If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to assess what the best privacy coin in the current space is, which has the best features, or which is most likely to give high returns, then this is not that guide. My goal is to give you the power to make your own decisions, to clearly state my biases, and educate. I really wanted to understand this niche of the crypto-space due to my background and current loyalties[1], and grasp the nuances of the features, origins and timelines of technologies used in privacy coins, while not being anything close to…

Have you noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes up, altcoin prices go up? And have you also noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes down, altcoin prices go down? This might seem like basic information if you are already a crypto-enthusiast. But perhaps, like myself, you would like to have a deeper understanding of what exactly is happening with the price volatility of alt-coins and why they so closely follow the troughs and peaks of Bitcoin. …

Imagine that you are the creator of a useful tool that you think will help society. You spend endless nights perfecting the design, favoring your creative brain over your social obligations, developing a deep relationship with your work, and just maybe not recognizing the person in the mirror with bags under their eyes. You care. Your end product provokes a positive response from your friends and family and you decide to take it further and let more people know it. Beyond the use of word of mouth, how do you get the word out about it? You advertise.

Advertising is…

When you think about privacy violations, do you think about 1984 style mass surveillance? Many people do. But there are other large and powerful entities that can commit another form of privacy infraction — that against the business owner. A larger company that provides a service to a smaller one can use its access to the smaller company’s business data as a way to compete with the smaller, dependent business.

This is called “opportunistic behavior” aka ‘screwing partners over’, and happens specifically when two businesses enter into a contract with each other but are both serving customers in the same…

“What’s Up With Privacy?” is an ongoing series I’m doing as part of my work with Particl, a cryptocurrency privacy platform.

In case you didn’t know, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, ICE, has partnered with a company called Thomson Reuters in order to procure identifying information about immigrants such as Tax Identification Numbers, license plate registration information, phone numbers, addresses, insurance claims, and payday loan Information What does this mean when it comes to one’s control over personal data, the commodification of personal information, the use of that information to achieve political goals, and the technology that makes this possible?

Find out more about the CLEAR system used by Thomson Reuters and my opinions on its implications for protecting rights and deploying justice, considering what technology lies in the government’s hands:

Originally published at www.cryptoramble.com.

This is a text introduction to my video series called Crypto Ramble, available at youtube.com/cryptoramble and cryptoramble.com, where I talk crypto, privacy and Particl.

I first discovered crypto in about 2013. I was following a podcaster who understood the potential of the technology and got me on the bandwagon. Bitcoin was hovering around USD $250 at the time, and I also bought around the same amount to get started. At that point in time, I was in college working a minimum wage job and I had been struggling financially. I eventually withdrew the money, having decided that I needed it…

Day 3 at Consensus was a day of winding down and more networking. But there will still be more networking in other meetups throughout the weekend.


Coindesk’s Consensus 2018 just past its second day, where individuals and companies in the blockchain space gathered to network, learn and discuss topics. I met many individuals who were representing their companies, startups interested in changing the financial industry, strengthening the emerging blockchain and cryptocurrency space, or starting something new. Some projects included, 0xcert,bullockchain, carinet, oilt, eternity, abcmint, bescouted, birdchain, mevu.bet, oilt.io


Originally Published May 16, 2017

I’m in NYC for Consensus 2018, where crypto-enthusiasts, exchanges, big banks, lawyers, and developers meet up! Here’s some footage for you to enjoy!

Originally published at www.cryptoramble.com.

Why Proof of Stake Wins. The battle between proof of work aka POW and proof of stake aka POS is raging. I’m placing my bets.

Is proof of stake better than proof of work? In my opinion, yes. Here’s why:

Blockchains are essentially distributed ledgers created for the storage of data. In cryptocurrencies, they are used to store transaction information, verifying their accuracy and ordering them chronologically. Because the blockchain is distributed with many participants on the network, there has to be a way of deciding who gets to write the next set of transactions, so that there is only one unique blockchain. There has to be what is called distributed consensus. When the first cryptocurrencies were created, proof of work was this method of…

Crypto Ramble

Your guide to crypto, privacy and Particl. @cryptoramble | cryptoramble.com

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