Meet the 15 Candidates for the Bitcoin Foundation Board

Bobby Lee, Brock Pierce Join Bitcoin Foundation's Board of Directors

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Vessenes, Matonis to resign from Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors

I have learned that leadership changes are now imminent at the Bitcoin Foundation. Chairman Peter Vessenes and Executive Director Jon Matonis will be stepping down from their board seats prior to the scheduled end of their terms. Although an exact timetable for their resignations remains unclear, I believe these two seats will be filled during the already-planned special elections to replace founding board members Charlie Shrem and Mark Karpeles this April.
It does not appear that Vessenes or Matonis are accused or suspected of any improprieties related to their relationship with Mark Karpeles and Mt. Gox. Instead, they seem to have both recognized the need for the Foundation to clean house in order to revitalize its image in the coming months. If this is the case, Vessenes and Matonis should be applauded for their services to Bitcoin to date and for their humble decision to help the industry overcome the serious damage that has been done with the failure of Mt. Gox. New professional leadership is needed to rebuild confidence and focus on the future.
At this time, it remains unclear whether Matonis will also step down as the Foundation’s Executive Director, or remain committed to that role for the time being.
This marks a watershed moment for the industry. Gox is dead. BTC-e remains a black hole. Four of the Bitcoin Foundation’s seven directors have or will soon resign their positions. Merchants and consumers are (and should be) skeptical of the consumer protections and financial and technical safeguards currently in place at cloud wallet companies, currency exchanges and other Bitcoin services providers.
There are enormously talented individuals who will be vetted and nominated for the new board of directors in the weeks to come. I for one look forward to electing the next crop. After a horrific week, Bitcoin’s future is finally looking a little bit brighter.
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Voting Underway For Open Bitcoin Foundation Board of Director Seats

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Jim Harper candidates Himself for Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors

The topic (From Bitcoin Foundation Forum):
"Howdy, folks!
I've decided to run for the Bitcoin Foundation's Board of Directors. There's much to discuss and much to be done.
It's early, but a "pre-announcement" post up on a "Bitcoin Public Policy" tumblr I've started goes into my thinking on the upcoming election. I'll copy and paste that content below.
I'm looking forward to the campaign, and hopefully to serving on the board and helping the foundation reach its potential!
Jim Harper
I’m a Candidate for the Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors
I’ve started this tumblr as a place to discuss my candidacy for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation in the upcoming board elections, which I understand will soon be announced for early 2015. The tumblr is called “Bitcoin Public Policy” because that’s what I do. I’m the Bitcoin Foundation’s Global Policy Counsel, Jim Harper.
The Bitcoin Foundation is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Bitcoin, decentralized digital currency, and blockchain technology. But it has yet to realize most of its great potential.
I am enthused and gratified by the hard work so many people have put in and are putting into the Bitcoin Foundation, and by its significant (if too often unsung) successes. But I am also concerned by challenges it faces in vision and direction, organization, management, and fundraising. Perhaps my ten years working in a U.S. non-profit and my experience as a non-profit board director can assist the foundation in finding its feet and voice.
I expect that I’ll address all of the issues mentioned above and more during the upcoming campaign and as a director. This may expose some sharp differences of opinion and explore concerns with the Bitcoin Foundation’s management and direction to date. But the purpose of this “pre-announcement” is to cover a small, but important issue in the administration of the upcoming election itself. In a recent post on the Bitcoin Foundation blog , our tireless and careful elections committee chairman, Brian Goss, discussed the potential formation of a nominations committee. I assume (but don’t know) that the proposal is at least in part a response to a past election in which derogatory information about a successful candidate came forward after the election. Those issues are water under the bridge, but they do illustrate the need for, as Brian says, “a healthy, dynamic, lively membership discussion about and with the candidates.”
Fostering such discussion is exactly what a nominations committee should do. I would be concerned if such a committee were to take on a gatekeeper role, deciding which candidates should be considered by the membership. That would impinge too much on the vaunted decentralized structure of the foundation, and it could preclude consideration of meritorious candidates while side-tracking or limiting debate. There is at least one pre-declared candidate whose caustic views a well-meaning nominations committee might try to insulate from the election discussion. That would be a mistake. All perspectives should be aired in the campaign.
I have seen at least one mention of the possibility that the nominations committee could conduct criminal background checks. If it does so, I think it is important to recognize a few important points.
One is my belief that the foundation and the Bitcoin community should not endorse the laws of any one jurisdiction. While I’m certain that the Bitcoin community opposes behavior regarded worldwide as inherently wrong—fraud, theft, murder, exploitation of the vulnerable, and such—there are many crimes in countries around the world that are not matters of worldwide, timeless consensus. These include crime laws banning certain kinds of speech and political organizing. Criminal laws around drug or weapons possession also vary widely over place and time, and they lack timeless consensus. The nominations committee should not implicitly endorse such laws.
Similarly, variations in the rule of law and administrative systems around the world can make the presence or absence of an arrest or conviction an unreliable measure of a person. There can be hardened criminal fraudsters with no record because the country they live in does not enforce laws or keep reliable books. There can be honest—even heroic—advocates of liberty, democracy, and tolerance who are branded as criminals by their governments. If it considers criminal background, the nominations committee should take care to interpret this information with care.
I say all this not because I have any criminal record! Rather, one of the sensitivities I deal with in my role as Global Policy Counsel for the foundation is how Bitcoin and the Bitcoin community interact with national governments and their criminal laws. The issues are sensitive and require delicate handling. I’m hopeful and confident that the nominations committee will have such sensitivity.
With that, let the trumpets blare! There will be an exciting race for the open seats on the Bitcoin Foundation board. Whatever happens in that election, the Bitcoin community will stay united around our shared goal of seeing widespread adoption of Bitcoin, digital currency, and blockchain technology.
Whether the outcome you seek is global financial inclusion, enhanced liberty and dignity for all the world’s people, greater privacy protection for the law-abiding, a stable global money supply, or a vibrant and profitable business environment, the Bitcoin Foundation can help advance all those goals. I want the foundation to succeed, and will work to see it achieve its potential if I’m elected."
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Voting Underway For Open Bitcoin Foundation Board of Director Seats

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Updated Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors Election

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Second round of BF elections: I endorse Michael Perklin

As many of you know, I (Francis Pouliot) was a candidate in the Bitcoin Foundation board of directors elections. Unfortunately, I only received support from 24.4% of the Bitcoin Foundation membership and finished 5th out of 13 candidates. A second round of voting will be held starting tomorrow between the top 4 candidates.
I completely endorse Michael Perklin for the second round of the election which is set to take place tomorrow. We share an almost identical platform for the Foundation's mission and governance. After having collaborated with him on a few projects (including our advocacy at the Senate of Canada), I vouch for Michael's capacity to be a great leader for our organization. Out of all candidates in this election, I have always considered Michael to be the most qualified, having been involved in Bitcoin education campaigns, promoting technical development, regulatory outreach, Bitcoin start-ups, Bitcoin consulting, Bitcoin advocacy organizations, certification programs, the establishment of security standards and much more. He has already shown a great commitment to Canada's Bitcoin community and I recommend that all my supporters give him their support.
Of the other three candidates, my support goes to Bruce Fenton for his pragmatism, energy and ability to bring people together.
I like Jim Harper very much as an individual, respect his work as a policy analyst and I think he's going to remain a great champion for limited regulation of cryptocurrency in the years to come, but I don't believe the Foundation should be the institution through which he fulfils this mission. I am in complete disagreement with Olivier Jansens platform and I don't believe he has the pragmatism required to be a board member the Foundation, although I recognize his hard work and dedication to the cause of cryptocurrency and decentralization.
To all my 79 supporters, thank you very much for putting your faith in me. I will continue to defend the interest of Canada's Bitcoin community and will remain involved with the Bitcoin Foundation to help support and develop Bitcoin's technical infrastructure.
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Let’s Get Alakanani to Amsterdam for #Bitcoin2014!

