When Blockchain Meets Politics: A Midterms Roundup
11.06.2018

The midterms are finally here, and for the next 24 hours (at a minimum), the media will be in the grip of election fever. BREAKER is not a politics news site—go somewhere else for intrigue from Iowa’s 3rd Districtbut we do have some politically themed coverage for you. Over the last few months, we’ve published several stories looking at where politics and blockchain technology collide. Below, we offer a roundup, and include some choice writing from other outlets.

From BREAKER staff:

First up, the home team: some of the best writing on politics by BREAKER staff and contributors since our launch in September.

Mr. Bitcoin Goes to Washington

This long-form feature by staff writer Brian Patrick Eha tells the inside story of the cryptocurrency lobbying industry in the capitol, lifting the veil on the work needed to mediate between cutting-edge technology and slow-moving federal politics.

Is Blockchain Voting Better for Democracy?

In this panel discussion, three experts weigh in on the pros and cons of voting with a distributed ledger.

Crypto for President 2020! Embracing Blockchain at the Libertarian Convention

Libertarians are looking to capitalize on the alignment of cryptocurrency and their party’s values.

Brian Forde on the campaign trail

Blockchain Disciples Have a New Goal: Running Our Next Election

Part of a collaborative series with Medium, this feature chronicles the rising popularity of blockchain technology among attendees of the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies’ annual electoral symposium.

Congressman Tom Emmer Wishes You’d Quit Focusing on Crypto’s “Shady” Side

In this interview, BREAKER’s senior writer Mark Yarm speaks to Republican congressman Tom Emmer about what it takes to drum up support for cryptocurrency in the Capitol.

The Crypto Candidate’s Lessons From the Trail: “We Can’t Fear Stupid”

During his recent run for a U.S. House seat, political newcomer Brian Forde received some $300,000 worth of campaign donations in bitcoin and ether. This profile, another by Mark Yarm, draws on interview material to let the “crypto candidate” describe his run for office in his own words.

What Blockchain Startups Can Learn From Uber About Politics

In 2011, Bradley Tusk helped Uber CEO Travis Kalanick win over public support in New York. In an interview with Brian Patrick Eha, Tusk gives his insight into how the blockchain industry could draw from the same playbook.

The Wild, Baffling, and Sometimes Terrifying History of Crypto-Anarchy

Contributor Greg Milner charts the past and present of a movement based on the doctrine of privacy above all.

From elsewhere:

Next, the away team: a selection of articles on blockchain and politics from other outlets around the web.

Is Bitcoin Secretly Messing with the Midterms? Politico

Cryptocurrency shouldn’t be inherently suspect, but its anonymous properties make it the perfect tool for foreign powers looking to influence elections.

It’s Time for Online Voting The New York Times

Casting an electoral vote in the U.S. is far more difficult than it should be. In this op-ed, author and investor Alex Tapscott argues that blockchain may be the answer.

Liquid democracy uses blockchain to fix politics, and now you can vote for it TechCrunch

Liquid democracy is a novel system of voting through nested proxy representatives. David Ernst, CTO of crowd-sourced hedge fund Numerai, wants to bring it to the people.

81.5M Voter Records For Sale On Dark Web Ahead Of Midterm Elections Forbes

Although there are many legitimate ways to obtain this kind of voter data, the bulk sale of tens of millions of records on the dark web is a cause for concern.

This Candidate for Governor Wants to Put Colorado on the Blockchain Gizmodo

Jared Polis, frontrunner for the Colorado governor seat at time of press, is an enthusiastic fan of cryptocurrency. Back in August, Gizmodo profiled the tech-savvy politician.