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The Failure of The DAO: Should We Regulate Cryptocurrency?
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The Failure of The DAO: Should We Regulate Cryptocurrency?

first published October 24, 2016 futurism.com\r\n\r\nThe Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) was set to become the first digital decentralized investment fund. Virtually all its daily operations would be handled, well, virtually. This includes investment plans, payments, and even the corporate governance—all of it is determined by code. Its crowd investment in May 2016 turned out to...

An AI Law Firm Wants to ‘Automate the Entire Legal World’
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An AI Law Firm Wants to ‘Automate the Entire Legal World’

First published on February 1rst 2017 at futurism.com\r\n\r\nWhether it’s a new employment contract, a rental contract, or sale contract, it needs to be checked before signing. Everyone knows the struggle of working through the dreaded small print, searching for pitfalls hidden in the tiniest details, and trying to make sense out of the bizarre language...

Trash crisis forces Lebanon’s environmental awakening
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Trash crisis forces Lebanon’s environmental awakening

With Lebanon’s garbage crisis in its second year, regular citizens are taking the problem of the ever-growing piles of trash into their own hands. This shift in consciousness represents a new reality for the government. First published 27.12.2016 at DW.com When Kassem Kazak had the idea to start a recycling company with a friend in...

“Jerusalem is my passion!”
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“Jerusalem is my passion!”

Hanadi Qawasmi is the new editor-in-chief of the Palestinian online portal Qudscom. Her team members are citizen journalists from Jerusalem. These budding journalists can sometimes be a handful. First published 23.09.2016 at DW Akademie “Khalas Selfie!” (No more selfies!) calls out Hanadi Qawasmi, as she claps her hands. The eight students gathered in the meeting...

Palestinian Territories: Unraveling the knots
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Palestinian Territories: Unraveling the knots

Dunia Bader reports for young Palestinians from the front line on the streets of Jerusalem. The student is part of the editorial team of the online portal “Qudscom” – the new young voice in Jerusalem’s media landscape. First published 28.04.2016 at DW Akademie The conflict is playing out right around the corner. But Dunia Bader...

Guatemala: Social media spur change
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Guatemala: Social media spur change

What impact have Guatemala’s 2015 elections had on the country? What role did social media play? 12 Guatemalan journalists and activists discussed this and more at a recent DW Akademie media dialogue in La Antigua. First published 15.08.2018 at DW Akademie Turn back the clock to Fall 2015. It’s September 1 and Guatemalans have their...

Big Data: Improving the Public Transport System
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Big Data: Improving the Public Transport System

first published January 15th 2016 at tea-after-twelve.com\r\n Many praise big data as the panacea for more efficiency, security, transparency and improving communities in large cities. To date this universal remedy has been rather abstract. The applications developed by Berlin start-up Ally demonstrate the concrete advantages of big data for citizens. \r\n There are lots of...

How IoT and Bitcoin can save your privacy
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How IoT and Bitcoin can save your privacy

first published November 5th 2015 at tea-after-twelve.com\r\n Soon your home will be alive and at your service like the enchanted castle in Beauty and the Beast, where a talking teapot, a singing candelabra and a caring mantel clock are eager to please. Your data might be collected by every device surrounding you in the near...

How a car park turns into a place to be
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How a car park turns into a place to be

First published September 09 2014 at tea-after-twelve.com\r\n Take one sandy car park, two friends and an idea: The result is La Carpa, a sociocultural space, a creative place where artists, musicians and the people of Sevilla meet to exchange ideas. What makes this place so special is the fact that is was created with no...

“The victims don’t seem like real people”
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“The victims don’t seem like real people”

First published December 2nd 2014 at theeuropean-magazine.com\r\n “We like to kill” wrote university professor Sergio Aguayo only a few months before the abduction of 43 Students in the city of Iguala made headlines world wide. Alice Kohn sat down with him to talk about the culture of violence in Mexico. \r\nThe European: Mr. Aguayo, for...