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The Future Laboratory: MiVote Counts

LS:N Global, an insights platform that documents new consumer behaviour, covers the MiVote movement.

Originally published at LS:N Global

MiVote is a new app that proposes a direct democracy approach to government.

  • The app is now in beta testing and should be available at the end of 2016.

  • MiVote uses the blockchain to ensure voting is completely secure

  • As well as the app, MiVote will form its own political party

MiVote enables its members to have their say in everyday policy decision-making rather than limiting their voices to elections. Once registered, the app notifies users about issues being discussed in Australia’s parliament and sends them a digital information pack assembled by impartial researchers.

The pack will contain four comprehensive approaches to a given situation and the most popular outcome will be put forward by MiVote party representatives. If the government were voting on immigration, for example, the pack may contain information on a humanitarian approach, a border security approach, the most financially viable approach and one that focuses on international relations.

The premise for MiVote was devised by entrepreneur Adam Jacoby, who was concerned by the lack of truly democratic representation in his home nation. ‘This started as a result of me becoming slightly concerned as a father that my children were growing up in a world in which their voice was less and less relevant,’ Jacoby told Fast Company.

By ensuring that party representatives are simply vehicles delivering the will of its members, MiVote hopes to eradicate the tendency for politicians and political parties to serve their own needs above those of the people they represent.

The Big Picture

New technologies such as the blockchain are leading people to question how traditional forms of governance could be radically updated. See our Behaviour on the Democracy Earth Foundation for another example of direct democracy in action.