Beneficiarios de los servicios de Funvencuc en Cucuta, Colombia.

Muchos se han preguntado cómo podrían donar a ONGs que sirven a refugiados venezolanos.

Bueno, ahora hay una solución: a través de los canales de la red segura de Bitcoin.

Abajo hay tres ONGs que están prestando servicios en Colombia a venezolanos en estado de vulnerabilidad. Yo los he visitado para asegurar que sus operaciones son legítimas, que los pocos recursos que ganan están siendo bien gastados, y que alcancen a los refugiados cada día. Las tres:

1) Fundacion de Venezolanos en Cúcuta (Funvencuc):

Presta servicios de alimentación, saneamiento, espacio amable para niños, y radiografía para mujeres expectantes.

Ver video de su primer día de manejar una…


Learning how to manage cryptoassets could give a way for Venezuela’s opposition to use a dictatorship-resistant financial system, receive donations from Diaspora abroad, channel money quickly to pro-democracy activists, and not be hurt from the illegitimate Maduro regime’s bank account freezes. Just as importantly, cryptoasset use could give suffering Venezuelans a low-cost way to receive remittances so they don’t pay 5–30% in commissions.

Yet for all of electronic money and cryptofinance’s gains in Venezuela, adoption remains far from being a viable alternative to sovereign bolivar (VES) and physical USD daily use. …


Closed money systems are still dominating economies. All the dollars that you don’t have in cash form is held at the N.Y. Federal Reserve. You can’t access that money unless you’re one of the member banks. Banks are inefficient middleware separating you from your money. Banks aren’t efficient at talking to each other, either. That’s why it takes days to move money internationally or $30 to send a wire from one bank to another.

Mobile money systems such as PayPal or telecom-based systems are closed, too. They are just an overlay on top of existing banks. It still takes over…


Misi artikel ini adalah membantu Indonesia menjadi negara yang lebih bersejahtera pada masa depan. Saya sudah melihat kearifan pemuda2 Indonesia dan ingin mereka sempat melancarkan inovasi.

Intiku begini: inovasi teknologi di Indonesia semakin terbekalang karena sedang memblokir cara terbaru melakukan pembayarannya: melalui uang digital yang pake teknologi blockchain umum — teknologi Web3.

Kalau lembaga-lembaga pemerintah tidak segera berubah kebijakan dan menyambut teknologi blockchain, Indonesia akan perlu mengimpor kebanyakan teknologi pada 2030 sambil industri ITnya jadi kecil.

Internetnya — yang kita sedang memakai dan sudah kenal — sedang melampaui generasi kedua. Generasi yang pertama didasarkan informasi. Generasi yang kedua didasarkan sharing


Why care about Indonesian slang? Isn’t this the silly stuff of teenagers? Shouldn’t foreigners adhere to the elegant, dignified formal Indonesian language?

Editors note: (To buy the best Indonesian slang guide, visit this page to purchase: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandon_Possin_MAKSUD_LO_A_guide_to_the_%C3%92real%C3%93_Ind?id=S77vDwAAQBAJ )

Slang Indonesian is actually the real Indonesian. Following the track of the Javanese language with its four levels based on social class, the Indonesian language has done the same. Just that Indonesian language schools have not adjusted to this reality. They’re preparing their students for the sultan’s palace, not for boardrooms, dinner conversations, or even the national political media.

I went out…


“For all the good we’ve achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas.” — Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee

Our first two internet generations have connected us like never before. They also have generated problems we’ve never seen before either.

Let us remember. The first internet got set up to share information. The second internet got set up to let us interact better and download content faster. Neither generation got built to allow people to securely exchange value, fundraise, or make economic transactions. The rails of…


“For all the good we’ve achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas.” — Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee

Our first two internet generations have connected us like never before. They also have generated problems we’ve never seen before either.

Let us remember. The first internet got set up to share information. The second internet got set up to let us interact better and download content faster. Neither generation got built to allow people to securely exchange value, fundraise, or make economic transactions. The rails of…


“We got the tech down, just not the business strategy down,” the chief engineer of an acclaimed token project lamented in New York in August 2018.

While his tech project had creative genius beneath it, adoption was lackluster, especially overseas beyond the United States. The project failed to get beyond a saturated U.S. market and potentially eager adopters abroad. His “token-curated registry” token flopped. I should know. I held some of the tokens.

Alas, it’s not just the technology that matters. For adoption, energetic networks are necessary to take technology to the next level.

A network structure can be just…


A majority of Indonesian-language-trained foreigners arrive in the archipelago and then crash. They can’t understand the slangy everyday Indonesian. Most of the Indonesian spoken on the street comes from the country’s rich slang lexicon, not from formal vocabulary. Yet no guide to Indonesian slang has come out for 15+ years. Until now…voila!

(To buy the best Indonesian slang guide, visit this page to purchase:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandon_Possin_MAKSUD_LO_A_guide_to_the_%C3%92real%C3%93_Ind?id=S77vDwAAQBAJ)

To ask why someone is feeling strong about something, Indonesians usually say Kok gitu sih? whereas the textbooks teach, “Mengapa Anda punya perasaan yang ini?” Clearly the textbooks are failing Indonesian language students!

This dictionary’s higher purpose is to let visitors make deeper connections with Indonesia. Too often the foreigners get frustrated by the thick slang and then retreat to their expat bubble. Indonesians also could realize how their colloquial language can be unintelligible even to the most earnest Indonesian language learner. …


What once seemed impossible has now become true: governments are accelerating token economy uses as much as private companies are. Innovation has emerged not just in tech startups but also in the public sector. Policymakers have realized new times call for new governance styles. A whole new playbook for government intervention is being written in forward-looking nations. “The government” can be just as much of a catalyst for innovation as it is a necessary regulator.

Tokens and government are symbiotic.

What are Tokens?

Tokens are digital representations of assets — both tangible and intangible. A blockchain is the platform that…

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