With the Blockchain for a free world – impressions of the Blockstack event

The Blockchain company Blockstack organized an event with well-known speakers such as Nick Szabo and Edward Snowden. In addition, it was presented which projects are currently being pursued on the platform developed by Blockstack. A report about a day for decentralization.

The Axica Congress Centre is internally very futuristic. The auditorium in which the Blockstack Berlin event took place is reminiscent of a spaceship. Of course, the crypto aficionado was immediately forced into the “to the moon” association.

Empowerment through block stack

At the event organized by Blockchain company Blockstack, however, neither Lambos nor Bubbles were on the agenda – the topic of “price” played a subordinate role, if any, in all the presentations. Only in a panel discussion on investment in decentralized ecosystems moderated by William Mougayar was this the topic.

The central theme of the event was rather “freedom”

The topic was data ownership, privacy and empowerment of the individual. Accordingly, Peter van Falkenberg, moderator of the event and research director of Coincenter, ushered in the day with a quote from the recently deceased John Perry Barlow:

“To shape the future, it helps to foresee it. And so I foresaw Utopia. I had hoped that this would give freedom a small edge over Moore’s and Metcalfe’s laws. These eventually brought what Ed Snowden calls turn-key totalitarianism.”

John Perry Barlow was not only a member of The Grateful Dead, but also an important person in the Cypherpunk and Hacktivism movements with the declaration of independence of cyberspace. He told Bitcoin developers to be careful: “They are currently building the technology of future freedom and slavery. This is the goal that the various projects on this day have dedicated themselves to.

A glance at the list of speakers shows that going into each presentation would go beyond the scope of the conference. A special focus was the presentation of projects developed on the basis of the Blockstack platform. Blockstack is presented in detail in a separate article, in short the interface reminds of Google Apps, but without the centrality. Graphite, for example, is a Google Docs based on Blockstack. In the afternoon, various projects were presented in short pitches and projects from decentralized social networks to a censorship-free podcast platform and new decentralized organizational models could be demonstrated. Many of these can already be tested on the Blockstack platform.

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