EmanciPay at this stage is simply an approach to payments that puts all choice on the customer’s side.

It’s not complicated, but it is novel in the sense that we are fully accustomed to life as serfs in the feudal castles of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. We are treated well, on the whole, by our lieges. But we can, and must, do for ourselves—in ways that work for them as well.

As I say at the EmanciPay page on the ProjectVRM wiki, it’s not about micropayments. But it does invite microaccounting. Work was done on this by @PRX a few years back with ListenLog. I wrote about it here. It turned out, like so much else, to be way ahead of its time.

Same went for the r-button, the digital asset grid and other work I just removed from the EmanciPay page, to de-confuse things.

I’m also working on a more concise description of how it would work, now that the time is ripening (especially with all the blockchain stuff going on).

If I were a developer, I’d work on it. But the most I can do is point the way. I do need to do a better job at that.

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Author of The Intention Economy, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, Fellow of CITS at UCSB, alumnus Fellow of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard.

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