Blockchain Applications: Election Voting | by Denise

Wednesday, May 22nd

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Bitcoin Pizza Day, celebrated mainly by the cryptocurrency community, takes place on the anniversary of the date that cryptocurrency was used to pay for goods for the first time. On May 18, 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz of Florida posted in the forum, offering 10,000 bitcoins in exchange for some pizza, saying in part, "I'll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day." His call was answered, and on May 22, 2010, he posted, "I just want to report that I successfully traded 10,000 bitcoins for pizza." A teenager named Jeremy Sturdivant, who went by "jercos" on the forum, sent Hanyecz two Papa John's pizzas, and received 10,000 bitcoins in return. Sturdivant paid about $25 for the pizza, and the 10,000 bitcoins he received became valued at $41.
The events of the first Bitcoin Pizza Day were monumental because they paved the way for the use of cryptocurrency in the future. Nine months after the transaction, the worth of the bitcoins totaled $10,000, meaning each bitcoin had the value of a dollar. On the five year anniversary, the value of the 10,000 bitcoins had risen to about $2.4 million. At one point in 2017, the value rose to over $100 million. As of September 2018, a bitcoin is valued at about $6,000, meaning the value of the 10,000 bitcoins used to pay for the pizza would be about $60 million.
The history of bitcoin dates to the early 2000s, when attempts were made to create a cryptocurrency, although none were fully developed. In 2008, a paper titled "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System" was posted online. The following year, bitcoin became the first cryptocurrency. Its software was made available to the public, and it began being mined. Mining is "the process through which new bitcoins are created and transactions are recorded and verified on the blockchain." With Hanyecz's transaction for goods on the first Bitcoin Pizza Day, bitcoin gained a specific monetary value—up to that point it had only been mined. Rival cryptocurrencies, often known as altcoin, soon emerged. They usually have been created to try to improve an aspect of bitcoin. Early altcoins were Litecoin and Namecoin, and there are now over 1,000.
In 2013, bitcoin's value reached $1,000, but then crashed to about $300. It took a few years to recover. Over time, as it could be spent at more places, bitcoin's popularity continued to grow, as did its value. Time will only tell if the value of bitcoin will continue to rise, but on Bitcoin Pizza Day we can all remember the day the first cryptocurrency transaction for goods took place, and how the value of a transaction for two pizzas once rose to over $100 million.

Canadian Immigrants Day celebrates those who have immigrated to the United States from Canada. Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, and most of its inhabitants live within a few hundred miles of its border with the United States. The border is 5,525 miles in length (this includes the border with Alaska) and is the longest border in the world that is not patrolled by military forces. Besides sharing a border, Canada and the United States share many cultural similarities.
Most Canadians immigrate to the United States by getting a green card, which they usually have obtained because they have immediate relatives in the country, or because they are sponsored by an employer there. Canadians migrate to the United States more than they do to any other country. In 1960, about ten percent of the US foreign-born population was Canadian. Although this was down to two percent in 2012, about 800,000 Canadian immigrants lived in the United States at that time.
The first wave of Canadian immigrants arrived in the 1860s; they were largely unskilled and came for factory jobs. A second wave arrived between 1900 and 1930, and were pushed by the discrimination they had faced in employment, education, and because of their religion. Immigration to the United States began to decline after this, as the Canadian economy began to grow after World War II. During the last half of the twentieth century, especially after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, there was a diversification of Canadian immigrants which included students, those looking to reunite with their families, educated professionals, and retirees with wishes to move to a warmer climate.

