This interview with Amanda Alexiuc from Living Room of Satoshi (LROS) was long anticipated and still gives us warm and fuzzies. Not just because Amanda is our friend but because the Living Room of Satoshi was our first paid sponsor when we were so small even our family had to be reminded about that podcast thing we were doing. The Living Room of Satoshi took a leap and trusted we knew a little bit about what we were doing and jumped in with us. For this we are forever grateful.
Amanda reminded us that the first moment we dip our toes into the crypto waters is daunting, overwhelming and can often be a lifetime of learning in such a raw and volatile new space. You can find LRoS on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit and at https://www.livingroomofsatoshi.com/Check out all our interviews on the Crypto Clothesline Podcast HERE.
The Australian Government’s the Treasury department has opened, on 31 January 2019, a consultation period for Initial Coin Offerings. In a consultation period the department usually provides a paper outlining the issues or proposed laws, they are seeking to resolve or put in place. The general public are then given the chance to respond to these questions or comment on the proposed laws, usually in terms of how the incoming laws or policies may impact their businesses.
With our hundreds of Blockchain Australiamembers we want all your voices to be heard. Let’s hear from you, of how you want to see Australia champion ICO policy for Australian businesses.
We are putting together an ICO Working Group in which we will seek responses from all our members collectively and put forward a response of the key issues, on our members behalf.
The Issues Paper sets out the context behind the key proposed consultation questions. If you or your business would like to participate and respond to the questions for comment, you can fill in our form here and we will take it from there. We would need you to fill in your response to us no later then 15 February 2019. This will allow us ample time to review all our responses from our members. Then we will collate and put forward a submission of the key industry issues from Blockchain Australia to the Treasury, before the close of submissions on 28 February 2019.
These following are the key questions the Treasury department have put open for discussion in the consultation Issues Paper.
When completing the form, you do not need to answer all questions. You may chose to answer only those of relevance or interest to you. When answering on behalf of your businesses, please provide the impact of the policy on your business and you may even provide examples to us as well. This is so we can have an understanding of what the challenges are for you.
Definitions and Token Categories
1.1. What is the clearest way to define ICOs and different categories of tokens?
Drivers of the ICO Market
2.1. What is the effect and importance of secondary trading in the ICO market?
2.2. What will be the key drivers of the ICO market going forward?
Opportunities and Risks
3.1. How can ICOs contribute to innovation that is socially and economically valuable?
3.2. What do ICOs offer that existing funding mechanisms do not?
3.3. Are there other opportunities for consumers, industry or the economy that ICOs offer?
3.4. How important are ICOs to Australia’s capability to being a global leader in FinTech?
3.5. Are there other risks associated with ICOs that policymakers and regulators should be aware of?
Regulatory Frameworks in Australia
4.1. Is there ICO activity that may be outside the current regulatory framework for financial products and services that should be brought inside?
4.2. Do current regulatory frameworks enable ICOs and the creation of a legitimate ICO market? If not, why and how could the regulatory framework be changed to support the ICO market?
4.3. What, if any, adjustments to the existing regulatory frameworks would better address the risks posed by ICOs?
4.4. What role could a code of conduct play in building confidence in the ICO industry? Should any such code of conduct be subject to regulator approval?
4.5. Are there other measures that could be taken to promote a well-functioning ICO market in Australia?
Tax Treatment of ICOs
5.1. Does the current tax treatment pose any impediments for issuers in undertaking capital raising activities through ICOs? If so, how?
5.2. Is the tax treatment of tokens appropriate for token holders?
5.3. Is there a need for changes to be made to the current tax treatment? If yes, what is the justification for these changes?
To submit your answers to the consultation questions, fill out our form here no later than the 15 February 2019 and we will handle the rest.
We may be in contact with you as a part of our ICO Working Group, if we have further follow up questions for you, that may help to bolster our Blockchain Australia submission.
Not a member, but you would like to be a part of our ICO Working Group? You can join us and hundreds of other members making a difference here.
