Monday, April 24, 2017

Bitcoin Drives Revolution and ‘Startup Government’ for Syrian Kurds

Bitcoin Drives Revolution and ‘Startup Government’ for Syrian Kurds

“Rojava’s [Syrian Kurdistan] under embargo, so there’s no way to move money in or out. So we have to actually create our own Bitcoin economies. Now we have a technological tool for people to freely organise outside state system. Because it is a currency not controlled by central banks.” — Amir Taaki

A recent interview (March 29, 2017) with the BBC revealed that the British-Iranian Taaki had journeyed to Syria to fight against ISIS. Or, rather, he fought for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Rojava in Northern Syria for a few months. Then, Taaki turned his hand to the blockchain. The BBC offered a tantalizing hint at how it is being used to create a society that is independent despite being surrounded by hostile states. (It is not clear how far along the societal e-plans are.)

Upon returning to England in 2016, Taaki was detained by the police and, for the past 12 months, he has been free but on bail. And quiet.

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