Chris Jones: The Local Power of Blockchain (Ep. 188)
How can local leaders and officials use blockchain to improve their communities? Dragonchain Chief Marketing Officer Chris Jones sheds light on how blockchain could be a resource beyond bitcoin.
Chris Jones (@cjones2002) is the Chief Marketing Officer of Dragonchain and Co-founder of the Blockchain Seattle Conference. Chris (Jonesy) Jones brings to Dragonchain over 20 years of marketing experience and has previously held key executive roles with Adidas America, Mattel, and Boost Mobile. Chris is a long-time entrepreneur and an expert in translating complex, technical features and functionalities into easy to understand concepts. Chris is a true evangelist for blockchain, people, and projects; making him indispensable to Dragonchain.
Amazon considering purchasing Boost from T-Mobile
Reuters reports that Amazon is considering purchasing Boost from T-Mobile. The report comes as the Department of Justice has called for Sprint and T-Mobile to spin off some property to ensure their proposed merger maintains at least 4 mobile competitors.
U.S. to require social media profiles from visa applicants
The New York Times reports that visa applicants planning to enter the U.S. will need provide their social media profiles from the last 5 years. They implemented the policy on Friday. The crackdown comes amidst a staggering anti-immigration posture that largely targets Muslims and people of color, China, and Mexico.
Markets rattled as antitrust investigations of tech loom
Tech shares tumbled Monday following reports that the DOJ, FTC and Congress will begin investigations against Google parent Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. The New York Times reported that the DOJ has an investigation of Alphabet and Apple teed up. And the Federal Trade Commission will investigate Amazon and Facebook, according to sources. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler also announced his committee will conduct its own investigation. The Nasdaq was down 1.6% and tech stocks in indexes around the world rode the rollercoaster in Monday’s trading.
FCC broadband report ridiculed by policy experts
The FCC released its broadband report last week, concluding that carriers are building high speed internet service in a reasonable and timely fashion. This is even though some 23 million Americans lack access to broadband. FCC Commissioner Starks said the report’s findings are “fundamentally at odds with reality”. For example, in DC, some 9,000 people lack access to high speed internet service defined as 25mbps download speed. DC concentrates most of those lacking broadband internet in Wards 5, 7, and 8.
Airbnb host in NYC calls black guests ‘monkeys’ and calls the police
An New York City Airbnb host—an Asian woman—called her black guests monkeys and criminals and then called the police. The guests ended up leaving and staying in a hotel. You can find the link to the Instagram video in the show notes.
Tues., June 4th
Committee on Oversight & Reform
House Energy & Commerce Committee
House Committee on Small Business
Wed., June 5th
Senate Commerce Committee
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National Press Club
Thurs., June 6th
Federal Communications Commission
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