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    Decentralization, open source, hiking, biking, blogging
    Giving and sharing economies, transforming systems
    Member, Bitcoin Foundation, Currently Member and Chairperson of Bitcoin Foundation Education Committee, Previous (Feb. 2015) and Current (since Dec. 2015) Candidate, Individual Director, Bitcoin Foundation (Campaigning on Choice for the Users, Bitcoin Development, Privacy & Anonymity)
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    Developing a vision involving the transformation of financial protocols to further enable decentralization and expansion of a giving economy and a new social good
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    "The first thing required is to discard any desire to turn swordsmanship into... a matter of mere accomplishment. (...) (O)ne is not to think of achieving victory over the opponent." - Odagiri Sekiei (Muji-Shin-Jen ryū)

    "Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world."
    - Miyamoto Musashi (Niten Ichi-ryū)

    "Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity."
    - Thor Heyerdahl

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  1. Article posted to notehub here for VPN users, the article was originally posted to LinkedIn on May 5, 2017. This is a multi-state analysis, and thus the article is intended to cover the situation of what is going on across the United States as best as possible. Though it does not reference the recent Florida decision by legislators to send an anti-bitcoin bill to the Florida governor (that occurred roughly at the same time my article was published), my general opinion of the proposal in Florida is that it should be rejected, or challenged by technological and legal means if signed into law. Please feel free to copy and paste the article I have provided from either of the two links above into your blog or content areas that you develop and publish from. If you publish it, I ask only that you publish it unmodified and in full, with links and emphases intact, and that you credit me as the author as follows: "- Colin Gallagher is a member of Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Boards (Complex Systems, Human-Nonhuman Relationship, New Money Systems, and Philosophy) and the Bitcoin Foundation's Education Committee. He encourages decentralization of the giving process through support and adoption of the ABIS project ( http://abis.io )." -Cheers, -cg
  2. Help Defeat California's proposed version of Bitlicense

    Hello once again! If you have been following bitcoin news, you will know that a certain California legislator has proposed a bitlicense for California - again. This will be the third time that we have had to fight (and defeat) bitlicense in California! But it's not only California that is dealing with these issues. As a result, I've written a comprehensive article on the various states where a bitlicense in some form is either being considered, or in some cases, has actually been (or is in the process of being) repealed! And in at least one state (New York), a bitlicense is being challenged in court, which is also covered in the article below. Here's the link -- enjoy the article and share it widely! Note: If you couldn't view the content at the above link for any reason, it is also posted here.
  3. Hello! You may be interested in viewing or trying out Friends of Satoshi, a "decentralized marketing" solution for bitcoin, with an option to reward content creators (at content creator's discretion). The site is https://www.friendsofsatoshi.com/ Enjoy!
  4. Help Defeat California's proposed version of Bitlicense