Redditors,
Peter Vessenes and I are reaching out to invite you to partner with us to help get Alakanani Itireleng to the Bitcoin 2014 Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands from May 15-17. Some of you may already know of Alakanani as the Bitcoin Missionary from Botswana.
I was personally first introduced to Alah and her story back in January of this year and was utterly amazed and encouraged by the work she is doing to spread Bitcoin and economic freedom throughout Botswana and Africa. Alakanani has single handedly organized several meet-ups in Botswana and is looking to work with businesses in Botswana to start accepting Bitcoin and additionally education on the merits of BTC.
You can watch her story here: http://youtu.be/W1EipgGE45s
We want to get her to Amsterdam so she can connect with the Bitcoin community and share her story!
Are you interested in helping us meet our financial goal?
Please feel free to give as led. We will need to raise approx. 4,000USD (in BTC) by April 16th to be able to cover her airfare, visa fee, hotel, and meals.
Donations can be made to:
18XkPm3cm1mjbb19NEdvLZq7XyPQJcLUZG
Roger Ver has kindly agreed to monitor this wallet.
Thank you again for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
Best regards,
Elizabeth T. Ploshay Secretary, Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors
Peter Vesseness Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors
Roger Ver Bitcoin Evangelist and Investor, Blockchain
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Bitcoin Foundation Board Divided Over Controversial Restructuring Proposal

The Bitcoin Foundation board of directors is currently divided on a proposal that would see it split into two separate entities.
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Dissent Lingers as Bitcoin Foundation Denounces Bankruptcy Threat

The Bitcoin Foundation board of directors has issued a new statement on the controversy surrounding its current financial situation.
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Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood.

It appears the entire domain of Disobedient Media has been shadowbanned across Reddit.
Here is an archived version of the link: http://archive.is/I5RIU
Twitter link from the author: https://twitter.com/ElizabethleaVos/status/950571057060118528
Please visit the site to support the journalists, but I don't want this post to be shadowbanned so I am abstaining from giving a direct link to the site. Full text from the article:
Brock Pierce is a controversial figure who has received surprisingly little attention despite connections to the Clinton Foundation, digital currency Bitcoin and involvement in a notorious scandal involving a child abuse ring. Pierce’s involvement with a child abuse ring, Digital Entertainment Network and The Clinton Global initiative were first highlighted in the documentary An Open Secret, Directed by Amy Berg.
As detailed in Berg’s film, Brock was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, former child actor who appeared in films such as the 1992 classic Mighty Ducks and Disney’s “First Kid,” and Chairman of the Board at the Bitcoin Foundation. Pierce also co-founded the Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), a forerunner of video sharing site Youtube. In 2010, Pierce also was also a participant at the Mindshift Conference, which was hosted by now disgraced billionaire pedophile and child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
DEN was founded in 1996 amid the rapid growth of the dot-com bubble. It raised $72 million in investment before even opening in 1999, a massive amount of capital considering that, at least on the surface, DEN was not yet providing investors with anything in return. At the time news sources scoffed at the massive salaries top executives were paid when the company was not even creating revenue.
An SEC filing obtained by Hollywood periodical Radar Online reveals that DEN’s investors included a shocking number of big name personalities such as media executives Garth Ancier and David Geffen, former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, film producers Gary Goddard and Bryan Singer, Wall Street czar Mitchell Blutt, A&M Records head Gilbert Friesen (now deceased), former Disney executive David Neuman, manager and label executive Gary Gersh, investor Jeffrey Sachs, former Congressman Michael Huffington, actors Ben and Fred Savage, and tech companies such as Microsoft and Dell. The lack of apparent revenue raises questions about what investors in DEN were expecting in return.
In 2000, DEN suffered an absolute disaster amid claims by employees and several Hollywood child actors such as Michael Egan III that Pierce and his partners, Chad Shackley and Marc Collins-Rector ran a child abuse ring with a number of other Hollywood directors and A-list actors, many of whom were financially tied to DEN.
As covered in the Amy Berg film An Open Secret, Egan alleged that between the ages of 15 to 17, he would be given alcohol, cocaine and other drugs and was raped repeatedly along with other young boys who were present. The abuse allegedly occurred at the house shared by Collins-Rector, Shackley and Pierce as well as on trips to Hawaii. On at least one occasion, Collins-Rector threatened Egan with a gun to force him into compliance. Egan filed a civil suit after his reports to the LAPD and FBI fell on deaf ears. Individuals named in the suit included Pierce, Collins-Rector, Shackley, as well as Bryan Singer, Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman.
Mr. Egan’s allegations mirror other similar claims made by actors such as Corey Feldman and Elijah Wood that child sex abuse is rampant in Hollywood. Pierce and his co-accused resigned from DEN and fled hurriedly to Spain to escape the FBI. Collins Rector was apparently primarily concerned that investor David Geffen wished to kill him over the scandal. Depositions taken from Pierce revealed that Geffen had purportedly been paying an employee to spy on DEN, and that he had been fed information and stolen faxes.
Ultimately, Collins-Rector was the only individual charged with sex offenses in relation to the scandal. Brock Pierce was never able fully escape negative public opinion over the role he played however. When he became the Chairman of the Board at the Bitcoin Foundation, at least 10 members resigned in protest. Several resignation letters explicitly listed Pierce’s association with pedophilia and child pornography as the reason for their departure.
Pierce is one of several public figures dogged by allegations of child sex abuse with financial or social ties to the Clinton Foundation.
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Brock Pierce, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. Brock Pierce also founded Tether. Articles about this are shadowbanned across Reddit.

