The CryptoLaw Podcast: Episode 6

In this week’s episode, your co-hosts Roxana and Ramy cover a slew of tantalizing topics alongside a legal panel consisting of podcast regulars Wes Williams, Zach Smolinski, and Olta Andoni.

Main Topic: Real Estate and Blockchain

Our resident real estate aficionado (and experienced practitioner) Wes Williams covers the ins and outs of blockchain technology’s real potential in real estate. He not only answers some of the most common questions but raises several more for us to ponder.

News Topics

This past week was not short on news topics to discuss.

EOS vs Consensys

Consensys recently commissioned several studies into rival EOS’s operation in what might appear to some (especially EOS fans) as paid hit pieces. At the same time, it’s hard to dispute the data. Does Ethereum’s largest support organization have a leg to stand on or is it just fake news?

Gab Silenced

Gab, an online social media platform founded upon principles of free speech and popular with many non-mainstream groups including the alt-right, was temporarily forced offline after it was discovered that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter was a regular user of the site. But instead of being forced offline by any form of government action (which would have been a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) it was forced offline by its private service providers, like GoDaddy, Paypal and Stripe (which is not a violation of the First Amendment). So what is a site like Gab supposed to do to stay online?

Did someone say “blockchain?” Yes. In fact, its founder Andrew Torba has said that many times. Regardless of your feelings about Gab and its users, if Gab transitions to a decentralized, blockchain-powered network, it will be a true test of blockchain’s ability to withstand centralized censorship and control.

Hong Kong’s (Re)Joining the Game

Hong Kong, a major player in the global financial markets, has finally unveiled its first set of rules governing the cryptocurrency market. Following a number of market manipulation and fraud cases, mainland China imposed a complete ban on ICOs and crypto trading exchanges in September 2017. These new rules, announced by the Securities and Futures Commission, aim to make Hong Kong the world’s newest crypto trading hub. But what do these new laws look like and what do they mean for traders?

Disclaimer

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