Accessibility and inclusivity in the metaverse

Accessibility and inclusivity in the metaverse

June 24, 2022

Excitement over the metaverse continues to grow, and it’s easy to understand why. After all, who wouldn’t be excited at the prospect of a deeply immersive, open-ended, and persistent virtual world? What was once a sci-fi dream is now an impending reality. But the promise of the metaverse is inseparable from the quest for a […]

Virtual real estate in the metaverse

Virtual real estate in the metaverse

May 13, 2022

Defying the doubters, interest in the metaverse continues to soar, and investment is keeping pace. In January, leading investment bank, JP Morgan published a report titled “Opportunities in the Metaverse”, noting that annual spending on digital goods had reached $54bn globally. The report argued that the market was reaching an “inflection point” – soon, there […]

Censorship, moderation and free speech in Web3

Censorship, moderation and free speech in Web3

May 6, 2022

It would be easy to dismiss Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter as just the latest whim of a notoriously mercurial billionaire. In fact, its significance is far greater.  The prospect of a Musk-owned Twitter has reignited the long-simmering debate over free speech and censorship online. And Musk, whose irreverent, scatter-gun use of Twitter is […]

Democratising the web: DAOs, governance tokens, and collective ownership

Democratising the web: DAOs, governance tokens, and collective ownership

April 29, 2022

Making predictions about the crypto space is notoriously risky. There is consensus over what to expect in 2022 – the rise of decentralised autonomous organisations. As Messari’s Crypto Theses for 2022 put it: “If 2020 was all about DeFi, and 2021 was about NFTs, 2022 will be the year of the DAO.”  And just four […]

Rethinking crowdfunding in Web3

Rethinking crowdfunding in Web3

April 22, 2022

In early March, the fantasy author Brandon Sanderson launched a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish four novels he’d written during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from his enviable productivity, the campaign soon gave us something else to marvel at – Sanderson hit his $1million goal in thirty-five minutes. After three days, he’d raised $20.8m, making it the […]

The implications of emerging crypto regulation

The implications of emerging crypto regulation

April 14, 2022

In early March, the Biden administration published its long-awaited Executive Order (EO) on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. As we’ll see below, the order itself wasn’t exactly brimming with detail. Nevertheless, its implications were wide-ranging. It offered some important indications about the Biden administration’s approach to crypto, but just as telling was the simple fact that it was […]

Privacy and identity in Web3

Privacy and identity in Web3

April 1, 2022

In January 2010, a 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg addressed an audience of Silicon Valley luminaries with a bold argument. Privacy, he claimed, was no longer a social norm. Five short years had been enough to make “sharing more information […] more openly and with more people” a widely accepted practice by his account. By presenting it in this […]

Tackling the Crypto gender gap

Tackling the Crypto gender gap

March 25, 2022

March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration of women’s achievements and contributions throughout history. Seeking to counteract the typically male-centred ways of framing history, WHM is a vital opportunity to correct and counteract exclusionary narratives. But it’s also an impetus to think about the present. WHM represents a significant opportunity to reflect on the […]

The future of platforms in Web3

The future of platforms in Web3

March 11, 2022

When the revelations of former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen became an international story in October 2021, the outrage over specific details was tempered by a kind of fatalism. After all, didn’t we all know this already? Yes, there was something compelling about seeing Facebook’s internal research detailing the mental health impact of Instagram on […]

Greenwashing the cloud: hyperscale providers and the climate crisis

Greenwashing the cloud: hyperscale providers and the climate crisis

February 25, 2022

The growing international consensus over the climate crisis is a major cause for celebration. As public support for environmental causes grows, so does the demand for corporations to do their part in averting disaster. This pressure has led to concerted action from both companies and governments. From the 2016 Paris Agreement to last year’s COP26 […]

Will gaming giants control the metaverse?

Will gaming giants control the metaverse?

February 18, 2022

Barely a week after Take-Two Interactive acquired mobile game developer Zynga for a massive $12.7 billion, tech giant Microsoft pulled out a show-stopping move. It was announced in January that the company that brought you Call of Duty and World of Warcraft would join the Microsoft family. But what does this shift in gaming power […]

Decentralised cloud computing can help push back the tide of e-waste

Decentralised cloud computing can help push back the tide of e-waste

February 11, 2022

We face troubling signs of the ongoing climate crisis on a near-daily basis. Confronted by the omnipresent symptoms of a damaged planet, it can be challenging to see what steps we can take to help avert this pending disaster. And this is a particular issue for those invested in the potential of the tech industry, […]

How Web3 could potentially disrupt the space industry

How Web3 could potentially disrupt the space industry

February 9, 2022

For most people, space remains synonymous with 1960s era government programs and continues to evoke the aura of mystery and wonder that surrounded humanity’s earliest forays beyond our planet. For a multibillion-dollar commercial industry, the sector is something of an enigma. Birthed amidst the rivalry and secrecy of the Cold War, it struggled to shake […]

Tackling the environmental costs of the NFT boom

Tackling the environmental costs of the NFT boom

February 4, 2022

In the final instalment of our series on NFTs, we look at perhaps the most significant limitation the NFT space faces at present: its environmental impact. If NFTs are to form the cultural and economic foundation for Web 3.0, the sustainability problem will need an innovative solution. In this post, we’ll look at where that […]

How NFTs provide the economic foundation for the emerging metaverse

How NFTs provide the economic foundation for the emerging metaverse

January 28, 2022

Over the past two weeks, our series on NFTs have tackled their impact on gaming and the art world. This week, we look at how these significant transformations are preparing the ground for a more fundamental shift, as NFTs help to build the metaverse economy of the future.   In late October 2021, Facebook announced […]

NFTs are transforming the art market by solving the problem of digital scarcity

NFTs are transforming the art market by solving the problem of digital scarcity

January 21, 2022

Last week, we took an in-depth look at the impact of NFTs on the gaming world. But gaming is not the only industry being transformed by NFTs. This week, we continue our focus on the revolutionary potential of NFTs by looking at how they are shaking up the art world by helping digital artists monetise […]

Demonetisation or decentralisation: What is the future of the creator economy?

Demonetisation or decentralisation: What is the future of the creator economy?

January 7, 2022

It is now almost two years since the COVID-19 pandemic first spread like wildfire worldwide, to devastating and unprecedented effect. While the human cost of the pandemic has been incalculable, the damage it has done to a wide range of industries can be quantified – and the numbers involved are truly eye-watering. With people spending […]