Blockchain & Inclusiveness: Can New Technologies Help the LGBTQ+ Community?

Blockchain technology has revolutionized many sectors since its inception. We often talk about its impact on the traditional financial sector and the changes it is bringing to the arts. But one topic remains little-discussed: what impact can blockchain have on inclusivity? How can this revolution be put at the service of the common good and the integration of different communities? We will discuss this in “Blockchain & Inclusiveness”. To start, we’re going to look at the link between new 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 Christof Wittig. Let’s go !

Introduction

We live in a world where same-sex relationships 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 in protectingaccess to healthcare and financial services† be myself I am concerned about the many positive changes that decentralized technologies can bring to us as a community.

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

Even in developed countries, such as the United States, LGBTQ+ people face financial difficulties because of their sexual or gender identity. Cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance can improving financial accessibility and inclusion, especially for minorities. Blockchain technology makes it possible to distribute funding transparently. All of this can benefit the LGBTQ+ community.

Emerging technologies are becoming more democratic and are no longer just an innovative niche industry, but our everyday lives. To find out what representatives of the crypto and blockchain industry think about the impact of these technologies on the LGBTQ+ community, Cointelegraph reached out to some of them to share their thoughts on the following questions: Can emerging 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 Partnershipsand entertainment at Rally, an open network that allows creators to launch independent economies powered by the Ethereum blockchain.

Support the community withsocial tokens

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

Create a safe space with DAOs

The rise of DAOs ( decentralized autonomous organization) also holds great promise for emerging digital communities. They can be highly specialized and cover topics that allow people to come together around a goal and create opportunities in a fair and community spirit† DAOs have the potential to provide members with a safe space to communicate, participate in the governance of a project, and find ways to support both DAO members and the LGBTQ+ community around the world. At the same time, the emergence of NFTs and their ongoing royalties offers community talent that was previously unavailable have difficulty getting equal opportunities for their creative work a way to be paid and recognized for their creations.

Christof Wittig van Hornet:

Christof is the founder and CEO of Hornet, a “queer social network” with more than 30 million users worldwide.

The negative points

Emerging technologies play a huge role for the LGBTQ+ community, whether we like it or not.

On the negative side, 64% of adults living in the United States who belong to the LGBTQ+ community reported having experienced online discrimination and harassment on one of the five major heteronormative social networks (namely, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok). to GLAAD’s recently released Social Media Safety Index. It is about highest percentage of positive reactions among all minoritiesin the United States, and is higher than the 40% noted in a similar survey conducted by Hornet and Kantar in 2018. We see, day after day, how technology magnifies all areas of our lives, including all negative aspects, of LGBTQ+ discrimination in the United States to actions taken by the 71 countries that continue to criminalize membership in the LGBTQ+ community today.

The positives

On the positive side, we can use the power of new technologies to make them a good force. Hornet’s social network is a safe place for members of the LGBTQ+ community. It promotes authentic social connections, even if members are quarantined due to the pandemic, do not have access to support from a physical LGBTQ+ community, or for other reasons cannot easily connect with others in this community to inherit the love and connection. find in offline dating.

New technologies at the service of anonymity

Hornet is already heavily using AI to identify suspicious patternscatfish , spammers and abusers. We also try to develop conceptsProof of Worklike the “Hornet Badge” for check identities† We cannot rely on government issued IDs. These can be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands (including hacking, court order, negligence, or abuse by companies that don’t put the well-being of our community at the heart of their operations).

In the long run, I believe that blockchain, a decentralized technology, is a perfect fit for a decentralized community like ours. In the same way that a nation state uses identifiers, currency and budget, blockchain gives us the tools to guarantee identity (pseudonymity), storage and transfer of values, as well as some form of financing or tax to deploy resources at the service of projects of common interest † That’s why we launched the LGBT Foundation and we look forward to working with concerned members of the crypto and LGBTQ+ communities to develop the underlying infrastructure.

Conclusion

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

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

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

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