I write in The Tyee that the words of a long-dead European thinker can apply well to the Canadian government’s approach to transparency: “When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” So said the 19th century German philosopher Nietzsche. Let me update that a bit. When you keep tabs on the government, you soon learn that, in some way, the government also keeps tabs on you.
I write in Maclean’s that unlike the geographically bound United States, China was an elephant that Canada chose. And now, it’s become hard to live without.
I write in The Guardian that Facebook’s cryptocurrency, officially unveiled June 18, heralds the rise of the corporation-government, potentially shaping the already vast powers of the Silicon Valley giants into a borderless, unaccountable techno-oligarchy.
I wrote in the Globe and Mail about Vancouver’s potential Bitcoin ATM ban and its disproportionate impact on sex workers. The ATMs are hardly representative of cryptocurrency, and few investors may be mourning their loss. But lost in the news is the consideration of who exactly is using them: some of whom are often on society’s fringes.
In The Tyee, I write an essay based on Ben Mezrich’s Bitcoin Billionaires (Flatiron, 2019), laying out the push to make a scared public embrace cryptocurrencies. There is a changing of the guard in crypto-blockchain. The idealistic, outsider mentality of the early adopters is being squeezed by the pragmatic, rule-abiding and regulator-pleasing ambitions of a new breed of entrants.