Freedom of expression and association, personal privacy, and democratic participation are under threat by illiberal governments around the world. Dissidents and vulnerable populations have used open monetary technologies to skirt state oppression, finance activism, escape currency crisis, and bypass traditional financial rails to connect to the global economy.
As case studies increase, what lessons can we learn about these technologies? What is the potential for these technologies to foster financial inclusion, both within our own society and abroad? What are the implications to U.S. international aid and development programs and human rights activities? What are the risks and challenges that might arise?