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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Bitcoin, Intel, The NSA and Real Politics

Vinay Gupta, the Hexayurt‘s inventor and the Release Coordinator at Ethereum is a great friend and a well known figure in the crypto community. I met with Vinay to record a second interview for my upcoming documentary (one just wasn’t enough), to discuss: Bitcoin Regulation, Conventional Politics, Saul Alinski‘s Instrumental Activist Theory, Snowden’s Revelations, Cryptography …

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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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[Bitcoin] Enabling online commerce with Nigeria

I had the pleasure of meeting Geoffrey Weli-Wosu in the last Bitcoin Expo in London. Geoffrey is the London compliance and marketing director for Vogue Pay, Africa’s biggest payment processor. I was interested to know whether their new Bitcoin relationship with the South African exchange Ice Cubed, will provide a new service that Nigerian online …

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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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Bitcoin Allows Visible Change

Julia Tourianski is a very colourful and fresh voice in the Bitcoin world. In a recent piece, Paul Rosenberg described the new generation of ‘Bitcoin kids’, and how this may go down in the future. Julia Tourianski, was of-course mentioned and quoted. I was first introduced to Julia at my friend Amir Taaki‘s place. Wile …

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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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[Bitcoin] opened up a generational creative horizon

Brett Scott, author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (order for Bitcoin), and I first met in last year’s Bitcoin Expo in London. We also had a chance to catch up during the Coinscrum-Blockchain event in 2014 Fintech Week. I recorded an interview with Brett discussing the use cases …

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Politics Of Bitcoin

Lui Smyth is a researcher in UCL’s anthropology department, studying the Bitcoin community. I’ve known Lui for some time now, both of us being regulars at the London Meetups. Recently, Lui published the first results for his Politics of Bitcoin study and, we recorded a follow up interview. In the cut below we discuss: an …

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CoinScrum – It’s the technology, stupid

Fintech Week and CoinScrum London – Monday 31st March 2014. It’s the technology, stupid. The real value of Bitcoin It’s the technology, stupid. The real value of Bitcoin: A panel discussion that bypasses talk of bitcoin, the wildly fluctuating digital currency portrayed by the mainstream media, and reflects instead on the disruptive potential of the …

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Pay 360 – Virtual Currency and Bitcoin

The Pay 360 conference, held in Central London by GX, attracted 300+ people from across Europe. It gathered industry leaders and subject matter specialists exploring such topics as: AML, Payment Services Directive, The banking crisis, Gift card regulation, Virtual Currency and Bitcoin. I was there to document the two bitcoin sessions. The first was a keynote …

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Coinscrum – Launch Pad

Coinscrum’s first event specifically aimed at providing business networking opportunities and start-up advice. Stephan Tual, Eitan Jankelewitz, Adam Vaziri, Sian Jones, Hakim Mamoni, Simon Dixon and Adam Cleary. Stephan Tual – Latest Technological Innovations In The Crypto Space Legal and Regulation – Eitan Jankelewitz, Adam Vaziri & Sian Jones Bullion Bitcoin – Adam Cleary SeedCoin …

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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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Equity Crowdfunding – Building The Bitcoin Infrastructure

Simon Dixon, co-founder of the equity crowd-funding platform Bank To The Future and author of the book Bank To The Future, describes himself as a banking reformer. BTTF is the first social network financial institution where people, entrepreneurs and investors can fund, borrow, raise funds and invest in each other. The goal is to develop …

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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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Bitcoin places personal responsibility on people

Brett Scott, author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (sold for Bitcoin), and the founder of London School Of Financial Activism, can be described as a Finance Chartered Activist. An economic explorer. I had the chance to meet Brett for a brief interview, before his presentation at London Bitcoin …

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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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Bitcoin Focus – Framing The Debate

As before, the theme of the BitcoinFocus event was to remain accessible to all. A big thank you to the sponsors at @TechHub, @coindesk and @diacle_ for allowing to keep these events free to attend and to keep the food and drink flowing. Also, a big thank you to Paul @bitcoinfocus for a fantastic organisation. First up, …

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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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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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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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