Blockchain and Inclusion: Can New Technologies Help the LGBTQ+ Community?

Blockchain technology has revolutionized many sectors since its inception. We often talk about his impact on the traditional financial industry and the changes he brings to the arts. But one question remains little discussed: what impact can blockchain have on inclusion? How can this revolution be put at the service of the common good and the integration of different communities? This is what we will discuss in the Blockchain and Inclusion section. To begin, we will explore the connection between emerging technologies and the LGBTQ+ community through a series of interviews with big names in the blockchain universe. Today we will focus on the opinions of Caroline Pugliese and Christoph Wittig. Let’s go to !

Introduction

We live in a world where same-sex relationships between adults are criminalized in at least 69 countries. However, it should be noted that this number has decreased over time. New technologies play an important role in protecting people belonging to the LGBTQ+ community from violence and discrimination, as well as inaccess to health care and financial services. be yourself* concerned, I see a lot of positive changes that decentralized technologies can offer us as a community.

Over the past two years, the world has faced the spread of COVID-19, which continues to rage today. According to a study published in July 2021, “ people with HIV are more likely to be hospitalized with severe symptoms of coronavirus, and d‘in diedp”. According to UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS), the LGBTQ+ community is most at risk of contracting HIV. The risk of HIV infection is 34 times higher for transgender women and 25 times higher for men in same-sex relationships. To combat this phenomenon, the LGBT Foundation decided to move HIV testing to the blockchain, which “makes the whole process transparent and traceableand helps contain the spread of HIV among vulnerable populations. As Eric Lamontagne, UNAIDS Senior Economist, said: This technology allows us to evolve almost as fast as epidemics. It’s incredible! This is an important opportunity. »

Even in developed countries such as the US, LGBTQ+ people face financial hardship because of their sexual or gender identity. Cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance can increasing financial inclusion and inclusivenessespecially for minorities. Blockchain technology allows transparent distribution of funding. All of this can benefit the LGBTQ+ community.

New technologies are becoming more democratic, and this is no longer just an innovative niche industry, but our daily life. To find out what the crypto and blockchain industries think about the impact of these technologies on the LGBTQ+ community, Cointelegraph reached out to some of them to get their opinion on the following questions: Can new technologies help improve the lives of members of the LGBTQIA+ community? And if so, how?

Caroline Pugliese from Rally:

Caroline is the director of creative partnerships.and entertainment in Rally, an open network that allows creators to run independent economies based on the Ethereum blockchain.

Support the community withsocial tokens

The crypto universe offers some of the most positive technological advances and opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community that we have seen in the last few decades. social tokens, in particular, are a growing area. They help support talent and small businesses in the community and provide space dedicated to actions taken, without the risk of being demonetized or blocked across platforms. The privacy that blockchain provides and open access to many crypto platforms allows people to participate even if their community or geographic location is not LGBTQ+ friendly.

Create a safe space with DAO

The emergence of the DAO ( decentralized autonomous organization) also holds great promise for emerging digital communities. They can be extremely specialized, covering topics that allow people to come together around a cause and create opportunities for collaboration. justice and community. DAOs can provide a safe space for members to connect, participate in project management, and find ways to support both DAO members and the LGBTQ+ community around the world. At the same time, the advent of NFTs and their current royalties offers community talent that previously could fight for equal opportunities for creative work a way to get paid and recognized for your creations.

Christoph Wittig from Hornet:

Christophe is the founder and CEO of Hornet, a “weird social network” with over 30 million users worldwide.

Negative points

New technologies play an important role for the LGBTQ+ community, whether we like it or not.

On the other hand, 64% of adults living in the United States who belong to the LGBTQ+ community reported experiencing online discrimination and harassment on one of the five big heteronormative social networks (namely, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok). to the recently released GLAAD Social Media Safety Index. This is about the highest percentage of positive responses among all minoritiesin the United States and higher than the 40% reported in a similar 2018 study by Hornet and Kantar. Day after day, we see how technology is increasing every part of our lives, including every negative aspect, from LGBTQ+ discrimination in the United States to action taken by 71 countries that still criminalize being an LGBTQ+ member.

Positive points

On the positive side, we can use the power of new technologies to make them a force for good. The Hornet social network is a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community. It promotes genuine social connections, even if participants are quarantined due to the pandemic, do not have access to support from the LGBTQ+ physical community, or otherwise cannot connect easily with others in that community to find their inherent love and belonging. in offline dating.

New technologies in the service of anonymity

Hornet is already actively using AI to detect suspicious patterns for identificationcatfish , spammers and intruders. We also strive to develop conceptsproof of workfor example, the Hornet icon for control certificates. We cannot rely on government-issued IDs. They can be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands (including burglary, court order, negligence or abuse by companies that do not put the well-being of our community at the center of their business).

In the long term, I believe that decentralized blockchain technology is ideal for a decentralized community like ours. In the same way that a nation state uses identifiers, a currency, and a budget, the blockchain gives us the tools to provide identification (pseudonymy), storage and transfer of value, and some form of funding or taxation to allocate resources. at the service of projects of common interest . To this end, we have launched the LGBT Foundation and look forward to working with interested members of the crypto and LGBTQ+ community to develop the basic infrastructure.

Conclusion

We have come to the end of this first part of our series. itemsBlockchain and Inclusion: Can New Technologies Help the LGBTQ+ Community?». More talks from actors and actresses about blockchain await you in the coming weeks, so stay tuned and see you next week!

*This article was originally published August 14, 2021 on Cointelegraph..

Quotes have been edited and condensed. The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph and Cointribune.

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