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On November 29, 2018, after years of silence, the identity of the anonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, gave signs of activity on the social P2P Foundation, when Nakamoto friended another user — Wagner Tamanaha, a Brazilian cryptocurrency enthusiast, according to his about me bio on the social — and posted the word “nour” in parenthesis. The meaning of such a word is still debated.

Some have suggested a possible hack of the gmx email account linked to Nakamoto (satoshin@gmax.com) and that it might not actually be him/her to show activity on the account. …

ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on Free Basics, a Facebook-developed mobile app that provides “free” Internet access to many African countries. However, this humanitarian initiative came at a hidden cost: lack of data protection for its users. This paper debunks Facebook’s win-win narrative arguing that the type of internet connection African users are connected to, and who gains from it, also matters.

Information and communications technology (ICT) is seen as a powerful tool for reducing global inequality in the Global South (Friedman, 2005). In this regard, ICT for development (ICT4D) has become the new buzzword in development narratives. …

A serial entrepreneur, a libertarian economist and the creation of a new global payments network, what do they have in common? Easy, an acronym: I.Q., or Initiative Q.

Initiative Q is an initiative started by the Israeli entrepreneur Saar Wilf, the creator of Fraud Sciences, a cyber-security company acquired by PayPal in 2008 and supported by the well-known economist Lawrence H. White, a professor at George Mason University, also a member of the Cato Institute.

But what exactly is Initiative Q?

Initiative Q is not a crypto but a project dedicated to the creation of a global payment network of the future with its own currency

INTRO: Since the great financial crisis of 2008, two phenomena grew exponentially in popularity: The hipster subculture and populist politics. Whereas one could easily dismiss the simultaneity of these two events as a pure coincidence, I could not help noticing that since 2010 both phenomena percolated across different cultures and countries, becoming global trends.

At first glance, hipsters and populist politics seem to have very little in common. However, the two are probably much interconnected than we think. I argue that they could be seen as different answers to the same issue: the need for some form of social protection…

A serial entrepreneur, a libertarian economist and the creation of a new global payments network, what do they have in common? Easy, an acronym: I.Q., or Initiative Q.

Initiative Q is an initiative started by the Israeli entrepreneur Saar Wilf, the creator of Fraud Sciences, a cyber-security company acquired by PayPal in 2008 and supported by the well-known economist Lawrence H. White, a professor at George Mason University, also a member of the Cato Institute.

But what exactly is Initiative Q?

Initiative Q is not a crypto but a project dedicated to the creation of a global payment network of the future with its own currency

Francesco Giacomini

I am an independent researcher who focuses on monetary economics, digital life & financial innovations. All views my own.

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