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Suba Churchill

19 December 2023

Suba Churchill, executive director of the Kenya National Civil Society Centre and chairperson of the Horn of Africa Civil Society Forum, which is a regional African network of civil society organisations that is working together to monitor and expand civic space in the countries in which the Forum operates:  *** Testimonial of Suba Churchill: I […]

Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA

15 December 2023

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) welcomes the opportunity to participate in this consultation of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) concerning “Technical Standards specifying certain requirements of Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA)”. We believe our comments will help to shape the regulation of the use of crypto-assets in line with fundamental rights not only in the EU, as well as the new AML/CFT Regulation, and will be reflected in the relevant report and recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation Europe (OSCE PA), as well as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations regarding non-profit organisations.

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

14 December 2023

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 […]

Why should human rights defenders be protected from AML/CFT abuses by authoritarian authorities?

11 December 2023

On 8 December 2023, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation participated in the panel discussion “Regulation as an Opportunity” at the Digital Finance Summit in Brussels. Lyudmyla Kozlovska gave a presentation on the consequences of the misuse of anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations. The event, moderated by journalist Jimmy Franklin and Toon Vanagt, CEO […]

Tusk’s difficult in-tray on Poland’s judicial independence

6 December 2023

Source: Read also: Martin Mycielski for EUobserver: Have the Polish people finally had enough? (November 23, 2021) Europa United Eurochat podcast – Polish Presidential election special with Martin Mycielski (June 23, 2020) Could Polish president Duda’s anti-LGBT rhetoric spell trouble for PiS? (June 19, 2020) Poland’s sham presidential election in a pandemic (March 27, […]

Mark Morton

1 December 2023

Mark Morton is the co-founder and Managing Director of Scilling Digital Mining, Ireland’s first and only Bitcoin mining company. Mark and his team place particular emphasis on showcasing how the strategic use of Bitcoin mining can create an efficient methane capture and make a positive contribution to Ireland’s emission targets and renewable goals.

Ismail Mesut Sezgin

1 December 2023

Ismail Mesut Sezgin, Turkish opposition political commentator, research assistant at Regent’s Park College and self-employed business owner in the UK. Mr. Sezgin became a victim of abuse of AML/CFT mechanisms in 2021 when he was listed by the Turkish authorities among the FETO members, resulting in his assets being frozen and severely affecting his relations […]

Roya Mahboub

1 December 2023

Roya Mahboub has a D.Sc. Honorary Doctor of Science of Engineering from McMaster University, and she is a Fellow of Executive Education from Stanford University. Roya is a serial entrepreneur and one of the first female CEOs in her home country, Afghanistan. She is a CEO of the Digital Citizen Fund that focuses on digital […]

Jesús González

1 December 2023

Jesús González, a computer engineer and representative of the Venezuelan opposition, will share their experiences of allocating Venezuelan frozen funds in the United States via stablecoins under the “Heroes de la salud” project to more than 60,000 workers in the health sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many members of the Interim Government of Venezuela are […]

Jaroslav Likhachevskiy

1 December 2023

Jaroslav Likhachevskiy, co-founder of the New Belarus platform,  Bysol Foundation and director of AI company Deepdee from Belarus. Mr. Likhachevsky is creating a Digital State for Belarus, outside of the reach of the Lukashenko regime. In particular, Bitcoin and tether stablecoins are used to deliver humanitarian aid in Belarus by the Belarusian civil society and […]

Jorge Jraissati

1 December 2023

Jorge Jraissati, the Director of Alumni for Liberty, an international network of young freedom activists with over 10,000 members from 139 countries. Its members include elected officials, think tank directors, journalists, academics, and other leaders committed to forming a global pro-liberty coalition. His initiatives include international advocacy, grassroots activism, policy proposals, training programs, research projects, […]

Jorge Jraissati

1 December 2023

Jorge Jraissati is Venezuelan and the director of Alumni For Liberty, an international NGO that has over 10,000 members operating in 132 countries. Its members include elected officials, think tank directors, journalists, and other leaders committed to forming a truly global pro-liberty coalition. Jraissati is a researcher at IESE Business School. His academic contributions have […]

Mike Brock

1 December 2023

Mike Brock is a Chief Executive Officer Block’s TBD (USA), a developer platform, which focuses on cryptocurrency and decentralized finance. Mike Brock has held a number of leadership positions at financial services platform Cash App and was responsible for setting up Spiral, an open source, separate Block initiative focused on a more accessible global financial […]

Farida Nabourema

1 December 2023

Farida Nabourema is a social activist and writer, recently emerging as the unequivocal voice of Togo’s pro-democracy movement. Farida has been a fearless advocate for democracy and human rights in Togo since she was a teenager. Through over 400 articles written on her blog and other sites, Farida denounces corruption, dictatorship and promotes a form […]

Obi Nwosu

1 December 2023

Obi Nwosu, former CEO of Coinfloor, a regulated bitcoin exchange in the UK and Europe. Mr. Nwosu advocated for and worked with regulators, including the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He also advised the Metropolitan police, the Bank of England, HM Revenue & Customs, and the intelligence services in the UK. Coinfloor worked closely with […]

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