Article: The new digital, decentralized economy needs academic validation

Academia, Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

The new digital, decentralized economy needs academic validation

The crypto revolution is driven by “rockstars,” visionaries who often lack an academic background. Their ideas of decentralization and openness are refreshingly anti-systemic and optimistic. Still, these visions are only possible thanks to the work of generations of scientists who laid down the foundations of current crypto protocols decades ago, and continue developing them today. The shape and form that the crypto revolution takes will be the product of dreams and ideologies on the one hand, and peer-reviewed research and development on the other — in equal measure.

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Article: So many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

Academia, Access, Civil Society

So many people don't have internet — and it's not their fault - Social GoodSo many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

The pandemic has proven that consistent access to high-speed internet is an essential good. Without it, urgent tasks like applying for unemployment, attending school, scheduling a vaccine appointment, and seeing loved ones are difficult or impossible. Those who’ve finally gotten connected during the pandemic say it provides a sense of normalcy and safety amidst crisis. Advocates of equitable access say the internet is no luxury but instead a utility like water, gas, or electricity, and that Americans like Wright shouldn’t be left behind to bridge the digital divide on her own.

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Article: Is the AI revolution antihuman? – Allegra Negri, Wimbledon High School

Digital Content, Software

Is the AI revolution antihuman? – Allegra Negri, Wimbledon High School

‘Should we be scared about artificial intelligence?’ Is a question that has become more than relevant every day in these past years. With a constantly evolving industry such as AI, this question carries a lot of burdens.

AI is programmed and is an automated device, meaning it has no dependence on anyone. This device could be misused or programmed in a way to do things that are dangerous and pose threats to other people.

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