It appears the entire domain of Disobedient Media has been shadowbanned across Reddit.
Here is an archived version of the link: http://archive.is/I5RIU
Twitter link from the author: https://twitter.com/ElizabethleaVos/status/950571057060118528
Please visit the site to support the journalists, but I don't want this post to be shadowbanned so I am abstaining from giving a direct link to the site. Full text from the article:
Brock Pierce is a controversial figure who has received surprisingly little attention despite connections to the Clinton Foundation, digital currency Bitcoin and involvement in a notorious scandal involving a child abuse ring. Pierce’s involvement with a child abuse ring, Digital Entertainment Network and The Clinton Global initiative were first highlighted in the documentary An Open Secret, Directed by Amy Berg.
As detailed in Berg’s film, Brock was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, former child actor who appeared in films such as the 1992 classic Mighty Ducks and Disney’s “First Kid,” and Chairman of the Board at the Bitcoin Foundation. Pierce also co-founded the Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), a forerunner of video sharing site Youtube. In 2010, Pierce also was also a participant at the Mindshift Conference, which was hosted by now disgraced billionaire pedophile and child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
DEN was founded in 1996 amid the rapid growth of the dot-com bubble. It raised $72 million in investment before even opening in 1999, a massive amount of capital considering that, at least on the surface, DEN was not yet providing investors with anything in return. At the time news sources scoffed at the massive salaries top executives were paid when the company was not even creating revenue.
An SEC filing obtained by Hollywood periodical Radar Online reveals that DEN’s investors included a shocking number of big name personalities such as media executives Garth Ancier and David Geffen, former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, film producers Gary Goddard and Bryan Singer, Wall Street czar Mitchell Blutt, A&M Records head Gilbert Friesen (now deceased), former Disney executive David Neuman, manager and label executive Gary Gersh, investor Jeffrey Sachs, former Congressman Michael Huffington, actors Ben and Fred Savage, and tech companies such as Microsoft and Dell. The lack of apparent revenue raises questions about what investors in DEN were expecting in return.
In 2000, DEN suffered an absolute disaster amid claims by employees and several Hollywood child actors such as Michael Egan III that Pierce and his partners, Chad Shackley and Marc Collins-Rector ran a child abuse ring with a number of other Hollywood directors and A-list actors, many of whom were financially tied to DEN.
As covered in the Amy Berg film An Open Secret, Egan alleged that between the ages of 15 to 17, he would be given alcohol, cocaine and other drugs and was raped repeatedly along with other young boys who were present. The abuse allegedly occurred at the house shared by Collins-Rector, Shackley and Pierce as well as on trips to Hawaii. On at least one occasion, Collins-Rector threatened Egan with a gun to force him into compliance. Egan filed a civil suit after his reports to the LAPD and FBI fell on deaf ears. Individuals named in the suit included Pierce, Collins-Rector, Shackley, as well as Bryan Singer, Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman.
Mr. Egan’s allegations mirror other similar claims made by actors such as Corey Feldman and Elijah Wood that child sex abuse is rampant in Hollywood. Pierce and his co-accused resigned from DEN and fled hurriedly to Spain to escape the FBI. Collins Rector was apparently primarily concerned that investor David Geffen wished to kill him over the scandal. Depositions taken from Pierce revealed that Geffen had purportedly been paying an employee to spy on DEN, and that he had been fed information and stolen faxes.
Ultimately, Collins-Rector was the only individual charged with sex offenses in relation to the scandal. Brock Pierce was never able fully escape negative public opinion over the role he played however. When he became the Chairman of the Board at the Bitcoin Foundation, at least 10 members resigned in protest. Several resignation letters explicitly listed Pierce’s association with pedophilia and child pornography as the reason for their departure.
Pierce is one of several public figures dogged by allegations of child sex abuse with financial or social ties to the Clinton Foundation.
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Brock Pierce, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. Brock Pierce also founded Tether. Articles about this are shadowbanned across Reddit.

