At Istanbul Blockchain Week, which took place on November 14-17, 2022, our CEO Leyla Arsan, Board Member of ISTBCW, moderated a panel titled “CryptoFeminist Manifesto and Women’s Role in Technology” and talked with ISTBCW Board Member Çağla Gül Şenkardeş.
In the session organized by the ISTBCW Association, Arsan started her speech by mentioning the importance of the Web3 world and blockchain, continued by saying: “We are in a Web3 world. Crypto was even a prominent topic at Davos this year. Blockchain and crypto use-cases are becoming more important here. In fact, crypto and blockchain initiatives offer sustainable, accessible and inclusive protocols that will have a more positive impact on the world. Especially in terms of how they can be used to become more decentralized and make many different industries more efficient and transparent.”
She underlined the positive impact of decentralization and started a conversation with Çağla Gül Şenkardeş. Besides her eye-opening questions to Şenkardeş she drew attention to the innovations: “This is about what is created, how the innovations serve and thus benefit the whole society and diversity. Diversity is becoming increasingly important. The rules are changing and reforming. At this stage, there is a need for diversity, for women who think and develop more by uplifting women.”
She continued her speech underlining inclusiveness and the importance of creating digital identities. Explaining the GLASS Project, of which TAGES is the innovation partner Arsan went on to say: “Speaking of inclusiveness, I would like to talk about an R&D project that includes the concepts of web3 and decentralization, which will be supported with more impact in the future. GLASS is a novel e-governance model that focuses on creating self sovereign digital identity wallets for cross border citizen services. In this model, the individual has sole control over their own data and the most important feature of the project is inclusivity. GLASS is a project that aims to reach all segments of societies with our work for disadvantaged groups such as the disabled, the elderly, people with limited digital skills and especially women with low digital abilities.”
Speaking about the new forms of delivering public goods and inclusive public services, Arsan continued her speech as follows: “We are conducting R&D with universities, research institutions, SMEs, IT companies, government agencies and municipalities from 8 countries to create a blockchain-based decentralized infrastructure. As the innovation partner of the project, we are working on business models which will run on this infrastructure.”
To get more information about the GLASS Project, you can visit: www.glass-h2020.eu/