GDPR Article 35 and Article 25 Square Off

For those not buried in the details of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there is often confusion about be the differences between Data Protection Impact Assessments (Article 35) and Data Protection by Design and Default (Article 25). Many people assume that DPIAs, as the impact assessments are called, are synonymous with with Data […]

Demystifying Blockchain

I’m concerned about the amount of “blockchain will cure cancer” type prophecies. Many of blockchain’s most vocal proponents are so ill qualified when it comes to understanding the technology yet they hum along singing the benefits. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a blockchain supporter, but I fear it’s being oversold and failures to live up […]

When is a hack a hack?

This was cross-posted from LinkedIn.   The recent kerfuffle around Ethereum and the #DAO “hack” is just another in a long list of events which illustrate the difficultly in defining the term “hacking.”  For those unfamiliar with Ethereum and the DAO, a little background. Ethereum is a blockchain technology which expanded on the idea of […]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Arrival and Departure Record (Forms I-94 and I-94W) and Electronic System for Travel Authorization

June 5th, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Attn: Paperwork Reduction Act Officer Regulations and Rulings Office of Trade 90 K Street NE. 10th Floor Washington, DC 20229-1177. I am writing in response to the notice published in Federal Register on 6/23/2016 entitled “Agency Information Collection Activities: Arrival and Departure Record (Forms I-94 and I-94W) […]

Bitpay and Bitcoin

This is a really good article about Bitpay’s recent troubles. http://www.technologyreview.com/view/541901/the-troubles-of-bitcoins-paypal-show-why-the-cryptocurrency-is-not-a-good-payment/ This was very much what I’ve been saying all along. Without people earning payment in Bitcoin, there is no incentive for me to take the time to obtain Bitcoin. Bitpay is its own worst enemy because it facilitates merchants “accepting” Bitcoin without actually having […]

Robots, drones, DAOs and #bitcoin

One of the fascinating aspects of Bitcoin is that you don’t have to be human to own Bitcoin. Throughout the history of money, money was the possessed by people. Men, women and even children can own money, either in physical form such as cash or currency or in electronic, digital or even tied to an […]

The long tail of Bitcoin adoption

The long tail of Bitcoin Much has been said about the slow, nearly flat, adoption rate of Bitcoin in 2014. Unfortunately, many of the writers are to embed in the existing paradigm to understand why Bitcoin is different from previous technologies and why this adoption rate isn’t troubling. The first distinguishing factor is that Bitcoin […]

Freelancers are the Future

One of my more frequent comments on Bitcoin is the need for a ecosystem and a reduction on the reliance of BTC<->fiat transactions. Those sorts of transactions are a drag on Bitcoin’s widespread adoption, especially when the transactions are easy one way but hard the other. Unfortunately, companies such as BitPay, in their zeal to […]