30: Privacy In eCommerce Via Bitcoin – Josh Humphrey
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Your Privacy is Not Guaranteed Online
“In today’s world of cancel culture, doxxing, and collusion between tech companies and government agencies to harass and interfere with businesses that offend their delicate sensibilities, there is a need for the ability to conduct online business in a way that protects the privacy of the business, its employees, suppliers and customers”. Today we speak with Josh Humphrey, the author of a primer on financial resilience and online privacy using freedom tech.
He shares his seven points from the primer: 1) The outrage mob wants to destroy anything of controversy or good humor. 2) Don’t put your real name on anything. 3) Pay with Bitcoin. 4) Only accept Bitcoin (Use BTCPayServer). 5) Use Nyms and PO boxes. 6) Encourage and use mixing technologies. 7) Educate your customers.
Mobs, the State, and private enterprise partner to censor thought dissidents
Financial censorship is a powerful new tool to suppress free speech by threatening, and sometimes ruining, people’s financial lives. While governments have varying restraints on censoring speech, private enterprises and outrage mobs do not. When two of these three groups work together to silence dissidents, individuals have few defenses. In this episode we speak with Preston Byrne, an attorney focused on cryptocurrency and tech, who has written and spoken on this trinity of financial censorship.
Sides of the trinity: The State + mobs, private enterprise + the State, mobs + the State, with examples of each
“Mob-driven, extra-judicial denial of service”
Specific strategies to defeat each censor combination
Using bitcoin, alternative tech applications, and free speech supporting service providers
BTCPay Server is a freedom tool to accept bitcoin payments.
In this episode you’ll get a comprehensive understanding of BTCPay Server and an admiration for a bitcoin builder. If you’re an online merchant, what do you do if PayPal closes your account? If you’re an entrepreneur, how can you crowdfund your idea if Kickstarter won’t allow your product? What if Patreon closes your account because they find your political opinions objectionable? If you’re a freelancer living in Iran, how can you get paid while the the US enforces its economic embargo? The solution to all of these questions is BTCPay Server, an open source bitcoin payment project. In this episode we speak to Pavlenex, an entrepreneur and prolific contributor to BTCPay. He explains how BTCPay helps you route around financial censorship. With BTCPay server, you can accept bitcoin, create invoices, crowdfund, accept donations, accept Lightning Network payments, create a secure wallet, and set up an alternative to Patreon.
Comparing PayPal to BTCPay Server
How to use BTCPay to accept bitcoin payments
Other BTCPay apps: Invoicing, accepting donations, crowdfunding, micropayments, and an alternative to Patreon
Using BTCPay as a secure wallet
Advantages of open source software and decentralized projects versus closed source and centralized companies
The story of evil BitPay and the genesis of BTCPay Server
How to contribute to BTCPay Server’s funding, development, testing, and usage