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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Jun 25, 2019

In recent years, the Human Rights Foundation and Alex Gladstein, its chief strategy officer, have become forces in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency community. In this episode, he discusses why Bitcoin is important for human rights, its three most important characteristics, and why Facebook's Libra project should be helpful to the adoption of the technology, at least in the short-term. He also describes how Bitcoin is just part of other movements that have become more open, such as governments shifting toward democracies and information becoming freer via the internet. He talks about how he thinks the technology can get wider adoption, why HRF supports the Open Money Initiative, and whether or not Bitcoin can help the North Korean people, rather than enriching its government, which has been the case so far. 

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Episode links:

The Human Rights Foundation:

Alex Gladstein:

Last year's Unconfirmed episode with Alex:

This year's panel discussion on finances and freedom from the Oslo Freedom Forum:

Alex's essay for Time on why Bitcoin matters for freedom:

Alex's response to Bitcoin critics:

The Open Money Initiative:

How Bitcoin could help improve foreign aid:

Unchained episode with Bill Tai:

Eric Wall's posts on Bitcoin privacy and wallets:

What Bitcoin Did episode with Mahsa Alimardani:

Thae Yong Ho, the highest-ranking North Korean defector, at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2019:

Unchained episode with Jimmy Song: