IPR: My Digital Self

IPR: My Digital Self

The mixed blessing of the digital age has reached a turning point in what some have called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. My Digital Self, with host Matthew Foley, explores digital technology as it affects the interrelation of human rights, property rights, privacy, and money. Will emerging blockchain technologies enable us to take back our privacy, own our identity and use non-sovereign digital currency, known as cryptocurrency, to engage in commerce? Listen to discussions with guests who explain these cutting-edge technologies, tell us how they are currently being used and pull back the curtain to our possible futures. IPR Podcasts presents issues and analysis that matter to you from the world's thought leaders. The Institute for Policy Research [IPR] is an interdisciplinary policy research center of the Catholic University of America.... Show More

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November 1, 2020 67 min
Michael Sacasas has been thinking, writing and talking about the meaning of technology for over 10 years. He is the associate director of the Christian Study Center of Gainesville, Florida and author of The Convivial Society, a newsletter about technology and society. In this episode, Michael and I will be talking about his New Atlantis essay, “ The Analog City and the Digital City - How online life breaks the old political order...
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Woe unto the future generations of those who casually demean and cast aside their societal culture. Author, Martin Gurri, delves into the recent and ancient past with host, Matt Foley, to help us understand the current state of societal affairs in our increasingly digital world.
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This episode is largely about the groundwork that needs to occur in America in order to have widespread access to remote electronic voting. It’s a prologue, not the story itself. 42% of Estonians vote online. It took Estonia decades to accomplish this. The road to remote electronic voting in America will likely take years to implement as well. It requires changing America’s bureaucratic culture, establishing a secure national ...
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Author and former CIA analyst, Martin Gurri, shares his insights into our global state of unrest. Gurri explains that modern institutions, ranging from government and media to academia, are being undermined by digitally networked individuals surfing the Fifth Wave information tsunami of the digital age. Effervescent sectarian groups that he refers to as “the public” tirelessly chip away at the authority of elite gatekeepers of ...
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Zach Wildes, Community Manager of the Celsius Network, shares how Celsius is enabling the 99% to save and invest like the 1%.
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Nimit Sawhney, CEO and Co-Founder of Voatz, shares how his company is leveraging biometrics, the blockchain and smartphone technology to enable voting from a mobile device. Since June 2016, Voatz has run more than 66 elections, including 11 targeted, well-designed governmental election pilots across five states for deployed military personnel, overseas voters and voters with disabilities.
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CEO, Stephen Hollingshead, talks about the mission of ChangeInEx to empower people to work via special economic zones in the cloud. Stephen maintains that the plumbing of the global banking system is clogged with well intentioned regulations intended to prevent terrorism and money laundering, but which are more effective at stifling millions of people from selling their labor and creativity in the international marketplace. Th...
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Petteri Kivimäki, CTO of the Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS), shares how X-Road, a free open-source software, is increasingly reducing the costs of governance and allowing for e-governance solutions that better serve people and businesses in the digital age. Currently a partnership between Estonia and Finland, NIIS will soon include Iceland. Bringing other European Union countries under the umbrella of NII...
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Best-selling author and public speaker, Andreas Antonopoulos, shares his views on money for the 21st century. The effect of COVID-19 on financial markets, China's central bank digital currency, the concentration of bitcoin mining in China and other topics are also covered. Andreas leaves us with a parting admonition that only a money that is of, by and for the people can resist authoritarian government control. Andreas has...
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Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation makes the case that a necessary condition of universal human rights is a global nongovernmental financial system that gives us the privacy of cash.
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Say goodbye to the era of siloed digital identities where we 'rent' identities from websites and apps that we use. Jamie Smith of Evernym shares how it is onboarding universities and students into the open source future of decentralized digital identities. Evernym envisions a world where consumers are in complete control of their digital identity, where privacy is a basic human right, and where consumers and organizatio...
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Author and thought leader in the field of digital money and identity, David Birch, makes the case that the time has come for societies to begin the conversation about what they want their digital identities and money to be like.
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Snorre Lothar von Gohren Edwin, who goes by “Snow”, shares with host, Matt Foley, how Diwala is combatting rampant identity theft and certification fraud in Kampala, Uganda. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, Diwala’s platform enables educational institutions and NGOs in Africa to issue a secure “skill-ID,” digitally verifying the educational and work history of students and young professionals. More generally, Snow shares with Ma...
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Yael Tamar of SolidBlock talks with host, Matt Foley, about her advisory role for Terramaal, a Somaliland company with a mission to create a blockchain-based identity & land registry system. A former British protectorate that declared independence from Somalia in 1991, Somaliland's democratic government has partnered with Terramall to modernize its economy, starting with the creation of transparent and efficient land owner...
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The global revolution of expanding the internet of information and communication to include the internet of value is underway in earnest. Governments and Corporations are jockeying for position to be frontrunners. Facebook's Libra Association has thrown down the gauntlet on digital currencies, triggering China to announce that it will release its central bank digital currency in November of 2019. Whereas precious metals on...
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In Episode 3 of My Digital Self, Tobias Koch of the e-Estonia Briefing Centre explains how post-soviet Estonia became a borderless digital nation that fosters a high quality of life for its citizens, allows them to surveil their government and enables them to hold it accountable.
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Trailblazing tech attorney, Ziv Keinan, pulls back the curtain on the blockchain and explains how blockchain technologies such as self sovereign identity wallets, digital micropayments and zero knowledge proofs can help us reclaim our digital privacy.
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Guest Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celcius Network, joins Matthew Foley to discuss what banks have done wrong that the blockchain economy gets right.
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