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 […]

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 […]

How Bitcoin became a tool for NGOs — an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

How Bitcoin became a tool for NGOs — an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska

06.10.2023

On 5 October 2023, webeconomy.info published an interview with Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, on solving the problem of people and NGOs excluded from the financial system. She talked about how Bitcoin has become a tool for defending human rights, delivering humanitarian aid and surviving in the face of political persecution. It […]

“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

29.09.2023

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 […]

TABConf2023: Bitcoin against transnational persecution

TABConf2023: Bitcoin against transnational persecution

25.09.2023

From 6 to 9 September 2023, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska took part in the ‘TABConf2023 — A Technical Bitcoin Conference‘ in the US city of Atlanta. As part of the event, she gave an interview to the largest educational platform dedicated to Bitcoin — Area Bitcoin Education.  “I am here […]

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

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

21.07.2023

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 […]

Why AML/CFT regulations are no solution. Lyudmyla Kozlovska at BTC Prague 2023

Why AML/CFT regulations are no solution. Lyudmyla Kozlovska at BTC Prague 2023

11.07.2023

President of the Open Dialogue Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska participated in the largest and most influential event dedicated to Bitcoin in Europe — BTC Prague 2023, which was held in June in the Czech capital. On the first day of the conference, 8 June 2023, she spoke on the panel ‘Regulations Are Not The Solution‘, which […]

Ukrainians use Bitcoin to resist Russian aggression: Lyudmyla Kozlovska in ABC interview

Ukrainians use Bitcoin to resist Russian aggression: Lyudmyla Kozlovska in ABC interview

06.07.2023

“For people affected by conflict or crisis, cryptocurrencies can be a lifeline because funds can reach people faster than traditional money,” Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, said in an interview with the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) radio station in July 2023. The President of ODF explained how her Foundation used Bitcoin to […]

Bitcoin the basis for freedom: panel discussion at BTC Prague conference

Bitcoin the basis for freedom: panel discussion at BTC Prague conference

08.06.2023

At the beginning of June 2023, the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation Lyudmyla Kozlovska moderated the panel discussion Bitcoin Is Justice at the annual conference BTC Prague — Europe’s most important event dedicated to Bitcoin. The panellists shared their experiences of financial exclusion and gave examples of how Bitcoin helps to fight oppressive regimes […]

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