I think it’s the right approach to prove that the system actually works. If it works and is accepted in Somalia, then from a technical point of view it will work everywhere (I don’t say that in a prejudiced way, when I visited Somalia in 2007, it was said that Somalia had one of the best mobile phone networks in Africa… If it is used and accepted in Somalia, then the system is good). If it can be scaled to a significant part of the global population and work well, then that is a proof that from an organisational point of view it works. This is important to gain credibility. There are a number of issues linked to only betting on this horse though: the key ones I see are that the intent to take on the status quo is clear (and made public) and that the time, effort and energy it will take to roll this out will be important. The banksters know the intention, and have the time to analyse and prepare their counter-attack, which, if the Cardano team is up to their ears in rolling out and solving operational issues in Africa/ Asia/ Latin America, will be difficult to meet. Getting 3 billion persons as back-up is not going to do it when Cardano would be attacked.
I understand Charles point that he doesn’t want to make himself too obvious a target. But he already is to some extent.
Therefore an approach needs to be taken that will take him off the hook, and Cardano itself out of the cross-hairs (to the extent possible). I agree with ADALove that there needs to be a parallel movement that simultaneously raises the awareness around Cardano (maybe I interpret here, this is what I read).
For reasons already mentioned elsewhere I’d advocate to make this movement as wide as possible, I don’t think this should be exclusively about Cardano. Present them with many targets. Cardano, if it starts to become a threat, is easy to take out. A platform of many blockchains, civil society organisations (e.g. human rights, development, environmental orgs), important business partners, research centres, government champions and with known, credible and trusted advocates and 3 million unbanked who have become banked much less so. It has to become a movement, with a clear vision around what the blockchain technology could achieve for society, and that develops a multi-pronged approach to take this vision forward. Such a movement needs to start somewhere, it could start ‘from Cardano’, but I think that it shouldn’t stay there.
I have proposed to several humanitarian organisations I have worked with in the past to do some work on what the blockchain could potentially do for them and for the persons they work with (the more who are on board, the better), but no real interest up to now… I think we’re still too early…
I also feel that there is an urgency to get this movement rolling if this is to fly.