​It could be said that great shifts require greater upheavals to propagate. And it is true chaos precedes change and that change is a double edge sword with every solution giving birth to a new problem. You discover fire which gives you warmth and with it comes the smelting of weapons. You discover a cheaper more efficient method to power cities  and you spark an arms race just like ironically you give people rights and they give them away.

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Benjamin Franklin

If  there was one word you could pick to describe the year of 2020 it would  be “Fear” and it seems from the moment the clock struct 12 ushering in  the new year that the world has been gripped in a state of panic and for  the first time in a long time that fear has reached the first world.

Fires,  floods, locusts and now an epidemic emerging across the world dubbed Covid-19 Aka Coronavirus which slithered out of a Chinese wet market in  Wuhan and quickly spread across the globe.

Disrupting  supply chains and bringing China to a near standstill and with it global trade and manufacture which over the last few decades has become increasingly centralized to the Chinese mainland and surrounding regions  triggering the mother of all supply line disruptions we are now  seeing.And ironically in the process highlighting the importance of decentralization and the positive roll it can play in the world.

Labeled  “Public enemy #1” by WHO officials we are now only a few months in and with statements from health officials like Johns Hopkins senior Dr. Amesh Adalja.

It’s going to become a part of our seasonal respiratory virus family that causes disease
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I think we can expect to see some big changes occurring in the coming  months and as The world holds it’s breath to see what will happen next  as politicians and health officials alike call for calm we can do  nothing but hope for the best and keep ourselves as healthy physically and mentally as we possibly can.

But  even more alarming then the disease it’s self is the writing on the  wall that is beginning to emerge. The unique abilities of the virus to  be highly contagious whilst asymptomatic as well as it’s ability to  survive outside of a host for up to 9 days has given rise to a  heightened probability of rapid spreading and already we are seeing  drastic measures taken to prevent this.

The first thing that caught my eye was a video clip of Chinese bank clerks spraying bundles of cash with what seemed to be disinfectant.

This was only shortly after we learnt that the virus could survive  outside of a host for days and it wasn’t long after the above video  began circulating that articles began to pop up with headlines reading.

As  reported by CNN, the country intends to ‘’deep clean’’ infected cash,  which could indeed be a valid career of the virus. Additionally, most of  the infected cash will be destroyed.

The People’s Bank of China announced the measure on Saturday, with the aim to contain the virus.
MSN.com

Now even the WHO itself has expressed similar views on the way banknotes  could be spreading Covid-19 adding even more writing on the wall for  the coming “cashless age” that has been such a Buzzword the last few years.

Dirty banknotes may be spreading the coronavirus, The World Health Organization suggests
Telegraph.co.uk

In Singapore AI powered body scanning at airports is being rolled out to  support the “Fight” to stop the spread of the deadly virus developed by  its healthtech agency IHiS and a local startup called Kronikare it was certified as a Class A medical device by the Health Sciences Authority in early February.

The  device has seen interest from others including shopping centres and  banks.“There’s a bank which’s studying this product as well,” IHiS’s CEO  said.
govinsider.asia

While on the other side of the world in South Carolina. Other uses for  similar technologies are being explored and trialed. In this case the fear of mass shootings prompted two schools in the region to swap metal detectors for AI powered body scanners in a bid to curb violent and deadly incidents.

“That’s  the thing about this new system, is they monitor everything,” Kitchens  added. “They definitely have a lot of other different technology devices  implemented to make it feel like they’re watching us." said WFHS student body president Ella Kitchens
Vice.com

All  these advancements in the security and medical sectors can be viewed as exciting and perhaps is even a sigh of relief for many throughout the world. But does the danger of overreach and out right abuse of such  powerful surveillance tools outweigh their positive attributes?

Recently  circulating the inter-webs were headlines of Amazon removing products that even mentioned coronavirus. This rumor was later confirmed when it  recently blocked or removed more than 1 million products for suspect or  misleading claims about COVID19 and it’s treatment and prevention.

Highlighting the importance that Private Blockchain E-commerce solutions like Particl and Openbazaar can play in the future by offering us uncensorable decentralized platforms for buyers and sellers to trade undisturbed.

Earlier this week a group of bipartisan lawmakers proposed a new bill. dubbed the Shop Safe Act, which would hold e-commerce platforms accountable for counterfeit goods sold on their sites and all this around the same time Facebook was seen banning ads on its platform that guarantee a cure, create a sense of urgency or otherwise attempt to cash-in on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Consumer  lives are at risk because of dangerous counterfeit products that are  flooding the online marketplace,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said in a statement.    abcnews.go.com

It is certainly clear that Companies, governments, industries and institutions across the board are not letting this crisis and soon to be declared “Pandemic” go to waste. And it is clear that from this crisis new laws will be passed and yet more of our rights and freedoms removed. More surveillance and more data collection and once again less privacy for the everyday citizen.

Motto of the Globalists

Nobody knows what the future holds but I do know one thing and that is with Cashless societies emerging and wide spread AI surveillance on the horizon. privacy focused blockchain based networks are going to play an important roll in holding back the inevitable fact our world and the technologies that keep us in touch, keep us connected and now keep us  safe are taking a dangerous swerve towards a true 1984 style dystopia.

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a  revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.    
George Orwell

by Dadon