Long Reads Sunday #74. Ah December. A time for family, celebration, and - of course - reflections to figure out just what the hell happened in the past year. So what’s the mood as the EOY content starts to roll in? Grab a nog and let’s do this thing - it’s long reads time!
2/ One sentiment I’ve seen a number of times recently is something between frustration and benign boredom. @Twobitidiot expressed something like this a week or two ago and this tweet from @BtBust really summed it up https://twitter.com/btbust/status/1202224254814691329
8/ Frankly, part of me feels like what people might be feeling is simple honest exhaustion after a year that has been filled with such seismic change. For my money, no change is bigger than the entrance of world governments onto the digital money stage. https://twitter.com/VentureCoinist/status/1201901166449364992
9/ If the announcement of Libra created urgency around the world, it is the aggressive response of China and their push for a digital yuan that is putting the digital currency wars center stage. @paulvigna wrote an overview for the @WSJ this week https://twitter.com/paulvigna/status/1203187302908014594
10/ One of the central issues with central bank currencies that @paulvigna points out in that piece is their nearly unlimited capacity for surveillance. In the first full post on his new blog @bullyesq discusses the privacy implications of gov’t involvement with crypto https://www.bullyesq.com/blog/privacy-is-a-fundamental-right
11/ I came across that post from @BullyEsq after it was flagged in an excellent thread on privacy from @melt_dem. Meltem ends on an important question: if privacy is a fundamental right, what steps can we take to preserve it and who pays for privacy preserving features? https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem/status/1203412036169932800
13/ Anyway, back to privacy and digital currencies, part of the reason that many are worried about what authoritarian governments will do with their own digital currencies is that we’re seeing the way they already exert control on their citizens digital lives https://twitter.com/joonian/status/1201911355965612032
14/ This control also matters at an ISP-level. @danheld flags a piece by @CoinDesk @La__Cuen on the last mile issues for using bitcoin in the places that it matters most and the projects working to address those issues. https://twitter.com/danheld/status/1201894262431977472
19/ I anticipate a huge amount of additional end of year content to come out over the next couple weeks, but for now, let’s do just a few more recent topical pieces and then get you out of here to enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
23/ On a very different Ethereum topic, the Istanbul hard fork is now live. I imagine that they’ll be a lot more commentary and analysis to share on this in the coming weeks, but for now, check out this link from @sassal0x on why it’s noteworthy.
25/ Reading everything above, one thing is sure: this space keeps moving. Despite a bit of lethargy now, when I asked folks if they were more optimistic or pessimistic than when the year began, an overwhelming 78% said more optimistic https://twitter.com/nlw/status/1203081172995203072
26/ This is why I think pieces like @APompliano’s on Missionaries vs. Mercenaries (shared here by @DTAPCAP) ring so true. If one can step away from the bickering and short term thinking, there is so much to be excited for. https://twitter.com/dtapcap/status/1202465226370801664
28/ And that’s a wrap! I can’t wait for all the juicy end of year content to come, so if you see great things, please tag me in them! As always, you can get LRS via email here: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/nlw