Building the Justice Layer of the Internet to preserve Human Rights


Cyberspace has no governing law, but cybercrime is costing trillions of dollars each year. Using the same tools that cybercriminals use, and more, we can reclaim cyberspace and do good and create markets of digital inclusion for peripheralized youth which will help eradicate poverty. Our current projects are in Zambia and Jordan (working with homeless youth are living in poverty) as a proof of concept.

Most of our projects involve music and developing world artists, which together have become know as PeaceTones. By incorporating new ways to access law and justice (on a layer of justice of global laws accessible online), access to global opportunities will be available fairly to anyone with a mobile device and internet access.

The PeaceTones story is about how we created a market of digital inclusion over many years beginning in 2008. It is about how we used contests, training, webinars, produced music, with and for developing world artists for more than a decade, to get to the point today where we now have a capstone project, “Data as Art and Truth” where we are building a platform technology using governing principles that create a fair trade marketplace for artists and their communities. The platform technology will use smart contracts and digital assets, and, can scale horizontally after the first proof of concept. This will be way the majority of people under the age of 35 experiences law for the majority of their lives.

For the proof of concept, just on the PeaceTones side, we are working with some young people from Brazil to create a live exhibit of music, art, video (live); and, in a nod to the way law will be practiced, we will create a nonfungible token, or NFT. The young people in Brazil and PeaceTones have a long history together. As a group, under the name, Ato Periferico, they performed for PeaceTones along with several of his group at the World Justice Forum II in 2009. They performed at the gala closing and people talk about that performance many years and forums later. The attendees in Vienna comprised leading human rights activists, judges, lawyers, NGOs, – a real Who’s Who in the Human Rights field. One of the members of the group, now married with children, Jonas, contacted me recently and he wants me to reach out to them again. Using technology as well as ‘old-school’ video and music and storytelling, Jonas wants to tell his last 10 years story to the folks at the WJF. What’s the bottom line? He wants them to work with us (PeaceTones) to make technology increase access to global markets, which are governed fairly in new communities like the one we are creating.

That leads to what IBO (the parent of PeaceTones) is doing; we are using the platform technology and outreach to human rights activists to become the first buyers and sellers in this new marketplace that we are building only in an online community supported by blockchain technology.

The first version of how IBO and PeaceTones works locally in Zambia to get people ready is at bee1world.org.

I encourage you to read your article – Building the Justice Layer of the Internet, from 2016. View PDF

In sum, since there is no law in cyberspace, we can build a layer of justice there, and, we can do so with smart contracts that are packaged as a platform technology and at the start, open-source.