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.
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?
Listen in here https://soundcloud.com/cryptogoss/theweekinbitcoinalantsen
One of the best parts of this podcast is that we learned a lesson in sitting close to the microphones!