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The Roundtable: A Crypto Surveillance State?

Like every other technology, the blockchain can be used for good or ill.

A panel of experts joined Roundtable to discuss the future of mainstream crypto adoption and adjacent issues. In this segment, they discuss the usage of crypto by governments.

Alex Gordon Brander argues that the blockchain, like any other form of tech, can easily be weaponized toward nefarious ends by malevolent forces.

"The first major Chinese blockchain use-case was a permanent attestation of loyalty to the Communist Party recorded on the blockchain, and that had to give me a little bit of a pause," he says. "No technology has ever been able to swing us on the side of good or evil."

Luke Stokes agrees that the current juncture in Web3 raises ethical issues whose consequences will continue to reverberate.

"You have a brick, you can either break a window or build a home. And that's how it's always been with technology and our species. We've always used technology for however we want," he says. 

"This really is a consciousness moment for our species. Do we want to evolve to create a world where we all wanna live in, to help create a mutually beneficial society? Or do we want to keep extracting wealth as much as possible as individuals? The technology's going to empower us in many different ways."

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Luke Stokes, Managing Dir. FIO Protocol

Alex Gordon Brander, Co-Founder CODEX

Alex Mascioli, Founder, Trade the Chain