Photo of Jonathan Cross

Mission:

Apply my skills and energy in the creation of a more open, beautiful, just and humane world for all.

What can I offer?

Expertise in securing and explaining how to use Bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies. As a UX engineer, I contribute to dozens of open source privacy & security projects making them easier for people to use. I explore unconventional ideas via meditation, discussion, writing, photography, calligraphy and graphic arts.

What does this have to do with the Internet?

For the first time in history, we have the ability to see into the lives of others anywhere in the world and to share information and our beliefs without limits. For many, this is the first crack in an illusion that we are seperate, isolated beings and a step closer to the realization that we are all the equivalent of "cells" of a single living organism called Earth - both individual and part of a greater whole. Realizing our collective power and responsibility is the greatest opportunity and challenge humanity has ever faced.

How is Bitcoin related to this vision?

The Internet is an unfinished revolution: free access to information alone does not empower people to act. Companies like Facebook, Google and the other silicon valley giants have helped to make the Internet widely accessible, but, by placing themselves at the center of our interactions, they've come to limit the quality and range of online expression as well as making themselves tools of surveillance & government censorship.

The emerging Sharing Economy provides a glimpse into the future. Decentralized wealth & work enables a shift in power and allows us to build efficient, secure networks primarily benefiting participants rather than the gatekeepers. Blockchains allow permissionless, non-violent collaboration and coordination of human effort in new ways we are only barely beginning to understand. I believe this will help pave the way for a future in which jobs lost to automation can be replaced with meaningful, creative work — the work required to address climate change, social & economic inequality. I am adding my spark to this fire: creating a decentralized Internet of empowered individuals so that we might all give our gifts to the world while benefiting from the value we create together.

OpenPGP key: 9386 A2FB 2DA9 D0D3 1FAF  0818 C0C0 7613 2FFA 7695
Git contributions are signed with this subkey: D8578DF8EA7CCF1B

jac.pics Travel photos

An archive of photos and stories from 50+ countries throughout the world. The website utilizes my hand-crafted, Open Source image viewing software (named JCDSee) for thumbnail images and navigation.

URBANIZE.org Photographic exploration of street art

A site I built at the turn of the millennium as part of my undergraduate thesis and expression of my love of graffiti / urban art. Contains photo collages from pictures taken mainly in NYC and San Francisco.

Archived versions of this website


1996-1997

1997-1998

1999-2004