Statement on so-called EU Chat Control law

Statement on so-called EU Chat Control law

We are deeply concerned that the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2024 promotes the so-called Chat Control law (officially known as “Regulation… to prevent and combat child sexual abuse”), which targets EU citizens’ and residents’ private, encrypted communications in an unprecedented manner. This proposal is going to be discussed by the EU […]

Interview: Lyudmyla Kozlovska – Human Rights, Crypto, & Policy

Interview: Lyudmyla Kozlovska – Human Rights, Crypto, & Policy

As a high-level introduction, Lyudmyla Kozlovska founded the Open Dialogue Foundation (“ODF”) in 2009 with the goal of protecting human rights, supporting democracy, and assisting those who are subject to political persecution in Eastern Europe. She also founded the Building True Change Coalition (“BTC Coalition”) to address financial exclusion, political oppression and deliver humanitarian aid, while promoting the role […]

Bitcoin Mining for EU Electricity Grids: An Energy Supply Management Tools

Bitcoin Mining for EU Electricity Grids: An Energy Supply Management Tools

Bitcoin mining is already an industry at the forefront of utilising sources like solar and wind. (…) I strongly encourage the European Union, the European Commission and ESMA to support the development and expansion of Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining in Europe and across the globe.Bob Burnett In a recent report, the European Central Bank characterised […]

A Further Crackdown on Bitcoin Mixing Services Will Hurt Human Rights Activists

A Further Crackdown on Bitcoin Mixing Services Will Hurt Human Rights Activists

The charges brought against Samourai Wallet’s founders could be part of an international effort to limit Bitcoin privacy-preserving technologies, which would hurt those who need these technologies the most. Yesterday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Keonne Rodriguez and William Lonergan Hill, co-founders of Samourai Wallet, a privacy-focused bitcoin wallet that also serves as a mixer, […]

Building True Change (BTC) Coalition Submission on the EU Proposal for a Regulation on the prevention of money laundering or terrorist financing

Building True Change (BTC) Coalition Submission on the EU Proposal for a Regulation on the prevention of money laundering or terrorist financing

Statement-commentary During the April II plenary session, Parliament is due to vote on provisional agreements resulting from interinstitutional negotiations on the adoption of the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing […]

TPB80 – Bitcoin Rights are Human Rights with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

TPB80 – Bitcoin Rights are Human Rights with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

On 24 March 2024, the guest of the podcast “Thee Progressive Bitcoiner” was Lyudmyla Kozlovska. Lyudmyla Kozlovska is a human rights activist and President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to defending human rights, democracy and rule of law throughout post-Soviet states. In this episode we discuss the importance of protecting privacy, self-custody, and […]

How Bitcoin Can Be A Tool For Human Rights Activists

How Bitcoin Can Be A Tool For Human Rights Activists

Pro-democracy activists around the world sometimes rely on bitcoin as a money of last resort, which is a crucial use case that sets it apart from other assets. “As human rights defenders, we work with very sensitive information, and financial information is the most sensitive information,” Open Dialogue Foundation President Lyudmyla Kozlovska told me in […]

Industry figures fear EU ban on block reward mining could be imminent

Industry figures fear EU ban on block reward mining could be imminent

In September, it was announced that the European Commission (EC) would undergo a year-long study into the sustainability of digital assets. The EC’s financial services directorate issued a tender for the project, aiming to develop methodology and sustainability standards for mitigating the environmental impact of digital assets. “There is evidence that crypto-assets can cause significant harm on the climate […]

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

Germany, as one of the founding members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), creates standards for global financial policy to comply with anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules; FATF Recommendations lead to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) to be defined as high-risk organisations by financial institutions, thereby by default opening the […]

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

1. Building True Change Coalition and Its Mission The Building True Change Coalition (BTC Coalition) is a global network of freedom fighters united by the mission of harnessing the power of Bitcoin to protect fundamental rights and promote financial inclusion. Its members include human rights defenders, political activists, Bitcoin entreprenuers and industry experts. The coalition […]

ODF’s opinion on the rules of procedure of parliaments and parliamentary assemblies

ODF’s opinion on the rules of procedure of parliaments and parliamentary assemblies

In light of the ongoing discussion on better integration of the work of civil society in the works of national parliaments and international parliamentary assemblies, the Open Dialogue Foundation has been a vocal proponent and advocate for more transparent, organised and fair regulation, benefitting civil society. We believe that the expertise, input and advocacy work […]

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

Between March and July 2023, the EU AML/CFT Global Facility co-hosted and sponsored a series of regional consultations for nonprofit organisations (NPOs), FATF Regional Style Bodies, and Financial Intelligence Units with the aim of collecting, documenting, and analysing practices of meaningful engagement between the NPO sector and relevant (inter)governmental stakeholders. On 26-27 September 2023 in […]

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

The EU has become one of the first jurisdictions to introduce comprehensive regulations on crypto-assets. Ukraine has announced its ambition to become a “pioneer” in implementing the European version of the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation, MiCA. As the third country in the world in terms of cryptocurrency usage, Ukraine has been working on the regulation […]

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