Posts tagged ‘privacy’

Shakespeare’s Blockchain

Berlin Wall_1

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man”

Hamlet (Act I, Sc. III 78-82)

November 1989 I was living in London, the heady final days of the 80s preceding the recessionary storm.  Together Reagan and Gorbachev were generating the warmth that helped end the cold war.  I remember flicking on the TV (no on-demand service) breaking news …….the Berlin Wall was coming down!

Stark contrast to the times we find ourselves in now.  Walls were coming down, not going up. The world was attempting to unite, and that’s exactly how I remember feeling as I watched each graffiti covered brick hurled to the ground.

At the time I’d never been to Germany, nor did I know anyone living in Berlin. Regardless I felt deeply connected to the experience. I remember the rush of adrenalin as I witnessed exuberant strangers dangling from the wall.

What is this aspect of the human condition that makes us feel connected and touched by the joy of strangers?

What makes us celebrate the freedom of people we will never meet, whose lives we will never know?

It’s Not About Privacy…It’s About Power


“Knowledge is Power” 

– Francis Bacon

The privacy debate is the shadow cast over the start to our 21st Century. We are surrounded by extreme views. Privacy is political; just ask Snowden. Privacy is over, declares Mark Zuckerberg. Privacy is space, says the teenager behind a closed door.

Amidst these differing views it’s evident is that the privacy norms of the past are fast eroding in the digital, wi-fi enabled, security-camera tracked world we inhabit.

I am not sure it is going to get better in the short term; in fact I think it is going to get a lot worse. In part, because we focussed on debating privacy, when the real issue is power.

Shift Happens


I am constantly inspired, worried and empowered by the change I see happening around us. It seems we are at a place of amazing opportunity, yet many of the technology decisions we face right now will ultimately lead us down two very different paths.