Mayor Brad Pettitt of the City of Fremantle on Crypto Clothesline
Mayor Brad Pettitt of the City of Fremantle on Peer-to-Peer Solar Energy Exchange and Voting on the Blockchain
Mayor of the City of Fremantle, Brad Pettitt, has an interesting take on Blockchain technology and its potential role helping create a more sustainable urban environment. In addition, he talks about the potential decentralisation of some aspects of government bodies by employing Blockchain technology – providing transparency and efficiency.
With an academic background in sustainability as former Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University, Brad and the City of Fremantle are perfectly placed to work alongside Dr Jemma Green of Power Ledger, as a natural development to what started as a local infill project in the city suburb of White Gum Valley.
In this second stage of the project working in conjunction with Power Ledger, users may be able to trade solar power using this Blockchain technology software by trading peer-to-peer, yet still being connected to the grid. With Blockchain effectively creating a verification process, there is a means to see exactly how much a particular household is consuming, thereby making it easier to fairly trade resources.
In terms of other ways that Blockchain tech may end up decentralising some aspects of local government, Brad talks briefly about the potential effect on voting. Instead of going to the polls every 4 years, people can influence their communities more effectively by ‘…having more say more often’ and therefore being more involved because there is a sense that your words matter and cannot be glossed over – literally putting ‘power back into the hands of the people’.
With Thanks to Special Guest Commentators:
Sophie Amat: Crypto and Blockchain Writer
Commenting with formidable eloquence on transparency in voting and politics at large, is Sophie Amat: Crypto and Blockchain Writer.
Sophie speaks of how voting on the blockchain not only keeps a real record of votes (which cannot be changed or tampered with), she also mentions the importance of politicians being held accountable to both their election promises by having these recorded on the blockchain, and also for people to be able to see what steps are being taken to realise those promises.
Full and transparent accountability, how funds are being spent, what steps have been taken, what’s up next – all sorts of checklists detailing the truth of a given policy and how it’s being enacted.
Bonnie commented on the interview with City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt in relation to peer-to-peer trading, revealing to us the fact that “electrons can’t be tagged”. This brings into the conversation the question of how you can prove that solar power traded between households is actually solar and not power generated by other means. She cited the example of a neighbour using a generator to create power as opposed to one using solar panels, both contributing power back to the grid, saying there is currently no way of knowing the source of electrons. This brings into question the validity of sustainability references in relation to peer-to-peer trading of solar power.
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