What Bitcoin Did #56 Why Bitcoin Matters For Freedom With Alex Gladstein

2 days 7 hours ago

'œA lot of the dismissals, criticisms and attacks on Bitcoin come from people who have the luxury of having a stable financial system.'

'" Alex Gladstein

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Thursday 6th Dec, 2018

Company: Human Rights Foundation

Role: Chief Strategy Officer

All too often price dominates the discussion with Bitcoin: an ETF approval will be great for the price, we need institutions, when is the next bull run? Also, naysayers criticize Bitcoin when the price crashes, calling it a speculative asset with no utility. Is price a distraction from the potential for Bitcoin?

Right now the use case for Bitcoin is limited for those in the developed world. Sure it is fun to send Bitcoin, perhaps it is easier than using a bank for sending value to someone in another country, but price volatility limits the use case for payments. In the developed world, holding Bitcoin will benefit most if it does become a globally recognized, accepted and used as a form for money. Right now, some would argue the most significant opportunity is in the developed world or with those living in either authoritarian countries or under governments with poor fiscal policies.

A regular criticism of fiat is the ability for governments to print money on demand, leading to inflation and a reduction in the value of the local currency. This has been seen most evidently with the failed socialist policies of two successive Venezuelan presidents.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are an opportunity for people living under these regimes to create and protect value, and trade while reducing their exposure to the risks of their domestic currency.

Other use cases exist, from Bitcoin being used to pay women unable to get bank accounts in Afghanistan to companies using Bitcoin to transact outside of capital controls. The common theme is that cryptocurrencies offer freedom from rules, whether those are state or legacy processes.

In this interview, I talk about why Bitcoin matters for Freedom with Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. We discuss what fundamental human rights are lost under authoritarian regimes, how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies increase freedom and how Dem Tech (Democracy Tech) could lead to a wave of investment in cryptocurrencies.

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Ep. 160 The Tatiana Show- Connie Gallippi

3 days 4 hours ago

Connie Gallippi has been a guest on the Tatiana Show before, but this is a really exciting occasion as Givetrack 1.0 has been launched! Fresh off of her trip to the Latin American Bitcoin Conference in Santiago, Chile, Founder and Executive Director of the Bitgive Foundation joins us to tell us all about the latest news. We hear about the ways that charities can use Blockchain tech right now, using Bitcoin as the base. Connie's work is impressive, and is a culmination of years of innovation in the space. Tune in and hear more about how you can track your donations using Givetrack.

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Connie founded BitGive in 2013, the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit and pioneer organization, leveraging Bitcoin and Blockchain technology via practical applications for humanitarian work in the developing world. Connie speaks internationally and is an advocate for diversity and equal opportunity. Previously, Connie worked with nonprofits in California for 15 years in a variety of roles, she remains involved as a volunteer for several organizations. She holds a BS in Natural Resource Management from Virginia Tech.

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#265 James Prestwich: Summa One - Cross-chain Financial Instruments and Contracts

4 days 5 hours ago

While trustless interactions on Ethereum are native to the protocol, trustless interactions between the Ethereum blockchain and other blockchains are difficult to implement. Interoperability protocols heavily rely on atomic swaps, which typically come with a free option problem.

For this episode we're joined by James Prestwich, CEO at Summa. Summa designs and implements cross-chain financial contracts and instruments such as swaps, options, futures, and auctions. Summa recently conducted a dutch auction spanning the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains: Ethereum NFTs were auctioned off trustlessly to bidders on the Bitcoin network. We also discuss Riemann, a framework for deploying transaction scripts to UTXO-based chains, as well as the advantages of the predictability of transactions in UTXO-based chains and how to bring some of those advantages to Ethereum smart contracts.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • James background in Japanese and how he became interested in blockchain
  • James contributions to Bitcoin Script
  • Summa's recent cross-chain auction in which Ethereum NFTs were auctioned off to participants on the bitcoin network
  • Riemann, a framework for deploying script based transactions to UTXO blockchains
  • Atomic swaps leading to free options
  • Advantages of transaction predictability in UTXO based chains

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The Third Web #12 - The Actor Model

4 days 6 hours ago


Subodh Sharma is a professor of computer science at IIT Delhi, one of the most prestigious universities in India. While he's not teaching, Subodh conducts research into the formal verification of distributed systems, and his work on the automated formal verification of smart contacts has drawn international interest.

I called up Subodh because I was looking for someone to explain an approach to writing software called the actor model. The actor model essentially involves sandboxing tasks in such a way that complexity is minimized and all behaviors of a software system can be known under all conditions.

