Tag: surveillance

Oct 28 2022

San Francisco 2033: You Will Own Nothing And Be Happy

Welcome to San Francisco in 2033, where universal basic income and FedGov surveillance pervade and Bitcoin is outlawed.This is a science-fiction piece by Jameson Lopp, professional Cypherpunk and cofounder and CTO at Casa."Good morning." I'm gently awoken by my smart watch's soothing female voice. It's a bit robotic but does have a touch of personality and charm."Today is Monday,...

Oct 11 2022

Bitcoiners Must Fight The FATF And Its AML Regime

Oct 11 2022 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  aml culture fatf opinion regulation

The Financial Action Task Force and its anti-money laundering policies are antithetical to Bitcoin and an attack on human rights everywhere.This is an opinion editorial by Stephan Livera, host of the "Stephan Livera Podcast" and managing director of Swan Bitcoin International.Financial surveillance is all around us. Every time you want to sign up with a bank, you have to show identifying...

Sep 14 2022

When Companies Track Purchases, Bitcoin Privacy Is More Important Than Ever

It is extremely important to educate bitcoin users on best practices when it comes to receiving and sending bitcoin as privately as possible.The below is a direct excerpt of Marty's Bent Issue #1260: “They're using debit and credit card purchases to make lists.” Sign up for the newsletter here....

Sep 09 2022

How Our Smartphones Spy On Us, And What You Can Do To Avoid It

As a Bitcoiner, being aware of all the ways technology is used to spy on you is paramount to good opsec.This is an opinion editorial by Anthony Feliciano, a Bitcoin event organizer and consultant.It’s no secret we live in a mass surveillance state. The technology created to help us be a more energy efficient and productive society, is...

Aug 30 2022

Why Bitcoiners Fear CBDCs: Imagine The DMV Controlling Your Wallet

Bitcoiners seem to be more aware of the dangers of CBDCs, which could enable governments to easily lock citizens out of their own wallets.This is a transcribed excerpt of the “Bitcoin Magazine Podcast,” hosted by P and Q. In this episode, Q is joined by Lord Norris, the senior vice president of global partnerships at Going Parabolic Ventures, to discuss the looming...

Aug 11 2022

The War On Financial Privacy Is Escalating

The stakes have never been higher. The state is losing its grasp of control over the people and it is doubling down on utter incompetence and nefariousness.The below is a direct excerpt of Marty's Bent Issue #1248: “The privacy wars have escalated.” Sign up for the newsletter here....

Mar 17 2022

Snowden Discusses Bitcoin’s Lack of Privacy

In a recent interview, Edward Snowden discussed his concerns with Bitcoin privacy, other cryptocurrencies, and the ethics of governance.“Bitcoin is not an anonymous ledger,” said Edward Snowden. “You get chain analysis people and whatnot who are doing fairly devious things with it,” he added, discussing companies focused on on-chain analysis. Speaking on the privacy of Bitcoin, Snowden...

Mar 15 2022

Chainalysis: Watching Those Who Are Watching Us

A recent event by blockchain surveillance firm Chainalysis explained how its tools are used and raised questions about whether they should be.Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis recently held the one-day “Chainalysis Links” conference with a variety of speakers, from former members of MI6, the police force, financial institutions and the...

Feb 22 2022

With Freedom Convoy, Bitcoin Passes Fundraising Test In Face Of Financial Surveillance

Feb 22 2022 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  canada culture feature freedom protests

Bitcoin has proven its most potent use case as a permissionless financial rail for supporting the Canadian trucker protest.All images in this article are published with the permission of NobodyCaribou.Given the stakes, it might not have been the ideal time to experiment with a relatively new fundraising tool, but when the opportunity presented itself, two intrepid Bitcoiners stepped up and enabled...

Feb 15 2022

As Ukrainian Resistance Groups Raise Bitcoin Funds, Improved Privacy Is Becoming Critical

Organizations meant to help Ukraine resist occupation by Russia are raising significant amounts of bitcoin donations. But they need to do so more privately.Amid rising tensions between Ukrainian and Russian military forces, Elliptic, a blockchain analysis company,...

