Article: How Blockchain Can Protect Vulnerable Infrastructure

Blockchain, Innovation

How Blockchain Can Protect Vulnerable Infrastructure

Blockchain concepts could be implemented into crucial systems, like power plants or other infrastructure. An example of a vulnerable system that could have benefitted from extra cybersecurity would have been the Iranian nuclear program.

The techniques used by blockchain could be used to increase cybersecurity in many important types of infrastructure like nuclear power and more. By increasing security by verifying data through multiple copies of a decentralized network we could drastically increase security threats in vulnerable systems. Blockchain is an impressive invention that will continue to change the world for the better.

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Article: US must embrace Bitcoin to counter Chinese ‘financial attack’ — Pomp

Crypto, Governance

US must embrace Bitcoin to counter Chinese 'financial attack' — PompUS must embrace Bitcoin to counter Chinese ‘financial attack’ — Pomp

“I do wonder at this point whether Bitcoin is to be thought of, in part, as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S. It threatens fiat money, but it especially threatens the U.S. dollar,” Thiel had said in an appearance at the Nixon Seminar.

Asked whether this was a potential problem, Pompliano was quick to point out that Thiel was not an opponent of Bitcoin but rather that it, like the internet, could have both positive and negative consequences for Washington should policymakers make ill-thought-out decisions.

“I think what we’ve got to understand is that Bitcoin is an open, decentralized protocol,” he explained to CNBC’s “Squawk Box” segment.

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Article: The Age of Censorship

Censorship, Governance

The Age of Censorship

While people in democratic states think they enjoy free press, those in authoritarian states know that their media is controlled, and thus, those who can, tend to follow the media imported (mostly illegally) from democratic states, believing that it is fair and balanced. At least this is what happened years ago. Today, however, people in authoritarian states are starting to believe that even the so-called free press is biased, full of fake news, and most importantly, censored and full of propaganda (read advertising) that determines elections and public policies.

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Article: The debate about cryptocurrency and energy consumption

Crypto

bitcoin miningThe debate about cryptocurrency and energy consumption

Energy consumption has become the latest flashpoint for cryptocurrency. Critics decry it as an energy hog while proponents hail it for being less intensive than the current global economy.

One such critic, DigiEconomist founder Alex de Vries, said he’s “never seen anything that is as inefficient as bitcoin.”

On the other side of the debate, research by ARK Investment Management found the Bitcoin ecosystem consumes less than 10% of the energy required for the traditional banking system. While it’s true the banking system serves far more people, cryptocurrency is still maturing and, like any industry, the early infrastructure stage is particularly intensive.

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Alastair Crooke: US Losing the S&T / Digital Standards War to China, Iran, & Russia

Advanced Cyber I/O, Autonomous Internet, Commercial Intelligence, IO Impotency

The Two Undersides to Geo-Politics 

The prize that America truly seeks is to seize for itself over the coming decades, all global standards in leading-edge technology, and to deny them to China.

China’s intent now is not simply to refine and improve on existing technology, but to leapfrog existing knowledge into a new tech realm (such as by discovering and using new materials that overcome present limits to microprocessor evolution).

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