Harvey Milk Day honors gay rights activist Harvey Milk and also focuses on stopping discrimination against gays and lesbians. Harvey Milk was born in Long Island, New York, on May 22, 1930. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and worked at a Wall Street investment firm for a time afterward, living a closeted gay life at the time. In the early 1960s, his political views were conservative, and he campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964. Once he got involved in the New York bohemian theater scene, he began befriending a more avante-garde crowd, and his politics began to shift more progressive. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1969, became involved in the gay social scene, and protested against the Vietnam War. After being fired for participating in an antiwar rally, he returned to New York City in 1970.
After some time working in New York theater, he returned to San Francisco in 1972 and opened a camera shop on Castro Street—the epicenter of the gay community. The following year he ran for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for the first time, in part because he thought a tax on small businesses was unfair. He did not win a seat but did manage to finish 10th out of 32 contestants. Afterward, he co-founded the Castro Village Association, which supported gay business owners on Castro Street. He started the Castro Street Fair in 1974, and became known as "Mayor of Castro Street."
He once again lost an election for Board of Supervisors in 1975, and ran for the California State Assembly and was not successful in that bid either. In 1977, he worked to broaden his appeal beyond the gay community, by focusing on taxes, housing, and day-care centers for working mothers. In November 1977, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person elected to California office, and the first openly gay person elected in a major U.S. city. The rise of Harvey Milk reflected the rise of the gay rights movement across the country, and he was at the forefront of it.
During his tenure in office, Milk pushed for visibility of gay people as well as for social equality. He worked to pass a gay rights ordinance—to ban discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. He spent the summer of 1978 working to defeat Proposition 6—also known as The Briggs Initiative—which would have banned gays and lesbians, or anyone supporting gay rights, from teaching or working in public schools in California. It was defeated at the ballot box that November.
On November 27, 1978, Harvey Milk was assassinated by Dan White, a former Board of Supervisors member, who had resigned a few months earlier and wanted to be reinstated. White first killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, and then walked across the building and shot Harvey Milk five times. Dianne Feinstein, who was President of the Board of Supervisors at the time, announced to the press what had taken place. Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder, in part because his team used the "Twinkie defense". He was released early and committed suicide in 1985.
Harvey Milk's profile continued to rise after his assassination. In 1982, a biography titled The Mayor of Castro Street was released, bringing Milk's attention to a wider audience. This was followed by an Academy Award-winning documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk, in 1984. Many buildings in California were named after Milk. In 2008, another Academy Award-winning film, Milk, was released. Harvey Milk was posthumously given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009. That same year, Harvey Milk Day was established by the California legislature and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 11. California schools commemorate Milk with activities, events, and projects, and equal rights are focused on. The Harvey Milk Foundation organizes events worldwide.

Sherlock Holmes Day celebrates Sherlock Holmes and the author who created him, Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born on today's date in 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. At a young age, Doyle became enthralled by stories his mother told him, which was the spark that eventually would lead him to become a writer. He was sent to a Jesuit preparatory school in England at the age of 9. After a few years, he went on to study at Stonyhurst College, and after graduating in 1876, he went on to pursue a medical degree at the University of Edinburgh. There he met Professor Dr. Joseph Bell, who became his mentor, and later became the inspiration and model for Sherlock Holmes.
While in medical school, Doyle wrote the short stories "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley" and "The American's Tale," the latter of which appeared in London Society magazine. He also worked as a ship surgeon on a whaling ship in the Arctic Circle while in school, which inspired him to write Captain of the Pole Star. After becoming a doctor he moved around for a bit, focusing on his practice, but also continued to write. He also left his Catholic faith and became a Spiritualist. Eventually, he gave up being a doctor and focused solely on his writing and his faith.
Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson, were introduced in the novel A Study in Scarlet, which first appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. It was with this novel that Doyle's writing career finally began taking off. Sherlock Holmes, a "consulting detective" who pursued criminals in London, around England, and throughout Europe, has endured as perhaps the most noteworthy detective character of all time. In all, Doyle wrote 60 stories that featured Sherlock Holmes. Some of Doyle's most noteworthy books that include Sherlock Holmes are The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
In 1893, Doyle tried to kill off Holmes in the short story "The Final Problem," because he wanted to focus more on his writing on Spiritualism. His readers weren't happy—20,000 readers even canceled their subscriptions to Strand Magazine, a magazine which Sherlock Holmes stories often appeared in. Eventually, Doyle was convinced to bring Holmes back. He reintroduced him in 1901 in the novel The Hound of Baskervilles, and then brought him back to life in the story "The Adventure of the Empty House" in 1903. One of the reasons he decided to bring him back was so he could use the profits from the stories to help fund his missionary work. The final twelve Sherlock Holmes stories appeared in the 1928 compilation titled The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes.
Besides his works featuring Sherlock Holmes, Doyle wrote other books such as Beyond the City, The Stark Munro Letters, and A Duet with an Occasional Chorus, as well as a series of works on Spiritualism. He was diagnosed with Angina Pectoris towards the end of his life. On July 7, 1930, Arthur Conan Doyle died in his garden with one hand to his chest and one hand holding a flower. The stories of Sherlock Holmes have continued to have been read, and Sherlock has also lived on in theater and film adaptations of his stories. Today we celebrate both Sherlock Holmes and the author who created him!

