Open-Source Software & Open Networks Win

Bitcoin Unlocked

Feb 21 2022 • 4 mins

Good Morning Everyone,

As the situation in Canada sadly continued to escalate over the weekend, with the police initiating violence toward peaceful protestors. The police chief was asked about their intentions for filming the protests and if they planned to use the footage they were accumulating to identify people and actively perusing them following the protest.

He responded as follows:

“The simple answer is yes. If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges, absolutely. This investigation will go on for months to come.”

So effectively, the police force has outlawed the rights of the citizens to express themselves, and if they have expressed themselves they will be hunted down and treated as criminals. Wow

It’s worth clarifying that under the framework of a democracy, to peacefully protest is indistinguishable from participating in such a framework. Comedian Rob Schneider frames it perfectly:

As part of its war against the countries own citizens, the government of Canada have been contacting financial institutions and providing names of private citizens, and entities - essentially a blacklist - instructing these institutions and service providers to freeze their funds, and restrict their access to financial infrastructure.

This is analogous to the Chinese credit score system, and we are seeing it installed in the G7 nation of Canada. Where the government deem who can or cannot transact, and what is deemed acceptable or not. While these emergency powers are only supposed to be available for 30 days under the law, it is not obvious given the circumstances in which the powers have been invoked, if that will actually be adhered to, or if the situation will be manufactured to install such powers in a more permanent fashion.

While legacy monetary technology enables this, and incentivises these actions - free and open-source software (FOSS) built upon an open protocol is the antidote - and it is literally the only antidote that exists. is an open-source multi-sig bitcoin wallet, and was contacted by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice requesting certain actions be taken against specific individuals or entities.

Below is there response, and it’s beautiful.

You absolutely love to see it.

The legacy system is operating under a paradigm that we are in the process of moving away from, but they have not yet realised it, and the power of this system is still unknown to most.

This new paradigm is built upon the worlds most secure computing network, and is completely independent of any government or state actor. A truly open and global decentralized system that no one owns or controls. With free and open-source software built on top of this network, that anyone can build and contribute to, from anywhere, and that anyone can install on their device at no cost.

The power of what this enables is so major, it seems to elude most people.

Closed networks are good for controlling others. Open networks are good for empowering the individual.

Get educated and empower yourself. Take control of your keys, and support open-source software development.

This is how we win.

Wishing you all a powerful start to your week. I’ll chat to everyone tomorrow.


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