Bitcoin Q&A: How to avoid re-creating systems of control

What are the implications of blockchain projects that re-create the same financial systems of control that we currently have? Should we use banks for custodial cryptocurrency services? Are there benefits to permissioned, centralised blockchains for supply chain management, digital rights management (DRM), healthcare data, or tokens for senior citizens’ credit? Why is decentralisation of control and minimising trusted third parties in finance is more important? What should we learn from the demonetisation & Gresham's Law in India? Can we achieve our dreams without capitulating on principles?

These questions are from the MOOC 9.6 session, the June monthly Patreon session, and part of the Denver talk, which took place on March 23rd, June 24th, and August 6th 2018 respectively. Andreas is a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia. The first course in their Master of Science in Digital Currency degree, DFIN-511: Introduction to Digital Currencies, is offered for free as an open enrollment MOOC course to anyone interested in learning about the fundamental principles.

If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron:

Measuring Success: Price or Principle -
Why Open Blockchains Matter -
Decentralised Globalisation -
Investing in Education instead of Speculation -
Beyond Price: Bitcoin's Impact on the Future -
Why I'm against ETFs -
Regulation and the bank boycott -
Wallet design and mass adoption -
Mass adoption and peer-to-peer commerce -
Scaling strategies and adoption -
Price volatility and store of value -
Why I earn bitcoin instead of buying -
Job opportunities with cryptocurrencies -
Inspiring cryptocurrency projects -
From barter to abstract money -
Crossing the chasm of theoretical vs. real need -
Remittances and smuggling in Venezuela -
How long until mainstream adption? -
What is the biggest adoption hurdle? -
Bitcoin as everyday currency -
Hyperbitcoinization -

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

Follow on Twitter: @aantonop

He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.





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