11 November 2021

The Decentralists – Episode 10: Why Decentralization Matters: A conversation with Transitional Justice advocate Dr. Jon Unruh

This week on The Decentralists we have a very special guest, Dr. Jon Unruh, Transitional Justice advocate and Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University in Montreal.  Dr. Unruh has over…

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9 November 2021

The Day and Night of the Living Dead

Why is identity so important? 

If you read Chloe Hadjimatheou’s report in the BBC on India’s living dead: ‘They stared at me like I was a ghost’ you will begin to understand. 

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26 October 2021


Apple recently announced that they will add digital identity documents to the Apple Pay wallet on iPhones and eight US states have joined the program – effectively selling their citizens’ identities to Apple.

Governments should not be giving control of their citizens’ identity to a Big Tech company, and neither should you.

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28 September 2021

Guilt by Association

Google Maps is a very convenient navigational tool used by millions around the world however, this ‘free’ tool comes at a potentially very high price. The convenience of having a phone with built-in GPS allows you to find your way around an unfamiliar city while on vacation, but it can also land you in hot water if police execute a geo-fence warrant – and your phone happens to be on the list.

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22 September 2021

The Decentralists – Hot Topix: Identity is a Ticking Time Bomb

We talk a lot about digital identity on The Decentralists. What is Identity? What makes Identity self-sovereign? Why is decentralized identity better than centralized like that offered by Single Sign-On? 

This week we talk about another important risk of centralized identity, the linking of personally identifiable data (PII). 

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16 September 2021

The Decentralists – Decentralization Education Episode 7: Single sign-on

This episode, we define Single sign-on (SSO) solutions for identity management, and we’re thrilled to get some help from a very special guest. Dr. Geoffrey Goodell is a senior research associate in the financial computing and analytics group at the department of computer science at University College London.

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13 September 2021

Hook Up Who’s Who?

Dating Apps already collect comprehensive and sensitive personally identifiable data (PII). Your name, address, birthday, photos, city, phone number, and email are all part of your online dating profile.

I understand the need to ensure that people you meet on dating sites are real, however, what does Tinder validating someone’s driver’s license actually accomplish?

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