Many projects are dedicated to identifying the threats to human existence but very few offer paths for what to aim for instead. In light of humanity’s countless challenges, pessimism, negativity, and fatalism about the future are likely traps. Instead of lowering our expectations to fit reality, we need to keep in mind that nothing is stopping us from changing reality to meet our hopes and dreams. Here we want to explore what it means to act from a place of existential hope about the future, rather than a place of existential angst.




  • The Transparent Society - David Brin. On “reciprocal transparency” in the face of surveillance that seems unavoidable given the future costs of sensors and economic and political incentives. Also as recording: Defend Against Physical allisonThreats | David Brin - Foresight Institute. 
  • Nanarchy - Mark S. Miller. On surveillance and defenses against it.
  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism - Shoshana Zubock. On the rise of tech giants’ surveillance power that enable extreme concentrations of knowledge and are free from democratic oversight.
  • Rekt - DeFi investigative journalism, mostly exposing hacks.
  • DarkNet Diaries - Podcast about hacktivism, exploits, and cybercrime.






  • Neuromancer - William Gibson. Early defining cyberpunk, not always positive.
  • Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson. Introducing the concept of the metaverse.
  • Islands In The Net - Bruce Sterling. On the decreasing relevance of nation states to individual human lives and geopolitics.
  • True Names - Vernor Vinge.  Early sci-fi story on cyberspace, shaping the cyberpunk genre.

Staying Up to Date: Conferences, News, Podcasts

  • Financial Cryptography Conference with Bitcoin Workshop Track - A major international forum for research, advanced development, education, exploration, and debate regarding information assurance, with a specific focus on commercial contexts.
  • Ethereum Conferences - Events to meet people in the global Ethereum community, learn about employment opportunities, and develop new skills.
  • DWeb Conference. Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web conference.
  • DefCon - Hacker and security conference.

Gearing into Action: Projects and Organizations

  • Satoshi Nakamoto Institute - has early Email lists, protocols, background resources on Bitcoin.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation -  An international non-profit digital rights group.
  • Internet Archive - A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • Center for Long-term Cybersecurity - Is developing and shaping cybersecurity research and practice based on a long-term vision of the internet and its future.
  • OpenMined - We are on a mission to help each member of society to answer their most important questions by empowering them to learn from data owned and governed by others.
  • Ethereum Foundation - Dedicated to supporting the Ethereum blockchain and related technologies.
  • Protocol Labs - We build protocols, tools, and services to radically improve the internet. 
  • Gitcoin - A platform where you get paid to work on open source software.
  • RMIT - A blockchain innovation hub.
  • SeL4 Foundation - Sel4-focused computer security foundation. 
  • Plurality Research Network - Convenes researchers from computer science, political ethics, sociology, and government, who are experimenting with plural technologies.