Citizenship as a Service – Rethinking the Nation State Beyond Physical Borders

The following videos, representing a wide variety of views on the subject, are worth a few minutes of your time if you want to get to grips with the idea of electronic citizenship and the future of the digital nation state - beyond physical borders - for better or for worse. The state's perspective: The … Continue reading Citizenship as a Service – Rethinking the Nation State Beyond Physical Borders

EU Copyright Directive and the emerging survaillance state

The Dummies Guide to Destroying the Internet: As Demonstrated by the EU

If you would like to destroy the Internet, the EU's Copyright Directive is a great place to start. The mildly horrifying piece of legislation is about to change the way the Internet as you know it. RIP the Declaration of The Independence of Cyber Space, the EU wants to centralise all the things. Want to post … Continue reading The Dummies Guide to Destroying the Internet: As Demonstrated by the EU

Dystopia Now? – The Future of Digital Dictatorships and Totalitarian Technocracies

There is no doubt in my mind that we will all shortly by ruled by machines. I am not talking about robo-cops and terminators (just yet), but rather about technology-powered governments with increasing, omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience over their subjects. Surveillance? - Check The cellphones in our pockets, the social media platforms that record and store … Continue reading Dystopia Now? – The Future of Digital Dictatorships and Totalitarian Technocracies

Blockchain and the civilisation of the mind

"Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather. We have no elected government, nor … Continue reading Blockchain and the civilisation of the mind

The blockchain never forgets…

It has been said that the Internet never forgets. But the blockchain really never forgets. With current Internet, although difficult, it is at least theoretically possible to have your secrets, once exposed, removed from the World Wide Web. There are digital detectives and privacy law firms who, for a mere $50,000 and $300,000 per "project" (plus a "small" … Continue reading The blockchain never forgets…

“First thing we do? Let’s kill all the lawyers.”

“The first thing we do? Let’s kill all the lawyers.” ~ Vitalik Buterin Don't be fooled by the unicorn-llama-rainbow-UFO shirt. Vitalik Buterin, the polymath, polyglot, wunderkind of the crypto-economy - and founder of the 30 billion dollar smart-contract network Ethereum knows exactly what he is doing. Killing lawyers. Vitalik saw the potential to build off … Continue reading “First thing we do? Let’s kill all the lawyers.”