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Watching a 20th-Century War Through 21st-Century Technology

While the Internet has transformed how outsiders experience the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the war's victims are suffering in all-too familiar ways.

Technology has played a major role in the International reaction to the ongoing Russian war on Ukraine. Brock Pierce, chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, and war reporter Hollie McKay, currently reporting on the war from Kiev, joined Roundtable's Rob Nelson to discuss the war, technology, and international solidarity in the age of Web3.

In this segment, the panel discusses how technology has changed the global community’s experience of the war.

Pierce points out that tech has transformed the possibilities for the global community to support war victims from afar.

“Connectivity has created all new sorts of access points and ways for people to engage,” Pierce said. “When these types of humanitarian crises emerge, we can pay attention and get involved. I encourage everyone to ask yourself, what is it that you can do to help people in need? You can do something, you can make a difference.”

While some aspects of the war play out through tech’s avant-garde, though, McKay notes that the experience of war itself recalls conflict of ages past.

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“Everybody can pretty much see these things in real time, except for places where there is no communication,” McKay explained. She notes that Ukrainians face a frustrating paradox: “There isn't anything modernized about the war itself. We are looking at technology that enables the world to see it in a way that, that we could never really see it before, and yet still nothing can be done to stop it.”

Roundtable Guests:

Brock Pierce, chairman, the Bitcoin Foundation

Hollie McKay, war reporter and author of Only Cry for the Living

Watch the full discussion below: