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What is a “bill of rights”? This might seem like a simple question to many people, but it’s actually quite a deep concept when we think about what a bill of rights is intended to accomplish. Before James Madison created the American Bill of Rights in 1789, the idea that citizens could limit the powers of government was still a very radical idea.

Belief in the sanctity of human life is a common theme in many religions of the world, but the concept of secular human rights did not emerge on a large scale until the late Renaissance Era around the 16th Century. The religious wars throughout Europe and the civil wars in 17th-Century England gave birth to the formal philosophy of Humanism. Then a belief in human rights became a major focal point for European intellectuals in the 18th-Century Age of Enlightenment.

These humanistic principles inspired the American and French Revolutions toward the end of the 18th Century. Rising cultural awareness of the evils of human slavery and gender prejudice culminated in universal suffrage in the 20th Century. Finally, two devastating world wars were so revolting to the collective conscience of humanity that the countries of Earth came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after World War II.

With the advent of cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence and the profound impact they are having on human civilization, it’s useful to revisit this fundamental question: “What is a bill of rights?” A bill of rights is a codified document that summarizes the most essential principles that define and guide the relationship between a human community and a government. In this case, there is no “government”, but the Gini Foundation has the solemn responsibility of managing the Gini Platform for the benefit of humanity. We take this responsibility very seriously.

Therefore, in addition to the principles succinctly communicated in the Gini Whitepaper and throughout this website, we think it’s appropriate to begin to codify the Gini Foundation’s relationship with the Gini Community in the form of an actual Gini Bill of Rights. Each member of the Gini Community shall have the following rights and obligations.

  • Transaction privacy is a human right.
  • Backdoors that violate privacy and reduce user security shall never be tolerated in any Gini system.
  • Ecosystem sustainability is a goal and obligation of everybody in the Gini Community.
  • Ideological dogmatism is a product of ignorance and shall not be tolerated in any Gini technical architecture decision-making process.
  • Governments are created to serve humans; humans are not created to serve governments.
  • The Gini Platform exists to serve actual humans, not cryptocurrency whales or A.I.
  • The Gini Community's primary purpose is to build an equitable and sustainable economic ecosystem. We appreciate that profit motives and investment returns are important to many for-profit corporations, but they are secondary to Gini's primary purpose.
  • When politicians make laws that spawn unsustainable economies and unjust corporate monopolies, the Gini Community will confront these injustices together.
  • The Gini Community's strength in numbers will be used to protect humanity from the collusion of unjust politicians, gigantic corporations and future A.I. who seek to serve their own interests at the expense of humanity's interest.

After we make Gini available to the general public, we will periodically review the Gini Bill of Rights with the community to ensure that the principles herein reflect the majority will of the Gini Community.

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