An Interview With the Anonymous Developer of HKmap.live – Ep.99

This episode features an email interview with Kuma, the pseudonymous administrator of HKmap.live, a site showing a real-time crowd-sourced map of protests in Hong Kong, which Kuma believes is the first Hong Kong protest organization to accept cryptocurrency. Although I read his answers, Kuma talks about the controversy around the rejection of the app from the Apple App Store, why HKmap.live started accepting cryptocurrencies, why they chose those particular cryptocurrencies, and what the site does with the funds. We also discuss decentralization and how the Hong Kong protesters use this as a guiding philosophy, what practices he follows in terms of communication and finances to be able to keep protesting, and what improvements he thinks crypto businesses and entrepreneurs need to make.

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Episode links: 

HKmap.live: https://hkmap.live/ 

HKmap.live on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hkmaplive

Where HKmap accepts cryptocurrency donations: https://hkmap.live/crypto.html

Quartz article: https://qz.com/1700205/real-time-maps-warn-hong-kong-protesters-of-poliec/

Article about university clashes: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/11/12/hong-kong-police-protesters-battle-night-cuhk-campus-university-head-among-tear-gassed/

HKmap.live tweet storm I referenced in the show: https://twitter.com/hkmaplive/status/1182154372563836928

Apple App Store kerfuffle: https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-pulls-hong-kong-cop-tracking-map-app-after-china-uproar-11570681464

https://www.ft.com/content/47ceb216-ea55-11e9-a240-3b065ef5fc55

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-factbox/factbox-global-firms-take-action-after-china-criticism-over-hong-kong-protests-idUSKBN1WP2EW

China’s revenue by geographical region, according to Statista: https://www.statista.com/statistics/382175/quarterly-revenue-of-apple-by-geograhical-region/

News recap:

https://unchainedpodcast.com/centralized-decentralized-centralized-decentralized/

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