Bitcoin Wednesday #26: Bits of Freedom, Eris Industries and more!

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Bitcoin Wednesday Amsterdam, Tomorrow, on 5 August

On the program for this next conference:

Hans de Zwart (, Executive Director of Dutch digital rights foundation Bits of Freedom, will explore the relationship between Bitcoin and current Dutch digital rights issues like the newly proposed bill on the secret services, the hacking proposal for the Dutch police, copyright enforcement, data retention or net neutrality.

We will also host a PGP Key Signing organized by Bits of Freedom.

If you're interested in understanding how Bitcoin works, public key encryption is a cornerstone technology, and this talk is unmissable.

Rob van der Wouw ( Bits of Freedom sponsor, certified security analyst and certified ethical hacker will supervise the signing, preceded by an intro to the basics of key signing ( and a short demonstration of how it is done.

Also, if you already use PGP and would like to take part in a live key signing, RSVP for this event and then complete and submit this special form (

Christoph Auer-Welsbach (, program director of Rockstart will give a brief intro to one of Amsterdam's best-known startup accelerator programs and include information about the kind of support he believes is particularly important for cryptocurrency startups.

Casey Kuhlman (, CEO and founder of Eris Industries, which is a platform for smart contracts and legal applications of blockchain technology, will present some of his latest thinking on enterprise solutions with the blockchain.

Casey will talk through the various components of how a typical blockchain application is structured and tell us how he solves real world business problems with the blockchain. Casey is a former U.S. marine who served in Iraq and wrote a bestselling book about his experiences.

For the first time during Bitcoin Wednesday, two talented artists, Christina Yarashevich and Janne van Hoof (, will present their work: DATTOO allows you to reclaim your biometric data, and addresses critical issues such as data collection, cryptography, identity, privacy and the popularization of technology.

On 5 August Stichting Bitcoin Nederland (, the Bitcoin Foundation of The Netherlands, will also conduct its second poll for 2015 about the needs and concerns of the Dutch digital currency community. The results of the first poll taken on 4 February can be found here ( Based on recent developments and our progress or lack thereof, there will be a discussion, followed by a poll to see how the sector's priorities have changed.

Please note: If you can't make it on 5 August for any reason, you can still mail comments for discussion and suggestions that can be put to the vote.

And much more...

Click here ( to see the complete conference program.


The longest-running regular Bitcoin Meetup in the Netherlands takes place on the first Wednesday of every month.

An open and low-key gathering for anyone interested in Bitcoin.

Always held on the first Wednesday of every month.

For Bitcoin novices and experts alike.

Brings together a diverse group of people from all levels and backgrounds without any barriers in order to give this important new technology a prominent role in Dutch society.

One of the goals of Bitcoin Wednesday is to spread the word about Bitcoin (and related technology) in the Netherlands by raising the overall level of awareness and knowledge.