This week we interview Lucas Cullen, often referred to as ‘Brisbane’s Bitcoin Grandpa’. We could write a whole blog just on his achievements alone but it is safe to say that this would not tie in well with his humble and grounded approach to life.
It did take us three attempts to tie this man down to an actual interview, and it was a pleasure to finally chat with him about his life, observations, thoughts and predictions on the future of crypto and blockchain.
This week, in our interview with the dynamic and ground-breaking Nataliya Hearn of Cryptochicks, we learn about the myriad of ways that Nataliya and her committed female (and male) crew, are bringing blockchain technology and related technologies to the front for women all over the world from the US and Canada, where Cryptochicks first started, to Hackathons for women from Asia, Africa and beyond.
Naomi Brockwell, our guest this week, is like a crypto-chameleon, moving through life metamorphoses with amazing projects including: working as an actress, musician and dancer; co-founding The Soho Forum where there are monthly debates on topics of interest to libertarians; emceeing various international events including Consensus18 and travelling the world; creating Bitcoin Girl and other funky pop takes on the crypto world from Bitcoin Girl to Satoshi’s whitepaper; having her own extremely successful quirky techy YouTube channel where she chats with the geekiest to the slickest; humanitarian interviews and a heap of really interesting other stuff…
In the third instalment of our 3-part series on the Free Ross Campaign we chat with Roger Ver about Ross Ulbricht. This 3-part series is dedicated to Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the Silk Road e-commerce website who’s serving a double-life sentence plus 40 years for victimless crimes. In a surprising, mind-set-challenging and outspoken way, Roger Ver, founder of Bitcoin.com, libertarian and a loyal supporter of the Free Ross campaign, speaks up against the overwhelming power of the State.
We at the Crypto Clothesline urge you to head to freeross.org and sign the petition to free Ross Ulbricht. Check out all our interviews on the Crypto Clothesline Podcast HERE.
In the Second installment of our interview with Lyn Ulbricht we rally further momentum with the support of Roger Ver and reveal the physical effects the campaign is having on Lyn and her family. Our conversation deepens almost immediately when we ask about the emotional, financial, psychological and mental impact on her life. We also chat with Roger Ver on his thoughts behind the extreme sentencing but also his thoughts on the hypocrisy of the state.
Please sign and share the petition at www.freeross.org. Check out all our interviews on the Crypto Clothesline Podcast HERE.
This week we introduce Lyn Ulbricht, the dedicated mother of Ross Ulbricht. Lyn’s an Activist, a Public Speaker, the CEO of the Ross Ulbricht Defense Effort, and Guest lecturer University of Southern California. She also has an online business. We chat to Lyn about the site created by her son – ‘Silk Road’ once found on the dark web (and which is no longer online). We discuss the extreme sentencing Ross has been subjected to for creating the site and the harsh reality that Ross never committed any violent crimes, never harmed another person and simply created an ecommerce site. Lyn also explains the many irregularities in the case as well as the impact on her health, her family and most of all, her son.
We strongly urge you to head to FreeRoss.Org and sign the petition. Check out all our interviews on the Crypto Clothesline Podcast HERE.
This week we interview Jerry Farsoun the founder of Leelou, an app designed to keep our kids safe. Brace yourself as we travel through the conversation with some warm and fuzzies as well as some reality shocks around the story behind this incredible new application. As mothers we loved the idea of Leelou – a personal safety app which takes its users from a personal threat to personal safety anywhere, anytime in a GSM coverage area (GSM: Global System for Mobile communications – protocols used by digital cellular networks used by mobile devices).
Find out more: Leelou Website Check out all our interviews on the Crypto Clothesline Podcast HERE.
This week’s interview on the Clothesline is with Australia’s prize-wining Katrina Donaghy, a woman very active on the Blockchain technology scene, who’s forging the way for both the industry as a whole, and positively encouraging women to be part of it also. After a couple of rescheduled planned interviews we finally managed to speak to Katrina from the bustling departure lounge of the airport. We learn about how she got into Blockchain development, about her projects including Civic Legder, how she sees women in the industry, including how that will unfold in the future, the Government departments being impacted by her organisation and of course, her favourite quote.