Who sets up the rules of a blockchain? And how does that impact its users? Could there be unintended consequences? Might the design not account for the potential that bad actors will abuse it? These are questions that Cara LaPointe, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, is about to release a framework for blockchain ethics. She and her team came up with six main areas of focus that blockchain designers should be considering from the outset, starting with governance, identity, data ownership and other factors. As Ethereum is facing the question of how the community should decide what to do with frozen funds or a potential cap on the money supply, LaPointe has some suggestions for how the major players should proceed. She also talks about the dangers of artificial intelligence combined with blockchains.

We spoke at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy, at the Blockchain Summit hosted by New America’s Blockchain Trust Accelerator.

Cara LaPointe: http://beeckcenter.georgetown.edu/cara-lapointe/

The Blockchain Ethical Design Framework for Social Impact: http://beeckcenter.georgetown.edu/building-ethical-design-blockchain/

Thank you to the Blockchain Trust Accelerator: https://trustaccelerator.org/

Thank you to the Bellagio Center: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/bellagio-center/

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