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

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

25.04.2024

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

18.04.2024

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

26.03.2024

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

06.03.2024

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 […]

Interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska: her story, her struggles, and her achievements

Interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska: her story, her struggles, and her achievements

23.02.2024

Read more: planb.lugano.ch See other interviews with Lyudmyla Kozlovska: Lugano’s Plan ₿. Defending Human Rights with Bitcoin: Interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska (Decemner 28, 2023) What is wrong with the current AML/CFT law and how is it being used against NGOs? (December 12, 2023) How Bitcoin became a tool for NGOs — an interview with Lyudmyla […]

Submission to FinCEN: US Digital Asset AML Act

Submission to FinCEN: US Digital Asset AML Act

22.01.2024

How proposed US crypto-asset ban would support banking sector’s monopoly and harm civil society through financial exclusion 1. Key notes The USA, as a pioneer in combating anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) — having introduced the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) in 1970 —  and as one of the founding members of the Financial […]

Lugano’s Plan ₿. Defending Human Rights with Bitcoin: Interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Lugano’s Plan ₿. Defending Human Rights with Bitcoin: Interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

28.12.2023

Interview with the activist who enchanted the Plan ₿ Forum 2023 with her story, her struggles and her achievements. An icon and prominent figure in the field of civil defence, Lyudmyla Kozlovska is not a woman who knows what it means to give up. From the very beginning, the career of the now Chairperson of […]

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

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

21.12.2023

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 […]

Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA

Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA

15.12.2023

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

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

14.12.2023

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?

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

11.12.2023

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 […]

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

28.11.2023

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 […]

Bitcoin’s role in Guatemala’s Digitally Safeguarded Democracy

Bitcoin’s role in Guatemala’s Digitally Safeguarded Democracy

10.11.2023

ODF nominates Bitcoin Simple Proof Solution for the Copenhagen Democracy Tech Award. We are proud to promote enhancing transparency and security in vote counting in Guatemala with Bitcoin Blockchain. In Guatemala’s 2023 elections, the country’s highest electoral authority turned to the Bitcoin Blockchain technology to digitize and secure voting tallies and other key election documents, […]

Behind the glass wall. How to turn a dissident into a terrorist and a fraudster

Behind the glass wall. How to turn a dissident into a terrorist and a fraudster

05.11.2023

Russia is threatened with exclusion from the international system of combating money laundering. The issue of Russia’s inclusion on the blacklist of the organisation in question – the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) – was considered at Ukraine’s request at a recent FATF session. The decision has not yet been made, but it may be […]

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