Zoom’s CIO Sees a Rise in the Decentralized Workforce

In this video, Moseley also discusses the recent Zoom security breach that exposed some users to potential hacks. His goal? To never let it happen again.

Zoom might not be a decentralized app but as the go-to video conferencing tool for crypto project communications, it is seen by many as an important enabler of the industry’s various decentralized communities. Harry Moseley, a technologist with an eclectic career who is now Zoom’s chief information officer, sat down with CoinDesk’s Michael Casey to talk about the product and the future of the decentralized workplace.

His first point is that talent isn’t evenly distributed. The only way to hire, he says, is to hire remotely.

“We have more jobs than we have people. It’s hard to attract talent where you operate. It’s really hard, and has been hard for years”, he said. “How do you collaborate? How do you connect people in a geographically distributed workforce?”

“That’s where Zoom plays a significant role because, as we all know, it’s not just the words, it’s the tone. Most importantly, it’s body language. If we all had our preferences, we’d rather meet together in a room. But that’s not possible.”

Further, he believes there are trade-offs involving security, regulation and privacy. Each has to be taken into consideration.

“You have to be careful about the balance between security versus privacy versus regulation”, Moseley said. “If you have regulation it often goes too far to the right and then the big tech companies will be blocked from innovating”, he said. “And then there’s also the perspective that you can put great technology in place from a security perspective. But then you have to change behaviors. You’ve got the millennials, you’ve got more senior people. Their experiences change in their security profile.”

YouTube, Tron and the Dream of Decentralization

The past few weeks have seen multiple instances of large, centralized tech giants censoring crypto-related content and activity. Noticed in the context of the Coinbase Wallet, Apple is pushing back against anything having to do with decentralized applications (dapps).

YouTube caused even more of a stir when it took down hundreds of crypto-related videos from prominent influencers without any warning. It later reversed the action, claiming an error, but it was enough to get many to ask: Are decentralized alternatives possible?

As if on cue, Justin Sun popped up to announce that Tron had struck a deal through which decentralized Twitch competitor and streaming service DLive would be moving to the Tron Blockchain and integrating with BitTorrent’s BLive streaming service. For many, however, Tron’s involvement makes DLive more likely to end up a centralized tool than a disruptive decentralized social network alternative.

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