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Just in time for CoinDesk’s Privacy Week, this episode takes a deep dive into the ideals, tools and future of privacy and crypto, addressing all facets of privacy in Web 3.

Joining “Money Reimagined” hosts Michael Casey and Sheila Warren are two guests familiar with not just the privacy pitfalls of today’s internet, but the possible solutions available to protect users. Often recognized as the father of digital currency, David Chaum has had an accomplished career in privacy-focused digital tools, first as the founder of DigiCash and now with his new secure messaging platform xx messenger. Alongside Chaum is Tor Bair, the founder of Secret Foundation, one of the core organizations supporting the private-by-default blockchain Secret Network.

Though most people understand that online privacy is a problem, the majority seem willing to trade privacy for convenience and connectivity. As a result, the privacy concerns in Web 2 have become staggeringly large, as displayed in the countless data access hacks, scandals like Cambridge Analytica and Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency revelations, among others.

Within the crypto industry, the concept of transparency is highly valued, but where is the balancing point between that transparency and privacy? Creating a secure network is important, but security is often directly tied with identity. Cryptographers have devised ways to separate the two, but will these methodologies become pervasive in Web 3?

This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with announcements by Adam B. Levine and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Our theme song is “Shepard.”