The blockchain gathering report and the agenda for DeCenter (EQuad News, mailed as a supplement to PAW’s May 2023 issue) did not mention a critical item for societal change for the better: providing a way to prove ownership of real property (dirt) in countries that do not have the deed registry system. Here, the road to prosperity goes through the county clerk’s office. In 90% of the world, the landowners (the family has lived there for generations) can’t prove of record it is the “owner” so it can’t use the property as capital, or pass it down with certainty.

Lewis Gatch ’56
Cincinnati, Ohio