Blockchain technology has revolutionized many sectors since its inception. We often talk about its impact in the traditional finance industry and the changes it brings to the field of art. But one subject remains little discussed: what impact can blockchain have on inclusiveness? How can this revolution be put at the service of the common good and the inclusion of different communities? This is what we will discuss in “Blockchain & inclusivity”. For this first series, we will focus on the link between new technologies and the LGBTQ+ community, through a series of interviews with big names in the blockchain universe. Today we will be looking at the opinions of Eloisa Marchesoni, Giacomo Arcaro and Jarrell James. Let's go !

How will blockchain and crypto improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people?

Eloisa Marchesoni, ICO, IEO and STO advisor:

Eloisa is also the co-founder of Blackchain, a management consulting firm focused on the blockchain industry.

“Online surveillance and censorship has cast a shadow over this marginalized community.

Tokyo-based Famiee Project began issuing blockchain-based partnership certificates for same-sex couples in early 2021. To apply for the certificate, couples need to download an application, verify their personal data and sign A declaration. The use of the blockchain means that the data is not modified and the system operates without any central owner, keeping the data accessible to the family and its next generations. Whether it's spousal benefits from the employer, including parental leave and life insurance, or getting permission from landlords to live under the same roof,

Projects for the LGBT token go far beyond simply creating a cryptocurrency, with goals such as:

  • Using the LGBT token to buy plane tickets from gay users in danger so they can escape.
  • Directly fund LGBTQ+ organizations without funds being blocked by anti-LGBTQ+ governments.
  • Enabling access to reliable and affordable HIV testing without having to travel to a hard-to-reach health facility and risk being forced out of the closet
  • Buy event tickets through an app, access events with a QR code, while protecting identities.

Finding a way to transfer money that doesn't require approval from a government that can outlaw being LGBTQ+ is crucial today. »

Giacomo Arcaro, European growth hacker :

Giacomo is also the CMO of Blackchain, a management consulting firm focused on the blockchain industry.

“One of the blockchain use cases that has yet to gain mass adoption is data privacy. If you browse on Google Chrome, it observes you and collects your data. At any time, an oppressive government can order Google to hand over your data to find out what you have viewed. Browsers such as Brave let you store your data on a blockchain, and because you own your private keys, no third parties can step in and peek.

Blockchains are decentralized and encrypted, so your data is 100% protected as long as you own the private keys and keep them safe so that no oppressive government can access them. This data privacy aspect of the blockchain is undoubtedly going to be exploited more and more as centralized entities gain more and more power.

The obvious protections allow members of the LGBTQ+ community to no longer fear search engines, since they can browse freely without entities interfering. Data protections also allow them to purchase items as they please without the risk of being intercepted, giving the LGBTQ+ community economic power while strengthening their privacy. »

Jarrell James from cLabs:

Giacomo is also the CMO of Blackchain, a management consulting firm focused on the blockchain industry.

Jarrell is part of the Developer Relations team at cLabs and is a member of Alliance for Prosperity. He is also part of the community working on Celo – an open, decentralized platform designed to support stablecoins and tokenized assets.

“There are a number of emerging technologies that have the potential to improve the lives of people in the LGBTQ+ community, and in general, anyone disenfranchised. When first created, Facebook Groups enabled millions of queer people around the world to organize and create space, and then to fight for legislation that reflected their reality. In a similar vein, the use of Peer-to-Peer mobile transactions holds great promise for helping queer people looking to fund a transition while remaining anonymous or raise funds to leave an oppressive situation, whatever it may be. .

In addition, projects like Mirror not only allow people to be heard, but also to be compensated securely and in real time. And that, simply by being themselves and sharing their experiences with the world through writing. Many of the decentralized communities that build tech ecosystems, like Ethereum and Celo, are uniquely inclusive and designed to make these voices heard from all corners of the world. »

We have come to the end of this third part of our series of articles “Blockchain & inclusivity: Can new technologies help the LGBTQ+ community?” ". More talks from blockchain actors and actresses await you in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out and see you next week!

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