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This article describes an Indian alternative to blockchain networks called 'digital public goods', an open source set of applications composed of "the India Stack, a collection that includes identity (Aadhaar), payments (UPI) and digital data sharing (e.g. digital lockers)." It's almost the opposite of corporate-driven data networks: "The development of digital public goods relies on funding from non-profits, governments, and private consortiums, raising questions about long-term sustainability. These goods need regular maintenance and updates, and some require backend support." It's something that governments elsewhere may want to look at to ensure access and security for everyone in a digital economy. Via O'Reilly.

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