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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

Unchained Laura Shin

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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

    Democracy in the Age of Cryptography - Ep.159

    Democracy in the Age of Cryptography - Ep.159

    Santiago Siri, the cofounder and president of Democracy Earth, reads from his essay on how governance and identity change in the age of cryptography.
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    Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/

    • 32 min
    Alex Gladstein on a World Without Bitcoin - Ep.158

    Alex Gladstein on a World Without Bitcoin - Ep.158

    Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, reads his essay, A World Without Bitcoin. 
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    Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/ 
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    • 30 min
    How Memes Can Help Crypto Go Mainstream - Ep.157

    How Memes Can Help Crypto Go Mainstream - Ep.157

    Linda Xie, cofounder at Scalar Capital, reads her essay on how the crypto community can successfully use memes to help people understand the technology.
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    CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unchained
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/
    Kraken: http://kraken.com/
    Episode links: 
    Linda Xie: https://twitter.com/ljxie
    Scalar Capital: https://scalar.capital/
    Read Linda's full essay at: https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-memes-can-help-crypto-go-mainstream/

    • 25 min
    The Rogue 100: How Cryptocurrency Criminals Cash Out - Ep.156

    The Rogue 100: How Cryptocurrency Criminals Cash Out - Ep.156

    Jonathan Levin, co-founder and CSO of Chainalysis, and Kim Grauer, head of research, discuss the company's 2020 Crypto Crime Report, which explores how cryptocurrency criminals, who perpetrate hacks and scams and send out ransomware and more, cash out. We cover how criminals are turning their illicit crypto into fiat currency, why exchanges are a prime avenue for money laundering, and how over-the-counter brokers are playing a large role. They talk about a group of OTC brokers they describe as the Rogue 100, what their transactions look like, and what can be done to help stop criminals from cashing out. Jonathan and Kim talk about the PlusToken scam, the largest Ponzi scheme in crypto and how Chainalysis determined that it was likely driving down the price of Bitcoin. They also explain the trends in exchange hacks and how the most prolific hackers have grown more sophisticated, giving some examples of how the Lazarus Group, a cybercriminal syndicate linked to the North Korean government has become more advanced. Finally, we also discuss ransomware and terrorism financing and what trends they are seeing there.
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    CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unchained
    Kraken: https://www.kraken.com
    Crypto.com: https://crypto.com
    Episode links: 
    Chainalysis: https://www.chainalysis.com/
    Jonathan Levin: https://twitter.com/jony_levin
    Kim Grauer: https://twitter.com/KimberlyGrauer
    Previous Unchained interview with Jonathan: https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-chainalysis-helps-solve-crimes-jonathan-levin-tells-all-ep-62/
    Unconfirmed episode on how Bitcoin led to the demise of the largest child porn site: https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-bitcoin-led-to-the-demise-of-the-largest-child-porn-site/
    Money laundering report: https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/money-laundering-cryptocurrency-2019 
    https://fortune.com/2020/01/15/crypto-criminals-brokers-launder-billions/
    Exchange hacks report: https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/cryptocurrency-exchange-hacks-2019
    Unchained interview with Priscilla Moriuchi on why North Korea is interested in cryptocurrency: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-north-korea-is-interested-in-cryptocurrency/
    Plus Token report: https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/plustoken-scam-bitcoin-price
    Terrorism financing report: https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/terrorism-financing-cryptocurrency-2019

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Brendan Eich on How Brave Is Working to Decentralize - Ep.155

