Internet Computer (ICP) and DFINITY founder Dominic Williams has come up with a bizarre plan to hasten the end of the Russian invasion of Ukraine through smart contracts and $250 million in crypto rewards.
DFINITY Internet Computer was launched in May 2021 and is a public blockchain and protocol that attempts to decentralize the Internet.
Williams’ March 16 proposal focuses on countering propaganda and informing the Russian population, which he says is generally “completely ignorant,” about the reality of what is really happening in Ukraine, which, In turn, it will stimulate them to continue. to pressure the government to stop the conflict.
“We should not hold out too much hope that sanctions alone will turn the Russian population against their leaders, for the simple reason that they control their media, which obediently broadcasts carefully crafted propaganda and misinformation,” Williams wrote.
The proposal suggests that blockchain technology and smart contracts could serve as a way to get large numbers of verified Russian citizens to watch “news media” about the war together at virtual reality parties called “people parties”:
“Each attendee who proves their personality using the people party system is then identified with the smart contracts as an individual human being. The system prevents cheating, so that in each race, a person can only attend exactly once.”
“In this proposal, smart contracts would open a new crypto account for each successful attendee, which they can access and control using an internet identity,” the post added.
To incentivize citizens, Williams proposes that crypto rewards can be used on assets like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH). Every Russian citizen will have to watch until the end of the videos, as the pin numbers linked to their accounts will not be unlocked until all content has been consumed.
“The video broadcast will tell the truth about the war in Ukraine and will ask the Russians to put pressure on their government to cease hostilities. The best way to build such a video should be left to talented filmmakers. An unwatermarked version must be made available for download, allowing the recipient to show the video to others,” Williams wrote.
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Willaims’ suggested $250 million sum is based on his recommendation to pay each participant $50 per video viewed, in hopes of attracting 5 million Russians to watch the informational videos.
The plan relies on many contingencies being met, the most important being that the Internet stay online without interference from the Russian government to facilitate such a grandiose plan. Responses on Twitter highlighted that officials in Moscow are reportedly considering disconnecting the country from cyberspace.
“Moscow is prepared to disconnect the country from cyberspace. Although the authorities officially deny the initiative, leaked messages suggest that it will start implementing the strategy on government websites this Friday.”
I wonder how anyone will watch the videos.
– Nicolás.icp (@ICbicycle) March 15, 2022
Other Twitter users were not impressed with the idea as “Omega.ic3” who criticized the move as a PR stunt:
“There is no way this idea has a real chance of impacting public opinion in Russia. So it seems like a cheap PR opportunity, ultimately trying to capitalize on the situation by jumping on the popular opinion bandwagon and increasing visibility.”
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