Currently the actor model is applied to the management of telecommunications networks through the Erlang language, and also in secure servers. Understanding the way robust distributed systems are constructed assists in the assessment of platform designs and gives us a view into the future of the ultimate distributed system - the Third Web.

What is the actor model, what are its origins, where is it usedMessage Passing Interface (MPI) is very similar - is a standard for communication between processors.The Actor Model is an abstract model of computation for capturing concurrent interaction in a system.An actor is a primitive entity of computation.An independent component of a system with its own address spaceLike an object or a taskActors are not like threads which communicate via shared memoryActors communicate via explicit messages.Every actor has an addressCommunication is asynchronousAllowing concurrent execution and message passing

Why is concurrent execution and message passing so challenging?Concurrency is difficult to reason about because there is so much to take into account.If the order of arrival of messages from a number of worker processes to a manager process effects the correctness of the manager process output, every possible order of arrival needs to be considered by the programer.

DeterminismOutput determinism means that for a given input to a program the output is always the same.Non-determinism allows higher performance. Determinism is easier to reason about.The actor model allows us to have non-deterministic message passing inside a system but maintain deterministic output.Deterministic messaging involves the sender announcing their intention to send a message and the receiver announcing their intention to receive the message from the sender.Non-deterministic messaging is where the receiver does not care where the message is coming fromThis requires all entities to have names or addresses.

Where is this used?In telecommunications networks.Also in secure servers.Scientific computing.And because in blockchains all entities have names/addresses, it is an environment that is ideal for actor model based programming.

Smart ContractsNothing more than software modulesTransactional in natureEither the transaction meets specifications or it does notSmart contracts must execute deterministically and be oblivious of the environment in which they are running.

History of the Actor ModelMid 70sIrene Greif, Gul Agha laid the foundations for the model.Large community of non CS engineers - aerospace, bioscience, chemical engineering - adopted the MPI for scientific programming. MPI was influenced by the actor model.Applications existed for concurrency. The complete system needed to be developed for this to emerge.

Subodh's work on autonomously verified smart contractsProvided sound guarantees of bug free codeTook smart contract source code & created a semantic preserving translation to an intermediate language that was verification friendlyThe translated program preserved all of the behaviors that could have emerged in the original.Feed this to an automated tool that performs symbolic model checking.Analyzed smart contracts in generality.Found many buggy smart contracts.


SAFE Crossroads #48, A Reintroduction and Update on the SAFE Network, with Dug Campbell

4 days 14 hours ago

I've been wanting to do an overview of the SAFE Network for some time, as a sort of new introduction, an update on where the project has currently gotten to, and a view of what's ahead.

Dug Campbell from MaidSafe helps me try to accomplish this, because I found it really hard to do by myself! Dug has gained a lot of experience talking about the SAFE Network with a wide variety of different people in varying circumstances. He also, being based there in MaidSafe headquarters, has continual access to the heart of the team.

I hope a broad variety of listeners will find this episode interesting and useful, from those with little tech experience, to developers.


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What Bitcoin Did #55 The Bullish Case For Bitcoin With Vijay Boyapati

5 days 7 hours ago

'œBitcoin is like gold but with this magical ability that you can teleport it.'

'" Vijay Boyapati

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Tuesday 4th Dec, 2018

Project: Bitcoin :)

Bitcoin is a survivor. In the 10 years of the protocol, Bitcoin has survived the collapse of Mt. Gox, the closing of the Silk Road, the banning of Bitcoin by the Chinese government and relentless attacks from politicians, economists and journalists.

With each attack, the Bitcoin immune system gets stronger, and with each market cycle, the infrastructure grows. In the last two years the network market cap peaked at nearly $300bn, futures have arrived, custody solutions have improved, and Lightning Network is in beta with a rapidly growing capacity.

The potential of the Bitcoin network is enormous, and the Lightning Network offers scale which the base layer has been unable to provide. Together, Bitcoin can be both a global settlement layer for digital gold and a payment network better than the current fiat system.

Vijay Boyapati highlighted the potential with his article The Bullish Case for Bitcoin, making a case for why it is the hardest form of money and the best store of value. In this interview, we discuss the originals of the article, why Bitcoin is so important and why we should be bullish about its future.

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Distributed Dialogues EP #11 - The Data Death Star

6 days 6 hours ago

"Your healthcare data's sold, it's being sold for tons of money every year. People are making tons of money on it. You should be getting a cut, you should be getting rewarded for that."

