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Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Technologies of our Future is a podcast series hosted by Naomi Brockwell. Naomi is also the host of the YouTube show "Naomi Brockwell TV" which explores all things tech and crypto, and she is the emcee of the Consensus Blockchain conferences and the D10e Blockchain conferences all over the world.

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Technologies of Our Future Naomi Brockwell

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Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Technologies of our Future is a podcast series hosted by Naomi Brockwell. Naomi is also the host of the YouTube show "Naomi Brockwell TV" which explores all things tech and crypto, and she is the emcee of the Consensus Blockchain conferences and the D10e Blockchain conferences all over the world.

    Is your phone spying on you? Full 45 min interview with Bunnie Huang

    Is your phone spying on you? Full 45 min interview with Bunnie Huang

    Bunnie Huang is a well known researcher and expert in hardware security. In 2016 he wrote a research paper with Snowden about how to tell whether your phone is spying on you. He wants to eventually build a phone with hardware you can trust. This is no easy feat, considering that the parts in our phones come from all over the world and pass through hundreds of hands before reaching our doorstep.

    We chatted about phone security and the weird and startling ways that governments can hack your devices.

    Video version of this podcast is available at Naomibrockwell.com/memberships

    • 46 min
    Gag Orders! What these companies CAN'T tell you

    Gag Orders! What these companies CAN'T tell you

    https://youtu.be/8x0dun53wok
    LBRY: https://open.lbry.com/@NaomiBrockwell:4/Gag-Orders-what-they-cant-tell-you:c?r=FDreZsjE2C4VBDAr8tVX1a56tJRe5Hpq

    Many companies are forced to hand over customer data, or weaken their security, and they can’t tell you about it. The FBI has a thing called a National Security Letter, which is a request for information and gag orders rolled into one. Although judges have ruled them to be unconstitutional, they are more common than you realize, and each branch and agency in the US government has something similar.

    Recipients of the letter are forced to comply with requests, whether they be weakening security or handing over data, and companies face serious criminal sanctions if they publicly discuss what is being done to their company. You can’t even tell anyone you received a National Security Letter.

    The letter from the FBI is signed by an attorney, and you can’t even tell a lawyer about it.

    How many platforms that we use, which we think are secure and private, are under gag orders? Probably a lot more than we think. One tool that privacy platforms use to warn people if their site has been compromised is a “warrant canary”. They’re not ideal, because they rely on people knowing about them, noticing when they’re taken down, and drawing the right conclusions from that, but they’re still probably the best tool we have.

    Let me know of any sites you’ve found that still have warren canaries, or any that have been used effectively.

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    Recommended Books (Using these links helps support the channel and future videos)!

    Permanent Record - Edward Snowden
    https://amzn.to/305negc

    No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State - Glenn Greenwald
    https://amzn.to/2UQmJ4m

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    Mnuchin’s DISASTROUS Crypto Regulation

    Mnuchin’s DISASTROUS Crypto Regulation

    https://youtu.be/N5L2CAUY-aY
    https://open.lbry.com/@NaomiBrockwell:4/Mnuchins-DISASTROUS-Crypto-Regulation:6?r=FDreZsjE2C4VBDAr8tVX1a56tJRe5Hpq

    Treasury Secretary Mnuchin plans to rush out new regulation regarding self-hosted crypto wallets before the end of his term.
    Apparently the proposed regulation would “require financial institutions like Coinbase to verify the recipient/owner of the self-hosted wallet, collecting identifying information on that party, before a withdrawal could be sent to that self-hosted wallet” according to Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong

    So what would this ruling mean? Don’t want to have to KYC a store before buying groceries? Want to participate in DeFi? Then move your money out of financial institutions and into non-custodial wallets. Remember: not your keys, not your coins.

    Happy thanksgiving everyone!

    Reporting by C. Edward Kelso and Naomi Brockwell
    To find more of Kelso's work, visit: @coinfugazi; https://coinfugazi.com

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    BCH: history, and recent split

    BCH: history, and recent split

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BpN0tHyXvc

    https://open.lbry.com/@NaomiBrockwell:4/BCH-history-and-recent-split:5?r=FDreZsjE2C4VBDAr8tVX1a56tJRe5Hpq

    Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was born in August of 2017 as a fork of BTC.

    Paul Puey (Edge CEO) and I explain its history, how it differs from other P2P cash implementations, and the controversy surrounding its recent upgrade this month that split the coin.

    We also put our money where our mouths are: we each decide whether to invest $100. This is not investment advice, we're just giving you a peek into our own portfolios and how we make decisions for ourselves. Keep in mind, I'm more interested in the team, the tech, and whether it's a cool project than in short term gains.

    To have your question answered on the show, send a message to https://cointr.ee/naomibrockwell

    If you’d like to see extended members-only interviews with lead devs and CEOs of various projects, head to the members' content at https://NaomiBrockwell.com/memberships
    Huge thank you to all the supporters who keep this channel running!

    • 58 min
    Michael Egorov: How Curve Works, and its Controversial Token Launch

    Michael Egorov: How Curve Works, and its Controversial Token Launch

    This episode is a deep dive into Curve finance with founder Michael Egorov. Curve is the 2nd largest decentralized exchange on Ethereum, and focuses on trading between stablecoins or other similarly priced assets, for more efficiency. Users can use the platform to swap between Dai and USDT, 2 coins pegged to the US dollar. Or WBTC, RenBTC, sBTC, 3 coins pegged to the price of bitcoin.

    On Curve people can also provide liquidity to the curve pools and earn fees.

    Curve also interoperates with the larger DeFi Space. Such interoperable platforms are often analogized to Lego bricks: you can put different DeFi projects together in interesting ways to create new results, or maximize yield.

    Michael and I talk about how the money lego “Curve” interoperates with countless other projects, like supplying tokens to Compound or yEarn.Finance to generate more income for liquidity providers.

    We explain these relationships, talk about the CRV governance token, and also discuss the controversy behind the CRV launch when an anonymous person front ran the curve team and deployed the contract early.

    We discuss the difference between Curve and platforms like Balancer and Uniswap, how risk is managed on the backend, and added incentives for different actions on the Curve platform.

    We also talk about why some people think Curve is better suited to more sophisticated users.

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    • 52 min
    $1 Billion Bitcoin Seized: “Modern-Day Robin Hood” Responsible?

    $1 Billion Bitcoin Seized: “Modern-Day Robin Hood” Responsible?

    https://youtu.be/KjPEn8xhzK4

    Watch on LBRY:

    https://open.lbry.com/@NaomiBrockwell:4/1-billion-Bitcoin-seized-by-DOJ

    Last week, $1 billion of bitcoin was seized by the DOJ, money that a hacker allegedly stole from the Silk Road in 2012.

    The hacker's lawyer calls him a "modern-day Robin Hood".
    But a couple of things to keep in mind:
    1) The Hacker was most likely coerced to hand over the keys under heavy duress
    2) The money was given to the DOJ so that they can continue their war on p̶e̶o̶p̶l̶e̶ drugs, sending non-violent people to jail. Possibly the least noble use of the money I can think of.

    And I still have a LOT of questions about what actually took place.

    Petition for Trump to pardon Ross:
    https://www.change.org/p/clemency-for-ross-ulbricht-condemned-to-die-in-prison-for-a-website?hp

    Learn more about the Ross Ulbricht case:
    https://freeross.org/false-allegations/

    Watch on LBRY: https://open.lbry.com/@NaomiBrockwell:4/1-Billion-Bitcoin-Seized--“Modern-Day-Robin-Hood”-Responsible:0?r=JBjAdauAdeysMGVDbHMJpNSQzbcMyqYg

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