BTCC’s Bobby Lee: The essence of Bitcoin is that now information is money

In the seven and a half years that Bobby Lee, a co-founder of BTCC, has been studying blockchain and cryptocurrencies, he’s learned that what happens in the industry is something that “no one has control over.” This keeps him from making predictions on the upcoming Bitcoin Cash (BCH) upgrade.

Lee noted that before the hard fork that led to Bitcoin’s rebirth in BCH in August 2017, “I was begging people not to fork it at the time. But it still forked. So that actually proves the fact that Bitcoin is quite decentralized, that no one can force it: no governments, not even people, regular people or miners, or there’s no decentralization in it to force it one way or the other.”

A self-proclaimed “Bitcoin maximalist,” Lee nonetheless concedes that both BCH and BTC can co-exist. “The best analogy is, it’s like religion. If you look at the world’s religions, there’s many, many religions. I don’t claim to be an expert here, but I think several of them trace back to the same roots.” He considers Bitcoin BCH and BTC as “legitimate children of Bitcoin.”

The primary value of cryptocurrencies, as he sees it, is that money is no longer about specific pieces of paper or lines of credit issued through a governing body. “Very few people realize that the essence of Bitcoin is that now information is money. So it’s not about something physically you hold, it’s not about having ownership under my title, under my name, for example, real estate. Even the car I buy, for example, is owned under my name, and the government enforces it. There’s a matching of my name and the asset—the real estate or the car… With Bitcoin, the ownership is actually proven not through physical means and not through title registration, by identity. But that should only be because you have information, you have the knowledge of the private key. So people don’t get that, and that’s fine because not everyone’s a computer scientist, not everyone’s an economist. So I hope to spread that message, that that’s the essence of Bitcoin, because now people can own Bitcoin by having that information.”

Blockchain’s part in history, according to Lee, “goes back to the fundamental rights as a human being, goes back to the word ‘freedom.’”

“Essentially, we’re not slaves, we’re not enslaved in society. Now how does slavery and freedom matter to Bitcoin? Well, if you think about it, the governments have enacted so much control over the money, essentially, people who have now made money are enslaved to the governments, because the spending restrictions, who they can transfer it to, how much they can receive, and also the value of the money, is also completely and arbitrarily controlled by the central banks through inflation, and so on and so forth,” he said.  “Right now, we’re seeing that the value is highly volatile, so there’s a downside to it right now, because we’re in the early days. We’re barely in the tenth year of Bitcoin, but give it another 10 years, give it 50 years. I think it will be very important to the people of the world.”

It may be just the beginning, but we could already see a big change from just five years ago. Lee said, “I remember distinctly in 2011, even as recently as 2013, saying the word ‘Bitcoin’ into a crowd, no one would understand what you’re talking about. The idea of a ‘bit’ coin, a digital coin, that was just unheard of. So now, through years of pushing it in the media, finally the world knows about Bitcoin. They also know about the word ‘blockchain,’ they also know about the word ‘tokens,’ and so on.”

If you’re interested in helping the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin BCH, join the bComm Association, an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Developers and merchants of the Bitcoin BCH community will also be on hand for the first CoinGeek Week happening in London in November. Members of bComm Association can avail CoinGeek Week tickets at discounted prices. To purchase tickets or learn more about CoinGeek Week Conference, visit the official website here.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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“Certificates of deposit” come to crypto

A group of cryptocurrency developers have introduced a new concept to the crypto community. It’s called the “Open Savings Initiative,” (OSI) and allows users to save their crypto in a time-locked account. Currently, it’s available only for Bitcoin BCH and Bitcoin Core (BTC) and is “like a certificate of deposit that you can add more money to anytime, but doesn’t require a bank.”

Users are able to assign any amount of time to their accounts to keep their assets locked up. Only after the expiration of that time can the accounts be accessed, ensuring that those who would be tempted to go out and buy something like a new Ferrari or a house in Hollywood Hills are forced to think twice before doing so.

OSI also has an offline version that enables the user to generate addresses even when the account is disconnected from the Internet. This capability, referred to as a “cold wallet,” provides an extra layer of security. According to the developers, “We coded up this application in the hope that ALL the wallets in the Bitcoin Cash / Bitcoin Core ecosystems adopt this feature, either by leveraging our code or implementing it themselves.”

OSI doesn’t store any personal user data. If the private key is lost, so is access. Private keys cannot be shared, as the key is changed each time the account is accessed.

The platform works by using the Op_Code “OP_checklocktimeverify.” This queues the system to build a pay-to-script hash address (P2SH), a form of standardized code that enables transactions to an address that begins with the number “3” instead of a public key, which normally begins with “1.”

