I write in the Globe and Mail: “Court files are the world’s memories. Without them, as Archmaester Ebrose says in Game of Thrones, humanity “would be little better than dogs.” And blockchain is the key to making sure that fate never befalls us.”
In a long read in The Tyee, I chronicle the tumultuous path of Vancouver’s David Smillie, who caught the cryptocurrency wave after leaving a high-flying TV career. He founded the Bitcoin exchange ezBtc, and it rose fast, but then users say they could not withdraw their money off the platform. Now ezBtc is accused of owing more than C$60 million and counting. Sounds familiar? The ill-fated QuadrigaCX came from the same city.
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.