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Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Digital currency payments validated with biometric information like iris scans have been prototyped using refugee populations over the past few years (see the featured image). While the technology that undergirds it is complex, programmers are … Continue reading Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

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Do You Believe a Universal Basic Income will Save Society? Think again.

I can’t help but get a bad feeling whenever a universal basic income is pitched as the next big thing that will fix poverty. Having paid attention to ed-reform, I’ve heard all of this before. Wasn’t No Child Left Behind … Continue reading Do You Believe a Universal Basic Income will Save Society? Think again.

The Comforting Lie of Basic Income and the Unpleasant Truths about the Platform Economy

The powers that be have big plans for remaking the economy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include living wage jobs or security of any sort for a vast number of citizens. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a sobering example of what’s in store … Continue reading The Comforting Lie of Basic Income and the Unpleasant Truths about the Platform Economy