The current hype of the blockchain is epitomized by the statement “blockchains create trust”. Early adopters and evangelicals of this idea love to throw around this blanket statement regarding trust as a way to sell decentralized ledger technology to the masses.

It’s obvious that these bold statements of techno-solutionism appeal to those grasping for ways to disrupt and fundamentally shift the impact of technology — especially those within obscure and even autocratic power systems — with the help of distributed contractual agreements and data immutability. Since the de-hype of the blockchain could be a textbook on its own, I will not get into this but rather focus on the message of trust created by technology. Technology is a medium, and as such does not create trust. …

The concept of data as a currency is becoming ever prevalent as technology integrates further into our daily lives. The more data currency an entity, platform, or social structure has, the more its insights can drive civic and policy change. Unfortunately, as people continue to use most modern technologies, their data, and its ownership, its value is simply given away. This challenge has created valuable space for anthropologists, data scientists, technologists, and designers to develop civic interactions that help citizens maintain their data value.

Triem, a collaborative effort between SalusCoop and Ideas For Change, is a study that uses collective intelligence mechanisms to co-design licenses to access and use our healthcare data. Our data and, in turn, its currency is one of our most valuable assets to leverage. Collective data governance and sovereignty is fundamental to accelerate innovation towards the common good. Triem aspires to unpack the wicked problem of education, interaction, and the impact of healthcare data by asking thoughtful…


Lucas Lorenzo Peña

Cognitive Technologist: Social HCI, UX Design, FullStack Engineering. Creating impactful experiences between technology and social systems.