Blockchain and crypto were front and center at last week’s TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018.

One theme that featured in panel discussions was blockchain for government—not only what governments can do for blockchain, but also what blockchain can do for cities and public services. Such discussion soon give rise to contemplation on the importance of citizens’ views on privacy. 

Contrary to the more typical technology vs. authority narrative, blockchain experts at TechCrunch Shenzhen spoke positively about how the two can work together.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.

Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.