Tech Won't Save Us

Blockchain Won’t Save the Global South w/ Olivier Jutel

August 26, 2021 Paris Marx, Olivier Jutel Episode 75
Tech Won't Save Us
Blockchain Won’t Save the Global South w/ Olivier Jutel
Show Notes

Paris Marx is joined by Olivier Jutel to discuss blockchain’s pivot to humanitarianism, the questionable people behind the technology, and how their projects in the Pacific have benefited capitalist and imperial power.

Olivier Jutel is a lecturer at the University of Otago. Follow Olivier on Twitter at @OJutel.

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Also mentioned in this episode:

  • Paris’ first book “Road to Nowhere” comes out in July 2022.
  • Olivier wrote a paper about blockchain imperialism in the Pacific and it was covered by Motherboard.
  • BCCI was an international bank established in 1972 that was shut down in 1991 for hiding money laundering and other financial crimes.
  • Hernando De Soto is a Latin American economist who advised Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori and advocates neoliberal policies like land title programs. He now pushes for it to be done through blockchains, and wrote an op-ed with Phil Gramm.
  • Brock Pierce is a co-founder of Tether and tried to turn Puerto Rico into a crypto paradise.
  • Hillary Clinton described the freedom to connect doctrine.
  •  Geoffrey Bond sold Vanuatu citizenship and was connected to Sebastian Greenwood, who was part of the OneCoin Ponzi scheme.
  • Binance is under investigation, if not pushed out of, multiple countries.
  • Fiji is facing major opposition to land reform plans.
  • Books mentioned: David Gerard’s “Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain” and “Libra Shrugged,” Fred Turner’s “From Counterculture to Cyberculture,” Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s “Empire,” Herbert Schiller’s “Communication and Cultural Domination,” Armand Mattelart’s “The Invention of Communication,” Lilli Irani’s “Chasing Innovation,” and Teresia Teaiwa in “Anglo-American Imperialism and the Pacific.”
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