ATO Submission – Petition Active

Hello,

I just signed the petition, “Australian Taxation Office: Simpler and Fairer Taxation of Cryptocurrencies in Australia.” I think this is important. Some friends of mine put this submission together in answer to the A.T.O. calling for input from the general public on how to tax cryptocurrencies. I am grateful to them for the proactive effort they are giving to try and steer forthcoming taxation laws on cryptocurrencies to a fair and workable footing.

Will you sign it too?

I believe this petition needs to be spread and I ask you to pass it to everyone you can. It would be particularly helpful if it could also be introduced to other blockchain groups around the country.

Here’s the link to both the submission and the petition:

https://www.change.org/p/australian-taxation-office-simpler-and-fairer-taxation-of-cryptocurrencies-in-australia?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_signer_receipt&utm_campaign=triggered&share_context=signature_receipt&recruiter=871762357

Thanks.

Yours Sincerely,

Scott Burow
Sunshine Coast Blockchain Group

Monthly Brisbane Bitcoin Meetup

Our monthly Bitcoin Cash meetup in Fortitude Valley Brisbane is on tonight at 6:30pm!

Brendan Lee will be talking about announcements and projects that was released at Satoshi’s Vision in Tokyo, Japan.

Myself Liam O’Luachra will be talking about the difference between open source and proprietary software and why you should use a open source wallet.

Special Guest Steve Shadders whom is one of the lead developers at nChain will be talking about decentralised development.

At the end we will demonstrate how to use your Bitcoin Cash wallet and give out free BCH!

It will be hosted at River City Labs.

For more information please visit http://meetu.ps/e/DS9Ws/DDTl2/d If you plan on coming please RSVP yes.

Funded by The Bitcoin Cash Foundation.

Crypto Merchant——Lost Bar and Nightclub

hands up!! 🙋 It is party time for the new season. Move your hips with the DJ beats 😄😄 TravelbyBit’s new merchant – Lost Bar and Nightclub has a lot to offer: great beers🍺, hot rhythm🤘 and gorgeous people🔥🔥🔥. Come and pay with your cryptos.

Email address is changing to ProtonMail!

Blockchain Australia, like most of our members, values using secure protocols such as PGP email and supporting vendors that take crypto payments.

The board has decided to drop Gmail and use ProtonMail for all emails.  Those who have a ProtonMail address will be able to send encrypted email out of the box.

The email address is of course blockchainaustralia [at] protonmail.com. We will start to reconfigure all our email aliases to this address.

Your exclusive invitation to Block Engine Demo Day🚩

After 10 weeks of incubation, the 10 startups that were selected to be part of Block Engine, Melbourne’s first blockchain incubator program, will be ready to pitch and present their work. They have been schooled on blockchain technology and business concepts and received guidance from mentors with varied expertise to assist in the development of their products and services.

Join us at Blockchain Centre biggest event ever as the startups pitch their amazing and innovative ideas utilising blockchain technology. Come and meet the teams, and network with blockchain experts and enthusiasts, investors and government representatives in Australia.

Register now through the link below. We look forward to seeing you!

A BIG thank you to our sponsors: Blockchain Global, DigitalX, Nem, Soar Coin & Multilateralmedia!

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/block-engine-demo-day-tickets-43738217185?mc_cid%3D3e60704bf5%26mc_eid%3D%5BUNIQID%5D&source=gmail&ust=1522391263602000&usg=AFQjCNFB9__8afx7fDaQ_nj29LIIewMyLw

Crypto Merchant——7th Ave Fish & Chips (Gold Coast)

If your cryptocurrency is burning a hole in your digital wallet, a Palm Beach business is on board to help you cash in for chips🍟🍟🍟The 7th Avenue Fish and Chip Shop is one of two local businesses to join the TravelbyBit network, allowing crypto community to swap  their bitcoin, ethereum, dash or litecoin 👏👏

Satoshi’s Vision Conference – March 23 – 25 2018, Tokyo Japan

I was recently fortunate enough to attend the Satoshi’s Vision conference in Tokyo to learn about recent and upcoming developments in the Bitcoin Cash sphere.

I came away with a very strong impression that the August 2017 hard fork has opened the floodgates on a huge reserve of pent up creative energy that was previously stifled by the high fee environment that the limited blocksize has created on the BTC network. Many times we heard presenters discussing ‘new’ projects explain that they had originally thought of the idea several years before but had abandoned them due to an unworkable user experience.

