Been following Maidsafe with interest for a few years now, as I’ve worked on a project to provide a de-centralised, self-governance platform, founded upon anarchist non-hierarchical principles.
Clann provides a crucial polar-opposite to the inevitable large monetary and political interests seeking to monopolise crypto’s emerging “disruptive” technologies. The Internet has already revolutionised the world, but for its maximum liberating potential to be unleashed it demands to be moulded in its inherently anarchist nature. Not meaning that there are no rules, far from it, rather that there are no rulers! A direct-democracy with non-hierarchical structures; still delegating responsibilities, but maintaining constant accountability. A free-market of natural bartering, built upon the foundation of a society who has its necessary shared requirements catered for.
Thanks to all involved. All feedback on this particular project is very welcomed!
A clearnet site will be developed and online next weekend, but thought I’d introduce the idea here first.
Now available @ safe://clann.ard
Here is a very basic Clann Whitepaper v.0.1 (I also have old visual templates to be updated and added later, and more in-depth details on the functional requirements):
A de-centralised, self-governance platform, founded upon anarchist non-hierarchical principles.
Utilising cryptographically secured, peer-to-peer consensus networks, as well as smart-contracts.
How it works:
By downloading free and open-source software anybody can setup a local assembly (clann), able to seamlessly integrate into a national or international federation. Each member is assigned a token, acting as a form of identification and utilised for resource allocation. The assembly facilitates: voting; constitutions; creating councils and collectives as bottom-up hierarchical structures; delegation of responsibilities with constant accountability; meeting and feedback mechanisms; data notaries; designation of personal and communal resources; counter-economies and international bartering backed by physical items; automated and configurable rationing; pre-planning production requirements; self-fulfilling, smart-contractual agreements for services rendered, or private and communal arrangements; secure communications and file-sharing; a privacy orientated social-network; protest and boycott features; fully autonomous self-governance over the assembly; a revolt option so that members can at any time regain control over all necessary administrative functions.
Value will be redefined according to production time, i.e.: it takes around 1 hour of labour to produce an ounce of gold; meaning 1 hour, or 1 credit, is the equivalent to the value of an ounce of gold. This is based on Proudon’s concept of mutualism. Allowing for a type of free-market to exist, except supported by an efficient direct-democracy and ingrained social care requirements. Value indexes will be agreed upon by assemblies and non-communal resources can be decided freely. Communal resources will be physically ratified by delegated councils or representatives and entered onto a resource notary. When a person goes to a store, items are checked out using either a printed QR code or mobile device, then the resource database and the member’s token balance are updated. Registration and fraud prevention depends upon the clann, who can choose to implement traditional physical methods, or modern technological solutions. The whole concept relies upon participation.
The internet in its current form is too vulnerable to be fully relied upon as a backbone for society. End-to-end encryption and private networks are necessary for social structures to be hosted worldwide. This type of infrastructure is under constant attack from hackers and well funded state-actors. Maidsafe, currently in beta stages, is written in the Rust programming language, and is the preferred build option. It uses a peer-to-peer solution, complex cryptography, and layered routing to meet these requirements. Hardware backdoors are another concern; data entered by members on the platform should always be verifiable via cryptographic methods, but various snooping, blackmail, and sabotage attacks will remain a threat, though less so than today; open-source hardware production has to be the future. And the human rights to privacy and self-determination needs to be vigilantly protected.
Safe Network Whitepaper (Maidsafe)
Inspired by the organisational methods of the anarcho-syndaclists during the CNT’s (Confederación Nacional del Trabajo) reign in the Spanish civil-war.
Posted in its original form May Day, 2015. Re-launched on the Safe Network February 24, 2019.