Bitcoin, Blockchain and Small Island Developing States: Opportunities, Challenges and Questions w/ George Siosi Samuels and Daniel Barcant


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Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain are revolutionary developments that excite, confuse and raise scepticism.

It goes to the heart of questions like the nature of money, the role of governments and central banks; freedom, privacy and security on the internet and in economics; technology development; the digital divide; asset bubbles; investment scams and pyramid schemes, and so much more.

From the perspective of developing countries there are many issues that are raised: can this help with our development? does this give us more control over our financing and economics? what exactly is bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain? will this continue to produce and reinforce the divide between the haves and the have-nots? the big and small? the technologically advanced and the technologically underdeveloped?

Today I have two very interesting guests to speak about these issues and questions from a very practical perspective.

George Siosi Samuels is originally from Fiji but based in Singapore. He is the Managing Director of management consultancy, Fai?, and founder of blockchain-based accountability platform, Hon?. His Bitcoin journey began in 2013, he was the Global Head of Community for the Bitcoin Cash Association in 2018, and is now South Pacific Ambassador for the Bitcoin Association.

Daniel Barcant is an entrepreneur, founder and cofounder of several well known businesses and an NGO, based in Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a blockchain and crypto currency enthusiast. His involvements in the space cover a broad range such as investing, education, mining and exploring utilizing blockchain for impact.