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Northeastern graduate and crypto critic Molly White discusses blockchains and digital ethics

03/28/23 -Boston, MA - Northeastern alumni Molly White gives a lecture on Blockchains and digital ethics in the Cabral Center on the Boston campus on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

This article was originally posted on Northeastern Global News. Read the full piece here.

Molly White, a well-known critic of the blockchain industry, threw out the question to a room full of computer science students at the Cabral Center on Northeastern’s Boston campus.

“Does anyone here think they’re going into the blockchain industry?” White, a 2016 Northeastern graduate, asked Tuesday afternoon.

Nobody raised their hand.

In a sense, it is a testament to White’s criticism of how the billion-dollar industry operates. As a result, students are now questioning whether it is a field worth going into after graduation.

“It’s really interesting to see how that’s changed over the past year,” White said.

The Washington Post profiled White as “the cryptocurrency world’s biggest critic.” In addition, she was named on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2023 for her work criticizing the crypto craze, which helped shape the U.S. government’s approach to fintech policy. 

On her website, Web3 is Going Just Great, White investigates and exposes scams and questionable practices in the opaque and unregulated industry.

White is now a fellow at the Library Innovation Lab in Cambridge, where she is continuing her research and work surrounding the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries along with online governance, digital identity, and the future of the web. 

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