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4 Lessons From The Oslo Freedom Forum: BTC – Cross, Aderinokun, Ardonino, Rauda

Let’s wrap Bitcoinist’s coverage of the Oslo Freedom Forum with controversy. In this last edition, two stablecoins proponents and an extremely confused journalist make their cases. Alex Gladstein, the Human Rights Foundation’s Chief Strategy Officer, has been a big proponent of stablecoins over the Lightning Network. His case is that dissidents need a less volatile currency than bitcoin. Did the Oslo Freedom Forum panelists do a good job explaining why is that? Keep reading to find out. 

And speaking about reading, if you’re interested in the other side of bitcoin, check out these real-life stories straight from the Oslo Freedom Forum: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven

Oslo Freedom Forum: Troy Cross On The Idea Of Bitcoin

Before we get to the controversy, let’s examine the beautiful words of Troy Cross. We don’t even have to introduce him, because he does so himself.

“I’m a professor of philosophy & humanities at Reed College and also a fellow at the Bitcoin Policy Institute. I’ll tell you my story first and then I’ll introduce the panel. I started getting interested in Bitcoin in 2011. I was fascinated by the idea of money that was not controlled by a state and would disintermediate a predatory and rent-seeking industry. And I started mining this cryptocurrency in my basement with some machines that I had, and I was excited about the community. The possibility. The idea. 

I’m a philosopher. I thought this was one of the most beautiful ideas I have ever encountered. And I followed Bitcoin because I loved the idea. I loved the idea of disintermediating financial institutions and having money that was outside the realm of the state, an idea that spun into a valuable reality and promised to bring the kinds of liberty and freedom to people that we have seen here at this event.”

This is just the beginning. Start thinking about bitcoin and you’ll probably never stop. It’s a deep, powerful, and miraculous idea that could take over your life.

Oslo Freedom Forum: Ire Aderinokun On Stablecoins In Nigeria

The “stablecoins over the Lightning Network” concept was ever-present at the Bitcoin 2022 Conference, and the Human Rights Foundation even offered a 1 BTC bounty for anyone that could solve the problem “without needing an exchange or another token.” It’s weird that he had Paolo Ardonino at the Oslo Freedom Forum because Tether is just that, “another token.” Ardonino will get his turn to speak. First, Ire Aderinokun, community organizer and Buycoins co-founder, tries to explain why Nigeria needs stablecoins.

“So stablecoins have been a
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