Happy Celebrating
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Bitcoin Foundation Run-off Voting Live Stats 2015

Since the first round of voting did not satisfy the criteria of >/= 50% of the votes for the leading candidate, the Bitcoin Foundation seems to have decided to conduct a run-off voting round live and on the Bitcoin blockchain. Here are the links for viewing the live stats.
Here is the exact terminology on the voting portal:
"Select ALL candidates you would approve of being elected to the board of directors. You may select two, three, or four candidates. There are TWO seats to be filled by this election. There are 595 voters. A winning candidate must have approval of at least 50 percent of the cast ballots. (approval, select between 2 and 4 answers, result type absolute.)"
Bitcoin Address for vote count, Name of Candidate, Type of Vote(Yes/No) Oliver Janssens Yes Oliver Janssens No Jim Harper Yes Jim Harper No Michael Perklin Yes Michael Perklin No Bruce Fenton Yes Bruce Fenton No
I am disseminating this information for the benefit of those who do not have access to the voting portal but want to know what is going on. I DO NOT work for the foundation.
EDIT: removed speculative comment on how I thought the votes may be counted.
EDIT2: Voting is only available to Bitcoin Foundation Members and through the portal. DO NOT SEND ANY BITCOIN to the above bitcoin addresses directly, they will go to waste and probably won't count as votes because the tx won't originate from portal users who are also Bitcoin Foundation members and from a particular voting db entry. Announcement online (thx nullc)
EDIT 3: Bruce Fenton added* and mtbitcoin has put together an "Un-official Vote Scoreboard Tracker" , I think he deserves some tips guys.
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How to vote in the Bitcoin Foundation elections

Sadly, the process to vote in the Bitcoin Foundation elections is quite confusing. Here is the breakdown on how to to it that the BF just sent to members:
*During February 13-17, 2015, we will be having an election for two individual board seats. In order to be eligible to vote in these elections, you have to be an individual member (industry membership does not count).
If you are an industry member but would like to vote, you will need to become an individual member. Individual memberships are $25/year or $250/lifetime. To join, visit
If you are not sure if your membership is active, please email [email protected].
If you need to renew your membership, you can do so here:
Today (Friday, Feb 6) is the last day to join or renew your membership to be eligible for this election.
Also, as per our bylaws, members who wish to participate in voting need to confirm their status as active members. For further information on why, see this pull request.
I want to vote, how do I confirm myself as an active member
Simple. Login to, click on the “Election” tab, and follow the on screen instructions.
When is the deadline to confirm myself as an active member? Please note that new members must join by February 6th to get voting rights. February 10th is the last day for current members to confirm as an active member. After that we cannot guarantee that you’ll receive a ballot, but we will try.
Where can I find out more information about the election? You can find more information by reading this blog post.
The confirmed and final list of candidates eligible for an individual board seat will be announced in an elections mailing next week. Stay tuned!*
Essentially, you need to
1) make sure your membership is not expired 2) make sure your email address is confirmed 3) confirm your status as an eligible member (membership portal, different account than the Forum) 4) receive further instructions? (still unclear as to how members will vote but it seems it will be through an email)
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Two-Bit Idiot says the only thing Brock Pierce looks guilty of is having shady friends as a teenager, calls allegations "last century", declares him an "upgrade"

