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  1. Leaving the Foundation

    Hello, This is the only place available to post in on the forum for me, so that is why this is here. Please leave it here for the record. I am discontinuing my association with the Foundation as of today. Please refer to my past articles in the forum for my statements on different issues. Please support the Foundation's effort to help Theo Chino's case against the NY bitlicense. The Foundation should be commended for this stance against bitlicense in NY, and the battle against bitlicense should be a global one, waged both with legal advocacy and with technological privacy improvements. The Foundation has opted to discontinue the mandate for an Education Committee recently. A huge challenge for advocates of decentralized systems today is the growing apathy and lack of involvement by new entrants into bitcoin and similar systems. This challenge will continue, as many participants in bitcoin today do not seriously explore how they could more fully contribute, whether in terms of running a full node, helping review or write code for the bitcoin repository, or by advocating against bitlicense in various states and countries where it is introduced (and advocating for or participating in self regulatory organizations and efforts). More people should engage in such efforts and advocacy. The CryptoCurrency Security Standard or CCSS is a great effort and people should support that and ideas like it, and other self-regulatory concepts and approaches. We should also advocate for approaches such as that in Slovenia, where as of 2018, bitcoin is not discriminated against and is treated properly for the most part. Look up "Legality of bitcoin by country or territory," Slovenia's approach is reasonable in stating bitcoin is neither a currency or asset. Which is correct. Even better would be if they discontinued taxes in Slovenia on mining. But generally Slovenia got it right with the above approach. I continue working constantly with bitcoin professionally and also as a hobby (via my voluntary microdonations project). For those similarly involved, please continue your efforts to help future generations. Ok, that's all. Cheers all, ciao.
  2. Bitcoin Niche Marketing

    Hello Bitcoiners.. I just want to know your thought on this slide about Bitcoin Niche Marketing, http://www.slideshar...iche-marketing. This was originally presented by Oron Barber, Co-founder & CEO of CoinPoint Services LTD - http://www.coinpoint.net, at the recent ICE Totally Gaming 2015 conference held last Feb 3 in London.
  3. 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
  4. You can link here for a reddit discussion on the subject of: Who is behind the lobbying in California to try to get AB 1326 approved What is the status of AB 1326 how you can get your voice heard on it at the State Senate level And, most importantly, how you can request that the Governor veto it, which is the likeliest possible avenue for it to be defeated given the tradition of the Legislature to approve nearly any bills that are introduced. Also, you can link here to EFF's campaign against the California version of Bitlicense. (Thank you, EFF!) You can also help by sharing these links far and wide across whatever social media you use! Thank you.
  5. 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.
  6. Hello, I have a challenge for members who want to take a stand for bitcoin. First of all, as many of you know, there have been many patent filings by banks and various companies recently related to blockchain technology. These filings are in essence based on ideas that are obvious and not new in any way. I urge you to read some information about recent developments and take action. Second, if you live in California, you were no doubt aware of the defeat of California's attempt to ban most uses of cryptocurrency. While this was a positive development, it has not escaped the attention of many that the very same bill that was defeated in the last legislative session, has been creeping slowly towards reconsideration with its item number dropping lower and lower (seemingly indicative of a legislative effort to bring it back to the floor). Even though it is in the inactive file, it could be brought back to the floor, and although such a bill would be defeated once more if it were to be brought up for a vote, please be sure to keep your eye on it and register your objections with your legislator (beginning with your State Senator) to AB 1326 being reconsidered. Some in the California legislature have not been content with trying to ban cryptocurrency, as California is known for trying to ban basically everything. Mobile phones and phone encryption are the latest. The recently introduced bill, AB 1681, demands that any phone sold after January 1, 2017 be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider." Here's a quick form that you can use if you are in California to send a message to your legislators and to the Governor at the same time, to signal your opposition to AB 1681. (If you use NoScript, please disable it for that page to enable the page elements to load.) If you are in New York, or are anywhere near the East Coast, you should consider signing this form to oppose New York's proposed legislation to ban cell phone encryption in that state. (March edit: Since this was originally posted on Feb. 2, 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has - as of March 9, 2016 - provided a great post with a link to take action against AB 1681. Please use and share that one, too.) There's now also a congressional bill you can support, which proposes to stop state-level bans on encrypted phones and software. It's called the ENCRYPT Act of 2016. Third, if you are interested in doing something for a Foundation Committee, there definitely are some pending issues that need your help. You can find some of them in the Education Committee repository. Please feel free to take any one of them up and solve it (or leave a comment on github or here asking how you can help get it done) - the easiest one to clear out is probably this one. Please feel free to take it up and act on it. Thank you!
