Pete's thoughts on technology-enhanced conservation & development
December 2021 | The Independent
There’s a bizarre fantasy popular in crypto circles known as the ‘Bitcoin Citadel’. Continue reading.
June 2021 | The Conversation
China appears committed to putting its own house in order, but Bitcoin’s social and environmental impacts urgently need a global response.
May 2021 | Political Geography
Whereas capitalist techno-fixes are leveraged in pursuit of economic growth and are reliant upon crises, we consider how degrowth innovations can enable political-technical strategies for more equitable human development, without an associated profit-incentive for crisis. Continue reading.
April 2021 | The Conversation
You own little more than bragging rights. Creators are also likely to pass the costs for creating your NFT files (or “minting” them) on to you. Most of the time, what you’ll also be responsible for is an enormous carbon footprint. Continue reading.
It works like this. Your everyday crypto enthusiast is rarely an expert in the complex realities of disaster relief and humanitarian aid projects. But with crypto giving, donors are able to remove flexibility from the experts while exerting maximum control over the charities’ actions. Continue reading.
April 2020 | Frontiers in Blockchain
Blockchain is implicated in neo-colonialism in 3 ways. Firstly, it plays into ongoing narratives of 'green grabbing', where local claims to resources are liquidated for green investments. Secondly, the technology perpetuates North-South trade and investment inequalities, and thirdly, a new power asymmetry is enabled by the technology through data colonialism and surveillance capitalism. Continue reading.
April 2020 | Non-profit & voluntary sector quarterly
Global lockdowns are isolating hard-up donors. Coronavirus restrictions are also placing barriers between charities and beneficiaries, especially in the Global South. Novel fundraising strategies are called for and disruptive technologies, like blockchain, are emerging as a useful tool. Continue reading.
April 2020 | Global Environmental Politics
According to Symons in Ecomodernism, fear-based appeals to drum up public support for frugality are turning people away from action on climate change. The book requests more faith in government and corporations and underscores the value of individual aspiration and technological innovation to provide a more hopeful response. Continue reading.
February 2020 | Marine Policy
Public distrust in conservation operations, as well as in the provenance of seafood, is growing. Some organisations have found practical solutions in disruptive technologies like blockchain. But, riding this wave will only prove worthwhile if coastal communities and artisanal fishers are on board and stand a chance of landing a fair share of the benefits.
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