Crypto ▲ Opinion ▲ 14 ▲ For the People, By the People

Crypto, For the People, By the People

How Blockchain Subverts Today’s Entrenched Power Structures

By:  Gabriel Dusil, co-Founder & General Manager,
Adel Ecosystem Ltd.
&:  John McLeod, Founder,
JEA Associates Ltd.

Mankind has been shaped by borders, whether physical, geographical, technological or financial. Societies have found ways to structure themselves into coherent and ordered blocks. Over the last few centuries empires have risen and fallen, wars have been waged and physical borders have moved. Governments, institutions and multi-lateral structures underpinning political and financial borders have remained intact.

The financial crash of 2008 shook public confidence in banks and government-backed financial institutions that saw billions of dollars, euros, and pounds spent on shoring up the financial system through quantitative easing. Public confidence in financial institutions and governments was at an all-time low. It is no coincidence that Bitcoin emerged out of this economic crisis where traditional institutions failed. A viable alternative was needed without the oversight of big-brother.

Blockchain services undermine traditional forms of governance because it’s decentralized and its users are typically anonymous. This assumes impunity from government and central banks. Anonymous actors are micro components of a growing ecosystem. To date, this crypto sphere has been relatively left untouched by the authorities of the “real-world”, where regulation typically lags innovation.

This raises real questions about how crypto’s services should be managed. Techno-libertarians envision utopian self-regulation, with codified rules that evolve with the technology. Anyone who denies these programmatic rules essentially forfeits their right to participate in this space. Crypto-anarchists envision a free-rule zone for blockchain businesses and unconstrained virtual currency commerce. Within this zone, blockchain businesses would operate free from government intervention and regulation. Bitcoin is essentially a sandbox experiment that is demonstrating how crypto technologies will be successful and be applied to real-world scenarios.

Bitcoin is a sandbox experiment,
demonstrating how crypto will be successful.

Whichever form it takes, blockchain technology will need to entertain the notion of regulatory oversight, for it to gain mainstream acceptance. For this to happen, both the public and private sectors should have a seat at the same table, to establish a common ground for governance and enforcement.

Creating and adopting an agreed set of standards requires consensus from all major stakeholders. Internet’s protocols (e.g. TCP/IP, HTML, and Java) took years before reaching mass adoption. But eventually, this was achieved through well-constructed and easy to implement standards. Crypto coders redefining their own product lifecycle to accelerate adoption by excluding the powers-that-be from the socio-economic power pyramid. For the time being, they are at the pinnacle of this power hierarchy, with governments, banks and even citizens treated as outsiders. But history has shown that closed solutions are not scalable, to the same potential as standards. Any developer can set the rules of their homegrown blockchain. Have the geeks inherited the earth?

We have reached a unique point where the traditional power brokers who normally put the brakes on disruptive technologies have been sidelined in favor of a newly defined crypto power hierarchy. Governments nor banks control the crypto sphere, but they maintain partial control of cyberspace and the real world. Within the isolated world of crypto, this hierarchy works, but if mass-market adoption is the plan then consensus with the brick and mortar world is needed. The open question is whether this is in the interest of crypto coders, miners, and service providers.

Who could have predicted the spectacular rise in the value of Bitcoin and Ethereum just five years ago? A 100 US$ investment in Bitcoin in 2013 would now be worth 7000 US$ today[i]. Satoshi Nakamoto could not have predicted the creation of nearly 4000 virtual currencies on CoinLib[ii] ten years after releasing his white paper and over 100 thousand token contracts[iii] on the Ethereum blockchain. Only a brave person can envisage what the next five years have in store. It is safe to conclude, however, that crypto has proved its detractors wrong and its potential benefits to humanity are vast. Interoperability, scalability, security, and ease of use for the average person are all questions that need to be answered.

For the first time in history, people have the potential to break down the traditional borders that have divided them, whether geographically, technologically or economically. Individuals are empowered to create crypto services free from government regulation or any other centralized authorities. We have currency for the people by the people, and of the people, only time will tell which direction it takes, and who shapes its future.

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About the Authors

Gabriel is a sales and marketing expert with over 25 years in senior positions at Motorola, VeriSign (acquired by Symantec in 2010 for 1.250 billion US$), and SecureWorks (acquired by Dell in 2011 for 612 million US$), and Cognitive Security (acquired by Cisco in 2013 for 25 million US$). He is a blockchain entrepreneur, with strengths in international business strategy. Gabriel has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Canada and expert knowledge in blockchain incubation, cloud computing, IT security, and video streaming, and Over the Top Content (OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups s.r.o., and manages a professional blog at https://dusil.com.

John McLeod

John has spent nearly a decade working for a number of leading public relations firms in London, focusing primarily on PR management in the financial services sector. John’s expertise includes blockchain technology and the evolution of cryptocurrencies in financial services. That’s why he recently founded his own consulting firm, JEA Associates Ltd., which is specifically positioned to communicate the value proposition of this burgeoning technology. John has spent the past year successfully executing campaigns for a digital currency consultancy, decentralized financial solutions, and online payments platforms.

About Adel

adel.io | Blockchain Agnostic Technology Incubator

Adel is a technology incubator for blockchain innovation. Our community collaborates on ideas and uses the AdelWiki™ to collectively create business plans. Members vote on projects and can become profit participates when they are launched. Expertise within the community brings mentoring, learning, and employment opportunities. Successful projects are re-invested for further growth or issued as rewards to members. Adel is blockchain agnostic and will harness the features of any open-ledger platform to showcase its potential. Our mission is to incubate projects that will positively change the world.

