crypto gossip show

crypto gossip

Summary: Dale Dickins and Peter Robertson have a weekly chat from Melbourne's Bitcoin Technology Center in Southbank. They introduce different people to include listeners in what's happening in cryptocurrencies, who's doing what and what's going on. This technology is sometimes difficult to keep up with as it spreads around the planet, and they think it's important to stay tuned to global and local developments.

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 Episode 31: Blockchain - Hype, Standards and Regulation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:14

This is our first CryptoGoss since September 2016. We had an unscheduled hiatus due to my (Peter's) health issues which resulted in me being unable to speak for more than a couple of minutes without coughing, unconducive to podcast recording. Fortunately, things have taken a turn for the better and we're confident of a strong podcasting season in 2017 at Crypto Studios, Blockchain Centre, Level 1, 89 - 91 City Road, Southbank, Victoria, 3006. This episode, we were fortunate to catch up with Fran Strajner, CEO and founder of, on one of his lightning visits to Melbourne. With the benefit of Fran's unique perspective, we discussed: - Standards Australia and international standards for blockchain technology - Crypto Regulation - The Blockchain Hype Cycle - Automation, iOT, Surveillance and Privacy - The upcoming SEC decision in the US re the Winklevoss ETF application - The bitcoin price Music for this episode, A Ride on the Coast by Espresso Music, courtesy of Shutterstock inc.

 Episode 30: steemEDU - Education on the blockchain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:13

This episode, we look at Steem and how it can apply to learning in schools. Katherine Noall, Scott Phillips and Peter Robertson are joined in Crypto Studios at the Melbourne Bitcoin Technology Centre by Kieran Nolan, Educational Technologist and Janet Whittle, Assistant Principal from Wooranna Park Primary School. We discuss Steem and how Wooranna Park Primary is planning to use the Steem platform for collaborative learning. Inspired by an article on steem, