As a former distributed computing fanatic (distributed.net & SETI) and Bitcoin miner, all-around cryptocurrency HODLer and Information Security professional, Joe’s first public policy theories on cryptocurrency and blockchain were developed in the fall of 2014. Since then, he has written, presented, and spoken extensively on cryptocurrency, blockchain, socio-economic value, and the social life of money. His goal is to establish frameworks to better understand these new technologies amid the chaos of their disruptive introduction.
His dissertation title is: Why We Use a New Currency: The Role of Trust and Control in Explaining the Perception and Usage of Bitcoin with the results of concluded with his final defense in May, 2020. His interests focus on policy implications for use cases of cryptocurrencies and blockchains to further digital identity, security, privacy, and decentralized governance to further liberal democratic principles.
He has developed theories and explorative narratives that focus on policy and sociologic treatments of currency and blockchain systems based on his original matrix of trust and control defining socio-economic value and exchange (currency systems).