Feb 09 2022

These Basic Privacy Tools Can Help Anyone Avoid Surveillance On The Open Internet

As the resurgence of the EARN IT Act shows, we’re all in need of tools for communicating privately online — particularly Bitcoiners.With the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, two U.S. senators have reintroduced a surveillance bill that could have...

Circumventing Surveillance On The Open Internet

As the resurgence of the EARN IT Act shows, we’re all in need of tools for communicating privately online — particularly Bitcoiners.With the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, two U.S. senators have reintroduced a surveillance bill that could have...

Feb 02 2022

As The Fed Outlines CBDC Principles, It Reveals Antithesis To Bitcoin

The Federal Reserve recently outlined its considerations for a U.S. CBDC, confirming that it would be diametrically opposed to Bitcoin.“This paper is the first step in a public discussion between the Federal Reserve and stakeholders about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).”–“Money...

Dec 15 2021

Why Are Nation-State Agencies Ignoring Bitcoin As It Challenges Dollar Hegemony?

Dec 15 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  cia culture el salvador freedom imf

As bitcoin gains traction in becoming the world reserve currency, why are globalists ignoring it? Whatever the reason, Bitcoiners must stay vigilant.On the surface, Bitcoin seems poised to take over as the world reserve currency based on the game theory of people converging on the adoption of a single hard and sound currency. The original cryptocurrency has officially entered into its teenage...

Oct 28 2021

The IMF Hates Bitcoin Because It Loves Total Control

The IMF hates Bitcoin because its decentralized protocol and programmatic monetary policy defies the control the fund wants to implement on us all.The International Monetary Fund (IMF), along with a string of other financial institutions, really does not like Bitcoin. So, let’s do the usual, thinking through what the IMF is and why it even matters.What Is The IMF?The IMF...

Oct 19 2021

Surveillance Firm Chainalysis Adds Bitcoin To Balance Sheet

The surveillance firm that works against the Bitcoin ethos purchased an undisclosed amount of bitcoin through NYDIG.Blockchain tracing platform Chainalysis announced today the execution of a bitcoin purchase through NYDIG for the firm’s balance sheet, marking an advancement of a long-standing partnership between the two companies. Despite the bullish purchase, Chainalysis is still a surveillance company acting in...

Aug 27 2021

What The Cardano-Coinfirm Partnership Means For Investors

A recent partnership has Cardano in the news once again. Cardano Foundation announced that it was partnering with blockchain analysis provider Coinfirm to enhance the security of the blockchain and its token ADA. This partnership has sparked a lot of debate in and out of the community. As investors in the crypto space try...

Jul 06 2021

Bitcoin Exchange Bybit To Require Stricter KYC, Including Facial Recognition

Jul 06 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  business bybit kyc surveillance

Bitcoin derivatives exchange Bybit will require stricter KYC verification for users who wish to withdraw more than 2 BTC per day.Bitcoin derivatives exchange Bybit will require stricter know your customer (KYC) procedures for individuals and corporations who wish to withdraw more than 2 BTC on a given day, including facial recognition screening.“We have had KYC procedures on certain selected group of...

May 28 2021

OFAC Requests Chainalysis Subscription For Bitcoin Blockchain Surveillance

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control wants a renewed subscription to Chainalysis blockchain surveillance tools for monitoring Bitcoin.The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), a financial intelligence and enforcement agency within the U.S. Treasury Department, has requested a second subscription to license, training and support packages from blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, according to a...

May 20 2021

U.S. Wants To Require That Large Bitcoin Transactions Are Reported To IRS

A tax enforcement proposal from the Biden administration may compel businesses to report bitcoin transactions exceeding $10,000 to the IRS.A tax enforcement proposal from the Biden administration would compel businesses accepting bitcoin transactions of more than $10,000 to report them to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).“Cryptocurrency already poses a significant detection problem by facilitating illegal...

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