    Brendan Eich on How Brave Is Working to Decentralize - Ep.155

    Brendan Eich, CEO and president of Brave, discusses his history in tech prior to crypto, including working at Netscape, how he created Javascript in 10 days and his short stint as CEO of Mozilla, what problems with ads that Brave is trying to solve, and why Brave needs the Basic Attention Token. He explains why Bitcoin wouldn't work for cryptocurrencies on the platform, why they use BAT over stablecoins, and how Brave strips ads from publishers' webpages, but doesn't from Facebook or Google, and how it causes collateral damage to publishers. He talks about how the browser is a middleman, how Brave works with Uphold and why it doesn't require KYC unless the users wants to cash out on his or her Brave rewards. He also explains why he isn't worried that BAT could meet the four prongs of the Howey test, what it will look like when Basic Attention Token is decentralized and why he doesn't know if publishers are earning back in BAT the ad revenue that Brave blocks.
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unchained
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/
    Kraken: https://kraken.com/
    Episode links: 
    Brendan Eich: https://twitter.com/BrendanEich
    Brave: https://brave.com/
    Basic Attention Token: https://basicattentiontoken.org/
    BAT white paper: https://basicattentiontoken.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BasicAttentionTokenWhitePaper-4.pdf
    Brave Rewards: https://support.brave.com/hc/en-us/articles/360027276731-Brave-Rewards-FAQ
    Brave privacy policy: https://brave.com/privacy/
    https://brave.com/privacy/#dev-detail 
    BAT Growth: https://batgrowth.com
    Publishers on BAT: https://batgrowth.com/publishers/website
    Brendan Eich admits Brave is semi-decentralized: https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/11/23/brave-blockchain-cryptocurrency-browser/
    How Brave hurts publishers: https://practicaltypography.com/the-cowardice-of-brave.html
    Publishers send cease and desist to Brave: https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-browser-brave-responds-cease-desist
    Whether BAT is necessary for Brave: https://micky.com.au/just-3-9-of-brave-browser-users-have-bat-in-their-wallets/
    BAT ICO: https://www.coindesk.com/35-million-30-seconds-token-sale-internet-browser-brave-sells
    Vitalik blog post on token sales: https://vitalik.ca/general/2017/06/09/sales.html
    BAT roadmap: https://basicattentiontoken.org/bat-roadmap-1-0/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Why Catherine Coley Isn't Worried About BNB Being a Security - Ep.154

    Why Catherine Coley Isn't Worried About BNB Being a Security - Ep.154

    Catherine Coley, the CEO of Binance US, talks about her background as a foreign exchange trader, how and why she made the leap into crypto, and how she became the CEO of Binance US. We discuss how Binance US differs from Binance, who Binance US's target customers are, how Binance decides which coins to list, what's on Catherine's wish list to regulators, and whether Binance US will be connected to or cut off from the global, open financial system Binance is building. We also cover why Binance US launched with Tether as its stablecoin, why the company is also focusing on BUSD, how they became comfortable using BNB token on the exchange, whether or not they worry that BNB could be considered a security. Catherine talks about whether the company will offer leverage, lending, staking, etc., and where Binance US's future revenue could come from as exchange fees trend to zero. We also cover what Catherine has learned from working customer support for Binance US and and how she compares the US and Asian crypto markets. 
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unchained 
    Kraken: https://www.kraken.com/
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/
    Episode links: 
    Catherine Coley: https://twitter.com/cryptocoley
    Binance US: https://www.binance.us/en 
    Binance US on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BinanceAmerica
    Binance US blog: https://www.binance.us/en/blog
    Crypto Rating Council: https://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-led-crypto-ratings-council-draws-skepticism-from-legal-experts
    Telegram notice about Grams and Ton: https://telegram.org/blog/ton-gram-notice 
    CZ’s 2020 New Year’s message: https://www.binance.com/en/amp/blog/419417682154909696/Binance-2020-New-Year-Message-Building-Foundations-- 
    Binance US joins Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee: https://www.binance.us/en/blog/419943835304939520/BinanceUS-Joins-the-Executive-Committee-of-the-Chamber-of-Digital-Commerce
    Multicoin Capital report, Binance is Blitzscaling: https://multicoin.capital/2019/11/07/binance-is-blitzscaling/ 

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Customer Reviews

Greyscaleg ,

Best in the space

Laura has put together space on "blockchain" and crypto that will keep you up to date with the news, people and events. A must weekly listen.

Iron Condor PA ,

One of best podcasts in crypto

I have been listening to Unchained and now Unconfirmed since the beginning. They are my number one go to source for news and information in the Crypto space. Laura Shin is an amazing interviewer and writer. She asks insightful and pointed questions. Somehow she is able to land the best guests. From CEOs to founders, from investers to inventros of the major companies and projects in the Crypto space. When I introduce people to Crypto and they ask for more information, I always point them to Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts.

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