The Human Rights Foundation’s biggest event of the year took place in Norway last month. Oslo Freedom Forum defines itself Bringing together human rights defenders from around the world as a “global conference series to speak truth to power.” And the organization’s chief strategy officer, Alex Gladstein, took the time to publish some one-minute videos summarizing the key messages and lessons of the incident. Let’s see what activists have to say about bitcoin’s meaning-shattering technology.
Oslo Freedom Forum: Nick Carter on the politicization of the monetary system
It’s easy to miss one of bitcoin’s biggest reasons. When proponents of the technology say that “Bitcoin is money for enemies,” they mean that anyone in the world can use it. Even the ones you disagree with. In turn, this guarantees that people you agree with can also use it. a frequent Appearance in Bitcoinist’s articles, Castle Island Ventures’ Nick Carter explains to Oslo Freedom Forum viewers why all money is inherently political. Also, he rejected the idea that proof-of-stake systems solve problems with proof-of-work.
“Proof-of-Stake is offered as an alternative to Proof-of-Work for Bitcoin’s model. I think it is important to understand what Satoshi, the creator of Bitcoin, was trying to do. His purpose The monetary systems were to be politicised. And so, by default, the monetary and payment systems are completely politicized. And we have heard a lot of activists this week saying how their bank accounts have been closed It basically happens to everyone that deeply hurts the state they live in. It’s not just an authoritarian thing. It happens in America, right?
There is broad-based financial de-platforming for entire industries that occurs even in the most advanced Western economies. And every single layer of the payment stack and the monetary stack is politicized. SWIFT, the last kind of messaging financial layer, we’ve seen entire countries fall out of. Many people think this is a good idea. But Satoshi proposed an alternative, completely apolitical system.”
That’s what bitcoin is about.
— Alex Gladstein (@gladstein) 22 June 2022
Oslo Freedom Forum: Mehboob cried over financial freedom for women
Afghan entrepreneur and humanitarian Roya Mehboob, among other things, runs a women-only publication that pays in bitcoin. In this way, the women families could not forfeit their salary. If there’s one person who knows how useful this technology is for oppressed women in authoritarian patriarchy, it’s him.
“I grew up in a society where education and opportunities for women were limited and restricted. And many women in my country and in conservative countries have little or no freedom to make their own lives. Life is really run by men; their finances are controlled by men.”
In the Oslo Freedom Forum short clip, Mehboob also talks about the censorship-resistant and irrevocable nature of bitcoin. Then, she gives the world a new case study to think about. What happens to your money when the government changes overnight? But, what if you own bitcoin instead of fiat currency?
“I think for us bitcoin is a tool that allows us to overcome physical and social barriers. And we own our own money and it is not being withheld or censored by the government. And this It is also not affected by inflation when money prices in your country are in conflict and your government changes overnight.
At the end of the clip, Oslo Freedom Forum producer Alex Gladstein expands on the idea and adds the permissionless nature of the network to the mix. Also, he gives Mehboob 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 permissionless. You don’t need an ID to use it, and you don’t have to. No one can stop you from doing this. And if you use it right no one can seize it remotely. And congratulations to you for teaching so many women and girls how to achieve financial independence.”
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Oslo Freedom Forum: Leonid Volkov bypassing Russia’s sanctions
For a practical approach, consult Russian anti-corruption advocate Leonid Volkov. He is the campaign manager of Alexei Navalny and visited the Oslo Freedom Forum via video. His approach is extremely interesting because Volkov doesn’t seem to be wrapped up in the bitcoin ethos like most people reading these lines. On the other hand, they have practical experience with the wonderful things about bitcoin.
“Well, recently, after the events of April 2021 when our movement has been recognized as an extremist movement in Russia. Then we were outlawed and then forced to move. When we Forced to move abroad and when crowdfunding inside the country became impossible. That bitcoin is also very important because we can still use it to support our friends and allies in Russia. Otherwise it is their They can’t accept payment from us as a terrorist 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 thing for us. Very important payment tool, but we don’t have any specific philosophy about it. It’s like a very useful, reliable payment tool.”
— Alex Gladstein (@gladstein) 22 June 2022
And that’s all for today. Come back tomorrow for three more lessons from the Oslo Freedom Forum.
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