Brock Pierce, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. Brock Pierce also founded Tether. Articles about this are shadowbanned across Reddit. submitted by stellardrome2 to conspiracy [link] [comments]

Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood.

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Things getting interesting:Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. Brock Pierce also founded Tether. Articles about this are shadowbanned across Reddit.

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Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood.

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Olivier Janssens and Jim Harper wanted to make themselves Exec Directors of Bitcoin Foundation; mad at being outvoted they vote AGAINST release board minutes

Stunning to read the board minutes released today.
Olivier created massive bad PR for Bitcoin and the foundation he just ran for with his post last week written from the angle of "whistleblower".
He also called for transparency. Now that the minutes are released we can see a true picture of what occurred. He and Jim had one plan and disagreed with the rest of the board.
Because he lost his vote 4 to 2 he cried foul and released the board discussions ahead of time under the claim that he was doing so because transparency was needed. Any reasonably person knows there are 100 ways to release this info that are less damaging to the foundation than posting something called "the truth about the foundation" in a sensational tone.
Would he have still made the PR disaster if his plan would have been voted for? Almost definitely not. He did this because he was mad he got outvoted.
Yesterday he went on the Foundation forums and called for a special member meeting. This is something the bylaws reserve for the Chairman of the Board. Does he think he is chairman?
Likely 5 people or so who think his scorch the earth tactics are fun will bother to show up for his special meeting and then he will complain again about being outvoted.
He has most likely alienated half the members, every single board member, even Jim who voted with him on some items and now Oliver won't have any influence on actual board decisions whatsoever.
When the board voted to release these minutes he did not vote for it. He now claims on the foundation forums that this is only because he was mad that he didn't get his way in voting to release ALL minutes from all meetings in history. (In other words, violating the privacy of people who thought they were in private meetings long before he was elected by publishing their conversations).
As with much of what he does he had a dictatorial manner of refusing to participate if he didn't get things the way he wanted.
He then on the forums today accused the board of "pushing things through as they always do". In other words "a fully elected board voted against what I wanted".
https://bitcoinfoundation.org/forum/index.php?/topic/1292-board-meeting-minutes-31715-and-33115/
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Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood.

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Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. (x-post r/btc)

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I am Francis Pouliot, full-time Bitcoin advocate and director at the Bitcoin Embassy. I'm running for a seat of the Bitcoin Foundation board. AMA

