May be I have one idea how else Redd-Id can be used. For a while I’ve considered the idea of something like informal public contracts where a group of people informally assume mutual obligations. E.g. you live in a community and want to encourage local dog owners to clean up after their pets while walking them. Or you a political activist and want to initiate a political action but there are people who would join you if the number of participants of this action reaches a certain value. You offer in a local (e.g. municipal) public or in a political forum a “contract” and everybody who joins it obligates to perform it, e.g. to clean after its pet or participate in the action. Such obligation can be expressed in an absolute or contingent form (e.g. I will perform this contract, if the number of people assuming the same obligation reaches a certain threshold).
We can easily see evident vulnerabilities of this idea:
- It is not a formal legal contract and there are no means to enforce a party of this contract to perform it via court or otherwise. Yet an obligation expressed in a clear form has a greater weight than a “like” under an Internet post or a voice in an Internet poll. The person joining this “contract” or wishing to join it will see in his android application the number of the people who have taken the same obligation, and, if this number is big enough, his commitment to his own obligation will grow.
- If this contract has an anonymous form, there are evident ways to compromise this contract by inflating the number of its participants via fake accounts. Partially this can be prevented by using PoW algorithms in the android-application but is also where Redd-ID can be applied. E.g. to ensure integrity of participants of such contracts, the reputation assigned to each ID as supposed in future Redd-Id versions can be used, or each participant can contribute some small collaterals (in RDD) in as proof of their identity. These coins can be also used to support this public initiative.
Originally I see it as an android application, but see no big problems to integrate with Redd-Id, and it would greatly benefit from such integration. Not that I think it is an ideal solution for all cases. May be sometimes it will work and sometimes won’t , but it would an interesting social experiment, and may be in certain circumstances it would contribute in coordination of social activities.