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Bitcoin Wednesday 56

Bitcoin Wednesday on State-Sponsored Surveillance

The 56th Bitcoin Wednesday will be held in Amsterdam on 7 February, 2018.

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you want to attend.

The complete program for this event will be published here as soon as possible and updated regularly.

Chris de Rose of Bitcoin Uncensored
Chris DeRose

Chris DeRose is the irreverent host of the podcast Bitcoin Uncensored. He is an avid writer, podcaster and political commentator, he has been involved with cryptocurrency ever since reading Bitcoin's earliest announcement on Slashdot back in 2010.

Gabriel Kurman, co-founder of RSK Labs, Rootstock

Gabriel Kurman is a co-founder of RSK Labs, also known as Rootstock, one of the world's first, Turing-complete blockchains that enables smart contracts secured by the Bitcoin network. Gabriel is an economist who studied with at the University of Buenos Aires and has a decade of experience with corporate and private equity and M&A.

Lotte Houwing of the Public Interest Litigation Project
Strategic Litigation

Lotte Houwingis a file coordinator for the Sleepwet at the Public Interest Litigation Project, a five-year project of The Jurists' Commission for Human Rights in The Netherlands. She will talk about fighting mass surveillance through strategic litigation.

Nine de Vries of Amnesty International
Communications Surveillance

Nine de Vries is a project officer for Amnesty International's Security and Human Rights Program in the Netherlands. In this role she concentrates on the subject of state-sponsored communications surveillance and what her organization considers the flaws in the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act of 2017.

Ian Grigg, a pioneer of financial cryptography
The Future of Identity

Ian Grigg is one of the pioneers of financial cryptography. He is the creator of the Ricardian Contract, a secure approach to registering the intent of a legal agreement in a system like a work a work of software. He also co-invented triple-entry accounting, an early form of shared ledger like that used in today's blockchains.

Terrorism Expert Teun van Dongen
Mass Surveillance in Counterterrorism

Teun van Dongen is a lecturer at Leiden University and an expert on terrorism. He previously worked as a policy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), a think tank in The Netherlands, and has served the Dutch National Coordinator for Security and Counter Terrorism.

Jordan Earls, co-founder and Lead Developer of Qtum
Qtum's x86 VM

Jordan Earls is the lead developer and co-founder of Qtum, a hybrid blockchain that integrates a modified version of the Bitcoin core network infrastructure with an enhanced version of Ethereum's Virtual Machine. He will talk about this enhancement, known as the x86 VM, which provides an x86-compatible operating system for decentralized applications.

Bitnation's Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof
Blockchain Governance Tech

Susanne Tarkowski is the notorious CEO of Bitnation, one of the world’s first functioning virtual countries that provides blockchain-based IDs, public notarial services, education and p2p insurance. She is also the author of The Googlement: The DIY Guide To Starting Your Own Nation.

Hans de Zwart, Bits of Freedom
The Sleepwet

Hans de Zwart is the executive director of Bits of Freedom, the leading Dutch organization for digital citizen's rights. He returns to Bitcoin Wednesday to talk about the surveillance state and the upcoming national referendum on the new law known as the Sleepwet.

Francisco van Jole, tech journalist
Tech Journalist

Tech journalist Francisco van Jole will be session chair on 7 February 2017. Francisco is currently the editor of Joop, the news and opinion site of Dutch broadcaster BNN VARA. He has appeared frequently on various television and radio programs and has covered science and technology for many newspapers and magazines, including De Volkskrant.

Stéphane Ifrah, CEO of NapoleonX
Programmable Trading

Stéphane Ifrah is the CEO of NapoleonX, one of the first cryptocurrency asset management companies specialized in programmable or algorithmic trading. He was previously an asset manager for more than 12 years, and started developing quantitative models while managing several billion euros of assets for BNP Paribas.

Jean Charles Dudek of Napoleon Capital
From Quant To Crypto

Jean-Charles Dudek is CSO of NapoleonX, an algorithmic trading company specialized in cryptocurrencies. He is a former banker with more than 12 years experience working for tier 1 banks.  He previously worked as Head of Active Protected Fund Management at BNPP AM where he had a portfolio of more than € 3 billion assets under management (AUM).