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direct democracy won't scale, but like everything else, there will be a technological solution. We just haven't developed him yet.

the technological solution is called liquid democracy and liquid feedback.

But democracy can be terrible if you're in the minority and the majority decides to trample on your rights.

Back then in anarchistic Spain (good doku), there were general assemblies, and the results of discussions were seen as merely recommendations. I.e., democracy without an executive branch.

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February 02, 2013, 01:24:32 PM
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The reasons democracy (liquid or not) will not scale:
1. group think (arbitrary priorities)
2. greed
3. apathy
4. ignorance of issues
5. guns and money (with malevolent intentions)
6. mob rule (similar to Gavin's argument)

This liquid democracy sounds like a movement similar to voluntaryism. All of these libertarian ideas sound neat, but are only theoretical, just as the US form of republican democracy was. I'm not against the seed of the idea, but the technology does not exist yet to make it viable. We need technology to overcome those six (and probably more) types of problems.

Having said this, the technologies we do have are useful to keep working towards something better. If we apply these tools scientifically and use the data wisely, we may discover patterns that even more powerful systems can use to make it work better. Human society is too complex for humans to handle alone. Our technology will eventually be able to help us identify these six problems before they become harmful.

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