Laura Kalbag

Web3: creating problems where we need solutions

A few weeks ago I gave a talk for Smashing Meets about Web3. Find the talk description below.

You can watch the video of ‘Web3: creating problems where we need solutions’ on Smashing Magazine’s Vimeo.

Web3 is one of Silicon Valley’s latest buzzwords, hoping to become a movement. Blockchains, cryptocurrencies, the metaverse, and NFTs may paint themselves as futuristic solutions to tech and society’s problems, but who really benefits from their use? We need to confront the harms of Web3. But first, we need to understand them. In this talk, Laura will explain the technologies behind Web3, why she believes they raise serious ethical questions, and how they are not the alternative to Big Tech we need.

I would also really recommend watching Trine Falbe’s talk from the same event on ‘Selling Ethical Decisions’. Trine truly gives the most pragmatic and practical advice on ethical design.