Most companies, products, or organizations have a single person who speaks for them. Whether a CEO, founder, or other public spokesperson; no such mouthpiece exists for bitcoin. What if it had one that was smart-contract-based?
Not having a mouthpiece is largely a good thing because the bitcoin community then remains decentralized and distributed. It doesn’t become monolithic regarding political, economic, social, or even religious ideology.
Bitcoin isn’t controlled by any single person or group of individuals. It has no gatekeepers who decide what information to share and what to censor. Furthermore, the decentralized ecosystem eliminates both the misuse of power by individuals and single points of weakness, both of which are prevalent in centralized projects.
There are drawbacks to not having a mouthpiece, though. When the bitcoin community needs to communicate in one clear voice, it doesn’t do so effectively, either among its members or with the outside world.
For instance, on August 17, 2016, the community woke up to find a message on Bitcoin.org that alerted miners, especially, that state-sponsored actors were planning to attack the soon-to-be-released Bitcoin Core software upgrade. The alert read:
“Not being careful before you download binaries could cause you to lose