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

Slides: Crypto @ Harvard Kennedy School

The course is DPI-662: Digital Government: Technology, Policy, and Public Service Innovation educated by my old buddy David Eaves along with the subject in recent years has been around Cryptonetworks and Blockchains. I’m always amazed at the people in the course — incredible diversity of backgrounds from all over the world. And as we’ve discussed crypto over the last… Continue reading Slides: Crypto @ Harvard Kennedy School

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

The Next Web Amsterdam: Purpose, Mission & Strategy

Last month, I went into the (most amazing city in the world) Amsterdam, to talk at The second Web Conference. I did two talks, one in a sub-event centered on tech & social problems, on the subject of Data & Power, which I will post as it comes online, and a main stage talk on the… Continue reading The Next Web Amsterdam: Purpose, Mission & Strategy

OuiShareFest Paris: Venture Capital vs. Community Capital

The subject of this year’s festival is”lost in transition”, and the prevailing feeling from the community this is an increasing concern about the relationship between peer market platforms and participants, especially regarding distribution of value, management, etc.. This isn’t really a huge surprise, given the big financings and shocking valuations that lots of corporate platforms… Continue reading OuiShareFest Paris: Venture Capital vs. Community Capital

Yahoo! User First Conference: Winning on Trust

“It’s trust, more than money, making the world go around.” The week before last, I visited Yahoo! to give the keynote talk in their User conference, which brought together large companies (Google, Facebook, etc), startups (large ones like USV portfolio firm CloudFlare and a great deal of way smaller ones), professors, and digital rights advocates… Continue reading Yahoo! User First Conference: Winning on Trust