When Power Goes Unchecked (Crypto Wars, Privacy Rights, & Mandating Encryption)

The Brave Technologist

Mar 20 2024 • 30 mins

Josh Swihart, CEO at Electric Coin Co., discusses public perception of pseudonymity versus privacy, and how this impacts adoption of privacy preserving products. He also explores the increasing challenge of crypto wars—which impacts cryptographic and privacy rights worldwide—and why he believes encryption should be mandated for US citizens.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why physical cash should be treated/regulated differently than digital money

  • Examples of regulation and policy overreach, and how this slows progress and innovation

  • Why user experience and ease of use needs to catch up with protocol

  • The importance of the Zcash and Brave initiative

Guest Bio: Josh Swihart is CEO at Electric Coin Co. (ECC). Prior to ECC, he served as the SVP of Global Marketing for K2, leading global growth from start-up to acquisition by Francisco Partners. He began his career as a software engineer, and has served as a global practice principal for EMC, the CEO of Aspenware, and VP of software development for 3t Systems. Josh has received numerous global and national awards for leadership, marketing, and solution delivery. He’s an advocate for underserved and/or exploited people all over the world, most actively with those living in the slums of Mumbai and Pune, India.

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About this Show:

The Brave Technologist is here to shed light on the opportunities and challenges of emerging tech. To make it digestible, less scary, and more approachable for all!

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Produced by: Sam Laliberte