In this panel, recorded at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2019, I moderated what an attendee described as a “lively” discussion on the relationship between finances and freedom with Bitcoin author and educator Jimmy Song; Alena Vranova, Head of Strategy at Casa; and Coin Center founder Jerry Brito. We talked about what it’s like to live under a regime where people don’t have a lot of financial freedom, how the move to a cashless society is leading to a surveillance state, and how we’re seeing the emergence of a corporate surveillance state. We talked about how cryptocurrency could bring us more financial freedom, how crypto is/should be regulated, privacy coins and the imminent Financial Action Task Forces rules that require crypto exchanges and other services send each other information on customers for each transaction. Plus, we discuss bad state actors using crypto.

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Episode links:

Oslo Freedom Forum:

Human Rights Foundation:

Jimmy Song:

Alena Vranova:

Jerry Brito:

Programming Blockchain:


Coin Center:

Jerry’s case for electronic cash:

FATF rules:

How regulation could spur the development of technology in the crypto space toward more P2P:
Vitalik blog post on this:
Michael Casey on the topic: