Fighting to balance identity and anonymity on the web(3) (Ep. 507)
Phillip Shoemaker thinks we’re at a critical turning point for the web, with identity and privacy being core, foundational priorities. Imagine an internet where it’s easy to provide just the data you want or need to exchange. Envision being able to protect your anonymity, no questions asked.
Shoemaker isn’t exactly new to the topic of turning points for the web. He grew up in Cupertino, around the corner from Apple headquarters. His dad was an engineer at IBM. He eventually ended up working for Apple in 2009 where he helped the company navigate one of the biggest turning points in internet history — the launch of the App Store
In today’s podcast episode, we reflect on Shoemaker’s career experiences and discuss why he’s now focused on decentralized networks of trust.
Shoemaker spent his childhood in Silicon Valley and learned Assembly when he was just 16 years old.
In his early 20s, he applied to work at Apple and was continually rejected. So he went to work for seven startups instead.
Finally, in 2009, Shoemaker ended up at Apple overseeing the review process for the App Store.
After seven years at Apple, Phillip became interested in cryptocurrency after discovering his personal information on the dark web.
His interest grew in the topic of self sovereign identities, which led him to become CEO and co-founder of Identity.com.
Phillip and Ben reflect on the utility of Web3 in gaming.
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Could we please cool it with the web3 hype? I like the podcast, but lately there’s been an extreme hyperfocus on crypto, while other interesting developments, especially on the web platform, have been largely ignored. I’m not interested in listening to yet another podcast where white dudes talk about blockchain tech, and that seems to be the direction that the SO pod is moving.
I think future episodes could benefit from some diversity—of both presenters and topics.
What a weird comment. What does their skin colour have to do with anything? How can you even tell what their skin colour is? It’s an audio-only program; unless you’re stereotyping.
As for blockchain, I think you are hyperbolising: I don’t feel there are too many episodes on it, especially considering that it’s a trending technology now. Whatever is trending will be interesting to listeners.
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