tomi, an anonymous project led by eight big names in crypto, won the third Huobi PrimeVote contest by a wide margin thanks to community support and enthusiasm from Huobi voters who are excited about tomi’s alternative internet network that prevents surveillance while offering a governance mechanism to strike down violence.
tomi token broke the record for biggest margin of victory in the competition at 17,963,115 votes, beating out the second-place JOT token’s 3,700,7001 and 23 other projects. As the token with the most votes, TOMI lists on Huobi and becomes available to hundreds of thousands of users on the exchange daily.
Government and corporate surveillance have become some of the most widely discussed issues in both traditional and alternative media. Polls repeatedly show Americans are fed up with being watched, but it wasn’t until the massive success of alternative-media podcasts, such as The Joe Rogan Experience and Making Sense with Sam Harris, started to drill into these issues regularly that the genuine fear and frustration about surveillance really surfaced.
Of course, the threat is even clearer in the more totalitarian parts of the world, as journalists and activists are detained in the likes of Iran, Russia, and China. The problem, however, is there hasn’t really been a viable alternative to the censored internet that has become so integral to our lives beyond the dark web. Of course, the dark web doesn’t really offer a viable alternative either considering it allows the most horrifying forms of violence. Sure, activists won’t necessarily get caught voicing their opinion there. But that moral good is counterbalanced by illicit drugs, human trafficking, and child sexual exploitation imagery.
tomi tackles that challenge with its alternative internet network, governed by its community-driven DAO. Users will leverage the native TOMI tokens, now available on Huobi, and Pioneer NFTs to vote on network governance, including shutting down pages that violate the network’s “blacklist” community guidelines: terror, child sexual exploitation imagery, and other forms of violence.
The tomi team holds weight equal to average users in voting about the community guidelines and censorship, though it will hold enough tokens to have stronger influence over the technological direction of the project in the initial stages.
tomiNet is structured in a way that creates a path for the citizens of the new web to out-vote the core developers and technological leadership within three years. That’s intentional on the part of tomi, which doesn’t seek the kind of power held by the leaders of projects such as Ethereum or Cosmos.
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