ellie rennie

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[melbourne, australia]

intro’d to Ellie here:


w Michel and Mark

Ellie starts about 53 min

not just about freedom from centralization.. but how automation and mutual design will interact with us

54 min – generally talking about as a revolution.. and then critique why.. i think we need to hold on to it as revolution.. because scary if we don’t..

on hypertext.. we just accept now..

55 min – things we’re talking about ie: future govts.. we’re no where ready to launch.. but what it’s building internet as should have been from beginning.. is maybe internet way it was intended to be..

my fav blockchain guru – vinay.. tells his history story.. means info stored centrally.. blockchain.. next step.. really promising de centralized.. where info stored across multiple nodes..

i’m most interested in ethereum as platform..

57 min – we haven’t had this before.. this is new.. don’t need to rely on intermediaries..


58 min – don tapscott – going into all areas – birth/death/marriage certs.. degrees.. titles of ownership.. insurance.. votes.. and anything else that can expressed in code

a lot of hype around fintech.. i’m not that interested in fintech.. quote: vulhayes.. moving from permission network between banks to permission network among banks is no great step..

it will be good for efficiency.. but it’s really the areas that don’t have systems/resources.. where we will see most social change because of this tech

59 min – i think biggest will be – academic publishings.. it’s the worst.. lot of people make a lot of money thru labor of academics.. charge libraries massive subscriptions.. rest locked away .. even though paid for by public funds.. ie: salaries of academics..

ie: do we really need reviews.. we could do p2p reviews.. so broken.. because no reward for blind reviewers.. so could have reputational currency for reviewers and whole system will change.. knowledge become far more accessible…

1:01 – ie: we’ve had defn’s of smart contracts.. not smart.. not contracts.. but..it’s automating process.. all this underpinned by motives.. game theory et al.. not sure that will get us where we need to go

we’ve heard blockchain will be a tech disruptor.. might have apps to smart guns.. medicals..

1:03 – i don’t think we’ll use word blockchain in 5 yrs.. will be so normal for us.. will underlie vr/ai/crispr

i love the plantoid.. from primavera

not a separate tech at all.. will integrate.. suddenly won’t need passwords.. might be able to monetize our data..

throw money in and you lose all potential of blockchain..

lot of people problems behind bitcoin… there will be problems with privacy et al

unless – we go ps in the open ness

1:06 – however.. is this something only technologists should be working on..?

so what kind of institutions do we need to be able to react to these automatic techno powers coming into our lives.. and which institutions/regs/B ..won’t we need..

gupta roadblock law..

1:07 – we need to move beyond thinking about how this can be exploited by govt/corp powers..and ..start thinking about which regs/systems/models are about to be made redundant and which ones we need now..

a nother way

ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data

1:17 -q&a – currently working with developing intuit peoples.. to get equity in mobiles et al

i’m an optimist with tech but pessimist when comes to human nature..


i think soon there’ll be tools to make.. ie: making contracts.. easier..


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Associate Professor at Swinburne University, researching the social implications of technological change, and the technological implications of social change…


Ellie Rennie is the Deputy Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research. Her research spans media policy and community communication, with a current focus on digital inclusion in remote Australia and remote Sarawak. She is Chief Investigator of the ARC Linkage project the Dynamics of Digital Inclusion, working with industry partner One Education (2016-2017), and is leading a project on cyber safety in remote Aboriginal communities with Telstra, among other projects. Her book publications include: Life of SYN: A Story of the Digital Generation (Monash University Press, 2011); Community Media: A Global Introduction (Rowan & Littlefield, 2006); and Internet on the Outstation: The digital divide and remote Aboriginal communities (multi-authored with industry partners, Institute for Network Cultures, 2016). The latter is downloadable at: http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/no-19-internet-on-the-outstation-the-digital-divide-and-remote-aboriginal-communities/. Her fourth book (co-authored with Aneta Podkalicka), Using Media for Social Innovation (Intellect), will be available in 2017.

Ellie Rennie is interested in supervising PhD students on topics related to Indigenous media, broadband in remote Australia, and community media.





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