  7. 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
  8. Any organization which has membership levels needs an easy way for members to pay / donate. An excellent example that I've brought up before is how Electronic Frontier Foundation has its page for new members or donors: (The amounts range from $25 USD up to $2500, with option to pay in bitcoin) See: https://supporters.e...g/donate/button Currently the Bitcoin Foundation website "Join Us" section can be seen at https://bitcoinfoundation.org/join/ It is not too easy to arrive at that section, perhaps there should be a prominent "donate" or "join" button on the page so that it is easier for people visiting the website to get there. Another point to consider is how members renew or how new members pay to join up. Currently there is simply a form field for people to contact the Bitcoin Foundation and inquire regardless of the level they are interested in. There isn't a way to pay directly. (Edit / additional notes: Currently there's also no way for members to discern the date when their membership expires, and they don't get e-mails in advance to remind them to renew. Since the end of January 2015, approximately 300 members were being misinterpreted by the Foundation's system, and even when the members could see that they were paid up (which they could do at that time via https://members.bitcoinfoundation.org/ and now via https://bitcoinfoundation.org/join/) ~ the Foundation was (at that time) interpreting members as expired who in fact were paid. Subject to correction through manual updating, it was unknown how many members were kept from voting due to this internal error, but it is safe to conclude the following: 1) A report on what happened with these errors was never issued prior to the last election. 2) An unknown, but potentially significant number of errors remains, which would likely either dissuade eligible voters from having voted, or would convince Foundation staff (who had not yet corrected an error) that a certain member is not eligible even if the opposite is true. 3) These errors have not yet been corrected, to the best of my knowledge, unless a report has been developed and released by the Foundation which I am not aware of on the matter.) However, with a little work, and use of tools that are already available, the Foundation website could be improved so that members could renew (or interested persons could join) more directly. Additional tools are available for those website manager(s) / administrators who want to actually install a payment gateway on a Unix machine. For those who currently have admin privileges to the Foundation website and work with the member payments, I suggest integrating this tool to make everything a lot easier. - C.
  9. Colin Gallagher ~ Candidate Thread

    Hello ~ this is a very brief marker and candidate thread for those who have an interest in my candidacy. It is intended to remain open to take any questions about my candidacy. (Please direct questions about election specifics, dates, or technicalities to Election Committee or to Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director.) A reddit thread is not yet open relating to this candidate thread, but will be posted at a later date. I am currently Member and Chairperson of the 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). Thanks for reading.
  10. Islamic Banking & Economics Promotion Center applying cryptocurrency technology was opened Website: http://sharia.ccfr.info
  11. Hello, This is a quick post, many of you have periodically done something to promote bitcoin or educate others about it in some way, some briefly or others in a more sustained way. This is basically to inquire what you've done in that area and if you like, feel free to add other info such as how effective or ineffective you felt it was. Anything goes, from the social media posts you may have made about bitcoin, to a mini-course you may have developed and taught in person at a university, or you may want to describe how you feel about the Foundation guides if you were one of the people who helped co-author or create them. It's up to you, whatever you have done, please feel free to add it here. The more, the better ~ as I'm trying to get an idea of just what is the full scope of what's been done in Education (a post will be made to the Education Committee mailing list soon on this topic, but I wanted to preface that with a question to readers here). You can also answer this same inquiry on social media in 140 characters or less, on twitter at: or on diaspora at: https://diasp.org/posts/4723096 Thanks in advance for any replies which you may share on any of these fora. -Colin Gallagher
  12. Arizona Regulatory Status

    Who is best person to contact to understand AZ digital currency regulations? This is in regards to an Initiative related to the following: The Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC) celebrated its 1 year anniversary on July 19, 2015. Just in its first year, the Chamber has already played an enormous role in Bitcoin education and FinTech regulation... Digital Chamber’s Founder and President, Perianne Boring ... thoughts on FinTech regulation: ... Our mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and related technologies. Through education, advocacy, and working closely with policymakers, regulatory agencies and industry, our goal is to develop a pro-growth legal environment that fosters innovation, jobs and investment. We are based in Washington, DC and focused on US federal regulation and legislation. However, we also engage with the states and in international efforts with our counterparts and members around the globe, where appropriate.
