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New Economy Talks with Don Tapscott
Oct07

New Economy Talks with Don Tapscott

In this video, Don Tapscott talks at the International Monetary Fund about blockchain and the new...

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How Trump’s Attack on Democracy Sets Up Hillary to Win Youth Vote
Oct04

How Trump’s Attack on Democracy Sets Up Hillary to Win Youth Vote

When Donald Trump says the system is rigged, how should we respond? Most of the pros, both Democratic and Republican, have said Donald Trump’s claim is not only outrageously wrong but is dangerous for American democracy. But what happens if a significant number of Americans, both Republican and Democratic, suspect that he’s right, that the system is somehow unfair? Take a look at voters under 30, who make up 21 per cent of eligible voters in the U.S. Less than 20 per cent of them voted in the last federal election, and you only have to listen to replays of the Bernie Sanders campaign to see why. Read the full article by Don on the Huffington...

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Fair trade music: Musicians should be fairly compensated for the value they create.
Sep30

Fair trade music: Musicians should be fairly compensated for the value they create.

In June, we participated in a session at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, about how the music industry is at a turning point. We argued that the blockchain revolution provides a new technology where musicians can finally be fairly compensated for their work. Since then there have been some exciting developments. Read the article by Imogen Heap and Don Tapscott on the Toronto Star. Image: British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap speaking at TechCrunch conference in London. (GETTY...

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Blockchain Could Be Music’s Next Disruptor
Sep22

Blockchain Could Be Music’s Next Disruptor

Artists can finally get what they deserve. Anyone who follows the music industry knows of the tussles between artists and those who rely on their creative output. The traditional food chain is a long one: between those who create the music and those who pay for it—music lovers, concert goers, advertisers, rights licensees, and corporate sponsors—there are publishers, producers, and talent agencies, and countless others with a stake in the industry. Each of these intermediaries takes a cut of the revenues and passes along the rest, the remainder of which eventually reaches the artists and musicians somewhere between 6 and 18 months. Read the full article by Imogen Heap and Don  Tapscott on...

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Here’s Europe’s Answer to the Mess That Brexit Left
Jul05

Here’s Europe’s Answer to the Mess That Brexit Left

It’s time for a digital euro. Don Tapscott and his son Alex Tapscott are authors of the book, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World. While the UK and the world grapple with the implications of last week’s vote, a technological revolution is quietly unfolding that offers a glimmer of hope, not just to Britain, but also to Europe as a whole. We’re not talking about the social web, cloud computing, or artificial intelligence. We’re talking about the blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. This technology represents nothing less than the second era of the Internet and it holds far-reaching opportunities for Europe. If wielded correctly, it could provide the foundation for a more prosperous Europe. It is also the UK’s best hope at fulfilling the “Leavers” lofty promises of a more global and dynamic Britain. Read the full article on...

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Is the future of business a company without workers, managers, or a CEO?
May31

Is the future of business a company without workers, managers, or a CEO?

These days, it’s hardly surprising to hear that a hot new startup has received gobs of money from eager investors. But a new company called the DAO (short for “decentralized autonomous organization”) is not your average startup. The DAO, designed to serve as a kind of venture capital fund for the cryptocurrency community, is the first of a new breed of business. It has no CEO and no staff; indeed, it has no human management at all. The company itself is simply software that runs on a blockchain, the technology that powers digital currencies like bitcoin. Through its first three weeks, the DAO raised over $130 million from tens of thousands of global investors, and it’s not done yet. But regardless of how the company fares, its mere existence portends profound changes for business, government, and the roles that people play in our economy. Read the full article by Don and Alex Tapscott on...

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