    AB 1326 has been defeated (twice this legislative session) and will not be brought back this year. However, there are already rumblings from the idiot legislator who has been proposing this nonsense that he intends to bring a proposed bitlicense back to the California legislature for consideration in early 2017. Apparently, this paragon of stupidity also has been held in some regard at the Banking and Financial Institution Committee, where the members have more or less confirmed they will consider it next year with revisions based on the so-called "model virtual currency bill" created by the Uniform Law Commission -- a horrible piece of work if there ever was one. (It seems as though they are intent on simply replacing one bad proposal with another.) It is therefore essential that you continue to write your legislators to oppose California's next version of the anti-virtual currency bill. Suggested talking points for your message (use any or all that you like): We won't accept limitations on our ability to engage in free trade. We consider our use of bitcoin, and other decentralized, distributed systems, to be a form of speech as well. We'll keep fighting efforts to restrict this -- and when legislators propose that we must be subject to a licensing regime in order to use the systems we want -- there's a simple answer that I have for them, and that I hope you'll defend as a legislator as well: "Just Say No." We defeated AB 1326 by taking a hard line in favor of economic freedom and fungibility, not in favor of statism and central planning. Fungibility is the property of something whose individual units are capable of mutual substitution. It is the property of things which are "capable of being substituted in place of one another." Imposing licenses on the use of virtual currency will impair or even destroy fungibility in the context of legal uses of currency. Without fungibility, you don't have a functional economic system; if the economic system were to remain functional, it could only occur with nearly all economic activity being driven underground.) We won't accept any proposal which would require individuals or businesses to have to obtain a license or enrollment. The so-called "model virtual currency bill" created by the Uniform Law Commission, which the California Legislature is apparently considering introducing as a new proposed bitlicense bill in 2017, is simply replacing one bad, failed proposal with another one. We don't want it, and won't accept it. Even if the Legislature were to limit its proposal to having a license requirement for exchanges and brokerages, it would not work. When New York adopted its bitlicense regulation, a partial list of the companies that immediately left New York were: BitQuick, BTCGuild, Eobot, Genesis Mining, GoCoin, Kraken, LocalBitcoins, Paxful, and Poloniex. “This particular piece of legislation is unnecessary and is an obstacle to free market innovation,” wrote Genesis Mining on its blog in response to New York's approach. Kraken, an exchange headquartered in San Francisco, California, said that the license, “comes at a price that exceeds the market opportunity of servicing New York residents. Therefore, we have no option but to withdraw our service from the state.” These companies and more will make a similar exodus from California if a bitlicense bill is adopted here. (Actually, BTCGuild had to shut down, citing NY's bitlicense as a reason, so they won't be able to make an exodus from California... they have already been killed by bad regulation.) Decentralized, distributed exchanges and markets will not be able to be regulated. Where the system does not rely upon a corporation or service provider, but rather relies upon each person running software that is a part (or a node) of a network, then these systems are quite resilient and well beyond the reach of the state. Technology is dynamic, develops at an exponential rate, and will outpace the dinosaur legislatures such as California and New York. Those legislatures which will benefit from decentralized virtual currencies and decentralized, distributed exchanges are those that welcome them, not those that attempt to impose ridiculous licensing requirements that people have roundly rejected. Who to write your message to? 1) Your legislator: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ (Make sure you send it to your Assemblymember AND Senator.) 2) The Governor: https://govnews.gov....39mail/mail.php (In addition to the talking points above, make sure you ask him to veto ANY bill which would require virtual currency licensing that would be introduced in 2017.) 3) You may also want to contact interest groups, such as the EFF, Bitcoin Foundation (that's us!) and other groups with your concerns about the California Legislature's ongoing insanity. It will help, and can't hurt. Thank you!
  5. Bitcoin Mining in USA initiative to protect US BTC interests.

    Hello, weighing in on this topic, I don't think it's feasible to do mining in the US anymore, or to locate servers in the US for just about anything digital, for legal reasons. The benefit to having your servers outside the US far and away outweighs the benefit that could be had from locating them inside the US. I say this as someone who is a US citizen. I'm just stating the obvious. For some recent backup of what I'm saying, you might want to read this story on a privacy ruling that stipulates that the feds can't grab your data located abroad: https://www.wired.co...abroad-warrant/ Additionally, you might note, that: Slovakia decided that mass surveillance is unconstitutional - and in Slovenia, data retention was deemed to be unconstitutional. Paraguay also recently (in June 2015) defeated a proposed mandatory data retention bill in that country. (Slovakia appears generally friendly to decentralized, distributed cryptocurrency users. https://en.wikipedia...ountry#Slovakia -- and Slovenia appears somewhat friendly to decentralized, distributed cryptocurrency users. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bitcoin_by_country#Slovenia) Slovakia seems the best choice of the two, IMHO. The point here is that there are indeed places in the world where you can go that are better than the United States for privacy as well as energy cost. Some people will say "Iceland!" without bothering to research the situation; Iceland is in the stone age - they deemed bitcoin to be illegal. In late 2013, the Icelandic Central Bank confirmed that "it is prohibited to engage in foreign exchange trading with the electronic currency bitcoin, according to the Icelandic Foreign Exchange Act," (source [icelandic]: http://www.mbl.is/vi...ti_med_bitcoin/) and thus locked Iceland squarely in the stone age. Anyway, if you are planning on setting up a mining operation, the US is probably the last place in the world you'd want to go.
  6. Help Defeat California's proposed version of Bitlicense

    IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS THREAD: AB 1326 (Digital Currency). Guess what - IT'S BACK. It's been changed. It's even worse than before. And it's passed the Assembly and now is on Senate Second Reading - scheduled for Tuesday, AUGUST 9, 2016. If you want to take quick action, use this tool (see link below, still works) made by Electronic Frontier Foundation to oppose the bill, but when you get to the message section, edit and rewrite the message simply to state, "I oppose AB 1326 as rewritten. Please oppose this bill which cannot be enforced, which would limit economic freedom, and which the state would be unable to support due to the State's own fiscal problems. Additionally, this bill as rewritten meets the threshold for suspense and should be referred back to Appropriations for review and suspense motions." The link below goes to Electronic Frontier Foundation's tool for you to quickly oppose AB 1326. https://wfc2.wiredfo...ction_KEY=10089 You can also use this very handy tool: https://nobitcoinlicense.org/ When you're done, make sure and go to the California Governor's webpage at gov.ca.gov and (using the contact form on the Governor's page) tell him to VETO AB 1326 if it reaches his desk. (You can do this no matter where you live in the world!) Thank you! UPDATE TO THIS UPDATE: AB 1326 has gone through the CA Senate Second Reading and Third Reading, and has been referred to the CA Senate Banking and Financial Institutional Committee. It will be heard in that committee on Monday August 15, 2016. Please call AND (e-mail or fax) each and every member of that committee TODAY, Friday, to register your opposition to AB 1326 (as it's unlikely they'll be checking messages over the weekend before Monday August 15)! Their contact information can be found here: http://sbnk.senate.ca.gov/ UPDATE TO THIS UPDATE TO THIS UPDATE: AB 1326 has been defeated. "From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak I fought with the Balrog of Morgoth... Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountain side. ...Darkness took me and I strayed away through thought and time. Stars wheeled overhead and every day was as long as a life age of the earth... But it was not the end. I felt life in me again. I've been sent back until my task is done." - Gandalf
  7. With the recent theft of 119,756 BTC from Bitfinex, once again users of a web-based exchange have been robbed and are likely without much recourse. It's worth bringing up the point again that you should not trust web wallets or web-based exchanges at all, and that if you for some reason personally feel that you must have your funds travel through a web-based exchange or brokerage, it should be only for the briefest of moments, and then get yourself and your funds as far away from that exchange or brokerage as possible! Put simply: Do not treat an exchange of any kind as your wallet, or you will be sorely disappointed. You should only hold your funds in a secure wallet where only you have the control of the private keys, such as Electrum, Core, or Mycelium, or if you are using an exchange, you should be using a decentralized, distributed exchange such as Bitsquare - not a web-based exchange or brokerage.) This was essentially my warning to people on the subject back in October of 2014. (Edit (May 5, 2017): Some web-based exchanges are beginning to explore much better privacy practices and work to develop decentralized mechanisms for users to access and work with their systems. This is a good sign and given the volume that is being moved through web-based exchanges, improvements in privacy and security should continue.) (Here, Justus Ranvier describes how to stop the plague of bitcoin heists, thefts, scams, hacks, and losses. It does not require adding any new regulations on how people behave nor does it suggest that any new permitting or regulatory regime would be necessary to improve security. Greg Maxwell described how zero-knowledge proofs could be used to avoid revealing a service's total holdings. And some while back, Zak Wilcox documented the proof-of-reserves movement.) Here's my summary post on the subject (from October of 2014) as a stark reminder and warning about web-based exchanges: https://edgedsolo.bl...businesses.html It seemed to have gotten plenty of interest back then - went straight to the top on reddit, and with the original Bitcoin Foundation forum post soared to get around 30,000 views, with quite a lot of support from interested members of the public, bitcoin developers, and bitcoin business owners. Curiously, however, the industry didn't seem to learn much from my message. Maybe they should take the time and read the post, and pay some attention to its message. Reviewing the (biggest) heists in bitcoin: 1) MtGox: 850,000 BTC 2) Silk Road: 171,955 BTC 3) Bitfinex: 119,756 BTC 4) MyBitcoin: 78,739 BTC The Verge made a great article (not that I'd recommend following it, but it will make you concerned about things, and that's why I consider it a great article) about how to steal bitcoins in three easy steps. While centralized, web-based exchanges and vulnerable, centralized marketplaces which have poor security practices are going to be the big, fat targets, this story should also be a cautionary tale for all who use bitcoin, big and small.
  8. Can you help me with my bitcoin projects economically? =)