  13. I don't know about you, but anything document, advisory, or anything begins with "The Conference of State Bank Supervisors..." in my view is something that anyone should very cautious about these days. Especially if it goes on to suggest what we should be doing with... you guessed it.... "Virtual Currency," across 50 states. So let's get into this. First of all, what is it we're looking at there? A document, called the "50-State Solution," released by a bunch of banksters that call themselves the "Task Force" on December 16, 2014. Naturally, they are consulting with "industry participants" and "state and federal regulators," because as we all know, those are the folks that will help us get where we need to go. Note that this Conference of State Bank Supervisors, or CSBS -- the "Task Force," as they like to call themselves, recommend that "activities involving third party control" of virtual currency - transmitting, exchanging, holding, anything-ing, basically, in their view - be completely and totally subject to state licensure and supervision. That is, if they can manage to do so. Did I mention that this "Task Force" are seeking comment on their "proposals" by Feb. 16, 2015... right in the middle of the Bitcoin Foundation Elections is when their comment period ends. Interesting timing, so when members to some extent are focused on Elections, the banksters are hurriedly throwing together yet another unwanted regulatory proposal. I can tell you I don't want it, I'm not interested in it. I see these proposals as the zombie CISPAs sort of lumbering out of Wall Street toward the blockchain to have a bite. It doesn't matter how many of them they make, though, as in the end, to me, decentralization wins the day. Of course, this pretty much means that if you are one of those people who is still using web wallets (and I no longer am, I got out, as I explain below), then you are going to get your stuff taken by a variety of states, as many as can get their greedy hands on this regulatory free money circus. If you want to defend yourself, though, it's pretty easy: Get your bitcoin out of the web wallets like now, and put them into a very secure desktop wallet where you control the private keys. Do this now, do not cry about it in a few months once a state is suing people to try and "seize coin" or is launching lawsuits claiming you don't "have the requisite licenses for bitcoin use." That's right. Did you let your private keys slip just a little? Did they fly out of your grasp into some third party surveillor while in transit? Any state between where you sit and where your bitcoin is going, that can manage to exchange information with the surveilling party, in several months time, can and will make a claim you owe that state something (or at least violated the state's licensing laws), if the "Task Force" is successful. (Or at least, they will try to.) But if you are using a wallet you install on your own computer (Core, Electrum, Mycelium) and you don't rely on web wallets that are sucking up all your private data (such as BitPay, Coinbase, or others), this shouldn't be an issue, right? However, now, this "Task Force" may likely attempt to even make transmittal of bitcoin a crime unless you are somehow complying with state licensing laws. These are the kinds of of tricky laws that most users don't even find out about until after the fact, until they are passed and they find themselves in court, so you just have resolve to fight it all now and just never comply. (This also makes the process of getting both multisignature support and stealth payment support a vital part of what should be in all wallets! Currently mutisignature is not in all wallets and stealth is still being tested.) Some basics to be aware of in this process. Closing Your Accounts Some while back I made this big ol' post about why I had decided to close my accounts with BitPay, Coinbase, and various other web-based bitcoin services. That process is done. I can tell you going through that process was arduous. Some of the companies involved will make it easier and some will make it hard on you. But at the end of the day, you are out. It's really not that hard in the end, and yes, there are alternatives. One of the things you need to be prepared for: You aren't going to have rapid access to old-school banks and traditional financial institutions after you close your accounts with BitPay, Coinbase, and so on. But we didn't get into bitcoin in order to keep floating around in banker-land. Move right along. There are ways to operate more in crypto than you thought there were before, and when you need a bit of fiat, you will find ways to get it without touching a bank, financial institution, or the various web-based services that collect, store, and sell your personal information. Bitcoin Businesses: Corporations and Compliance It's very simple really. A corporation, to be formed and to stay afloat essentially has to remain in keeping with whatever legal principles that function where the corporation is considered domiciled. This is horribly simplistic, but basically, let's say you are taking a look at a bitcoin service (such as one of the many bitcoin wallets out there) - is it a corporation? If it has to be subject to the many forms of financial compliance that ordinary corporations would, and if it's going to take you as a customer to handle financial matters for you online, for financial and business purposes, it's not only going to be asking you for your e-mail and all kinds of private information, it's going to suck that info right up and then share it with governments around the world, compromising everything about your data. Constantly. That's compliance. That's a warning right there, and it's very unlikely that you want to share your information with any such service, unless it literally can know nothing about you at all ~ a process known as zero knowledge. Alternatives to the "Corporation-Compliance" model Finding software repositories that are worked on by dedicated communities - not owned by corporations - is vital to finding meaningful alternatives to the corporation-compliance model. So you need an alternative? You need to find "free and open source software" in what are known as these open repositories. For bitcoin wallets, your best bets at present are: Electrum Mycelium (Bitcoinwallet) Bitcoin Core (Note: All three of the above have multisignature support, as well as functioning in a way so they keep your private keys to yourself, and never require you to share any of your private info with anyone!) It's a myth that you have to be some kind of genius techie to run these programs in your computer. You don't have to be. You do have