Own Your Government is serious about security and the quality of communication

Wouldn’t it be nice if others would see things as we do? Neuroscience suggests it’s unlikely. Our brains are comparing patterns from our senses with patterns we’ve seen before. Feelings we had when the earlier pattern was stored set the priority for that memory and we recall the feeling before we recognize the pattern. Our day to day verbal interactions are typically ambiguous. When we say, “Hello, how are you?” we don’t expect a factual answer. We could be talking gibberish, we are not really listening. This is why ads work and Facebook makes money.

Most of what is transmitted in our communication, is how we feel about ourselves and each other. How we say things is more relevant than the words we use because what we are really interested in is usually ourselves. Depending on the contexts we may be inspired by joy or sorrow,. Thoughts we publish in chat streams contribute to the noise we call, life. And if that isn’t bad enough, there are predatory people whose business it is to interfere with your business.



Backend technologies

Privacy and Blockchain

We use Blockchain to protect identities and ensure the integrity of poll results, digitally-signed documents, chat history and video recordings from theft, corruption, ransomware, and loss. Historical data and legal documents are protected with bank-level encryption and a tamper-proof checksum hash.


We use NLP to parse poll questions and apply semantic similarity to find similar issues being polled in other communities to derive broader consensus on import issues. We use AI on chat posts and comments to detect offensive or vulgar language, and attributes such as tension, anger and ad hominem speech, as well as non-factual assertions.

Decentralized Architecture

Each community runs on its own server node or “instance” with inter-regional data redundancy. This allows the platform to redeploy an instance (a community's network) automatically in another data center, if a node goes down due to network latency, regional downtime, data corruption or a network attack.


The OYG platform, featuring AI-generated summaries for the chat stream and a news feed based on proximity, individual salience, and actionable impact, not only seeks to enhance user engagement, but also aims to empower users by fostering personal agency in their ability to flourish. By using AI to prioritize content that aligns with users’ needs and interests, and enabling them to obtain resources, contribute and influence discussions, OYG appeals to a wider audience and facilitates experience  of individual empowerment and interdependence.

Privacy & blockchain

blockchain provides the following privacy features:
  • Strong encryption
  • Distributed ledger to support immutable contracts and document integrity

Distributed Ledger technology is used to protect community data assets from hacking, corruption, loss, or denial of service by NSSCAs (Nation-State Sponsored Cyber Attacks).

we leverage blockchain to:

  • Protect the user's identity

  • Store poll results as anonymized contracts

  • Digitally signed contracts with elected officials (adapted from N. Gingrich: "Contract with the Community")

  • Archived digital copies (PDFs) of real legal documents such as agreements, MSAs, licenses, regulatory approval, inspection reports, fees with vendors and local regulatory agencies, utilities, partners, or auditors

  • Archived digital copies of legal agreements with the jurisdiction (city, county, etc.) including non-profit tax returns, distribution of profits or "shares" to the community, derived from the licensing of community-produced content and possibly NFTs

  • Historical chat stream logs or even meeting recordings are candidates for data retention in a blockchain.  For MVP, we use traditional archiving on triple-redundant cloud regions (possibly multicloud) for storing the content and put the checksum of the file and its unique filename and bucket path in the blockchain.

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