On Friday, the industry members of the Bitcoin Foundation elected Bobby Lee and Brock Pierce to board of directors in the special election held to fill the seats vacated by Charlie Shrem and Mark Karpeles.
So naturally, the torch and pitchfork crowd on bitcoin came out to play over the weekend with token condemnations of both guys and skepticism over the legitimacy of the Foundation itself. The possibility that Pierce was tangentially involved in a sexual abuse scandal from fifteen years ago had the knuckle draggers shouting "pedophile!" in multiple threads, and the fact that China's central bank essentially banned Bitcoin and destroyed most of the momentum for Lee's BTC China led to accusations that he was guilty of price manipulation or lying to customers.
There's something beautiful and ironic about (legitimate) elections, though: by definition, voters always elect the leaders they deserve. So whether you like the new directors doesn't matter. Most of the industry sponsors did and they voted with full knowledge of the positives and negatives of each candidate. (Or at least in Pierce's case, they should have...given that the Hollywood Reporter article came out prior to the second round of voting, and I wrote up Pierce's response last week, something he elaborated on in this video.)
Bobby Lee's addition is a clear net positive; he gets to do something productive in light of the fact that China won't seem to let him do anything at all. With respect to Pierce's election, it's a mixed bag. On the one hand, he obviously brings some (perhaps unfair) headline risk to the board, at a time when the Foundation can ill-afford image hits. On the other, the only thing he looks guilty of is having shady friends as a teenager. Otherwise, he's passionate about the industry and is involved in a wide range of successful and positive projects. Both he and Lee are upgrades to the board in terms of professional experience, and the only way the outcome would have been better is if the fine Chairman had also resigned and paved the way for Gyft's Vinny Lingham.
As to the more important issue -- does the Foundation even matter?
Yes. And that's why the elections were so important.
There are two and a half things the Foundation needs to do well in order to be successful--pay the core developers, foster Bitcoin education, and simply not make the community look bad. They don't need to get involved with lobbying or PR or any other area where they claim to represent the broader Bitcoin community, mostly because history has shown that the organization will fail at managing the things it shouldn't try to manage in the first place.
But how about the areas in which it should succeed?
With respect to paying the core devs, there has been almost no transparency to date regarding how funds flow within the Foundation. All we can expect from the board is the token Form 990 (due this week) that all non-profit organizations must file with the IRS. Pierce has promised to improve the financial and operational transparency of the organization. If that transparency ultimately leads to less "overhead" and more funding for the devs that make this entire crypto-economy function, then great.
With respect to fostering Bitcoin education, the regulatory affairs committee has done a good job communicating with state and federal groups on the basics of Bitcoin, and the education committee seems to have the infrastructure in place to seed more student projects that spawn thriving bitcoin ecosystems (read: MIT) and nurture the next generation of bitcoin entrepreneurs. Bitcoin companies can spend marketing dollars on educating and converting older consumers and investors. Let's see if Lee and Pierce help steer the focus of the Foundation away from lobbying and towards educating a younger general audience.
The biggest role of the Foundation, though, is to simply exist without bringing negative attention to Bitcoin as a whole. The board should consist of sharp, polished, high-integrity people who are willing to be radically transparent about themselves and the organization they serve. With that in mind, Pierce is only a bad fit for the board to the extent some intrepid investigative tabloid whore chooses to reignite last century's DEN / Collins-Rector scandal with Pierce at an opportune time in the future.
But if the industry voters felt Pierce's strengths offset the pitfalls of this headline risk, then good, great, grand, wonderful! Right?
I'm just surprised that other people are surprised this whole election is sparking backlash. The only problem that I have with the outrage is that it seems poorly timed and misdirected. Why inappropriately smear one of the few credible dudes that actually stepped up to run -- and let's face it, the pickings were slim -- without any real proof of wrongdoing, and why bitch about it only after the fact? Instead, why not direct anger towards the industry voters who cast the ballots and hitched their wagons to the dysfunctional Foundation in the first place - thereby giving it de facto credibility that it probably shouldn't have?
Either way, it doesn't matter who is upset, the vote isn't changing. And the Foundation still lives and thrives with over 500 individual members and dozens of leading corporate sponsors.
My two cents: at the end of the day, the Foundation's board of directors itself is just the scrawny coach's kid on an otherwise kick-ass varsity team. Sure, Junior is going to get some playing time on occasion, but only because the starters (rocket ship ventures, investors, evangelists, and even the productive volunteers on the Foundation's committees) have already put the team ahead by 30. We'll be cool with the fact that the kid is getting some minutes, provided he doesn't make us look bad by getting T'd up (Shrem), running out of the gym with the ball (Karpeles), or falling asleep in the middle of the court (current execs). As long as he shoots at the right hoop, is a good sport and embraces his role, we'll keep him on the team. Who knows? With time, maybe he'll hit a growth spurt and actually surprise us with bigger contributions.
Maybe that's just stupid optimism that the election yielded net positive results or was at worst a non-event. Or maybe I'm just sick of talking about the Foundation. Probably both. Onward.
*Before anyone shoots me a dumb ass note accusing me of waffling on Pierce after discussing last week the risks his election posed, do yourself a favor and go re-read what I wrote. I commented on the Hollywood Reporter article at the time because I thought it would affect the election and lead to a drop in Pierce's support.
And I was right. Lingham lost by a single vote in the second ballot after finishing a distant third in the first round. Last I checked, nine individuals and one company have terminated their memberships with the Foundation in protest of the election results. I doubt that would have been the case under a different election outcome.
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Data from The Heritage Foundation shows numerous counts of election fraud cases across American states; featuring falsified absentee ballots, ineligible voting, and vote-buying. In Europe arguably, certain countries’ electoral bodies may deny the level of corruption existing in the system. When election officials access the votes, a paper ballot is generated for each mobile vote that can be compared to the voter’s digital receipt and the blockchain record. This acts as an audit Voter turnout among active service members is sluggish in the United States, according to the Election Assistance Commission, 13% (930,156) of the 7.7 million entitled overseas voters signed up to receive a ballot for 2016’s general election, despite already having “special provisions” which allow them to vote via email. From this figure As perhaps an extension of its recent focus on revitalizing its image, the Bitcoin Foundation announced yesterday it would allow its members to cast votes in its latest election round directly on Billed in a blog post as a way for the Bitcoin Foundation to advance blockchain technology by new executive director Patrick Murck, the decision was soon met with mixed reactions, with some lauding the novel step and others criticising it for a potential negative impact on an election meant to fill two outgoing board member positions.

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