    Here is an idea that might be fun and also would provide you with some funding for some projects. 1) Identify or purchase some storage (maybe just look and see what space you have on your computer if you have a lot you don't use). Next: Go here and follow the steps: http://docs.storj.io....io/ Basically you are renting excess storage and getting paid for it in a cryptocurrency. (See the button at the upper right hand corner of the Storj site which says, 'Rent Your Drive,' and click on that for some simple info on how to do it.) After a while you will have earned something. 2) Once you've got some Storjcoin go and exchange it for something else, like BTC, DASH, SDC. You could either trade these in person or potentially you could do this on Poloniex.com (which is less than ideal because it is a web based exchange) but, if you do use an exchange, you should immediately move your funds out of the exchange after the trade to a personal wallet on your computer (not a web wallet) where you retain control of your private keys. An example of a good wallet (for BTC) is Electrum. Don't make the mistake of leaving funds for any length of time on any exchange of any kind. 3) If you've accrued a reasonable amount of (BTC, DASH, SDC) as a result of the above steps and wish to trade a portion of them for something else, don't move them back to a centralized, web-based exchange. Instead, try using Bitsquare (bitsquare.io), a decentralized, distributed currency exchange. Bitsquare allows you to trade BTC, altcoins, and so forth, and also allows you to interact indirectly with standard financial institutions, if you so choose. If you are comfortable using I2P and have downloaded it to your computer, you can also use Exchanged.i2p - details of that are at the forum: https://bitcointalk....733#msg11646733 4) None of the above requires that you have any special computer equipment other than that which you probably already have. Have fun!
  9. Nominee list

    Hello, question for Brian: I am confirmed as a nominee but I am curious when the next election will be held. Has the Board indicated this to you? I do know that the Board appointed three persons. However, I am a candidate (and was confirmed as a candidate before the appointments were made) and the bylaws (with respect to elections) have not yet changed. Assuming that condition remains as-is, at some point there will be an election and at that time my candidacy will be more timely. Thus my question remains (given that the bylaws have not yet changed on elections), has the Board told you when the next election will be held? Thank you in advance for your answer to this question.
  10. Update on the Bitcoin Foundation & my role

    Thanks for what you've done in this role, Bruce.
  11. I heard that Bruce Fenton was planning to leave his current position as part-time, volunteer Executive Director of the Foundation in a couple months. Can this be confirmed, or is it just rumor? Also if so, who will be stepping up to volunteer and do good and help out the community as best they can in that capacity? Also, while you are here, relating to NY virtual currency issues (please read and share!): See: https://diasp.org/posts/5691573 (this is a public post that anyone can see on diaspora or outside of diaspora also) And, for twitter users: https://twitter.com/...233842754654208
  12. A Challenge for Members Interested in Taking a Stand

    I'll venture to say it does! Thank you, Theo.
  13. Peaceful Uses of Outer Space... and Bitcoin

    The Lifeboat Foundation (for which I am on the Human-Nonhuman Relationship Board and New Money Systems Board as well as a couple others) announced a proposal to fund a conference on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. You can donate to it by using cryptocurrencies (including bitcoin, of course). Check it out at: https://lifeboat.com/ex/usip.proposal
  14. I could't find my name on member list

    Yes, to Josh and Brad, there is not a working portal at the moment to find your name and date of member registration / date of expiry to track your membership. (Also, there is not currently any working system that automatically e-mails members when their membership is about to expire, so it is likely that people simply forget to renew and that is all unless they remember to come back, because this has not been fixed.) As indicated in the past, and as one can see from referring to the link which Brad provided above, I committed to helping out in this endeavor and I indicated that I would soon be in touch with Megan, Peter and Bruce on this issue. I have not yet contacted them since April 22, 2016 (the date of my last post in the thread on that issue) but it seems now is the time to do so.
  15. State of New York responded to lawsuit.

    Theo, have you (recently in the past week or so) contacted Bruce Fenton directly by e-mail to make this suggestion, or various Board members by e-mail? I noticed you made a Board request in the Forum.