I was fortunate enough to have the World Citizen project featured in Wired magazine. It was Robert McMillan who approached me, I had no idea it would be so interesting to a magazine that big as when I first put it up on GitHub it was just a pet project I wanted feedback on after the solution for the idea first struck me live on air in an interview with Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof on the WCN.
“The first and most pressing problem with this being accepted, is that no one will ever believe an id that contains comic sans” ~ @tedleyheaven in the comments
I’m with Tedley, who would have thought a passport using Comic Sans MS would have caught so much attention? And I am very pleased with all the intelligent critical minds who joined the Issues Section on the GitHub after the article ran, clearly I have been met with an idea that was on other people’s minds too as there are many others who are working on this problem:
It also got featured in Crypto Coins News in an article by Drew Cordell who described me as a developer and while I am very flattered to be given a title like that I am not a developer in the sense that I spent way too much of my time on Stack Overflow learning my way through concepts that people much smarter than me can get through day to day. But it’s been good to see a lot of real coders take this idea seriously and help me explore its potential.
This is the first prototype design made by Richard Scott of our first ever Citizen Janina Lowisz:
BitNation was the first organisation to fork the project and host a meet-up
Within days of me releasing the idea someone had ran with it. We hosted the event on World Crypto Network. It really felt very special and now I am looking forward to taking more feedback and developing the idea so that anyone in the world can start granting citizenship.
What if your media organisation made you cram a complex topic in to 10 minutes, would you leave your audience in the dark?”
Jen Copestake and Simon Hancock are journalists for BBC Click and they came to visit us at the Bitcoin Squat in London this week to interview Dark Wallet developer Amir Taaki and Bitcoin developer Peter Todd. I was fortunate enough to be around for the interview and thought I would share my experiences now that the video has been edited broadcast.
Of particular interest is their use of something in the media known as concision. Trying to explore complex topics in a very narrow time frame which often leads to their audience being mislead. In this video we begin to delve in to the dark arts of big media organisations with massive viewing figures to see how they manipulate the truth by leaving a lot of material in the dark rooms of the editing suit.
Key links include
This blog post with video available world wide:
Hiding currency in the Dark Wallet
Full Episode on BBC iPlayer restricted in certain regions
See video description on Youtube for more details.
A full copy of this video is available on BitTorrent:
The main thrust of today’s show is the question of the legal fiction that is the corporation, the corpus of private individuals agreeing on sequence of events in the future. I wrote on /r/WorldCryptoNetwork before the show that whether we’re talking about Russia, Starbucks or an organised religion essentially it all boils down to the same thing: just a group of people agreeing to a sequence of events.
In order for a corporation to survive it has to make more than it spends. It’s principle activities involve making money, saving money and increasing awareness (marketing). Many modern governments today are dying businesses with broken revenue models.
A tribe of humans select one another and then try to sell a product or service to a group of outsiders for more than they bought it for.
We discuss this and more with my regular guest Nick (@PieRebel) and today by Theo (@BitcoinPotato)
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