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Holding politicians accountable hasn’t always been easy in the past and many citizens have faced a myriad of challenges trying to exert political oversight. The reality is that citizens need substantial information about the government to hold officials accountable.

 

Put simply, political accountability requires politicians to account for election promises as well as actions made when designing and implementing laws and regulations. Unfortunately, this is often difficult to achieve—largely because citizens are not informed well enough—and there is very little voters can do outside of not re-electing the politician in the next election.

 

However, nascent technologies such as blockchain can empower more of us to demand accountability from politicians who break their promises. We explain how.

 

Blockchain is essentially a secure digital database, or ledger spread across thousands of computers all over the world and which is both tamper-proof and self-auditing. Information held on blockchain exists as a distributed and continually reconciled database, which means the data is truly transparent and easily verifiable. Tapping into these inherent benefits of blockchain distributed ledger, we can record and preserve current events and political rhetoric in an immutable and secure manner for future references. These records will, therefore, serve as a point of reference for highlighting broken promises and holding politicians accountable.

Keeping politicians accountable is a novel mission for Historia. Our hope is that by promoting civic engagement through record keeping, we can show politicians and government administrators that we are paying attention to their actions. It is important to highlight such developments in order to keep politicians accountable. Historia has built a blockchain-powered digital database for keeping accurate records about our current events and for tracking changes made to the information so that ultimately it can still be trusted as accurate and authentic.

 

In particular, Historia facilitates accurate documentation of current and future events using encryption, cryptography, and IPFS content storage system, preventing third-party interference or censorship. This provides citizens with a secure platform for reporting and monitoring politicians’ misconduct without fear of retribution. Through Historia blockchain, we can promote transparency and accountability by alerting the public to illegal or improper government activity as well as keeping politicians in check.

 

If you find something questionable, simply submit it to the Historia blockchain for a review. Your submission will be analyzed by a diverse, globally distributed pool of voters and if it is determined that it is accurate, it will be added in the blockchain for all to see. That way, we can record and share it permanently in the blockchain in order to raise awareness and demand action. Moreover, it would be impossible for government officials to restrict access to these records once they are stored in Historia blockchain.

 

Historia offers the most effective solution for fact-checking and evaluating political rhetoric to ensure that politicians live to their words.  Right now the project is focused on recording images and fact-based news articles as the exemplary case of the platform but it will be scaled to other applications later.

 

Help us in our effort to hold politicians accountable. Join Historia blockchain today.

 

To learn more about Historia, sign up for email updates on our website. To stay updated on Historia latest news and announcements, follow us on:

 

Historia Website
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Historia Discord
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Historia on Github

 

Originally published at blog.historia.network on April 17, 2019.

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