to spend a bit of time to understand how they work, keep them backed up, and keep them updated. You really do. But you do not have to be a SuperBitcoinTechnoSuperstar (whatever that is). You do not have to appear on the cover of Financial Times. You do not, and never will, need a bank, at any point in the process, to help you. (Though it will help to have a friend or a helpful online community, and a willingness to explore.) These wallets do not require that you give up information or register. (And if they ever did I would stop using them and find something else that didn't.) CoinKite is also in the process of making some substantial revisions and privacy improvements and is providing development which may provide a much more greater privacy model than it previously had, which is positive to see this kind of growth happening. (I still have my concerns about the web wallets, but when CoinKite makes the kind of improvements it is, it sure should inspire others to follow CoinKite's lead.) The Cromnibus Be aware of this. You heard of it all in late 2014: "Oh no, the Cromnibus, ahhhh! The government's going to shut down, what's going to happen, ahhhhh!!!! ohhhh they passed a thing." Then the news died down and nobody talked about it much. What you probably didn't hear about, ever, was this totally buried provision on broad spectrum surveillance on third party issues that happens without your consent, including financial networks of course, which got passed as part of the cromnibus. This is really, really bad, and you need to read about it, so take your time and read a little bit about the details. Essentially any of these web wallets are going to start running background and / or credit checks on you and that information is going to be collected and shared as part of a financial profile without your consent to track and trace every single aspect of your financial activity. Go ahead... Read all about it. Again, it was passed at the end of 2014. Your Identity Your identity is yours. Unless it isn't. Can you imagine standing in front of a judge (you know, one of those folks in black robes) and trying to explain that you have an identity (or multiple identities) that are broadcast across the blockchain while looking at the judge's eyebrows furrow up? You could try saying, "Part of what I do involves a process of embedding signed announcements in the Bitcoin blockchain," but that would probably not be helpful. Instead, you could be more explicit, like this: "My identity is my own and cannot be issued by nor owned by to any state or any other person, but I can ask other people if they will honor it." Or more technically, I have my own signature chain that grows monotonically with each announcement; There is also involved in certain cases a global Merkle Tree that covers all signature chains; and Servers can sign and publish the root of the Merkle Tree with every new user signature (the above two steps refer to Keybase's approach). This is important to establish, however, because without your identity being your own (or having identities you maintain as your own that are not generated and controlled by the state) then you will likely always remain controlled by some state or another. The basis for all forms of unethical and amoral revenue collection by the state is, in fact, regulated identity. Simple things like frustrating that process of regulated identity help give you greater time and freedom to contemplate what you really want to do as well as potentially develop a collaborative system of resources within which you may be able to give back to your community or contemplate a non-violent future that is a meaningful alternative to statism. To Sum Up It's absolutely insensible and illogical that 'our' government ~ our corporation-state, as it were ~ keeps asking for more and more and more. More of our resources. More surveillance. More control of our lives. More of this. More of that. I think we can give more.... that is to say, more of what used to be corporation-state control, back in the form of decentralization, a decentralized control back to everyone, so that we can all figure out together how we can reconstruct newer and better communities. Perhaps in this process some of those who still claim to be our representatives will become much more like the rest of us: just trying to figure it all out as equals in a process. I'm still a bit optimistic about this. I also think that governments will be around for a while, in various forms, figuring out how they fit in over the next 10, 20, 50, 100 years, as we move from bitcoin, DAOs, AIs, and whatever is next. I have a funny feeling that whatever is next isn't going to look anything at all like my time out on the back forty from when I was a kid, to put it mildly. The question isn't: will governments exist in 10 or 50 years. The question is can people within humanity coexist with each other and move beyond bureacracy to creating a better, more compassionate society? I believe the answer is yes. But in closing: I vehemently oppose the "50-State Solution," and you should too. -C
  14. Education committee meeting (teleconferences) These are held weekly every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:00 PM Pacific Standard time. The recommended method is to use one of the call-in numbers. 1) Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, use your telephone. United States: +1 (646) 982-0002 Australia: +61 2 8355 1040 Austria: +43 (0) 7 2088 1399 Belgium: +32 (0) 38 08 1855 Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391 Denmark: +45 (0) 69 91 88 61 Finland: +358 (0) 942 41 5777 France: +33 (0) 182 880 455 Germany: +49 (0) 811 8899 6976 Ireland: +353 (0) 14 845 975 Italy: +39 0 699 36 98 80 Netherlands: +31 (0) 708 912 514 New Zealand: +64 (0) 9 909 7882 Norway: +47 21 03 58 95 Spain: +34 931 81 6668 Sweden: +46 (0) 852 503 498 Switzerland: +41 (0) 435 0167 07 United Kingdom: +44 (0) 20 3535 0624 Access Code: 712-865-982 (Note, it asks for this after you call in, and you need it to join the call) Audio PIN: Supposedly shown after joining the meeting (I've never seen an Audio PIN and have never needed one, but if you have one, great!) Meeting ID: 712-865-982 (edit: for the time being, do not use the meeting link below, use only the phone numbers and access code shown above) Alternatively, join the meeting at https://www3.gotomee.../join/712865982 GoToMeeting® Online Meetings Made Easy® Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad® or Android® device via the GoToMeeting app. -------------------------------------- Please comment to let us know how it goes if you've done this before and if it is not working so we can try to fix it.
