Luis and his team of vigilantes (referred to as just The Knights) want to expand to a worldwide society.
The founding members could head the organization, teaching others while ensuring the Knights stay on track with their goals and ideals. However, Luis fears making himself or anyone a central authority over The Knights; this would undermine the goals they are working towards. Intrigued by how cryptocurrencies work, he wonders if a "proof of work" or "proof of stake" algorithm could be used for charitable/hero work instead of computational work. The Knights work by defending the innocent when necessary, but also by doing charity work for those in need. Their ideals include honesty, privacy, and freedom.
The Knights should:
- allow anyone to join (as long as the new member is capable and willing to maintain the Knights' ideals)
- be able to reprimand a member who is not acting ethically
- be anonymous
- have access to tools and information not available to the public
- allow members to share information with each other
For example, even the founding members could be reprimanded (including expulsion), but ONLY if they somehow betray the organization's ideals.
The Knights should not be able to:
- be taken over by centralized organizations (governments, terrorist groups, etc.)
- become centralized
- change their core ideals
- be able to perform public actions against their ideals without being reprimanded
(some clarification on this last point: The Knights value privacy. They don't care what other knights do in their private time; this refers only to actions when in public as a knight)
These points don't need to be fulfilled so that they are 100% guaranteed, but they should be unlikely or implausible (e.g. cryptocurrencies can be taken over by controlling over 50% of the mining pool, but that's quite hard to do for most cryptocurrencies).
Some ideas I have that may or may not be useful:
- limit the amount of new members to a certain amount each month (or day or year or whatever)
- admissions include a 'job interview' with a randomly selected Knight
- have ranked choice voting each month on new applications and have the most voted members join
- have 'performance reviews' using random Knights (or voting once again)
- make sure Knights are geographically evenly distributed
These could answer some concerns, but still leaves some questions open (how would such a voting system be implemented?)
What must Luis do to allow the Knights to go global without centralizing them?
Edit: By anonymous, I mean more like "superhero secret identity" than "Anonymous". If a citizen encounters a knight, they will probably know which knight they encountered, but not necessarily who that person is when they're not acting as a knight. This means that the public could theoretically reprimand a knight. Basically, if a knight went completely off the wagon, it would show up on the news. The knights would know exactly which knight committed the crimes, but not the identity of the knight.