Fake News, Fake Money

In this talk, Andreas examines the sensationalist debate over “fake news,” the rising tide of faith-based nation states declaring bitcoin as “fake money,” and alternative mechanisms we can build to fill the void left by retired fact-checking departments & central bank authorities.

This talk took place at the Silicon Valley Bitcoin meetup on April 11th 2017 at the Plug and Play Tech Center (@PlugandPlayTC) in Sunnyvale, California:

Fake news happens on both sides; cheerleaders for war 0:21
When did the debate over fake news begin? 1:39
The rise of churnalism 4:04
Fact-checking depending on trust in authority of institutions 5:28
“The internet is fake news!”; decentralising critical thinking 6:47
Tribalism, propaganda, and the myths of money 8:29
When hollow reality returns to “full faith” money 11:36
Bitcoin as an alternative to faith-based financial systems 15:13
“Drug dealers! Terrorists! Pornographers! Criminals!” 19:04
Discerning fake vs. real money in a world without authority 21:09
Demonetisation and price premiums in India 22:58
Final thoughts 24:53

Altcoins and the scaling debate –
Bitmain and the ASICBoost allegations –
Unstoppable code –
The token ICO explosion –

The Stories We Tell About Money –
The Currency Wars and Bitcoin’s Neutrality –
Bitcoin drilling holes in the financial system dam –
When will the scare stories stop? –
The War on Cash and Crypto –
Divisibility and deflationary monetary policy –
What is the biggest threat? –
Someone said bitcoin is “dead”. What do you say? –
Will Bitcoin survive global government intervention & regulation? –

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin.

Follow on Twitter: @aantonop

He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.



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