▲ Adelphoi | Digital Currency for Adel Ecosystem

Many virtual currencies are a utility or equity tokens on their corresponding blockchains. The Adelphoi (ADL) coin is different, in that it uses a comprehensive process of Idea2Project incubation, to fuel its own ecosystem.

References

[i] https://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=XBT&to=USD&view=1Y

[ii] https://coinlib.io/coins

[iii] https://etherscan.io/tokens?p=10

Crypto ▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

“The Bitcoin and Blockchain conference held in Berlin was Adel’s forth time presenting for Smile Expo throughout 2017 and 2018. We are continually impressed by Smile Expo’s event management and production. Their real-time posts on social media, after each presentation, is a great touch. Smile Expo is a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to continued cooperation and delivering quality content to Smile Expo’s attendees.”

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member, Adel

Abstract

▲ Adel’s co-founder explores the creation of virtual communities fueling by blockchain innovation. The presentation explores the evolution of the Virtual State™ and the Borderless Citizen™. Thanks to the Internet, and blockchain technology, the world is waking up to a political, economic, social and technological renaissance. The next two decades will be a fundamental shift in human interaction, sharing, and freedom. All aspects of vertical and horizontal markets will be affected, including Finance & Banking, Healthcare, eGovernment, Communications, Information Technology (IT) and the Internet of things (IoT). Adel’s General Manager will analyze this paradigm shift in social behavior and present a vision for the future.

Presentation

▲ Here is the video of our presentation:

▲ Here is the presentation on SlideShare:

▲ Here are the native powerpoint slides:

 

More Conferences

Check out more Adel conferences via these links:

▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

▲ Will Pandemic Protocols Establish a Utopian Economy? ▲ Helsinki

▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

▲ A Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation ▲ e.conomia

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ London

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ Stockholm

▲ Living the Blockchain Revolution ▲ Warsaw

▲ Innovation in Banking ▲ Prague

Crypto ▲ Conference ▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

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This was a great crypto event in the northern coast of Poland. The conference was held in the factory where the original German U-Boats were manufactured, during the second world war.  Adwell Media did a great job on the production of this event, and we were excited to get onto the evening news that week.

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member, Adel

Adel on the Evening News ▲ TVP3 Poland

Adel has been featured on the Polish evening news! Polish channel TVP3 covered the blockchain conference in Gdansk as well as bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies. Although the broadcast is in Polish, their footage shows our presentation and logo shown multiple times, in the background:

Click here to watch the evening news coverage of Blockyard, featuring Adel

Abstract

▲ Adel’s co-founder explores the creation of virtual communities fueling by blockchain innovation. The presentation explores the evolution of the Virtual State™ and the Borderless Citizen™.

Thanks to the Internet, and blockchain technology, the world is waking up to a political, economic, social and technological renaissance. The next two decades will be a fundamental shift in human interaction, sharing, and freedom. All aspects of vertical and horizontal markets will be affected, including Finance & Banking, Healthcare, eGovernment, Communications, Information Technology (IT) and the Internet of things (IoT). Adel’s General Manager will analyze this paradigm shift in social behavior and present a vision for the future.

Presentation

▲ Here is the video of our presentation:

▲ Here is the presentation on SlideShare:

▲ Here are the native powerpoint slides:

18.Apr.13 – Gdansk · Multi-Stakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation (Gabriel Dusil, v6.9).pptx

More Conferences

Check out more Adel conferences via these links:

▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

▲ Will Pandemic Protocols Establish a Utopian Economy? ▲ Helsinki

▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

▲ A Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation ▲ e.conomia

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ London

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ Stockholm

▲ Living the Blockchain Revolution ▲ Warsaw

▲ Innovation in Banking ▲ Prague

Crypto ▲ Conference ▲ A Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation ▲ e.conomia

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Networking and building partnerships is key to the success of Adel and our community. Continuing with our speaking lineup, we were one of only five startups to speak at Fintech (r)evolution, an innovator conference hosted by the Media House of Economia and sponsored by Czech National Bank. This opportunity was thanks to our partnership with Deloitte.

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member, Adel

Abstract

▲ Networking and building partnerships is key to the success of Adel and the community. Continuing its speaking lineup, Adel is one of only five startups to speak at Fintech (r)evolution, an innovator conference hosted by the Media House of e.conomia and sponsored by Czech National Bank. Adel’s Co-Founder Gabriel Dusil was chosen out of 140 startups reviewed by Deloitte, a pitch at the Fintech (R)evolution Conference. Each startup had only six minutes to pitch their company and four minutes to answer questions from hundreds of senior executives from Central European’s finance and banking sector.

Presentation

▲ Here is the video of our presentation:

▲ Here is the presentation on SlideShare:

▲ Here are the native powerpoint slides:

17.Oct.25 – Prague · Adel, Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation (e.conomia, v2.0).pptx

More Conferences

Check out more Adel conferences via these links:

▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

▲ Will Pandemic Protocols Establish a Utopian Economy? ▲ Helsinki

▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

▲ A Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation ▲ e.conomia

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ London

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ Stockholm

▲ Living the Blockchain Revolution ▲ Warsaw

▲ Innovation in Banking ▲ Prague