The application was developed by Ransom Christofferson and Prestige IT. Yeoman’s Capital provided guidance and funding for the project came, in part, from Ricardo Jimenezh, a technology investor and senior product manager at creditcards.com.

Christofferson states, “Thanks to the “nlocktime” parameter and scripts such as ‘OP_checklocktimeverify’ being introduced into Bitcoin and continued on Bitcoin Cash, there is now a straightforward way of securely locking up funds on the blockchain without a custodian, which can only be spent at a future date.”

According to the OSI website, Open Savings Initiative lets you set aside cryptocurrency that can only be spent after a certain date. It’s like a certificate of deposit that you can add more money to anytime, but doesn’t require a bank.

“If you intend to give cryptocurrency to someone else, you can use Open Savings Initiative to create the crypto equivalent of writing a cheque for a future date. Unlike traditional cheques, the crypto cheque can’t bounce, can’t be cancelled, and is guaranteed to have the funds.”

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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UK Treasury slams ‘Wild West’ crypto trade, calls for regulation

Members of the UK Parliament are looking to increase regulations for the cryptocurrency industry, in order to tame the “Wild West situation,” according to a Treasury committee report.

“Crypto-assets have been embedded in certain pockets of society and industry, and it is highly likely that they are here to stay. The UK Government and financial services regulators appear to be deciding whether they will allow the current ‘Wild West’ situation to continue, or whether they are going to introduce regulation. The current ambiguity surrounding the Government’s and the regulators’ positions is clearly not sustainable,” the committee said.

Under the proposal, regulatory power would be given to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and would involve amendment of the existing Regulated Activities Order.

The committee report used the term ‘crypto-asset’ rather than ‘cryptocurrency,’ on the suggestion of the Bank of England’s (BoE) Martin Etheridge, who was quoted as saying, “[Cryptocurrencies] are not acting as a medium of exchange; they are not particularly good as a store of value, given the volatility; and they are certainly not being used as a unit of account.”

The BoE, in its statements to the committee, also noted that scalability and transaction costs remained a challenge, without distinguishing between the performance of the many cryptocurrencies available.

“Measured against the U.S. dollar, [BTC] is ten times more volatile than sterling, and other cryptocurrencies are even more volatile,” the BoE said.

Based on such input, the Treasury committee said, “The slow, costly and energy-intensive verification process for transactions is not unique to Bitcoin, but a fundamental feature of crypto-assets based on public, decentralised blockchains. This may ultimately limit the extent to which crypto-assets and blockchain can replace conventional money and payments systems.”

Among other risks cited in the use of cryptocurrencies were the hacking of exchanges, loss of passwords, price manipulation, use of cryptocurrencies for money laundering, and “implications for financial stability” with the growth of the industry.

The report, while critical of cryptocurrencies, did acknowledge the potential use of blockchain. “The Committee recognizes that blockchain technology may have the potential to solve problems caused by a lack of trust in data integrity and may be a more efficient method of managing certain types of data in the long term, offering higher levels of security than centralised databases,” it said.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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Kraken, Okex, Huobi and major Asian crypto funds go to Blockchain Life 2018

The list of speakers of the key forum on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, ICO and mining – Blockchain Life 2018 – was replenished by owners and top managers of the biggest Chinese cryptocurrency funds and international exchanges. The forum will be held on November 7-8 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Among the speakers: Maximilian Marenbach (Kraken Exchange), Wu Xing (Huobi Exchange), Aldrich Victorino (Okex Exchange), Charles Cai (Dalian Wanda Group), Jason Hu (World Blockchain Organization) and others. The full list of speakers is available here: https://blockchain-life.com/en/#speakers At the moment, the main activity in the world of investments in crypto projects is observed in Asian countries. Thus, the forum participants will be able to learn all the trends of 2018 firsthand, and the ICO projects of Eastern European will have a unique opportunity to attract funding within the Pitch-section, without participating in expensive Road shows around the world. Given the international composition of the participants, Blockchain Life 2018 organizes the legendary AfterParty in the biggest Chinese restaurant in Europe. In a favorite format for the forum participants “all inclusive”: elite alcohol, European and Chinese cuisine, comfortable conditions for networking and enchanting show program. By the way, last year AfterParty special guest was the famous russian boy band “Ivanushki International”. On September 1st, applications for the International Blockchain Life Awards will be opened, which will determine the best companies in their field. Learn more about the Award on the conference website. Despite the global scale of the event, tickets with the opportunity to attend reports are still available from $41. Buy a ticket to a key global event in the industry, there is very little time before the next rise in price https://blockchain-life.com/en/ Organizers: https://listing.help/ – the output of projects on exchanges, https://icotop.io/  – rating agency The post Kraken, Okex, Huobi and major Asian crypto funds go to Blockchain Life 2018 appeared first on Coingeek.
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