NATEA delegation to visit Taiwan from 4/16/2018 to 4/21/2018
Why Bitcoin Matters for Freedom Date: Aug 7, 2018
- Alex Gladstein
In this talk, the Human Rights Foundation CSO Alex Gladstein will build on a career of working at the intersection of technology and human rights and share his perspective on why bitcoin matters for freedom. In his view, decentralized blockchains like bitcoin are possibly the next revolution in how humans interact with each other.
Today, we stand at a crossroads, where we could go down a centralized path, or a decentralized one. If we give in to centralization, all of our interactions will be monitored and policed. If we choose decentralization, we can preserve our rights and freedoms.
WeChat, the instant messaging software launched by China's Tencent, exemplifies the centralized path. WeChat users can send messages, call, shop, order food, consume, play games and so on. It's the epitome of modern convenience. However, the Chinese government uses big data to surveil all of this activity. If a problematic message is posted through WeChat, it can be censored and the user can be persecuted.
Gladstein will emphasize that bitcoin is a decentralized money network that no single person controls or owns. It is also the first currency in history that is censorship-resistant. For the first time, Bitcoin allows people all over the world to transact with each other without trusting or knowing each other -- a revolutionary concept. It is an insurance policy against an Orwellian future and the doorway to a new and different age.
Past UTHF Conferences
|1999.||High-Speed LAN Technologies|
|2001.||MEMS and Network Security|
|2002.||Next Wireless Innovation: Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC)|
|2003.||Next Wireless Innovation: Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC)|
|2004.||New Digital World|
|2005.||E-Security: The Next Wave of Security Technology and Market Trend|
|2006.||The World with RFID|
|2007.||Trends of Wireless World|
|2008.||P and Regulation in Medical Devices Development|
|2009.||Clean Energy: High-Tech to Clean Tech|
|2010.||Emerging Technologies for the Next Decade|
|2011.||Ubiquitous Sensors in the Intelligent Connected World|
|2012.||Mobile, Social and Cloud|
|2013.||Cloud Computing and Taiwan|
|2014.||The Ecosystems of Cloud Computing|
|2015.||Enabling Internet of Things|
|2016.||Accelerating Digital Transformation with Real-World IoT Solutions|