This episode is sponsored by Circle and NEAR.

For many in the crypto community the practice of pseudonymity for security and privacy is common and has purpose in working toward self-sovereignty. But is there a downside of pseudonymity? In our society especially, we are all too often familiar and perhaps too comfortable with sharing our identity or at least some form of it with others and sometimes the world. Does that make it hard for us to interact with those around us who choose to remain anonymous or create an identity that allows them to be protected… to be pseudonymous?

For an interesting analysis of how pseudonymity affects how we interact with people, “Money Reimagined,” hosts Michael Casey and Sheila Warren speak with guest Punk 6529. The identity and voice of the person behind this pseudonym will not be disclosed, and therefore, both the video and audio have been modulated.

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This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with announcements by Adam B. Levine and our executive producer is Jared Schwartz. The theme song is “Shepard.”