9/11 was a human tragedy of staggering proportions.
This weekend America honored and mourned the first responders, office workers, airline passengers and others who lost their lives 20 years ago.
As the world looks back on one of the most consequential events of the 21st century, it’s important to remember 9/11′s long-lasting aftereffects – a reminder that emergencies can make for knee-jerk policy and unforeseen consequences.
Meanwhile, as Shoshanna Zuboff argues in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” the national security establishment’s thirst for ever-more private data dovetailed with Silicon Valley’s desire to mine it for profit.
Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and the Web3 movement can all to varying degrees be seen as reactions to these historical forces that undermined the liberating promise of the early internet.
Below are some relevant reads, representing a wide variety of perspectives published in CoinDesk over the years.