3 lessons from Oslo Freedom Forum: Carter, Mahbub and Volkov on Bitcoin


The biggest event of the year for the Human Rights Foundation took place last month in Norway. The The Oslo Freedom Forum defines itself A “global conference series that brings together human rights defenders around the world to tell the truth to those in power.” And the company’s chief strategy officer, Alex Gladstein, took the time to release a few minutes of video with the main message of the event and a summary of the lesson. Let’s see what activists say about Bitcoin’s earth-shuttering technology.

Oslo Freedom Forum: Nick Carter on Deploying the Monetary System

One of the biggest reasons for Bitcoin is easy to miss. When technology advocates say that “Bitcoin is money for enemies,” they mean that anyone in the world can use it. Even those with whom you disagree. This, in turn, guarantees that those with whom you agree can also use it. A frequent Appearance in Bitcoinist articles, Castle Island Ventures’ Nick Carter, explains to the audience at the Oslo Freedom Forum why all money is inherently political. At the same time, he breaks down the notion that proof-of-stack systems solve the same problems as proof-of-works.

“The proof-of-stack bitcoin model has been pitched as an alternative to proof-of-work. I think it’s important to understand what Satoshi, the creator of Bitcoin, was trying to do. Their aim was to depoliticize the monetary system. And so, by default, the financial and monetary system is fully politicized. And we’ve heard many activists this week tell us how their bank accounts have been frozen. It basically happens to everyone who is deeply disturbed by the state in which they live. It’s not just an authoritarian issue. It happens in the United States, doesn’t it?

There is broad-based financial de-platforming for the entire industry which occurs even in the most advanced Western economies. And the politics of each single level and financial stack of the payment stack. Swift, the ultimate kind of messaging financial level, we have seen whole countries excluded from it. Many people think this is a good idea. But Satoshi offered an alternative, a completely apolitical arrangement.

That’s what bitcoin is all about.

Oslo Freedom Forum: Roya Mahbub on women’s financial freedom

Afghan entrepreneur and humanitarian Roya Mahbub, among other things, ran a publication exclusively for women who paid for bitcoin. Thus, female families cannot forfeit their salaries. If a person knows how effective this technology is for women who are abused in authoritarian patriarchy, he is the one.

“I grew up in a society where access to education and opportunities for women was limited and restricted. And many women in my country and conservative countries have little or no freedom to make a living for themselves. Their lives are actually run by men; Their money is controlled by men. “

In a short clip from the Oslo Freedom Forum, Mahbub also talks about the censorship-resistant and disobedient nature of bitcoin. Then, he gives a new case study to think about the world. What will happen to your money if the government changes overnight? But, what if you own Bitcoin instead of Fiat currency?

“I think Bitcoin is a tool for us that allows us to bypass our physical and social barriers. And we own our own money and it’s not going to be closed or censored by the government. And it’s not affected by inflation when the price of money in your country, When the conflict continues and your government changes overnight. “

At the end of the clip, Alex Gladstein, producer of the Oslo Freedom Forum, expands on the concept and adds the unauthorized nature of the network to the mix. Also, he gives Mahbub his due credit.

“I think one of the most powerful things about this technology is that it’s open and neutral to anyone and it’s unauthorized. You don’t need an ID to use it and no one can stop you from using it. And if you use it properly No one can seize it from afar. And thank you for teaching so many women and girls how to get financial freedom. ”

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Oslo Freedom Forum: Leonid Volkov Ignores Russia’s Sanctions

For a practical approach, consult with Russian anti-corruption advocate Leonid Volkov. He is Alexei Navalny’s campaign manager and has visited the Oslo Freedom Forum via video. His point of view is very interesting because Volkov doesn’t seem to be wrapped up in bitcoin policy that most people are reading these lines. On the other hand, he has real experience with the wonderful things that can be accomplished by Bitcoin.

“Well, lately, after the events of April 2021 when our movement was recognized as an extremist movement in Russia. Then we were made illegal and then forced to move elsewhere. When we are forced to relocate abroad and when crowdfunding within the country becomes impossible. That bitcoin is also very important because we can still use it to support our friends and colleagues in Russia. Otherwise it will be very dangerous for them. They cannot take money from us as terrorists because we are now on the same list as Al Qaeda and ISIS in Russia. So, in this regard, yes, of course, Bitcoin is still a very important payment tool for us, but we have no specific philosophy about it. It’s a very useful, reliable payment tool. “

And that is for today. Come back tomorrow for three more lessons from the Oslo Freedom Forum.

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