Brian Forde is currently running for California’s 45th District seat in the US House of Representatives, and his unique campaign promise is to bridge the gap between the US government and the cryptocurrency community.
Speaking at the Ethereum Summit in Queens, NY on Saturday, he outlined his pro-crypto platform that includes a plan that would allow voters to share their opinions on policy preferences on a blockchain.
“What I want to do is create transparency for the voice of the citizen, so that if I do make a decision that’s not consistent with what all the votes said, then I’ve got to explain myself,” Forde detailed at the summit.
”I want to [create] transparency for the voice of the citizen”
Speaking to CoinDesk recently, Forde discussed the reasoning and ideas behind his platform, with the primary focus being the promotion of transparency between government and the public.
“If you’re upset at your member of Congress, you call them, you fax them, you text them, you email them, and in theory, there’s someone in the background, some intern – kind of chicken scratches on the wall – counting how people feel. Is that publicly auditable? No,” Forde told CoinDesk.
Regarding his plan to allow voters to utilize blockchain technology in communications with local government, he said: “I’d be the first member of Congress to adopt blockchain voting to hear from my constituents about how they feel on the policies I’m about to vote on.”
What could perhaps become the most valuable aspect of Forde’s role should he be elected, is the ability he would have to educate other members of Congress on blockchain and cryptocurrency-related issues. The US government has been struggling to pass comprehensive legislation in this regard, with many stating the most problematic issue is a lack of relevant knowledge from representatives.
As Forde noted, the lack of tech-savviness was ”clearly on display” during Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony regarding the social media platform’s sharing of personal data with third parties. The lack of understanding is a threat to both technological businesses in the US, as well as the promotion of tech innovations.
The candidate described his potential role in Congress as one of acting as a helpful ambassador to his colleagues in the areas of blockchain, technology and cryptocurrency.
Forde’s campaign is also accepting cryptocurrency donations, although it is not the first of its kind to do so.
He was also responsible for the White House memo on Bitcoin shared during the Obama administration. The campaign was announced in July last year, looking to replace Republican incumbent Rep Mimi Walters.
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