Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) kicked off its 78th Public Meeting in Hamburg, Germany. At this week-long meeting, which runs until 26 October, ICANN will also be celebrating 25 years of ensuring a unified and secure Internet. Continue reading
A ‘network state’ is ideologically aligned but geographically decentralised. The people are spread around the world in clusters of varying size, but their hearts are in one place.
In June 2022 Balaji Srinivasan, former chief technology officer of the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, published an ebook entitled The Network State: How To Start a New Country. It is the latest in a flurry of utopian visions by self-styled digital visionaries, crypto believers and web 3.0 evangelists who are lining up to declare the death of the traditional concept of countries and nationhood.