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One of China’s biggest bitcoin exchanges recently stopped trading after regulators ordered all digital currency exchanges to close — demonstrating traditional institutions’ nervousness about distributed trust technologies. In this 2013 photo, a staff member at Bitcoin mining company Landminers in southwestern China checks a computer used for that purpose. (Chinatopix via AP)

Beyond Bitcoin: The power struggle over trust-based technology

The development of distributed trust technologies is making traditional institutions like banks, corporations and governments nervous. Those who have power like to hold onto it. What's next?
Tech billionaire Sean Parker and his wife Alexandra Lenas Parker are among today’s youngest and most ambitious donors. Rich Fury/Invision/AP Photo

Should the giving styles of the rich and famous alarm us all?

In 'The Givers,' author David Callahan warns that today's mega-rich philanthropists wield too much political clout. He may be exaggerating their power and lowballing the public's own strength.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg argues his social network can support more civic engagement. Ben Margot/AP Photo

Can Silicon Valley’s autocrats save democracy?

While Facebook's Zuckerberg suggested as much recently, companies run like autocracies cannot fulfill technology's promise of reinvigorating the democratic process.
John Howland and Dr Mark Bilandzic, winners of the Digital Media mashup award in the Libraryhack 2011 at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Libraryhack

Australia needs an innovation ‘skunkworks’

Innovation precincts are great, but what Australia really needs is a creative space that brings thinkers and doers together to help spark start-ups.

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