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Ethereum’s Final ‘Merge’ Test Succeeds. Here’s What it Means for Regulation

Ethereum is one step closer to its hyped 'proof of stake' model. On Wednesday night, the final Ethereum testnet, Goerli (named after a train station in Berlin), completed a successful transition from a proof-of-work to...

Government Cryptos and Smartphone IDs: How Ukraine Engineered the New Digital State to Survive

Ukraine may be repelling a ground invasion reminiscent of Otto Von Bismarck’s old Europe — but Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government is rapidly embracing emerging technology to streamline military and administrative operations.     In July, Ukraine’s Ministry of...

BlackRock Partners With Coinbase to Further Institutional Crypto Adoption

Financial juggernaut BlackRock is partnering with Coinbase to further crypto adoption among its institutional clientele. The partnership will integrate Coinbase's Pro exchange into BlackRock's Aladdin investment management system, allowing institutions to buy Bitcoin alongside stocks...

Jean Baudrillard’s ‘Simulations’ Haunts the Wachowskis’ ‘Matrix Resurrections’

Staring at Neo in an office building overlooking a simulation of downtown San Francisco, Agent Smith gets meta. "I know you said the story is over for you, but that's the thing about stories, they...
Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama Predicts Vladimir Putin Will Fall After Ukraine Overpowers Russia

Francis Fukuyama has a bold prediction for world order: Ukraine will overpower Russia, resulting in the fall of Vladimir Putin. "Russia is heading for an outright defeat in Ukraine," the historian wrote in an article...
Ukrainians are bracing for Russia's nuclear weapons

Will Putin Deploy Nuclear Weapons? Ukrainians Brace for Chernobyl 2.0 

KYIV, Ukraine – General Serhiy Kryvonos stands guard at Kyiv Sikorsky International Airport, moving between glass windows shattered by rockets and his men wedged behind a mounting pile of sandbags. “We’re ready for anything,” Kryvonos,...

Separatists, Chemical Plants, and Shelled Buildings: What Donbas Reveals About Putin’s Ukraine Playbook

While Russia's entrenched combat is new to Americans, it is business as usual for Ukrainians in Donbas. “We are ready to fight. And this is our message to the world: We are ready to fight...

Coinbase Partners With World Economic Forum

Coinbase is joining the liberal international order via a partnership with the World Economic Forum. According to the WEF's website, the cryptocurrency exchange is listed as a partner with the organization, alongside the Bank of...

Is the Joe Rogan Controversy a Corporate Espionage Campaign Against Spotify?

Thesis: Mass mobilization through social media first targeted political institutions. Mass mobilization through social media is now aimed at financial markets, with operatives inciting pressure campaigns at critical moments for corporations. Case Study: The media...

What Will the Metaverse Mean for Political Movements?

Meta’s first Metaverse experience is here. Facebook this month announced that Horizon Worlds, a VR world of avatars, is opening to the public. U.S. and Canadian citizens over eighteen will soon be able to dawn...