OPEN 2018 podcast – The BIG Questions: Tech, Power and Society

Below is a recording of a session from the OPEN 2018 conference on “The BIG Questions: Tech, Power and Society” featuring Jaya Klara BrekkeNathan SchneiderDuncan McCann, presented by the inimitable Bernie from OuishareRadio.

In this session on the first day of OPEN 2018 the panel discuss regulation, blockchain and ideas about the evolving nature of power in relation to the decentralised web. Heady but important issues, which we encourage everyone to think more about!

The panel includes:

Jaya Klara Brekke who speaks, writes and does research on the politics of protocols and questions of ethics, authority, control and power in decentralised systems and architectures.

She is based between Durham University, UK, where she is writing a PhD titled ‘Distributing Chains, Three Strategies for Thinking Blockchain Politically’ at the Geography department; London where she spends much of her time with the InfoSec research group at UCL Computer sciences department; and Vienna as collaborator of RIAT, Institute for Future Crypto-economics.


Nathan Schneider who is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder who writes about the economy, technology, and religion.

His articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, The NationThe New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Catholic Worker, and others.

In 2015, he co-organized “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms at The New School, in New York, and co-edited the subsequent book, Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet.

Nathan’s new book new book, Everything for Everyone, came out in September 2018.

He is also part of the Planning Team for Start.coop, a new co-op accelerator.


Duncan McCann joined the New Economics Foundation 5 years ago and is a Research Fellow at City University.

Duncan currently works on the emerging trends in the digital economy and its impact on society specifically looking at the impact of data and the future of work.

He also works on rethinking money, looking for solutions to our land and housing crisis and the potential of Social Wealth funds.

Duncan leads the work on the digital economy for the New Economics Foundation and is currently working on co-producing a Ridehail platform that puts drivers and users in control as well as a long-term project to understand the implications of big data on the structures of power and accountability in society.

On money, Duncan works on creating a better understanding of national money systems and how they could be reformed as well as building the knowledge around community and local currencies and working with communities to develop them.


Big Shout to Stocksy a professional photography cooperative who supported the Ouishare Radio / P2P Foundation / OPEN 2018 speaker drinks party at The Studio – the Ouishare London HQ – and to Bernie for presenting. Enjoy!

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