  15. Concerns

    Hello, Gavin Andresen asked a question to members on April 4, 2015 ~ "What do you want the role of the Foundation to be going forward?" As I asked in a follow-up post on April 16, 2015: "1) What is the vision we want as members?" and "2) Should we rely upon the Board to adopt that vision, or should there be some other sort of implementation that does not rely upon waiting for the Board to formally adopt it?" I don't think the membership has done a good enough job of taking ownership of these questions and coming up with answers on our own. In my own humble opinion, and based on past experience and observations, in general waiting for Board approvals for meaningful proposals takes anywhere from five to seven months, or longer. This is too long to wait, so we'll probably just have to forge ahead on our own as members of Committees or ad-hoc groups of individuals and see what happens. In terms of what the Foundation Board chooses to do (or not do) in terms of its finances, as of April 16, 2015, the Foundation was facing the likelihood of insolvency in seven weeks, assuming that the Foundation were to continue levels of funding and expenditures as it has in the past on the engineering team in particular and in some other areas as well. I do not know if it has changed course since then in terms of an actual decision at the Board level that would change this, but Bruce (new ED) has published a recent post that references budget changes being recommended to the Board, I think. Little time remains to address the financial problems that have cropped up. All this raises a couple larger questions... a ) Are we willing to take responsibility for major or core questions about the organization that we pay for? b ) Are the Board members (including new or incoming ones) going to make a new attempt to change and become more timely in addressing member requests and in making decisions before issues and problems snowball into larger and problematic issues? I hope the answers are yes, but I remain concerned about this.
  16. The last several years have been very turbulent and chaotic. There was a heyday for the Bitcoin Foundation, there was Mt Gox, there were many strange things happen. There was a moment when various governments blinked, and started sluggishly moving. None of this is over, and it may be just starting. However.... Last night I ordered from the Dell factory in Austin, Texas a ultrabook XMS series computer. Just a typical commercial transaction value between $1k-2k. I bought it right off their "Complete your Order" page just like any other order. Except for one thing. I bought it with Bitcoin. Thank you, Satoshi.
  17. Hello, I'm having some issues with my ISP, which is being a real jerk, and so it looks like I will be offline for a couple of weeks until the matter is resolved fully. Thus, I won't be on the forums regularly to respond to the things that are (lately) rapidly evolving here. There have been a few areas where I would like to be more present on the forum over the next couple weeks, but can't due to my current situation with my ISP: 1) Education Committee discussion of microsite and further discussion of what appears to be a Foundation approach to decentralize content and responsibility for aspects of the Foundation website through github 2) Lighthouse related discussion, some of which I recently covered in discussion here in this forum as well as in google group, copying Patrick and Elizabeth 3) Vision for future of Foundation, member meeting concepts, etc. However, even though you won't be able to contact me for probably about one and a half to two weeks following April 10th via this forum or forum private messaging function, you still will be able to get a hold of me via the following way(s): a. my e-mail (I'll still get e-mail on my cell, though my internet will be down for a few weeks) b. my cell phone The details of those, if you don't already have them, are in my member profile. Cheers, Colin Gallagher Chair, Education Committee
  18. Hello ~ The Education Committee maintains educational resources on Bitcoin and could use your help! Here's how this works - it's actually pretty simple. 1) Check out this link that describes how to submit educational resources (articles, videos, documents, etc.) to us. No account or special process needed, just check out the guide in the first step to submit the information through an easy-to-use form. 2) Committee members will review the materials that you submit. Most of what is submitted will end up in our Zotero library and will also ultimately be posted to the Reference list area as well. This list will be permanently available for public view and is occasionally utilized by authors or researchers inquiring about bitcoin. 3) If you have privacy or anonymity links and resources you'd like to contribute, there's a special area where you can go to do that at this time as resources are being gathered in anticipation of a guide to help people with privacy software that is used in tandem with bitcoin. Please feel free to check it out and add your suggestions here in the github area. Thank you!
