All it takes to create a free-to-mint NFT is three complex steps and $100. The future of art is upon us!

Some digital artists who create NFTs, particularly those who were already trying to earn a living in digital art before NFTs came along, have described their interest in its "post-bubble" potential as the future of digital art. What they are describing doesn't require a blockchain.

Crypto is known for its toxicity towards outsiders. Similar attitudes are emerging from some who oppose crypto.

Around fifteen researchers and critics have annotated a thinly-veiled cryptocurrency advertisement that ran in the New York Times. We try to provide the editorial scrutiny and critical perspectives that the piece so irresponsibly lacked.

"Abuse on the blockchain". A guest lecture by Molly White at Stanford University on March 7, 2022. This lecture was for two courses that run in parallel—POLISCI 243C: The Politics of Internet Abuse, and CS 152: Trust and Safety Engineering. There is also a Q&A portion at the end.

Cryptocurrency trading is experiencing a "Robinhood effect", where lower barriers to entry are combining with aggressive marketing and outside hype to draw inadequately informed traders into what is described as "investing", but looks a lot more like gambling.

The "off-ramps" from crypto—that is, the firms who will exchange your cryptocurrencies back into traditional currencies—are increasingly taking the position that is so common in discussions about privacy: "if you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?"

In the frenzy to attract venture capital funding and draw new users and investors into blockchain technologies, "how will this technology be used to harass and abuse people?" is going unasked. While blockchain proponents speak about a "future of the web" based around public ledgers, anonymity, and immutability, those of us who have been harassed online look on in horror as obvious vectors for harassment and abuse are overlooked, if not outright touted as features.

When I speak about the inefficiency of popular blockchains, or mention that we seem to be hurtling towards a "web3" so centralized it challenges big tech's firm grasp on today's web, or point out that somehow no one has managed to find a positive use for blockchains that wouldn't be better served by one of the many more performant databases we have available to us these days, I often hear "it's the early days".

In the beginning of February, I made a commitment to myself to read at least two articles a week pertaining to diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B). I believe constant learning on these topics, and their intersection with the technology industry, is not optional and is key to being both a good manager and team member, but also to being a conscientous participant in the industry.