Adversarial Interoperability

I’ve been frustrated that there have appeared to be two parallel and separate conversations happening: the”traditional” digital rights / net freedom community speaking about”re-decentralizing the net” and the blockchain/crypto community working on precisely the identical thing. I like the EFF’s recent work since they’re connecting both discussions, and their year in review is a fantastic… Continue reading Adversarial Interoperability

Cryptonetworks and why tokens are fundamental

“Tokens” (also called cryptocurrencies or cryptoassets) are integral to the functioning of cryptonetworks. As we design new regulations and laws in this emerging area, we ought to keep these concepts in mind, beyond the financial factors which are now’s primary focus. Check out our 2021 Bittrex Review here. This is a deep, and perplexing, innovation.… Continue reading Cryptonetworks and why tokens are fundamental

Regulating with Data

At this year’s Personal Democracy Forum, the theme was “the tech we need“. One of the areas I’ve been focused on here is the need for “regulatory tech”.  In other words, tools & services to help broker the individual / government & corporation / regulator relationship. In a nutshell: we are entering the information age, and as such… Continue reading Regulating with Data

The Freedom to Innovate and the Freedom to Investigate

But, that is not the purpose of the post! The purpose of this post is to explore an idea that came up along with a subsequent session, on Security & Privacy and the Internet of Things. The thought that struck me the most out of this session was that the tension — or depending on… Continue reading The Freedom to Innovate and the Freedom to Investigate

Here’s the solution to the Uber and Airbnb problems — and no one will like it

It has been a fascinating week to see the war between Uber along with the De Blasio government play out. This is just another very early round in what’s going to be a long and difficult war — not only between Uber and NYC, or Uber along with other towns, but between every high-growth startup… Continue reading Here’s the solution to the Uber and Airbnb problems — and no one will like it

Should we regulate the Internet the real world way or the real world the Internet way?

Tomorrow, the taxi committee of Seattle’s City Council is voting on proposed new regulations for ridesharing services.  You can read the full proposal here, and Todd Bishop from GeekWire has a good summary here (updated here). The gist of the proposed regulations is to treat rideshare vehicles (such as those dispatched by (USV portfolio company) Sidecar, Lyft in the US, and Carpooling.com and BlaBlaCar in Europe)… Continue reading Should we regulate the Internet the real world way or the real world the Internet way?