7 episodes

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.

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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.

    Our Once and Future Selves: David Birch Thinks Digital Money and Identity Can Take Humankind Back to its Roots

    Our Once and Future Selves: David Birch Thinks Digital Money and Identity Can Take Humankind Back to its Roots

    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.

    • 49 min
    Call Me Snow: The Co-founder and CTO of Oslo-Based Diwala Tells the Story of His Journey Chasing the Blockchain Zeitgeist and How Diwala is Bringing it to Fruition in Africa

    Call Me Snow: The Co-founder and CTO of Oslo-Based Diwala Tells the Story of His Journey Chasing the Blockchain Zeitgeist and How Diwala is Bringing it to Fruition in Africa

    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 Matt how a small but growing movement of individuals and organizations are building new digital infrastructures that shift the prevailing digital paradigm from a dystopian surveillance capitalism to one of self sovereign identities that communicate via zero knowledge proofs and decentralized identifier technologies (used by Diwala for its platform).

    Be sure to check out the Show Notes, which are packed with links so that you can learn more about Diwala, Snow and the rapidly changing digital ecosystems that we interact with on a daily basis.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Land of Honey: How a Nascent African Nation is Working to Catalyze its Economy with the Blockchain

    Land of Honey: How a Nascent African Nation is Working to Catalyze its Economy with the Blockchain

    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 ownership transfers on the blockchain.

    • 35 min
    Let the Games Begin: Facebook’s Libra Association has Thrown Down the Digital Currency Gauntlet and China is Rising to the Challenge

    Let the Games Begin: Facebook’s Libra Association has Thrown Down the Digital Currency Gauntlet and China is Rising to the Challenge

    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 once backed the paper money revolution, the Bitcoin revolution is increasingly backed by the data-gold mined by corporations from our digital selves.

    Join Matt Foley and returning guest, Ziv Keinan, as they discuss the emerging taxonomy of digital assets, corporate and government competition for the new world order of money and the effects on our digital privacy.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    How the World’s First Digital Nation Turns State Surveillance On Its Head With Reversed Big Brother Principles

    How the World’s First Digital Nation Turns State Surveillance On Its Head With Reversed Big Brother Principles

    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.

    • 44 min
    Undoing The Faustian Economics of the Internet Economy with Blockchain Tech

    Undoing The Faustian Economics of the Internet Economy with Blockchain Tech

    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.

    • 54 min

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