  19. Some Background Some long time ago, I posted a comment on reddit in response to Ben Lawsky's Bitlicense in New York. My response to New York on this matter has not changed. When the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), known around the world for its activism to support user privacy, free expression, innovation, and civil liberties in the digital world, joined the cause of opposing Bitlicense, I went ahead and used EFF's form which it had tailored to the campaign against New York to send them a copy of my original message of opposition, just as it had appeared in reddit. In my original remarks to Ben Lawsky, as submitted both on reddit and through EFF, I pointed out in part that "As an advocate against regulatory approaches for Bitcoin generally, I nonetheless feel compelled to point out that there is a reasonable state response that can be crafted, and that the maximum reasonable response of the states to Bitcoin should be a legal expression such as that chosen recently by California in its enactment of AB 129, which in essence frees innovators in the state so that they do not have to be concerned with unreasonable regulation." Why did I feel this way? Because AB 129, as passed by the State of California in June of 2014, simply repealed old, restrictive law on money in California (law that 99% of bitcoiners were ignoring anyway). It did so in a simple way, like this: "Existing law prohibits a corporation, flexible purpose corporation, association, or individual from issuing or putting in circulation, as money, anything but the lawful money of the United States. This bill would repeal that provision." That was great. In fact, it was probably the single bright spot I've seen in a very long time in the giant mess that we call the California Legislature, which so often excels at producing painful excesses of regulation, and very infrequently (if ever) provides relief. So for a time, I felt happy to be in California as someone who could experiment with cryptocurrencies, including, of course, bitcoin. An Unfortunate Turning Point in California Then, just recently, came the introduction from the Legislature of AB 1326, and upended everything and has made me consider whether I may have to leave California (something I've thought about before but now am more seriously considering). In many aspects this proposal mirrors Lawsky's proposals in New York, but in reality it is worse. Not merely prohibiting people from use of bitcoin and subjecting them to permission of a Commissioner (and payment of $5000 unless we want to be labeled as criminals in the Golden State), but in order to enforce this nefarious mandate, a new surveillance apparatus will be needed by the State! Lo and behold, Chainalysis (and a multitude of similar companies) are rearing their heads, chomping at the bit in hopes that they will be the ones to get the first big State contract for "compliance monitoring." This is a sign of an increasingly regressive and reactionary California legislature. My thoughts on this are provided in some detail in John Light's petition (which I signed) against AB 1326 at Change.org: "I'm signing this because I am sick to death of the attacks of the California legislature on our rights in California, its attacks on small business in California generally, and now, its outright assault on innovation in the area of decentralized virtual currency. Instead of encouraging people to become innovators, experimenters, and builders of our future in new digital environs, the California Legislature - if it were to follow Dababneh's proposal - would continue its process of criminalizing people who do nothing more than seek to make a living in the Golden State, including those who can't or won't pay the exorbitant fees Dababne suggests we should pay merely to exist and do business in the Golden State. It should go without saying that along with this process there will undoubtedly follow a surveillance proposal for "compliance." and some form of "registration" with the State - which completely goes against what we stand for as a community of innovators and free spirits who are making our way across a digital frontier. We have already seen this in California: with its APPS surveillance which began with a twenty-four million dollar expenditure in 2013 - making California the first state in the nation to use "predictive policing" with an automated method. Undoubtedly similar expenditures and methods would be used by the State to surveill against bitcoin and other cryptocurrency users for "compliance" using Chainalysis and other corporations of questionable legality that have recently come to light, that are willing to do anything for state and federal governments for the right price. I stand completely against Dababneh's AB-1326 and against any persons who suggest that "working with regulators" to "improve the bill" is a reasonable course. This bill must be defeated regardless of how it is changed. There is no logical course except resistance against such policy should it come to pass, and the acceleration of development and use of anonymity measures to protect bitcoin users such that anonymity becomes an element or option within the protocol to guard against the excesses of coercion and statism." Should We Comply with AB 1326 if it Passes? No. The best way to frustrate a bad law is simply resistance, not conformity, "working with regulators," or compliance in the form of payment of fees of kowtowing before people who would threaten you with jail time unless you do as you are told. Ignore them at every turn. You owe them nothing. In point of fact, reflecting on a completely different bill, the reason that AB 129 ended up being so favorable (rescinding the prohibitions on everything other than "lawful money") was because it was well understood at the time the bill was being evaluated and considered that literally everyone was ignoring the laws on the books. I think I may have pointed this out elsewhere, but at one time, fax regulation was once adopted by the US government in which it claimed authority over all faxes, essentially a governmental claim within the context of the US Postal Service - as Davidson and Rees-Mogg (1999) noted, "in the 1980s, it was illegal in the United States to send a fax message" (p. 212), but people ignored it, kept buying fax machines, and faxing away like mad, essentially rendering the fax regulation completely pointless. And this was before you could easily get software with a few clicks. We don't yet have anonymity as an option in bitcoin, even though there are privacy tools that can be used with bitcoin such as Tor and VPNs. It's not an ideal situation at present, but it is workable. What actions can we take now? Contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation and let them know you'd like them to do a campaign against AB 1326. Contact the Bitcoin Foundation Board and ask them to take a clear stand against AB 1326 - to draft a letter of opposition against the bill. Ask them to take up Anonymity and other pending requests that are awaiting final action before the Board. Keep fighting. Footnotes: 1. Davidson, J. D. & Rees-Mogg, L. W. (1999). The sovereign individual : mastering the transition to the information age. New York: Touchstone / Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  20. Education Committee - Getting Involved

