The fact that great responsibility accompanies great power has become clear in the blockchain world. While blockchains are more commonly linked to commerce, the potential impact of distributed registries is discovered daily in new sectors.
In the most recent episode of the podcast Distributed Dialogues, a collaborative show between Let's Talk's Bitcoin network and the distributed magazine, the best side of the blockchain was on display. The show explored three different perspectives on how technology is used, not only to increase the value of cryptography, but to help humanity grow.
Blockchains for Human Rights
Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), explained the optimism of the organization on blockchain technology. HRF is a non-party non-party organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies.
According to Gladstein in his interview with show host Rick Lewis, about 90 countries, with a total population of about 4 billion, currently lack the controls and balances that a more open society would have had.
Gladstein believes that decentralized models such as blockchains and cryptocurrencies can make a world of difference for this large population whose rights are regularly violated. It is part of a nascent field that calls "demtech", short for "democracy tech", and its development comes with an unexpected bonus.
"Demtech would return to power in the hands of the people," he said. "It's not really out there yet … but it's an opportunity, and what's nice is that you can probably earn a lot of money in this space when you talk about decentralized money networks, decentralized VPNs, money and communications resistant to censorship, I think there will be a huge demand for this … There is a huge opportunity to make an impact on the planet and make a lot of money, which is a sort of first for the space of human rights. "
Brian Behlendorf on Governance
Brian Behlendorf is the executive director of Hyperledger, the multicultural open source blockchain project that strives to support collaborative development for blockchain technology. As the main developer of the Apache web server, Behlendorf's influence has been going through the web for decades.
His role as founder of the Apache Software Foundation has also confirmed him as a long-standing supporter of the open-software community. Behlendorf finds a balance between the responsibilities that should be designated for the machine and for the man, in his interview with Dave Hollerith, co-host of distributed Dialogues.
"We can not give up the need to find ways, as humans, to make decisions together", underlined Behlendorf. "And so, I think more than governance, the more business processes we can make algorithmic and verifiable using blockchain technology, in addition to many others, the better it will be, because more is right, potentially, we will have the application of these rules to society.
"But at the end of the day we still need a human government", he continued, "and even the public blockchain registers have this in the form of the leaders of those projects, and the developers and miners, who collectively take a decision, "Let's save the DAO, but we do not save the victims of Parity Wallet hackers." So these things happen, right? These mechanisms of human governance occur. We can embrace it and find ways to do it right or pretend it does not exist and end with Lord of the Flies. "
Blake Burris and Kylen McClintock of Flux, a new protocol to facilitate the data environment, spoke to the segment guest Tatiana Moroz.Flux is a game of" test of the 39, impact "which describes 10% of its allocations to influence projects to resize the protocol.
According to the Flux website, it is implementing a sensor data network aimed at improving markets and supply chains for 39, agriculture, livestock and aquaculture: its success, or impact test, will be measured by its ability to create partnerships that end desertification, stabilize crisis areas, integrate with microfinance programs and help farmers to increase their profitability
Here, blockchains are beneficial, courtesy of the flow token (currently in pre-sale). "The token really gets to boost the data contribution," explained McClintock.
"Currently there are experienced growers all over the world or organizations that have specific data in a given rank such as carbon data, methane data, satellite imagery data, but right now there is not a global standard way to contribute to this and get a prize for that contribution. [It’s] another way to actually create a personalized perception engine, basically a personalized learning machine model to be able to take the relevant data capsules that an organization, a governmental or academic research needs to find these intuitions. "
" It's really about those insights that can be derived from that mass data set, and paying on a proportional basis to those who contributed to these data, "added Burris.