It is possible to use blockchain and related technologies to create a securer, fairer and more transparent decentralized society that transcends national boundaries while respecting local laws and regulations.

Digital Civilisation: The Next Step

I wrote my digital civilisation manifesto three years ago. Since then the world has been horribly disrupted, firstly by covid and, as write this, by the war in Ukraine. Both have, in their own ways, turned accepted norms upside down and reminded us that the values we all rely on cannot be depended on. Both have emphasised, in different ways, the importance of digital connectivity, the need for dependable information and the dangers of fake news and other forms of misinformation. The pandemic pushed virtually the whole of society online, young and old, whether willing or not.

At the same time these have emphasised the dangers of leaving the construction and management of technology to the tech giants or over-assertive government. We need a worldwide community to stand up for the rights and interests of individuals and ordinary businesses. Our Digital Civilisation DAO is a prototype for this which we hope can evolve into a community-led force for good.

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