‘The genesis of blockchain discovery, policy and implementations'
Author: Adam Poulton
Adam has been involved in Blockchain Australia from the founding of the organisation in 2013.
He has a deep interest in blockchain applications and the efficiencies that he sees from the mass adoption of these decentralised systems.
Adam run as a Senate Candidate in Tasmania in the 2016 Federal Election for the Flux Party.
He is also working on a Bitcoin Platform that pays wages in bitcoin to any Australian wage earner. Get Paid In Bitcoin launched in early 2017.
Tuesday May 22nd 2018 marks eight years since the first recorded monetary value of bitcoin was recorded.
10,000 Bitcoin was used to purchase 2 pizzas and a legend was born.
The year, Blockchain Australia along with numerous other groups around Australia (and New Zealand) gathered in pizza restaurants and pubs to buy a pizza (with cryptocurrency if possible) and celebrate the growth in this industry, and thank goodness that those same two pizzas now cost only a thousandth of a bitcoin.
Included in this collage are pictures of celebrations in Perth, Auckland (from the headquarters of our newest Corporate Member BNC, Tasmania, Brisbane and Sydney.
Acceptance of cryptocurrencies around Australia is picking up momentum as Travel By Bit merchants start popping up in Launceston, Tasmania.
To celebrate we are offering a $30 Gift Voucher for the best suggestion of a ‘crypto’ ized menu name.
Post your suggestions in the comments.
I am also in discussions with several other food outlets along with a large organisation employing hundreds of people to both start accepting crypto for invoices and POS payments along with offering all staff crypto wages.
The ATO has engaged Blockchain Australia to help in the battle against scammers utilising bitcoin to con people out of their hard earned satoshi’s.
The latest battleground on this ongoing war is with the scammers accepting bitcoin in payment for the alleged ATO tax debt.
“While the ATO is concerned about scammers moving to adopt cryptocurrencies, taxpayers should remain vigilant for other versions of the fake tax debt scam. Scams demanding direct deposits into third-party bank accounts, demanding payment via iTunes cards or with a pre-paid Visa gift cards remain the most frequently reported to the ATO.” ATO Media Release.
As always, users should be careful when dealing with anyone on the phone or online and verify any claims made against them with the government directly.
Blockchain Australia is proud to be working with ACS to organise a meetup at the innovation centre, Enterprize, in the Hobart CBD on Wednesday 21st of March.
Riley’s organisation has joined forces with BA Corporate Member Civic Ledger for the purposes of building an Ecosystem Exchange platform. The MVP will be heavily biased towards Carbon Credits, with allocate 1.2 million allocated after the initial ICO. It will also bring on a reef ecosystem credit, and a turtle biodiversity credit backed by CSIRO research on protection methodologies.
We hope our Tasmanian members can join us live at the event or via our You Tube Channel where we will livestream the event.
McCullough Robertson in Sydney played host to tonights Blockchain Professionals Meetup.
Now boasting over 1500 members in the meetup group, tonights event was another sellout with over 80 attendees seeing a presentation from Rob Allen about ICO’s and then a panel discussion including Rob, Bokky Poobah, Justin Dombrowski, David Birch and Tim Lea.
The event was followed by drinks and pizza at The Metropolitan Hotel.
Great work again by the Blockchain Professional organising team Jason Williams and Adriana Belotti.
The Conference saw 3 days full of inspiring, educational, technical and conceptual discussions on a wide range of topics around Linux and the Open Source communities.
As the head of Blockchain Australia, an Australian based advocacy group charged with introducing and educating about the benefits of blockchain and bitcoin to a wide cross section of the community, it was a pleasure to make the trip to Hobart to do a short presentation outlining decentralisation and the role that blockchains can play in the process.
Being limited to 20mins, the presentation was a very high level view of several use cases where bitcoin/blockchain could add efficiencies to existing systems or create new systems that were previously impossible.
My presentation touched on bitcoin, Flux, smart contracts, among other things along with an interesting story about the island of Yap and the rai stones that are used as money. I my view, this was a precursor to the blockchain in the way they money was moved from individual to individual via a community meeting.
If you are interested in learning more or contributing to our efforts, please join our association either as an individual member or a corporate sponsor.
Australia will be hosting the worlds first International Blockchains Standards Meeting in Sydney, April 2017, on the formation of Standards around Blockchains and Digital Currencies.
Blockchain Australia Board Member Alan Tsen and Nick Addison from FinHaus Labs have been working on the submissions to date and will be heading up the work in Australia and at the upcoming RoadMap Workshop on Feb 17th in Sydney.
The road mapping exercise is designed to identify key stakeholder issues and to develop a priority list of standards for development to support blockchain technology.
All relevant Australian stakeholders are invited to participate:
• Take the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Survey (closing date 10 February 2017)
• Attend the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Workshop (17 February 2017)
These activities will shape the Blockchain Standards Roadmap Recommendations Report to be released on 28 February 2017. The Blockchain Standards Roadmap will provide recommendations for Australia’s strategic leadership on International Blockchain Standards, by identifying issues and use cases, defining standards development work streams and developing a draft work program for consideration by the International Blockchain Standards committee ISO/TC 307.
The Standards Australia Survey of Blockchain/DLT closes in 2 days
Please take the survey if you want to have your say on the standards roadmap.
RMIT has started a crowdfunding campaign to accelerate their research project aimed at discovering how and why cryptocurrencies are being used in Australia.
Information on the project and the incentive packages available to funders of the crowdsourcing can be found at this link.
Blockchain Australia will be supporting this critical research as the results can offer concise and accurate information to the bitcoin business community on the real world use cases of this new technology and will enable these businesses to tailor their business and services to the users of this technology.
The research will be headed up by Alexia Maddox (Twitter @alexiamadd) from RMIT and is the culmination of a 2 years of work to put this project together. Alexia will be joined by three other RMIT researchers in Supriya Singh, Heather Horst and Greg Adamson.