    Hello! This is a post seeking your help for those interested in helping out with a committee, particularly if you are interested with helping to develop content related to bitcoin, develop and post bitcoin-related research, provide translations into different languages, and have the result of your collaborations with other committee members be displayed. Ultimately the Education Committee's volunteer collaborations result in the promotion of bitcoin. I've been serving as Interim Chair of the Education Committee for a while and now am Chair of the Committee. We've accomplished a great deal in the last year ~ you can read an overview of what we've done and some of the outstanding issues we would like to accomplish at this forum post, which also shows how you can join up. You can also get a sense of what the Education Committee's emphasis is by checking out a Foundation blog post on the Committee here. More Committee members would be excellent, so if you are interested, comment here or follow the forum post link above! Cheers, Colin Gallagher, Chair, Education Committee
  21. Candidate: Area Man, Random Member

    Hi. I'm a Candidate for Individual Director of the Bitcoin Foundation. If you're curious, and I hope you are, you can find out some interesting things about me at this link. You can also link directly to my bitcointalk, reddit, and foundation forum links with more in-depth information - choose your forum and interact with me more. My general professional profile is at LinkedIn. edit: recent press: Here I am interviewed by CryptoCoinsNews (gives short but detailed overview of my history and views on variety of subjects). My ConsiderIt page ( Bitcoin Foundation members can informally rank [and preserve their ranking of] candidates anytime by logging in with their member e-mail here: https://bitcoin.consider.it/ ) (Actual voting happens through electronic ballot distribution and voting Feb 13-19) I'm now doing an AMA on reddit which will run through the end of the election unless it gets run off the queue - I will be answering questions through the 19th, I am checking the different fora (bitcointalk, reddit, here, etc.) to answer your questions. So definitely feel free! My (admittedly very basic) platform is: Choice for the users. Anything that does not provide or preserve user choice is a non-starter. Bitcoin development. Privacy and anonymity development using bitcoin. (I acknowledge that privacy and anonymity are two very different things, and I support the idea that the use of technologies that offer either should be a choice for end users ~ and I understand that the technical and development details of this cannot be whisked away by legislators, but that the details and the interface of technological progress and cultural progress must be honored as part of how our digital exp<b></b>ression is evolving.) Support for open source initiatives that accomplish, or can help accomplish this goal in bitcoin and in any distributed-digital currency that is supported or funded by the Board and is determined to be within the ambit of the Corporation's purpose. Additional details about what I support: Listening to the users, as well as recognizing and including member and non-member input in the context of the Board's deliberations and decisions. Enhancing communication and supporting education about bitcoin. Greater transparency about what the Foundation is doing, through timely presentation of agendas before meetings and posting of minutes promptly thereafter. No-one should have to wait weeks or months to know what the Board does. No censorship here... We came to bitcoin tired of financial censorship in the regulated marketplaces. Now we are experiencing censorship in bitcoin communities, in fora, in "services." Listening and support yes, censorship and exclusion no. Decentralization, support for the Foundation in its present configuration as a recognized nonprofit, and support for proposals that would decentralize aspects of the Foundation, including support for use and development of systems that would enable the userbase to collectively make funding decisions (to complement Board votes and decisions relating to funding). Independence from regulatory efforts. Focusing on expanding support for solutions based in technology (bitcoin development, decentralized exchanges, anonymity solutions). Initiatives that reduce possible coercion while preserving or enhancing the users' ability to voluntarily make decisions about their own resources. No-one should ever be coerced or forced to provide funds to any organization or effort that they do not support, regardless of whether or not an organization claims a basis in law for its extraction of resources from the users. Freedom to express ourselves as we wish across the blockchain. Since early November 2014 and coming out with this platform, I have stated that I will vote against any Foundation proposal that would result in initiation, continuance, or expansion of support for: a.) Foundation lobbying (to Washington, D.C. or in any country where such lobbying activity would be proposed to extend to), b.) proposals to regulate bitcoin users or their identities, and c.) any effort, whether or not its proponents claim a basis in law, where evidence suggests that Foundation support for such an effort would result in user choice being impaired or limited. I meant what I said and I said what I meant. Respect, Colin "Area Man"
  22. Seagulls

    "But," he said, "be not like the dinosaurs." "Be instead like the seagull."
