Ulterior States Documentary

Ulterior States, an IamSatoshi production, is an argumentative documentary project. The participatory development, production and post ‘guerilla-film-making-methods’, bounced between (non-academic) literature research, video interviews and studio sessions. This investigative process allowed having real-life conversations with some thought leaders within the Bitcoin ecosystem. In an attempt to portray the community behind the message to adopt a …

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Coinscrum: Credits – Powering The First Blockchain For Government

Partnering with the Isle of Man government for this initial project, Credits aims to provide flexible [private] blockchains that are ready for existing industry use and deployment. Credits’ founder and lead developer, Nick Williamson, explained their tech and talked about the ready-to-go use cases that have allowed them to seal this deal. Brownie points to …

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QA with Gavin Andresen and Mike Hearn

It was a great pleasure to host two of Bitcoin’s best known foster parents, Gavin Andresen (Chief Scientist at The Bitcoin Foundation) and Mike Hearn (Vinumeris/Lighthouse), at Toynbee Hall. They shared their latest thoughts (45 mins QA session), and, no doubt, reminded us that, given time, Bitcoin can indeed prove itself to be more than …

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Bit-Loft

A beautiful Loft, West of Shoredich’s triangle. Typical London rainy afternoon, jet lagged visitors, noting a current West Coast temperature. I got the chance to spend a few magical evenings with three lead thinkers in the open-source, decentralised and bitcoin community. Elizabeth Starks, an entrepreneur, promoting the future of digital currency and decentralised technologies at …

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Blockchain Technology Affords Tracking Supply-chains Anonymously

The social element of the Blockchain is perhaps the most interesting bit. On the one hand, we’ve proved that people can create money, and the public opinion with regards to the legitimacy of an alternative crypto-currency is shifting in its favour. On the other hand, the potential of using a decentralised, distributed, free ledger is …

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CoinScrum and Proof of Work: Tools for the Future 2

The second Tools For The Future Event, hosted by London’s Coinscrum and Proof of Work Media, was as much of a success as the first one. With a crowed larger than 120 people and the night-club set-up, the event felt like crypto is finding a lost social aspect, out of geek-finance and is making its …

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Financial Cryptography and Networks

Ian Grigg is the editor of the fantastic blog Financial Cryptography and, the inventor of the Ricardian Transaction Suite. Ian is a crypto-currency veteran, dating back to the late 90’s and his involvement with E-gold; through new related ventures in development that have been experimenting/implementing Ricardian Contracts. I was first introduced to Ian’s work through …

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The Blockchain Is Telling A Story About Justice [trust-doesnt-scale]

Chris Ellis is a busy journalist. I’ve been following Chris’s work, as he’s been writing, streaming and recording crypto-currency related events for nearly two years. Chris uses Proof of Publishing techniques for some of his investigative and identity ventures. PoP being a main topic in my documentary research, I sat with Chris to record a …

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CoinScrum and Proof of Work: Tools for the Future

CoinScrum‘s event at 93 Feet East marked the end of a year full of busy and diverse meetups and, the launch of Proof of Work. The night kicked off with an address from Louis Chang, the co-founder at the newly established London-based media and production house. Followed, in a world-class line up: Gavin Wood, director …

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Coinscrum meets Coinbase

We were joined by more than 200 guests in the latest Coinscrum at Hoxton Bar. As usual great crowd, great speakers and free drinks. Coinbase Co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong: The Future of Payments : Old vs New Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong joins a panel with Paul Rodgers of Vendorcom and Eitan Jankelewitz …

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Blockchain Politics 2.0

I was first introduced to Peter Todd by Amir Taaki and Kyle Drake. Peter is a consultant in the bitcoin space. Allegedly called a core developer, Peter is chief scientist for MasterCoin and DarkWallet, chief architect for ZeroCash and a developer for Counter Party, ColoredCoins and Coinkite. We met while he traveled through London, and …

