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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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?

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 […]

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

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 […]

”Bitcoin is borderless” Conference — how to combat financial exclusion worldwide?

”Bitcoin is borderless” Conference — how to combat financial exclusion worldwide?

Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), participated in the Bitcoin Amsterdam Conference, which took place from 12 to 14 October 2023. During the panel discussion at the conference Bitcoin is borderless, she shared her story of how Bitcoin allowed her to fight for human rights, help Ukraine during the war, and deal […]

“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 […]

TABConf2023: Bitcoin against transnational persecution

TABConf2023: Bitcoin against transnational persecution

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

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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