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Last month I had the honor of attending a Holocaust Remembrance event at the United Nations. The calls from speakers were both emotionally moving, and logically far too relevant when compared to events happening within the United States in 2018. The audience heard from leading U.S., Israeli and German diplomats including UN Secretary-General António Guterres, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves including Ms. Eva Lavi, the youngest person rescued by the German industrialist Oskar Schindler.

I started considering the implications of the systemic destruction of human life on behalf of the Nazis. Straightforwardly, the Jewish people under Nazi occupation during…

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If a mass shooting isn’t enough for our society to question the seriousness of faulty media generation — more widely known as the fake news phenomenon —what will it take? Or, perhaps, is it not that we lack concern over the negative influence of fake news in our culture, but rather that we aren’t quite sure how to combat it yet?

After spending the past few months living near Las Vegas, I was shocked by the mass shooting incident that took place on October 1st. Not only was it a disturbing event due to sheer lack of a perceived motive…

Recently I wanted to start working with data in a more comprehensive way. I thought a good place to start immediately would be to take an online course, specifically this one offered by Coursera via John Hopkin’s biometrics department.

My hope is that this course could help bridge a technical skill gap while simultaneously preparing me for further education in the field. Over the next few months, I’ll discuss some specific topics presented in the course, and also share some of my own explorations in working with data. …

I can’t speak on behalf of the whole 143 million people affected by the data breach at Equifax recently, however I can say it intuitively seems that opinions over what it means to be a data point in someone else’s database is a growing concern among many digital era natives.

In this modern American (and moreover global) society we aren’t necessarily asked if we consent to our identity data being procured and held by entities the likes of Equifax, TransUnion, Experian and otherwise. One could argue that the nature of opening a bank account implies consent, but that’s unrealistic.

This is a question I’m working on answering in a book I’m writing this year called The Digital Ethics Code*. It might sound silly, idealistic and maybe even a bit sci-fi-ey, but it’s something to ponder: what happens when people are equated to data sets and utilized on the blockchain network?

Just blockchains doing what blockchains do.

What is blockchain?

Let’s backup and cover what’s going on with this innovative network that uses distributed servers and promises secured data while remaining open and democratized.

Most interestingly, we don’t know much about who came up with blockchain in the first place. In 2008 a developer or group of developers under…

Kelly Werner

Interests range from great design solutions to ethical data usage. Find me on Twitter: @kellywerner_

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