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The Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Michael Mainelli

Posted in Blockchain, European Union, International, Virtual Currency

Episode 177: We’re back! In Episode 177, fresh from hiatus, we try to summarize the most interesting cyber stories to break in August. Paul Rosenzweig kicks things off with the Shunning of Kaspersky.  I argue that the most significant – though unsupported – claim about Kaspersky is Sen. Shaheen’s assertion that all of the company’s… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Meltem Demirors

Posted in Blockchain, International, Virtual Currency

Episode 167: Blockchain Takes Over the Podcast Episode 167 sees blockchain take over the podcast again.  With Stewart traveling, Alan Cohn hosts another of the podcast’s periodic deep dives into all things blockchain and digital currency.  Our guest is Meltem Demirors, Director of Development at Digital Currency Group.  Podcast regular Maury Shenk joins members of… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Jamie Smith

Posted in Blockchain, International, Virtual Currency

With Stewart on vacation, the blockchain takes over the podcast! In episode 121, Jason Weinstein and Alan Cohn talk all things bitcoin, blockchain, and distributed ledger technology, and interview Jamie Smith, Global Chief Communications Officer for the BitFury Group, one of the largest full-service blockchain technology companies. In the news roundup, Alan led off with… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Dmitri Alperovitch

Posted in Blockchain, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, International, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies, Virtual Currency

Ransomware is the new black.  In fact, it’s the new China.  So says our guest for episode 116, Dmitri Alperovitch, the CTO and co-founder of CrowdStrike.  Dmitri explains why ransomware is so attractive financially – and therefore likely to get much worse very fast.  He and I also explore the implications and attribution of the… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Robin Weisman and Peter Van Valkenburgh

Posted in Blockchain, China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies, Virtual Currency

Doing our best to avoid turning this into the Applelaw podcast, episode 105 begins with Maury Shenk unpacking the new US-EU Privacy Shield details.  His take: more hassles for companies accused of noncompliance, more detailed privacy disclosures and compliance obligations for most members, and a modicum of pain for the intelligence community, but it’s still… Continue Reading

FinTech Bits: Are Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies Securities?

Posted in Blockchain, Security Programs & Policies, Virtual Currency

Anyone who has tried to explain bitcoin around their kitchen table knows that it is not easy to put your finger on what exactly the technology is.  Because of their innovative nature, digital currencies don’t have obvious analogs or fit easily into existing categories.  Bitcoin is part currency, part digital payment system, and part immutable… Continue Reading

FinTech Bits: Bitcoin and Terrorist Financing

Posted in Blockchain, Security Programs & Policies, Virtual Currency

Following the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, polls show that Americans identify terrorism—more than any other issue—as the most important problem facing the US.  In this environment, some media outlets have predicted a pending “crackdown” on digital currencies, particularly by European governments, because of the risk that the technology could be used to fund… Continue Reading

FinTech Bits: Outlook for 2016

Posted in Blockchain, Virtual Currency

CoinDesk, a leading source for bitcoin and FinTech news, published an op-ed by Jason Weinstein and Alan Cohn on “4 Trends That Will Shape Bitcoin Regulation in 2016.”  The piece identifies emerging developments in the fast-changing world of digital currency regulation. Now that multiple federal agencies have outlined their regulatory mandates, expect increased ‘regulation by… Continue Reading

Are New York’s BitLicense Rules Good or Bad for Bitcoin?

Posted in Blockchain, Security Programs & Policies, Virtual Currency

It’s only been about a week since New York’s outgoing Superintendent of Financial Services Ben Lawsky released the long-awaited “BitLicense” rules for digital currency businesses operating in New York, but it’s not too early to try to assess the potential impact of those rules on the development of Bitcoin-related businesses and emerging financial technologies. The… Continue Reading

Why Bitcoin is Good for Law Enforcement – and Why Law Enforcement is Good for Bitcoin

Posted in Blockchain, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Security Programs & Policies, Uncategorized

Most people who’ve heard of “Bitcoin” know it only as a virtual currency sometimes used by criminals.  But there are entrepreneurs, engineers, venture capitalists, and bankers who are betting big on the untapped economic potential of the “blockchain” – the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin run.  In a sense, Bitcoin is just the first “app”… Continue Reading