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Exploring Crypto's Role in Times of Conflict | Israel's Crypto Scene, Smart Contracts Under BitVM, and More

Covering the influence of conflict on Israel's crypto sector, the evolution of smart contracts on Bitcoin, and a comprehensive examination of the ethical, technical, and legal intricacies that define the crypto landscape, notably in the aftermath of the FTX collapse as witnessed in Sam Bankman-Fried's trial in New York City.

October 12, 2023

This episode is sponsored by the Algorand Foundation.

In this episode of "The Protocol," join our hosts, Brad Keoun, the founding editor of The Protocol newsletter, along with tech journalists Sam Kessler and Margaux Nijkerk, as they delve into the ever-evolving realm of blockchain technology. Amidst the Israel-Hamas conflict, they delve into the dynamic interplay between innovation and adversity. Additionally, they explore the contentious World Coin project, which employs iris scanning for biometric authentication, shedding light on the convergence of AI and blockchain technology. Sam Kessler provides insights from the Manhattan courthouse regarding the technical intricacies of the FTX collapse during the SBF trial. It becomes evident that the sector is undergoing a refining process in response to heightened scrutiny and legal deliberations following FTX's involvement.


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