Today in Women of Blockchain, we explore Blockchain and ethics. 2 pivotal factors coming together as a measure of social impact by Founder Juliet Annerino’s and her new project Reputationcheck.io.
Tell me about your background, and how the idea of reputationcheck.io originate?
My background is creative as a writer, composer, director and producer in entertainment. I began creating/editing content for blockchain projects – articles, social media and mostly now white papers – over a year ago.
A friend and I were discussing one of the many Hollywood sexual harassment scandals – I think it was the sudden outpouring of victims coming forward against Harvey Weinstein for his over 20 years of harassment and rape. We talked about how horrifying it was, not only that a trusted individual in a position of power would abuse his power toward so many, but that he could get away with this for so long. The reason of course, was simply that these victims of abuse were too afraid to come forward. And for good reason. Most felt they might not be believed, that they would be dismissed, blackballed or even be in physical danger if they spoke out publicly against this powerful man.
Unfortunately, my friend and I agreed that this “code of silence“ due to justified fear, was exactly what had enabled the continuation of such bad behavior by sexual predators like Weinstein, Larry Nasser and Bill Cosby, whose drugging, raping and sexual assault had been committed for over a period of 50 years. We talked about finding a solution to move beyond this “avalanche effect“ of victims who had sustained terrible transgressions for years and sometimes decades, bound by a code of silence that in turn left more innocents vulnerable to the same dangers.
At that point, I had a moment of clarity: I saw a possible solution facilitated by the protection of identity through zero knowledge proofs cryptography, most often in privacy-based cryptocurrency coins such as Zcash. This was the inspiration for ReputationCheck; that the innocent need not suffer in order for the powerful to be brought to justice.
How do you see other women relate to what you are doing as a writer and as a CEO and founder of a blockchain company?
My experience with other women for my work as a content writer and editor in the blockchain space has been very supportive as a matter fact. And the reactions from women toward my project reputationcheck.io has been especially encouraging. So many women have expressed their gratitude and enthusiasm for the platform.
What have been some of the challenges so far? And what has been some of the key learnings?
Challenges so far have included connecting to influencers and female human resource leaders in order to share what we are doing with ReputationCheck, among a more broad, mainstream audience. And connected to this is the challenge of explaining how identities may be kept anonymous through cryptography and without the necessity for third-party human intervention in the process.
Another challenge I face now is finding the right CTO to work with. I’m looking for someone who is connected not only to what we are striving to attain on a technological level, but to what we are striving to attain on a social level For all individuals.
What is important to you for others to know about this type of technology for social impact?
I think it’s important for people to look to technology, especially newer and more progressive platforms such as blockchain technology to help solve modern problems. So much more is possible today thanks to new ways of thinking about old problems.
How do you see industries like entertainment and platforms like reputationcheck working together in the future?
I see the entertainment industry evolving to become a safer, more welcoming and respected industry throughout, as those in the industry embrace technology as offered by ReputationCheck which not only protect individuals but the organizations, unions and institutions themselves. For instance, the Weinstein film production house was also consequently destroyed by the bad actions of Harvey Weinstein. Theoretically if a platform like ReputationCheck Had been in place 20 years ago, this kind of degenerative progression of sexual harassment and assault might have been halted at its earliest signs, such as an inappropriate comment, reported through the system.
What advise or words of wisdom do you have for other women pursuing leadership roles in blockchain tech?
As far is advice to other women seeking leadership roles in the blockchain space, I would offer this:
If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to find out the answer. Reach out to others, whether that means messaging someone on Telegram, LinkedIn or approaching someone at a conference. There is nothing like self education in my opinion as well. We now have so much knowledge and experience from others to learn from available for little to no charge online. When I began in the space I spent between three and Six hours every day reading every article and watching every video I could on blockchain technology. I approached it almost as someone might learn a foreign language by immersion technique living in another country. Thankfully, I have found the blockchain community – especially the women – to be very welcoming and helpful!
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