Dominic Williams, founder of the Internet Computer (ICP) and the non-profit organization dedicated to building and promoting it, chastityShe has a plan to help end the war in Ukraine.
Noting that Russia has complete control over all media operating within its jurisdiction that distributes “carefully designed propaganda and misinformation,” Williams suggested that the crypto community use the power of blockchain and smart contracts to counter this tyranny.
He noted that one way to help end aggression against Ukraine is to convince the Russian people that war – unlike what the Russian president calls “a humanitarian mission to protect the people of Ukraine from genocide” – is a crime against humanity. .
This in turn will motivate the people to pressure the government to stop the invasion.
“Support for Vladimir Putin throughout Russia remains very high, perhaps in the range of 60-70%,” he said. “It will remain so if he continues to control the flow of information to his own people, allowing him to make the counterproductive false claim that war is a humanitarian mission to protect the people of Ukraine from genocide.”
In order to impress the Russian population, we need to find ways to communicate directly with them, Williams said, arguing that people living in Russia are “to a large extent ignorant” of what is actually happening in Ukraine.
“I am now suggesting a way that blockchain and smart contracts can help even more, by getting millions of Russians to watch full information video(s) about the war,” he said.
All that is needed to implement the plan is the Internet Computer, a public blockchain that hosts smart contracts that run at the speed of the web, and $250 million in bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH).
However, the scheme could be prevented if Russia cuts off its residents’ access to the Internet, a move that is said to be already on the radar.
More specifically, Williams suggested the use of virtual people parties, which allow a large number of people to “proof of identity” without revealing their identity, to ensure that all attendees are real people. He then encouraged them to watch an informative video about the war by paying $50 in cryptocurrency.
He also proposed creating a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) to raise 250 million US dollars, which would be enough to pay 5 million Russians who want to watch the video.
However, technical challenges include launching the virtual party framework for people, which is still in alpha stage, preventing Russia from blocking IP addresses associated with the scheme, and raising $250 million in BTC and ETH.
“All of the technical challenges I described will be resolved anyway, it’s just a question of how long things take,” Williams said, claiming that if “millions of people watched the video, it would surely spark widespread debate and discussion of his allegations within Russia.”
Meanwhile, there have been mixed reactions to the proposal within the crypto community. Some users described the move as a “cheap PR shot”, saying that Williams might promote the IC project.
Others argued that the proposal, if successful in practice, would not actually have a meaningful impact.
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