Scaling, tokenisation and adoption were three key themes discussed during the conference with exciting news coming from Africa and South America demonstrating the real world impact of Bitcoin Cash on people in these markets, and the readiness of nations encompassing more than 300 million people ready to jump onboard with Bitcoin Cash.

For those that don’t know, Bitcoin Cash was a hard fork of Bitcoin which keeps the same blockchain all the way back to the Genesis block but makes the following changes to the network’s functionality:

  1. An immediate increase in the blocksize to 8MB, with an upcoming increase to 32MB
  2. Removal of Segmented Witness (Segwit) transaction formats
  3. Removal of Replace By Fee (RBF) functionality

These changes have already made a huge difference to the usability of Bitcoin Cash. I was actively selling my SAFEWORDS product  in the lobby of the conference and took over 100 payments in Bitcoin Cash using the Bitcoin.com wallet and never waited more than 1 second for zero conf and never had anyone pay more than 0.5c in fees. The increased blocksize means that there is always space for your transactions to confirm in the next block, and the development teams working on Bitcoin Cash are actively preparing to ensure this remains the case even once mass adoption takes place.

Onto the talks.

There were a total of 29 talks over the 3 days of the conference plus two panel discussions. The talks covered a range of topics including scaling, adoption, network resilience, new functionality and new safety measures for preventing double spending and making the network as safe as possible for real world use on a daily basis.

I have not listed all the talks and encourage interested parties to visit the following youtube link where all the talks have been released for consumption.

Keynote Speech

Roger Ver delivered a powerful keynote speech covering the impact of economic freedom on people and economies, and exploring how a permissionless monetary system will enable new business models and economic activities to flourish.

Scaling

We saw numerous approaches to scaling discussed, but the most pertinent talks were the following:

  1. Emin Gun Sirer on Scaling Bitcoin x100000: The Next Few Orders of Magnitude
  2. Joannes Vermorel on Terabyte Block for Bitcoin Cash
  3. Vinny Lingham and Ryan X Charles in a Fireside Chat with Ryan X Charles. Scaling Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin & Bitcoin Cash, A Tale of Two Coins

It is interesting to note that there was wide discussion of real world testing of 1GB and 10GB blocks happening now on a world-wide testnet, which has proven that scaling beyond 1GB is achievable today with modest hardware.

Resilience

There were numerous talks on network resilience to both structured attacks and fraud against individuals, focussing on the ability of the network to self repair, and ensuring that merchants can trust zero confirmation transactions with any transactions needing instant fulfillment.

  1. Dr. Craig Wright on Bitcoin Network Topology: Small World vs Mesh
  2. Tom Harding on Zero Confirmation Transactions
  3. Peter Rizun on Converging on Consensus

Tokenisation

One of the core features being worked on for Bitcoin Cash is network tokenisation. It’s not widely known, but Vitalik Buteryn was originally planning to implement what became the Ethereum network on top of Bitcoin however when the core team found out that he planned to embed token metadata into OP_RETURN outputs they forced a change to limit the amount of data that could be carried to make it impossible. They also disabled a number of crucial opcodes needed to implement novel functions on Bitcoin.

Numerous talks focussed on tokenisation, coloured coins and implementing new functionality on top of Bitcoin which are now possible due to upcoming protocol changes including (but not limited to) the re-enablement of multiple opcodes for mathematical and string manipulation functions, and the increase in the size of OP_RETURN outputs from their current 80 bytes to 220 bytes.

The following talks focus on different aspects of tokenisation:

  1. Emil Oldenburg on coloured coins, discussing a number of different approaches and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  2. Julian Smith talked about bringing Counterparty funtionality to Bitcoin Cash
  3. Panel discussion on tokenisation

Adoption

There were some amazing talks on adoption, especially in places like Africa and South America, where we learned that there are active efforts in place to on-board 300 million people over the next 1-2 years, which would be an amazing outcome for Bitcoin Cash.

  1. Lorien Gamaroff on Cryptocurrency adoption in Africa
  2. Jerry Chan on How to make Bitcoin Cash the best money in the world
  3. Ryan X Charles on Bringing Bitcoin to a mainstream audience
  4. Boris Javier Barrera Garcia on Integrating Bitcoin Cash to the Retail Market in Colombia

All up, I would say the future is bright for Bitcoin Cash and there is a palpable excitement among developers, makers and users. Please feel free to reach out to me directly for any further information on the conference.