What’s this all about?

I’ve worked 10 years and counting in federal and local governments as a city planner and regulator protecting natural resources. I love working in government, and I’m always thinking about how new technologies can make cities and governments work better.

In 2021 and 2022 I spent a lot of time learning about cryptocurrency. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to convince you to invest in anything. But cryptocurrency’s underlying technology, the blockchain, seemed (and still seems!) potentially transformative. So I did my best to learn about it, focusing on how the technology could improve government.

For me, the best way to learn is to write, and the nine articles in Crypto Cities are my explorations in how we could apply blockchain, crypto, and other digital technologies to our cities and government processes so that we can have more trustworthy, more efficient, more participatory form of government. And a better place to live.

If you have ideas about how new technology could improve cities and governance, I’d love to hear them. You can find me on twitter, on the CityDAO Discord @Nick123 or at nicholas.bonard.eth. All views are my own.

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