NATEA delegation to visit Taiwan from 4/16/2018 to 4/21/2018



  • 鼓勵本協會會員參予投資臺灣新創公司;
  • 促進台灣與美加地區雙邊新創公司的合作;
  • 協助台灣新創產業拓銷國外市場。

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

1998. Green Technologies
1999. High-Speed LAN Technologies
2000. Biotechnologies
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