Gaming, Social, Virtual Worlds

Decentralized Identity: Your Reputation Travels With You

Scott Kominers and Jad Esber

"On-chain reputation" means your contributions and achievements will be public and searchable — impacting hiring, financial services, and creator engagement.

‘Play-to-Earn’ Gaming and How Work is Evolving in Web3

Arianna Simpson, Gabby Dizon, Jeffrey Zirlin, and Zoran Basich

An emerging model of gaming that provides real money for players is part of broader trends including web3, the future of work, and new types of networks.

The Overlooked Levels of the Creator Economy

Dan Runcie

Are creator platforms enabling the 99 percent to chase their childhood dreams? Or are they helping the stars of the 0.1 percent expand their wealth?

The Future of Kidtech: A Web Browser for the Under-10 Set

Keith Schacht

Our narrow view of “kidtech”—games and shows, ad infinitum—is a missed opportunity. There’s room for an audio-visual browser that's purpose-built for kids.

What’s Next for Creator Platforms? Learning to Sell

Nathan Baschez

In the rush to build frictionless payment features, the actual pitch—"here's why you should pay and here's what you're getting"—is too often an afterthought.

16 Minutes: Steam Halts Web3 Games; FDA Approves Prostate Cancer AI

Jonathan Lai, Eddy Lazzarin, Vineeta Agarwala, Jay Rughani, Eliezer Van Allen, and Zoran Basich

We explore trends behind the news of a gaming giant barring blockchain-based games, and a new tool to help pathologists identify cancer from images.

The Music Industry Is Built on Artists, but Shuns Creators

Dave Edwards

If the music business can revise its draconian approach to copyright, modding, and UGC, it will empower tech startups to do for audio what TikTok did for video.

A Novel Framework for Reputation-Based Systems

Jad Esber and Scott Kominers

Web3 projects should be designed around two tokens—one for signaling reputation, the other for offering liquidity—which would represent people's contributions.

Inside Latin America’s Creator Economy: Rich in Influence, Poor in Cash

Julio Vasconcellos

Though LatAm leads the world in internet and digital media consumption, its creators still struggle to cash in on their influence. That presents an opportunity.

The Therapist Will See You Now. But Where?

Hannah Zeavin

As therapists and patients debate a return to the physical office, both must consider the newly discovered advantages of "distanced intimacy."