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EB96 – John Clippinger: Developing A Social Ecosystem Of Trusted, Self-Healing Digital Institutions

Published on September 14th, 2015 by epicenterbitcoin

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It is often said that technology is neutral. It’s certainly commonplace for Bitcoin to be thought of as such. In reality, technologies may be characterized as an embodiment of human intention, and therefore, cannot be considered as culturally or politically neutral. At least, this is the opinion of our guest, John Clippinger. A research scientist at MIT Media Lab and CEO of ID3, a nonprofit which aims to deploy a new generation of trusted digital institutions, John has spent the last seven decades researching the interaction between technology and society.

He joins us for a fascinating discussion on the flaws of our institutions in present day society and how we can leverage technology to build a new social ecosystem.

Topics covered include:

  • The political values of Bitcoin
  • The idea of cooperative currencies
  • The current state of identity and data ownership, and how it may be improved
  • The governance of decentralized technologies
  • How cybernetics and self-organizing systems may be applied to governance
  • The Open Mustard Seed framework

Links mentioned in this episode:


  • Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly at ShapeShift.io
  • Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg at Vaultoro.com

Show notes



Epicenter Bitcoin is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture.

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