Category Archives: podcasts

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Why do we need crypto & decentralization? Ashley Madison, that’s why!

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This week we cover the Bit Film crowd sourcing project that may may Max Keiser a star of the screen, we chill while we hear how cannabis startups need bitcoin (yes, you heard right, there are cannabis startups!), we take far too much pleasure from the Ashley Madison hacks, learn new and novel ways that decentralised networks can be used to underpin democracy and help people hook up, we DON’T interview Roger Ver, we report on our joint Safe Network and podcasting projects with RMIT and much other great stuff.

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The Phatic Edition

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This week we look at how crypto currencies in Australia have faced with a very severe challenge in the face of our Taxation Office’s interpretation of existing laws in issuing their advisory on how businesses and individuals should approach GST (the Goods and Services Tax). By declaring that crypto currencies are not actually currencies for taxation purposes, but rather members of the asset class, the opportunity for double GST to be paid was created. This even lead to significant business in Australia moving their headquarters off shore. Recently a senate committee came back with a list of recommendations that, if implemented, promise to fix this problem. On the topic of rolling back democracy and the bad guys winning (again), we discuss recent additions to the Defence Trade Control Act and how our masters in Canberra have put yet another burden on the shoulders of education, business, entrepreneurship, and the economy in general by making our defence community the peak regulator of all technologies that, in the fevered imagination of some bureaucrat, could conceivably be used as a weapon by terrorists. I for one have dropped my shares in that rubber band factory quick smart.

Aside from that, we talk about Satoshi’s hoard, Greece, Brave New Coin and finally we dabble ineptly in a bit of string theory.

Your hosts were Warwick Greville and Peter Robertson. This week’s guests were Paul Ayling and Pantelis Roussakis

Our post production engineer was Leo Treasure ably assisted by Warwick Greville.

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Safety and Security

An Aussie pub is raising money through a crowdfunding exercise to rebuild after a fire damaged the building and left the local population with nowhere to drink. It’s great to see this new approach to fund raising is being put to socially important work at last.

A main theme this week which the discerning among you will have deduced from the title is safety and security.

We also talk about Mike watch-your-ears Tyson and his apparent funding of Bitcoin ATMs, the Ethereum launch, how to fix the world’s broken voting systems, and lot’s of other great topics, check the notes below.

Your hosts were Warwick Greville and Peter Robertson. This week’s guests were Paul Ayling and Martin Davidson.

Our post production engineer was Leo Treasure ably assisted by Warwick Greville.

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The state of Bitcoin

Pantelis Roussakis joins Peter and Warwick to discuss the state of bitcoin, as Peter says “it is whatever you use it for”.

All views are our own.

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The Great Bitcoin Blockchain Blocksize debate

Tom Kearney from Coinbase joined us for this episode, he was working in Australia for 4 months and has since left. None of us are really technically minded as far as the actual tech of Bitcoin is concerned, this is our attempt at discussing a subject that really had to be addressed.

After NewYork’s attempt at BitLicencing businesses, key Bitcoin ambassadors met with the Canadian Senate and they announced exciting news about crypto currency in Canada. Banks are starting to get involved, one of them announced they’d be accepting bitcoin for charities, media sites are also seeing the potential of micro payments, this week Joystream was introduced as a network to accept payments for media clips.

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Aussie banks embrace Ripple

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In this episode we share a little more about ourselves and Melbourne’s Bitcoin Technology Center.

Maidsafe – any questions speak to Peter.
Overstock and a decentralised stock market
OpenBazaar received funding
Taiwan 10,000 atms
crypto currency in games
and Ripple

Maidsafe reference

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WeChat with Katherine Noall

Katherine is currrently doing a phD at RMIT on international payment systems. She discovered (“became obsessed with”) Bitcoin when she was working on a startup and needed to find a payment network. We talk about changes in technology, from centralised to decentralised systems and how Katherine helped companies implement those changes. Keeping skills up to date is one of the biggest challenges, she recommends people keep learning… especially in areas they’re passionate about.

RMIT introduced Bitcoin as part of their merging technologies course, students picked it up quickly without any background in crypto. One of the most challenging aspects for students was comprehending how a decentralised system works, they came up with some great ideas though. Imagine Melbourne running Myki from the blockchain… OH PLEASE.

We also talk a little about blockchain technology in government, and how the change is going to be implemented… we decided from the ground up. It’s not about reform, it’s about understanding how things are different.

We weren’t quite sure what to call ourselves at this stage, WeChat was one we tried out, and quickly dropped.

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The Week In Bitcoin with AlanTsen

Alan is a core member of Melbourne’s Bitcoin community, he organises monthly meetups at both the center and when they get too big at other venues around Melbourne. His background in law and finance quite naturally flourishes with this technology, he keeps us well informed with what’s going on in Bitcoin’s regulatory framework.

In this episode we talk about Ripple being fined by FinCen for money laundering, which is the first case of its kind for cryptocurrency. Peter wonders if it’s an attack – and Dale leads the conversation into OpenBazaar. How are decentralised networks going to be regulated?


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One of the best parts of this podcast is that we learned a lesson in sitting close to the microphones!

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Chris Seatory, BitSim’s lead developer joined us for the first episode to discuss the technology he’s been working on for a smartphone wallet on a simcard. Although this conversation gets quite technical, in reality it’s quite simple… a paperthin sim that sits on top of normal cards.



Melbourne's Bitcoin Technology Center is growing rapidly, the space is changing, walls are being painted, the event space is hosting a wide range of workshops and meetups... and people are asking if they can use the podcast room to start their own podcast.


Beginning May 2016 the studio will be available for anybody keen to get on the mic and chat about anything they're passionate for.

Peter's fitting out the studio, Dale's assisting people with curation, and the bookings are already starting to roll in.

Stay tuned :)