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 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.