This recording is of Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State, a series of talks and a panel from the Oslo Freedom Forum put on by the Human Rights Foundation. In this session, hear presentations from Ryan Shea of decentralized technology platform Blockstack; Galia Benartzi of smart token platform Bancor; Steve Waterhouse of surveillance-free internet project Orchid; and Arthur Breitman from smart contract platform Tezos. Afterward, I moderate a panel among the four speakers that touches on the ways in which blockchains can be used to curb human rights abuses — but also how bad actors can also use them for nefarious purposes.

Oslo Freedom Forum:

Human Rights Foundation:

The four presentations:

Ryan Shea of Blockstack:

(Also check out his interview with cofounder Muneeb Ali on Unchained:

Galia Benartzi of Bancor

Steve Waterhouse of

Arthur Breitman of

Be sure also to listen to the Unconfirmed podcast episode with Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation — not to be missed if you’re interested in the topics discussed during Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State!

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