'" Kamal Obbad

Data could quite possibly be the buzz-word of the 21st century. This is especially true in terms of health data, which is what this episode is all about. As a topic, health data is a behemoth not unlike the Death Star; so, we spend time in this episode pulling it apart piece by piece, and in the end, we may just have a happy ending via a hard to find thermal exhaust port...or at least blockchain technology.

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The State of the Art in Cryptocurrency Privacy

6 days 7 hours ago

An abridged overview of production systems.

At a recent offsite with the Aragon One team, I presented a lightning talk about state-of-the-art systems for privately buying, selling, and using cryptocurrency.

A PDF of the slides is published here. The slides are pretty self-explanatory, so I'm sharing as-is. If there are any questions or feedback about the content, I'm happy to discuss in the comment section.

Let's Talk Bitcoin! #383 Hashpower and Consensus (in the world of dust)

1 week ago
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin...

First, Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy and Jonathan Mohan talk about the recently lawsuit filed against many of the largest players in Bitcoin Cash. Expanding on last weeks discussion if Hashpower isn't enough, should it be enough to dictate consensus?

Then, Adam is joined by one of the authors of the Crypto Caselaw Minute and returning guest Stephen Palley for a more in-depth look at the

And finally, Bitcoin Clock creator and long time LTB editor Matthew Zipkin tells us how he wound up hand-making "non-boring bitcoin full nodes", which listeners of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show have an opportunity to win.

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What Bitcoin Did #54 VanEck's Gabor Gurbacs on Bringing a Bitcoin ETF to Market

1 week 2 days ago

'œIt should be less burdensome to get an innovative asset to market. The world is moving fast and we need regulatory support to keep newer technologies in the US.'

'" Gabor Gurbacs

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Sunday 2nd Dec, 2018

Project: VanEck/MVIS

Role: Director, Digital Assets Strategy

The crypto bear market has been felt by many. From traders to miners, the fall in prices has led many to lose a significant amount of money. The fall in prices has also impacted companies and projects: GigaWatt has filed for bankruptcy, ETCDEV - an Ethereum Classic team has shut down, and many others are facing challenges times.

Institutions have regularly been cited as a potential end to the bear market, yet ICE's Bakkt has delayed the launch of their Bitcoin settled futures until January 24th '˜19 and the SEC continues to either delay their decision or deny every application for an ETF. Only yesterday, the VanEck application, the remaining open application was delayed until February, the deadline for deciding on the application.

Jay Clayton, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, recently spoke at Consensus: Invest about ETFs, highlighting his and the concerns of others within the SEC. All do not share these concerns, Commissioner Peirce dissented in response to the rejection of the Winklevoss denied application and spoke to The What Bitcoin Did Podcast about her concerns that the SEC is overstepping their mandate, stating 'œBy precluding approval of cryptocurrency-based ETPs for the foreseeable future, the Commission is engaging in merit regulation.'

Gabor Gurbacs, Director, Digital Assets Strategy at VanEck/MVIS shares Hester's frustration, telling me that America wants a Bitcoin ETF and that a Bitcoin ETF faces a higher bar than other markets. In this interview, we discuss the VanEck application, why market manipulation is not unique to Bitcoin and the unfair standards by which the SEC treats Bitcoin.

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Technology & Choice #40, Ayurveda Technology, with Vaidya Lokesh Rathuri

1 week 3 days ago

Ayurveda is a practice for maintaining and restoring health with origins dating back 10,000 years. It has been practiced consistently since. Might there be something to learn here? Might it offer choices for health and healing which are not available in the modes and institutions which most of us are used to?

I recently had the privilege of meeting and interviewing a Vaidya (practitioner/doctor) of Ayurveda, Lokesh Rathuri. He presents the basic understandings on which Ayurveda is built, in a way that opens the subject for a beginning understanding. It is a different view than most in the West are used to. You get to decide where there is merit there to warrant further exploration. We also discuss the interface of eastern and western practices and how they can inform each other's understanding and practice.


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What Bitcoin Did #53 Grin's Michael Cordner aka Yeastplume on Implementing Mimblewimble

1 week 5 days ago

'œThere may be a few people who genuinely think a deflationary currency is the way to go, nobody on the Grin team does.'

'" Michael Corder (Yeastplume)

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Friday 30th Nov, 2018

Project: Grin

Role: Developer

Outside of the most hardcore Bitcoin maximalists, there are some who respect a minimal number of alternative cryptocurrency projects. My experience in creating this podcast is that you find some who say they are maximalists, but Monero is cool, or that Decred is interesting.

