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Who would be in control of the currency in a cashless society? - 01/30/2019

In many ways, recovery from the crisis has become possible due to prudent policies of central banks and states, which included instruments such as adjusting base interest rates and quantitative easing. However, the key role here was played by the very possibility of control over the system. In the face of chaos and uncertainty, private organizations and customers pin their hopes on the government. It is the complete control over the system that allows the latter to effectively manage the market when needed, and to contribute to the well-being of citizens and the economy as a whole, as well...

Why a cashless economy is simply the privatization of digital payments - 01/24/2019

The share of digital payments is steadily growing. Capgemini and BNP Paribas expect people around the world to make 726 billion transactions using digital payment technologies by 2020. "Non-cash payments have increased in volume due to the rise in adoption of digital payment services across all market segments," Christophe Vergne, cards and payment practice leader at Capgemini, told CNBC. Banknotes and coins are gradually flowing from wallets to bank accounts. At first glance, this seems to be an organic continuation of the digitalization of society. There’s no modern social service, be it...

What is the social utility of cash ? - 01/06/2019

Some say a man is only worth the sum of his possessions; should we produce bank statements, instead of identification, when stopped by the police? But what if the money in our pockets were more than just a financial instrument used to acquire goods? What if banknotes were the first societal link between all citizens? Read more

Petition: Vote Down the Cashless Welfare Card - 06/04/2018

"Dear Mr Shorten, I write to you in regard to the cashless welfare card. I wish to raise my concerns to the continuation of the card based on a report that has apparently grossly manipulated many facts to suit a political agenda. To highlight the point approximately 50% of trial participants said it made their life worse off, compared to 22% who said it had improved things." SIGN!

Petition: the National University of Singapore goes cashless - 06/04/2018

"On the 16th of April 2018, the National University of Singapore sent a campus wide email announcing a decision to "introduce a cashless campus in the new Academic Year 2018/19, where our retail and dining outlets, including canteens and food courts, will offer cashless transactions". With this announcement, NUS has plans to move toward such a campus in "phases". This petition serves to counteract this decision and ask for further clarifications and justifications for the push toward a "cashless campus". It also asks whether we really need to have a complete cashless campus, let alone a...

The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

The cashless society from an ethical point of view

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