Janice Griffith is an adult film entertainer, sex positivity activist, and co-founder of SpankChain.com. Her work focuses on the destigmatization of sex work with an emphasis on healthy sexuality, intersectional feminism, and how of sex, communication, and technology intermix in the human experience.
The porn industry has been decimated by the availability of easily pirated content; the internet has shifted power and profitability away from large porn companies and their respective stars, to “amateurs” on cam sites, clip stores, and social-media. This transition is cutting out the middleman, but there are still plenty of roadblocks for performers to overcome when it’s time to get paid for their content.
Enter: Spankchain. In her talk, Janice will discuss how applying blockchain technology in the adult entertainment industry opens the doors to cryptocurrency to a new audience, empowers performers, and further removes the middleman. She will present how Spankchain is working to eliminate challenges faced by performers when trying to secure reliable payment channels, such as discrimination from payment processors and exploitatively high transaction fees. She will also shed light on how the technology can be applied in communities with similar needs and how these resources can empower outside of porn.