The ability to command respect is usually steeped in a currencies foundation sharing characteristics of Bitcoin:

  • An anonymous founder

  • A focus on decentralisation

  • A monetary policy which does not enrich the founders and developers

  • No premine

One such project which has sparked interest is Grin's implementation of Mimblewimble, a new coin which attempts to solve some of the privacy and scaling issues of Bitcoin.

On August 2nd, 2016, Tom Elvis Jedusor, a contributor to the Bitcoin Wizards IRC channel dropped his whitepaper, describing a blockchain with a radically different approach to transaction construction from Bitcoin. In October 2016, Andrew Poelstra from Blockstream completed his analysis of the whitepaper and dropped a position paper filling in some of the gaps from the original paper to make precise the idea.

In the middle of November, Ignotus Peverell, another anonymous developer, appeared on the same IRC channel with a link to GitHub with an implementation of Mimblewimble, and this is how Grin was born.

Fast forward to today and Grin has launched its fourth testnet and is preparing to launch its mainnet in January of next year.

In this interview I talk with Michael Cordner, aka Yeastplume, a developer working on the Grin implementation of Mumblewimble, we discuss why Grin is acceptable for some Bitcoiners, their approach to monetary policy and governance, and how to mine Grin.

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#264 Nick Sullivan: Cloudflare - The Internet's (De)centralized Security Blanket

1 week 5 days ago

We enter dozens of trust relationships ever time we interact with the Web. Browsers, ISPs, DNS providers, cloud hosting companies, all the way down to the handful of people who control certificate root keys; we rely on the integrity of these intermediaries to serve reliable, and accurate information. The concentration of power by any one of these actors threatens to compromise the very foundational principles of the Web. Decentralized technologies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tor, and IPFS seek to reverse this trend.

We're joined by Nick Sullivan, Chief Cryptographer at Cloudflare. Founded less than 10 years ago, the company offers content delivery services (CND), DNS, and DDoS protection to over 12 million websites. The company contributes to open source cryptography libraries, some of which are used by Etherum. They recently launched an IPFS gateway and features which allow users to have strong guarantees as to the integrity of the content.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Nick's background as a cryptographer and previous position at Apple
  • The Internet's infrastructure and trust model
  • How Cloudflare is experimenting with IPFS
  • The challenges to hosting static websites with IPFS
  • Cloudflare's Onion routing service (Tor) and the benefits to users
  • The Roughtime protocol and encrypted SNI
  • Cloudflare's contribution to open-source cryptography libraries
  • The vulnerabilities of DNS and Cloudflare's free private DNS service (

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Distributed Dialogues EP #10 - Rebalancing The Equation

1 week 6 days ago

"Through a series of leaderless decisions, often driven and maintained by special interests, healthcare has become a kluged machine focused on defeating death at the expense of optimizing life."

'" Dr. Alan Pitt

Welcome to Season Three of Distributed Dialogues. This season was inspired by the Distributed: Health conference in Nashville, Tennessee, which brought healthcare professionals and tech innovators together to begin tackling some of the major issues plaguing the American Healthcare System today. In each episode we'll be talking with some of the leading voices in the industry, covering how decentralized technology influences artificial intelligence, the opioid crisis, data privacy, and even the use of psychedelics for treating PTSD.‚

This episode is called 'œRebalancing The Equation'; in it, we take a look at the complicated history of American Healthcare, some of the issues facing it today, and what solutions may lie ahead.

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Let's Talk Bitcoin! #382 Is Hashpower Enough?

2 weeks ago
On Todays Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin...

Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy and Jonathan Mohan are joined by Daniel Krawisz for an in-depth talk about the miner incentives playing a major role in Bitcoin SV's path to victory.

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The Tatiana Show- World Crypto Con- Mark Yarm, VESA, Kingsley Edwards & Jeffrey A Tucker

2 weeks ago

Tatiana Moroz and Sasha Hodder spoke with the more arts and activism driven side of the spectrum as well. This compilation of interviews includes conversations about Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road, the music industry, the art world, and the criminal justice system. These things are woven together through some of the shared experiences and work of our guests, so take a listen for a deeper side to World Crypto Con 2018 in Las Vegas.

About the Guests:

Mark Yarm is a senior writer for Breaker, an online magazine about all things blockchain and cryptocurrency. He is a former senior editor at the music magazine Blender and the author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. A resident of Brooklyn, he has written for the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, and WSJ. Magazine.