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Kenya-Bitcoin-Revolution

The use of a digital form of money is embedded in the Kenyan society. Safaricom’s success in Kenya included a grand promotional campaign. Everyone gained trust in mobile payments after a colleague, friend or a cousin confirmed it was not a con. It is now as cheap as $40 to buy an Android OS phone …

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[bitcoin] Go to the source and read it from Satoshi Nakamoto’s paper

As a bitcoin documentary story-teller, having someone like Andreas Antonopoulos for a video interview, is something that holds weight. He speaks horizontal networks of trust, he has a natural sense for narrative and he’s extremely pleasant to sit-down with. I think that Andreas, for myself and (judging by the social media means), others, has become …

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Coinscrum – Alternative Stage – London

Due to the high demand this epic meetup moved to a larger venue in Hoxton Square. If we had The Annual Satoshi Awards, Coinscrum’s social event would lead the list of the Alternative Stage Award. Any conference in the future should learn from the London event.  Speakers included: Andreas Antonopoulos, Gavin Wood, Robert McDowall with …

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Coinscrum networking evening with Circle

London, Tuesday, 21st January at Club Workspace, Clerkenwell.  Coinscrum hosted an informal evening with presentations from Circle’s CEO, Jeremy Allaire, and CTO, Sean Neville. Also core Bitcoin developer, Mike Hearn, joined Jeremy and Sean and took to the stage.

Bitcoin exposes the weaknesses of the existing financial regime

Sveinn Valfells is an entrepreneur, scientist and an angel investor. The first time I was introduced to Sveinn’s work was at Bitcoin London 2013, where he gave a fantastic presentation about the use of bitcoin in micro-states, and how his home country Iceland could adopt it. I have been trying to secure an interview with …

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Bitcoin Tablet In Kenya

In the first two weeks of March I will have the opportunity to join the Bitcoin Tablet In Kenya expedition, which is organised by my dear friend and colleague @richardboase. While it is very easy to say that bitcoin is a force for good, the purpose of this journey is to go and see whether …

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[bitcoin] Most people are yet to understand how disruptive this technology is.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is the founder of RootEleven and author of the upcoming Mastering Bitcoin. As a busy bitcoin evangelist that is based in California, in 2014, Andrea’s focus is on the international aspect of bitcoin. As far as he is concerned, in North America and the rest of the developed world, bitcoin is an …

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Exploring The Blockchain

During 2013, Nicolas Cary, CEO, Blockchain.info, travelled the world to meet different Bitcoiners. The number one quality that he emphasized was the enthusiasm amongst all of them. I met with Nicolas, after his presentation at London Bitcoin Expo 2013. I wanted to learn more about the service which I find most useful and friendly. In …

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Diversify The Ecosystem – Dark Wallet

I met Cody Wilson, minutes before he started his presentation at the London Bitcoin Expo in November. As there was some confusion around the busy programme’s schedule, things had to be rushed. We still found a seat and recorded an easy going, swift, but friendly chat. The main topic of our conversation was: why Dark …

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The Threat Of Centralization

Wendell Davies is the founder of Hive, an iOS wallet application that raises the standard of built in social and consumer features. Very energetic, well-traveled and an open-source advocate, Wendell is an early adopter who is been riding the Bitcoin wave for a while. I met Wendell outside of a VC pitch session on the …

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There Is Nothing That Can Stop Bitcoin

 ‏@kyledrake is an influential eco-system hacker. CoinPunk, a DIY wallet service, is his encrypted browser wallet development. He was given a grant from the Bitcoin Foundation to develop this project and at the same time he is collaborating with the Dark Wallet initiative. A de-centralised freedom fighter. I had the great pleasure of spending some …

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Lavender Scent – Bitcoin Singapore 2013

Bitcoin Singapore 2013 was opened with a day of start-ups pitch sessions that had no less than fifty venture capitalists showing interest. The first Asia Pacific conference second day saw many talented start up founders and developers sharing their interpretation of what Bitcoin’s eco-system needs. Organized by SeedCoin, a virtual incubator that has an arm …

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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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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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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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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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