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Host and General Manager of Podcasting
Matthew Foley, J.D.,
entrepreneur & blockchain enthusiast
The mixed blessing of the digital age has reached a turning point in what some have called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. My Digital Self, with host Matthew Foley, explores digital technology as it affects the interrelation of human rights, property rights, privacy, and money.
Will emerging blockchain technologies enable us to take back our privacy, own our identity and use non-sovereign digital currency, known as cryptocurrency, to engage in commerce? Listen to discussions with my guests who explain these cutting-edge technologies, tell us how they are currently being used and pull back the curtain to our possible futures.
"Our Once and Future Selves"
Author and thought leader in the field of digital money and identity, David Birch, makes the case that the time has come for societies to begin the conversation about what they want their digital identities and money to be like.
"The Road From Serfdom: Evernym Brings Self-Sovereign Identity To Our Digital Selves"
Jamie Smith, Strategic Engagement Director at Evernym, discusses an end to siloed identities. Evernym envisions a world where consumers are in complete control of their digital identity, where privacy is a basic human right, and where consumers and organizations can foster a new relationship rooted in trust.
"The Lifeblood of Human Rights"
Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation makes the case that a necessary condition of universal human rights is a global nongovernmental financial system that gives us the privacy of cash.
"Separation of Money and State"
Best-selling author and public speaker Andreas Antonopoulos shares his views on money for the 21st century. The effect of COVID-19 on financial markets, China's central bank digital currency, the concentration of bitcoin mining in China and other topics are also covered.
"The Nordic X-Road: Bringing e-Governance to Our Digital Selves"
Petteri Kivimäki, CTO of the Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS), shares how X-Road, a free open-source software, is increasingly reducing the costs of governance and allowing for e-governance solutions that better serve people and businesses in the digital age.
"From The Plains Of Nineveh To The Streets Of Beirut: How ChangeInEx Plans To Unlock Global Labor And Creativity"
Stephen Hollingshead, CEO of ChangeInEx, talks about the mission of ChangeInEx to empower people to work via special economic zones in the cloud.
"If Not Now, When? Voatz Strives To Bring The Ballot Box To The Smartphone"
Nimit Sawhney, CEO and Co-Founder of Voatz, shares how his company is leveraging biometrics, the blockchain and smartphone technology to enable voting from a mobile device.
"The Distributed States of America: A Prologue to Remote Electronic Voting in the U.S."
Matt Foley and guest Marten Kaevats discuss the groundwork that needs to occur in America in order to have widespread access to remote electronic voting. It’s a prologue, not the story itself.
"The Digital City and the Curse of Ham: Looking Back to Move Forward"
Woe unto the future generations of those who casually demean and cast aside their societal culture. Author Martin Gurri delves into the recent and ancient past with host, Matt Foley, to help us understand the current state of societal affairs in our increasingly digital world..
"Revolt of the Public"
Author and former CIA analyst Martin Gurri shares his insights into our global state of unrest. Gurri explains that modern institutions, ranging from government and media to academia, are being undermined by digitally networked individuals surfing the Fifth Wave information tsunami of the digital age.
"The Unbanks of the Fourth Economic System"
Foley is joined by Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celcius Network to discuss the emerging fourth economic system of the blockchain. Born into communism, reared under socialism, and having thrived as a serial entrepreneur under American capitalism, Mashinsky explains how capitalism has failed most Americans and how the emerging blockchain economy can fix things.
"Undoing The Faustian Economics of the Internet Economy with Blockchain Tech"
Trailblazing tech attorney Ziv Keinan pulls back the curtain on the blockchain and explains how blockchain technologies such as self sovereign identity wallets, digital micropayments and zero knowledge proofs can help us reclaim our digital privacy. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ziv Keinan is a GDPR-f certified commercial-tech attorney experienced in corporate, securities, blockchain, cybersecurity, and privacy laws.
"How the World’s First Digital Nation Turns State Surveillance On Its Head With Reversed Big Brother Principles"
In Episode 3 of My Digital Self, Tobias Koch of the e-Estonia Briefing Centre explains how post-soviet Estonia became a borderless digital nation that fosters a high quality of life for its citizens, allows them to surveil their government and enables them to hold it accountable.
"Let the Games Begin"
Facebook’s Libra Association has thrown down the digital currency gauntlet and China is rising to the challenge, announcing it will release its central bank digital currency in November of 2019. Join Matt Foley and returning guest Ziv Keinan as they discuss the emerging taxonomy of digital assets, corporate and government competition for the new world order of money and the effects on our digital privacy.
"Land of Honey: How a Nascent African Nation is Working to Catalyze its Economy with the Blockchain"
In Episode 5 of My Digital Self, Yael Tamar of SolidBlock talks with host Matt Foley about her advisory role for Terramaal, a Somaliland company with a mission to create a blockchain-based identity & land registry system.
"Call Me Snow: The Co-founder and CTO of Oslo-Based Diwala Tells the Story of His Journey Chasing the Blockchain Zeitgeist and How Diwala is Bringing it to Fruition in Africa"
Snorre Lothar von Gohren Edwin, who goes by “Snow”, shares with host Matt Foley how Diwala is combatting rampant identity theft and certification fraud in Kampala, Uganda. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, Diwala’s platform enables educational institutions and NGOs in Africa to issue a secure “skill-ID,” digitally verifying the educational and work history of students and young professionals.