V E S A is a Crypto artist, performer and keynote speaker V E S A is best known for working with Bollywood actress Veena Malik in a world-changing collaboration, which was seen by around 300 million people through BBC World, The Independent, IBT, Times of India, VICE, etc. His innovative mixed media platform Artevo soft forked in 2017 to Art For Crypto, which is rapidly establishing new creative standards in the blockchain art space. He also writes about creativity on News BTC.

Kingsley Edwards founded Leet, an online esports bitcoin platform, in 2013 with the vision of integrating cryptocurrencies with popular video games. After Leet was acquired by Unikrn, he acted as a Director for the UnikoinGold token sale that sold over $30M in tokens. Kingsley is now focused on bringing his experience and network from the crypto community to help other organizations achieve success in the blockchain industry with Block 16.

Jeffrey A. Tucker is the Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research. He is the author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press and eight books in 5 languages. He speaks widely on topics of economics, technology, social philosophy, and culture.

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The Crypto Show: Ben Swann Isegoria, Bradley Zastrow Dash, Robin O'Connell Uphold And Bryan Courchesne DAiM

2 weeks 1 day ago

Ben Swann gives us the latest on his new project Isegoria and how crypto currency especially Dash and Smart-Cash have given him the freedom to truly be an independent journalist. Recorded at World Crypto Con in Las Vegas.Then from Money2020 we talk with Bradley Zastrow a former American Express Exec turned Crypto Exec with Dash Core Group. Robin O'Connell VP of Uphold also sit's in on the conversation to discuss Uphold's new partnership with Dash as well as Upholds presence around the world.Finally we talk with Bryan Courchesne from DAIM, Digital Assets Investment Management about their investment services.

What Bitcoin Did #52 Exploring Crypto Narratives With Nathaniel Whittemore

2 weeks 2 days ago

'œThe business model for surveillance, which can be used for ill, is advertising.'

'" Nathaniel Whittemore

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Wednesday 28th Nov, 2018

Company: NLW & CO

Role: Lead

The crypto industry is blessed with many smart thinkers and content producers. Across Twitter, Medium, news sites and blogs there is a regular supply of thought pieces and analysis where contributors speculate on the future of the industry.

There are often opposing views which can stretch to disagreements and impassioned debates. Keeping up with all this content can be difficult, which is why Nathaniel Whittemore's Long Reads Sunday has become an essential follow for anyone in the industry.

Nathaniel carefully curates all the news, articles and discussions into a super thread of threads on Twitter where he carefully knits together the narratives from the week into a coherent story.

Nathaniel came on the podcast this week to discuss Long Reads Sunday and other key narratives, from the problems with crypto marketing to how technology is advancing faster than society can adapt.

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SAFE Crossroads #47, Resource Description Framework, SOLID and SAFE

2 weeks 4 days ago

Simpleton says, "We go a bit geeky on this one, but in a way that should be very accessible to most anyone."

Our guests on this episode are Josh Wilson and Gabriel Viganotti. Both are front-end developers for MaidSafe, working with Resource Description Framework (RDF) in a number of forms, to enhance the uses of the SAFE Network.

We really get down to what RDF is, how it relates to Linked Data and the Socially Linked Data (SOLID) project, and other use cases that are creating a real revolution in how we manage data, making it more useful as well as returning control of users' data to users.

Your host learned a lot. Hope you find it useful.


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What Bitcoin Did #51 The Future of Banking with Zac Prince

2 weeks 5 days ago

'œI think the term bank won't be used so much when we are talking about banking services 20 years from now.'

'" Zac Prince

Interview location: New York

Interview date: Wednesday 21st Nov, 2018

Company: BlockFi

Role: Founder and CEO

A sign of the maturing market is the growth of traditional financial products built for cryptocurrencies. Both the corporate and retail financial sectors understand the benefits of crypto, and thus a range of companies and institutions are bringing products to market.

One of these such companies is BlockFi who offer loans backed by cryptocurrencies. BlockFi recognised that there are crypto holders who want to use the value of their crypto without selling and therefore provide loans which are collateralised with Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ether.

BlockFi also recognises that the future of banking may be very different from the high street retail banking experience of today. The company is arguably a bank, if not, then they are at least a competitor, able to offer a growing range of financial products to a global customer base. While some people do not like stablecoins, BlockFi can utilise them to provide financial products to customers in emerging markets who want access to dollar loans.

In this interview, I chat with BlockFi Founder and CEO Zac Prince about why he is building BlockFi, what the future of banking with Bitcoin looks like and how BlockFi is building new products to service a financial world which includes cryptocurrencies.

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