"The Human Rights Foundation was contacted last week by a private individual who heard of the Human Rights Foundation and Gladstein’s work on Bitcoin, and wished to donate $100,000 to Bitcoin development." https://t.co/BvEBcXM6Hk via @AaronvanW
I like the way you put that. Privacy is a fundamental human right, and that privacy includes financial privacy.
Even if one trusts their government now, there is no way of knowing if your government 10 years from now will not try to track down those with "unapproved" money, or "too much" money, etc. Anyone remember Cyprus? Or current-day Venezuela or Argentina? I support those who help to keep our financial activity private. It's a huge deal.
HRF, the New York-based nonprofit that promotes and protects human rights globally, has launched a fund to support Bitcoin developers who make the Bitcoin network more private, decentralized and resilient.
“At the moment, the Bitcoin network is improving but is far from as usable and private as it needs to be with authoritarianism and surveillance on the rise in many countries,” said Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation. “With more support, developers like Chris can make it possible for activists to receive donations and continue their important work under increased pressure.”
“Human rights defenders and reporters around the world face increasing financial repression in the form of frozen bank accounts, restrictions on foreign funding, payment surveillance and general difficulty in earning income or receiving donations,” Gladstein said. “Bitcoin can be a powerful tool for them to use moving forward alongside encrypted messaging apps like Signal and projects like Tor Browser and SecureDrop.”
More amazing work by Alex Gladstein and HRF in promoting Bitcoin :)