Bitcoin Takes Away Power From The State

Aaron Koenig, the founder of BXB Berlin, Bitfilm Productions, and Blink Magazine, believes that Bitcoin can help to build a free society. A student of the Austrian School of economics, he champions Bitcoin and free markets, advocating that all relations between people are voluntary. I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron in the last @bitcoineurope, …

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Bitcoin Is A Transition Technology

With background in Cryptography and as a senior writer in Bitcoin Magazine, Vitalik Buterin seems like one of the best well-versed out there. While on his cross Atlantic Bitcoin expedition, we recorded a long conversation for my documentary project. Trying to cover as many topics as possible, in-order to learn Vitalik’s (whom I’ve been reading …

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Bitcoin, Balance And Motivation To Grow

Circuit bending art, code and activism, raising awareness to Bitcoin giving a Carte Blanche in the Forex market, Jaromil is an ‘open-source’ OS developer par excellence. Inspired by dear friends in the community, he showed interest in an early adoption stage. In April 2011, answering the question: ‘Bitcoins – Isn’t this simply a distributed structure …

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Liberty Haze – European Bitcoin Convention – Amsterdam

The first European Bitcoin Convention that took place in Amsterdam, September 26-28, was a vibrant explosion of enthusiasm and evangelism. The spirit of progression towards a mass adoption of Bitcoin felt like a welcoming brain-storming marathon with some of the most exciting the eco-system has to offer. The organizers did a fantastic job with the …

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Internet Voting Systems and Bitcoin – Restart Democracy

As part of the research for my upcoming documentary IamSatoshi, I was viewing the Blockchain as means for a voting system. My exploration led me to Restart Democracy, and I had the chance to record a lively conversation with Chris Camp, the founder. Chris explains what Restart Democracy is and talks about their latest mission: …

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Taking Payments Outside Of The Banking System

After listening to the presentation by Adam Vaziri at the @bitcoinfocus event, I had the pleasure of meeting with him to discuss Bitcoin, E-money and The Regulators. Adam explains what E-money is and the challenges it faced (and still to some extend is), from the regulators 13 years ago. It is not difficult to find the …

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A Bitcoin Lunch At The Local Thai

In January 2011, Mark Edge had a very profitable lunch. He received an email from one of his show’s, amp’s, inviting him to a Bitcoin lunch at the local Thai. The show’s supporter was Gavin Andresen, who insisted to pay half of the tab in Bitcoins (to Mark who picked it up). The sum was …

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Digital Currencies Are Here To Stay

With a background in business, psychology and technology, Javier Marti, the author of Mobile, Domains and the Future, a book about the mobile revolution that is helping to change the world; thinks that Bitcoin is currently doing something similar. The founder of Bitcoin Global Investments, which he describes as a combination of TrendWatching.com, Moody’s and …

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Bitcoin Buffer – Part 2

Hakim’s back in the UK after a month of a Bitcoin Buffer awareness campaign in mainland Europe. He attended the International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in the Netherlands, where he also met with Community Forge, a non-profit association that designs, develops and provides complementary currency systems and tools. In Brussels, Hakim met with local …

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Bitcoin Focus – The bigger picture

The third presentation of the @bitcoinfocus event was: The Bigger Picture, by @javiermarti , founder, Bitcoin Global Investment. Javier shared his opinions on how governments and financial institutions will approach the rise of a crypto-currency world and, whether they choose to fight it or ultimately embrace it. Javier mentions indebted governments, insolvent banks, rising global unemployment …

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Bitcoin Focus – Regulatory Landscape In The UK

The second presentation of the @bitcoinfocus event was by Adam Vaziri, from the e-payment compliance advisory @NeopayLtd. Adam discussed challenges that have already been faced by new entrants to the e-money space in the UK in recent years. Adam also shared some insight into the barriers Bitcoin start-ups will need to overcome, if they are to …

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Bitcoin Focus – Bitcoin 101

The local Bitcoin Meetup Group got together on July 24th for ‘something more formal’. Taking over the floor of the soon to be launched Alpha Beta Tech-Hub building on the edge of the city. The idea of the new quarterly ‏@bitcoinfocus event is to cover relevant ground that is informative to both newcomers to the …

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Bitcoin Mining For The Masses

I met with Emmanuel Abiodun, a senior IT developer in a leading high street bank to film an interview for my research. Emmanuel sees the future in the Cloud. That’s what made him start his project, Cloud Hashing, where it’s all about the Cloud. The mission statement is to see more people with a vested …

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LocalBitcoins Visits London

LocalBitcoins has 300 new users each day, more than 50k users altogether, and more than 500 trades a day. There are currently 4 people working full time (security and escrow). This is Jeremias Kangas full-time project. I met Jeremias when he was in town for the BTCLondon event on July 2. An innovative Bitcoin Eco …

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We Accept Bitcoin – The Pembury Tavern

A bit boost to the local virtual currency economy, as a pub in East London (along with its sister establishments in Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough), has become the first in the UK to accept Bitcoin. The Pembury Tavern (Individual Pubs Limited), in Hackney, is a preferred hangout for local residents. The menu consists of quality …

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Bit-talk with BitcoinByte

After first reading about Bitcoin in a magazine in 2012, Michael Parsons soon became so interested in Bitcoin that it became his passion and career. He started  a blog and a twitter account and is now working on a Bitcoin exchange project. A chartered accountant by training and once a banking management consultant for KPMG …

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Bitcoin Buffer

Hakim stood up and introduced Bitcoin Buffer: a mission to encourage/persuade governments to adopt Bitcoin. Not as primary currency but alongside the established fiat. We looked at him and thought, “Is he crazy?” Was the look of enthusiasm in his eyes telling of more? Shortly after this we met Hakim formally. Any doubts or questions …

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The Bitcoin Association of Great Britain

If you try to avoid having a bank account and you take donations in Bitcoin, how can you prove that you have the £5000 to apply for a legal charity organization in the UK? At the moment BAGB is just an idea Lee Adams is trying to get off the ground. We discussed how currently, …

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Information As The Primary Commodity

Train to Tottenham, through Banglatown, past the land of the Hassids to a leafy street with crack-pipes for sale on the corner. The house, bohemian, French Moroccan interior. Clouds of smoke from Ketama. Books piled on books piled on books. A transistor radio the favoured means of communication from the outside world. Electricity is not …

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