I gave the morning keynote at the ETC Summit in Vancouver. Thank you to Bob Summerwill and the entire Ethereum Classic community for the opportunity.

While I do talk about next gen "code" technology a lot, I am increasingly talking about innovation in licensing, principles, and ways of organizing people as crucial "technology".

In this case, we may have new tools like blockchain to use for incentives and trust, but they themselves are built on open source as a foundation.

I wrote about the Ethereum Governance Stack on my blog explaining these layers. This pretty much applies to the Ethereum Classic community as well, just with some different companies and people involved.

Probably my most controversial point of view is that higher level dapp developers should be involved in lower level blockchain infrastructure:

If you're treating the built-on-open-source-contributors global blockchain as something you just pay gas fees to, you don't fully understand the network of code AND people you are involved with.

Dries Buytaert's post on Balancing Makers and Takers is an excellent read about the nature of open source software systems that include commercial entities. It's a must read for an overview of the current state of things, as well as great links to many resources.

There is an excellent explanation of Public Goods and Common Goods that provided a real "ah ha!" moment for me about how different resources are shared or fought over when considering open source code / community.

Getting involved in the evolution of data ethics, licensing, and many other open source adjacent topics is non-optional for blockchain & web3 builders.

Video of my talk is available at the beginning of the ETC Summit Day Two Livestream, which you can view on YouTube »

You can view the full presentation on Notist »