My name is Francis Pouliot and I am a full-time Bitcoin advocate, educator, and community organizer. You may have heard of me as Director of Public Affairs at the Bitcoin Embassy, the first physical space in the world dedicated to the promotion and development of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Fellow Canadians will recognize me as the Chief Executive Officer at the Bitcoin Foundation Canada, a pan-Canadian membership-based advocacy group dedicated to ensuring a favorable environment for Canada's cryptocurrency ecosystem.
While I may not be a famous Bitcoin investor or entrepreneur, I consider myself a large stakeholder in Bitcoin since cryptocurrency (mostly Bitcoin) represents around 90% of my assets and is effectively my only source of income. I’m also a Bitcoin miner, integration consultation and certified Bitcoin professional with C4 (passed at 96%).
The best decision of my life has been to re-orient my rapidly advancing and successful career as a policy analyst for free-market think tanks in order to dedicate myself full-time to being an active participant in the cryptocurrency revolution. I still remain to this day an active supporter of the libertarian movement through my involvement in various pro-liberty organizations - but I will never use the Foundation as a medium to promote my personal beliefs.
My general assessment of the current state of the Bitcoin
Foundation is that by pursuing too many goals, the Foundation has misallocated and mismanaged resources necessary to successfully fulfill the essential mandate of supporting technical development. It has not lived up to its potential and has disappointed many of its members, including myself. I truly believe in the Foundation’s mission to protect Bitcoin's technological infrastructure and that, in realizing this goal, it must remain an important part of the Bitcoin ecosystem. I also believe that the only essential mission of the Bitcoin Foundation, that should take priority over all others, should become and always remain the protection and development of Bitcoin’s technological infrastructure.
My platform
With humility, I propose myself as to represent my fellow individual members on the Bitcoin Foundation’s board of directors. I have the skills, values, energy and time necessary to accomplish this task successfully. As CEO of the BFC, I have knowledge of the inner-workings of the Foundation and know exactly what its problems are and the best way to overcome them. On behalf of its Canadian members, I have attempted to act as a watchdog, being critical of its work and suggesting reforms directly to staff members.
If I am elected, I pledge to continue this role on behalf of all individual members. I now ask for your support so that I may obtain the necessary powers to bring the Foundation to implement the following:
After having discussed with Patrick Murck, I believe that he is the most capable Executive Director that the Foundation could have at the moment. I also believe that we share the same broad vision as to where the Foundation should be heading and as your representative I will support him in his undertaking to bring the Foundation back to its roots.
Nature and role of the Bitcoin Foundation – some thoughts
(On this point I particularly oppose candidates Cody Wilson, Olivier Janseen and Colin Gallagher)
The Bitcoin Foundations, as a private organization, is a platform through which individual and corporate members can voluntarily coordinate and implement their common interests. It does not, nor should it attempt to or claim to, represent the entire Bitcoin community. Although it provides a public service, it is only accountable to its members.
That being said, there is no doubt that the (uninformed) general public’s perception of the Foundation will taint its perception of the entire Bitcoin community by proxy. In addition, the Foundation’s technical team has a large influence on the development process and its actions will have an effect on the entire Bitcoin community, whether they are members of the Foundation or not. As such, the Foundation has moral responsibilities that other private membership-based organizations do not and should act with this specificity in mind.
The Bitcoin community and ecosystem are extremely diverse. In my opinion, there is only one common interest amongst all members of our community: the continued existence and expansion of a healthy technical development process which will ensure the continued decentralization and scalability of the Bitcoin network. I believe that this is also true within the Bitcoin Foundation membership.
I think the idea that the existence of a “centralized institution” such as the Foundation is contradictory with the decentralized nature of Bitcoin is beyond ridiculous. Nor is it contradictory with the crypto-decentralization movement to which I personally identify myself with. In fact, there can be no decentralization movement if individuals and corporations do not coordinate their interests via some form of organization. While it is certainly likely that such associations and organizations will eventually take the form of Decentralized Autonomous Corporations, I do not believe the necessary technology has been developed to a degree which makes this option a logical choice for the Foundation (and probably won’t for the next couple of years).
Let’s be clear: the Bitcoin Foundation should never, under any circumstance, attempt to impose any agenda or barrier to entry whatsoever on members and non-members alike via the coercive power of government.
Also, the Bitcoin Foundation should not attempt to assert a monopoly over the technical development process. I am extremely happy to see private corporations such as Blockstream and Bitpay contribute to this process, and am even happier to see that individuals are still contributing their time on a voluntary basis. However, I think a large part of development should be undertaken by non-profit organizations in order to ensure some form of neutrality.
Final thoughts – regulation
As a libertarian, I am naturally against regulation. I do not intend to idly stand by while arbitrary decrees are imposed upon us, and, as such, I believe that stakeholders such as individuals, private corporations or local Bitcoin advocacy groups should actively engage government officials and regulators to ensure that no discriminatory regulation or legislation concerning Bitcoin occurs.
Under no circumstance should technology-specific regulation such as the BitLicenses be tolerated. Moreover, government decrees that are in effect discriminatory (such as the “double taxation” of bitcoins via sales taxes) should be fiercely opposed. Innovation does not require permission.
However, as we lobby for government not to discriminate against Bitcoin, we must also realize that Bitcoin does not and should not operate in a legal vacuum. Bitcoin business models that mimic legacy business models (such as currency exchanges) should be regulated in the same way as their fiat counterparts. For example, a Bitcoin exchange should comply to financial regulation in the same way as a fiat exchange. If we demand not to be discriminated against, we must also acknowledge that we can’t have special treatment just because we do not believe in the validity of the laws that apply to us.
I do realize that compliance requirements of the legacy fiat financial industry are often outdated and that the cryptocurrency ecosystem will come up with its own innovative solutions for KYC/AML. These solutions are to be encouraged and, ideally, they will become the standard not only for cryptocurrency businesses but for the entire financial industry.
Bitcoin is like an economic trojan horse – if we really want the cryptocurrency revolution to happen, it is crucially important that there be an economic infrastructure with exchanges, payment processors, brokers, financial products, etc. This is the key to mainstream user adoption and this will only occur if we play by the rules. Government can’t stop Bitcoin but it can certainly greatly slow down progress by enforcing its power on the individuals and corporations that compose the Bitcoin economic ecosystem, something even the most anarchic members of the community should realize.
(On this point I particularly oppose candidate Jim Harper)
It seems to me that the Foundation has an “identity crisis” because its mandate is simply too broad. It cannot be at the same time a “Linux Foundation-style” organization and a lobby group such as the Digital Chamber of Commerce or think tank such as Coin Center. Because it has given itself too many goals, each goal has been inefficiently carried out.
The Foundation’s involvement in lobbying has considerably contributed to its negative perception by the community, which means less membership and less revenue. This means that there are fewer and fewer financial resources available for technical development. I believe that retreating from active political lobbying may reverse this trend.
The main reason is strictly based on pragmatism and resource allocation. There are various groups all over the world, including in the United States, who are actively involved in the fight against discriminatory or excessive Bitcoin regulation. The void that the Bitcoin Foundation had attempted to fill when it initially got into lobbying clearly does not exist anymore. However, there are no other non-profit organization involved in supporting technical development, so that in that area there is a very real void.
Finally, policy is inherently local and jurisdictional while the Foundation aims to be a global organization. I don’t think non-US members appreciate that their contributions are being spent on lobbying in Washington while the Foundation does nothing to prevent their own governments from obstructing the progress of Bitcoin.
10 reasons you should vote for me
You can reach me at [email protected] or at 1 855 922-3622.
I'll be answering all day, at least until 6 PM EST, or however long this stays on the front page!
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Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood.

Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. submitted by TheTruthHasNoBias to FreePolDiscussion [link] [comments]

Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. /r/btc

Reposting this daily until the Foundation responds. Brock Pierce, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a Clinton Global Initiative member who has been accused by 3 child actors of running an underage sex ring in Hollywood. /btc submitted by BitcoinAllBot to BitcoinAll [link] [comments]

Javier Lozano: Board of Director 2020 Elections - Interview Process of Appointment of Additional Director Grayscale Says Bitcoin ETF Only a Matter of Time Board of Trustees' Meeting - May 19, 2020 Targeting the Mechanisms of Aging Across Species

Press Contacts: San Francisco, CA, Kerryn Lloyd, [email protected] San Francisco, CA – August 28, 2018 –The Bitcoin Foundation has received a commitment of $200,000 for its 2018/2019 plan – $100,000 from Brock Pierce, a venture capitalist, philanthropist, serial entrepreneur and Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and a further $100,000 The Bitcoin Foundation is an American nonprofit corporation. It was founded in September 2012 with the stated mission to "standardize, protect and promote the use of Bitcoin cryptographic money for the benefit of users worldwide." The organization was modeled on the Linux Foundation and is funded mainly through grants made by for-profit companies that depend on the Bitcoin technology. Board Elections. The first board elections took place in 2013, with Meyer Malka winning the. Major Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has quit the Bitcoin Foundation’s board of directors, the foundation said. The move is effective immediately, the trade organization said in a brief statement issued. Following the resignations of former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem and Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles from the board of directors at the Bitcoin Foundation earlier this year, 15 candidates have emerged as potential replacements as part of the organisation’s ongoing special election. The Bitcoin Foundation has announced that it is now accepting nominations for a new board member to fill the open spot left vacant since the arrest of former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem this January.

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Javier Lozano: Board of Director 2020 Elections - Interview

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin YouTube Movies. 2014 · Documentary; ... CCPS Special Board Meeting 7-16-2020 - Duration: ... Board of Director 2020 Elections ... This is part 1 _ of series provisions relating to Directors under Companies Act, 2013. Subscribe our youtube channel for further videos on this series. Faceb... He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and is currently the Chair of the Biological Sciences Section of the ... The crypto market may finally see a Bitcoin ETF approval, although regulators need more time.“We think a Bitcoin ETF is a matter of when, not a matter of if,” Grayscale Investments managing ... Join us for short interviews with .NET Foundation Board of Director Candidates. Ask live Q&A. Hosted by: Alyssa Nicoll Candidates: Jamie Howarth, Joseph Guadagno, Javier Lozano, Rodney Littles, II ...

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