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January 2017
Opinion

Donald Trump Immortalized as a Giant Rooster in China

A 23-foot tall statue of Donald Trump as a giant rooster has been erected outside a shopping mall in China.  The New York Times points out that this isn’t the first time that the Chinese have publicly compared the president-elect to a feathered beast.  Right after the U.S. election China’s People’s Daily published photographs illustrating striking […]

December 2016
Opinion

Thoughts on Governance and The Blockchain

Bitcoin Wednesday’s special workshop on Governance and The Blockchain at Pakhuis de Zwijger on 2 December, 2016 brought out a diverse crowd and many different perspectives.  Here are some random thoughts and observations related to this event.   Consensus as a Governance Feature An open blockchain may prove to be one of the most exciting […]

November 2016
News

Governance and the Blockchain : The Final Frontier

Climate change, economy, unemployment, immigration, regulatory capture and so many other of the world’s greatest problems, consistently frustrate the efforts of national governments and politicians.  It seems they can no longer be solved by the efforts of a single country, but require an increasingly global and decentralized perspective. Enter the blockchain, a borderless solution with […]

News

NSA / GCHQ Tapped Security System Designed By Mike Hearn

Between 2010 and 2013 former Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn, then a tech lead at Google’s offices in Zurich, Switzerland, designed a security system that was later tapped by the NSA and GCHQ.  The Snowden leaks and other confidential sources to the Washington Post revealed the existence of the surveillance taps in late 2013. In a piece […]

October 2016
News

Why Segregated Witness Matters

At first no one wanted it: In July 2010 a single bitcoin could be bought for just 4 euro cents — if you even knew what it was let alone where and how to buy it.  As of 29 October 2016, the technology that started the blockchain revolution, represents a market cap of more than […]

July 2016
Opinion

Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains in The Gartner Hype Cycle

On February 2016 Louis de Bruin, IBM’s Blockchain Leader Benelux, mentioned that “The cryptocurrency has arrived relatively safe and sound on the Plateau of Productivity of the Gartner Hype Cycle.”  Six months later, on August 3 2016 Mr. de Bruin will be delivering a presentation during Bitcoin Wednesday on the subject of The Blockchain in […]

June 2016
News

What The DAO Attack Means in The Netherlands

  The sensational $60 million theft from “The DAO” has sparked a fundamental debate about decentralization. Before I begin, the usual disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.  I do not hold ether or DAO tokens.  This article takes no sides and contains no legal advice. What is The DAO? The DAO is a decentralized venture capital fund built […]