Thoughts

Imagine a world in which visiting and using a publicly accessible website could be a criminal violation if the operator of that site banned you for any reason. The operator of the site might not like your politics, view you as a competitor, or just disapprove of what group in society you belong to. As long as their terms of use or a cease and…

As former Chief Risk Officer of Ripple Labs, Greg explains how Ripple’s distributed financial technology allows for banks around the world to directly transact with each other without the need for a central counterparty or correspondent.

craigslist is the best source for data on local exchange activity between seekers and providers of goods and services in the United States. Despite craigslist’s “.org” URL that suggests it operates as some sort of public community or under a not-for-profit corporate status, in reality, craigslist is very much a for-profit entity with a substantial minority shareholder by the name of eBay. craigslist dominates the…

This white paper discusses certain tools and systems people use to find information, and how these tools and systems have changed over time. In tracing the evolution of search, I hope to provide perspective on "diachronic search", the time-ordered search recently popularized through Twitter. divided this paper into nine sections: in the first, I discuss search techniques developed for books; next, I describe initial efforts…

Imagine a world where access to data used by seekers and providers of goods, services and information is inherently biased. Would you enter into an exchange where you know that there is censorship and unequal access to price, rating, and supply and demand indices? Without the free flow of factual information on which decisions are based, a state of exchange bias rather than exchange neutrality…