  23. Open Letter to BF administration, BF members and all those interested After I attempted to turn to the famous bitcoin leaders to support the Russian bitcoin community in the fight against banned sites and honestly express their attitude to what is happening in Russia, I have to admit that these people have either not notice or prefer not to pay attention to us .. In this context I have prepared an open letter to the leadership of Bitcoin Foundation (because I am a member of this organization). This is a letter I have the address personally so-called Bitcoin-Jesus Roger Ver (because to him personally, I requested to provide at-least moral support), as well as the entire world bitcoin community and leaders of our movement. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Colleagues! You all know that recently Russia banned several sites, including foreign. These sites are very popular not only in Russia but also worldwide. One of the sites, Bitcoin.org, even operates with the support of Bitcoin Foundation (BF management does not even deigned to sign a petition that I created. Petition, Emphasizing in defense of the the site, "supported" by the BF). However, despite the fact that all is definitely aware of the problem, my appeal for support in the Bitcoin Foundation are overlooked. About a year, I am a member of this organization and this year alone doing work to promote and bitcoin Cryptocurrency in Russia. Coordinating with management Bitcoin Foundation our plans, we have never asked for help in this organization, did not ask for funding (because even the speaker, they were ready to send us only on paid basis conditions). However, I always take into account possible interest Bitcoin Foundation in Russia, so placed, with the consent of their leadership logo and link Bitcoin Foundation on the sites of our events. Against the background of the fact that any support we have no received, we showed kindness and loyalty. One year ago I addressed to the BF administration with a proposal to establish a branch in Russia. After protracted bureaucracy I was denied due to lack of registration of the CCFR (as you know, the lack of registration does not prevent us). The arguments that it is dangerous in Russia and follows take this into consideration, have been ignored. As a result, no branch of BF in Russia To my regret and disappointment, my recent appeal to Bitcoin Foundation to respond to the repression in Russia remained unanswered. I did not ask for money - I just simply asked openly to voice your opinion about the current situation in Russia, give this assessment and a minimum of moral support to Russian bitcoin enthusiasts. We needed moral support of the movement's leaders and organizations, on the authority which I believe and I have a right to expect. We were hoping that their prompt response will give an impetus to unite people around a significant amount of our problem. This would be an important information occasion. This would be a reason for the Russian authorities finally think and if they do not stop the repression, then proceed to a more thorough study of revolutionary technology and invite us to dialogue. A high official of the Fund promised to pass my letter to their superiors, on it all over. This is a real bureaucracy and lack of team spirit! I have substantiated reasons not to pay for the extension of BF membership in April than I, apparently, and use it. A similar situation occurred when I sent a similar request to the so-called Bitcoin-Jesus Roger Ver. Known figure promised "I will comment about it very soon", but passed already almost 25 days, no his comments. Why make promises - I do not understand. Gentlemens (if you are gentlemens)! If you really believe in your authority and believes that rightfully occupy your place, you have no right to ignore our requests. We not strangers to you. If you within 1-2 days did not show solidarity, for me personally and my colleagues you will cease to be moral orientations and competence in the field Cryptocurrency. You can accuse me of intending to provoke a conflict, but as you have noticed, I have tried available methods of communication. We are doing the important work, we are engaged in to our common cause. Have consciences! P.S. I remind you that on 20 February we organize attempted under state pressure #CoinFestRussia. You have a chance to be rehabilitated.
  24. CoinFest comes to Russia!

    In February 2015, for the first time in Russia will be the International festival dedicated Cryptocurrency and new technologies in the field of finance - CoinFest.org. The organizer of the festival is the Crypto Currencies Foundation Russia (CCFR.info), already noted the successful experience in organizing and holding such events - in August 2014 in St. Petersburg CCFR organized the 1st international conference-forum CryptoForum.info. #CoinFestRussia website - CoinFestRussia.com #CoinFestRussia Twitter - twitter.com/CoinFestRussia Invite all interested to place a reminder in his notebooks and take part in #CoinFestRussia. To cooperate invited experts with experience in public speaking and lectures, as well as representatives of the business community and specialized media to discuss mutually beneficial partnership. Participation in #CoinFestRussia to visitors free of charge! Always will be.
  25. “亚洲数字资产金融协会”筹备组第一次会议纪要: 感谢今天在百忙之中林科(BTCC)、何一(OKCOIN)、李林(HUOBI)、韩锋(TSINGHUA)、初夏虎(BITCOIN INNOVATION)、金洋洋(代表郭宏才)、王小云(BTCTRADE),特别顾问施军(中国狮子学院副秘书长)参加会议。廖翔、宋欢平、江恩、高大尚、郭宏才、黄建远程参加。 形成决议如下: 一、 协会官网交给BTCTRADE王小云他们提方案,然后大家投票确定。域名:daca.asia(请杜钧注册) 二、 愿景:建立新的数字财富观,让我们创造一个自由、公平、美好的世界。(主要贡献:何一、李林、林科) 三、 使命:传播、创新、沟通、自律、公益、发展(韩锋、江恩) 四、 价值观:自由平等、包容共存、去中心化(王小云、施军、洋洋、韩锋) 五、 组织架构:会员可以冠以公司名称,会员都以个人名义,创始人企业会员(2015年前十万元或者四十个比特币),先众筹币,无上限,然后根据0.1个比特币转化成一个会员名额,由众筹者负责在协会官网上组织注册激活,第二步投票,选出9-15人理事会成员,按得票数选出:会长,第一副会长,第二副会长。 六、 本协会实行理事会负责制,由理事会选任秘书长,批准比特币预算。会长不能连任,理事只能连任一届。 七、 理事会实行罗伯特会议规则(由施军负责培训),三分之二到场有效,任何理事都有动议权,必须提前一天发给秘书处。 八、 秘书处,几个使命几个委员会,外加一个众筹委员会。 九、 会后每个筹备组成员发展最多30个创始会员,一百个币界基本骨干,最后每人一个邀请函,照相,在协会章程上签字,然后搞一个活动宣布章程通过,协会 2014.12.5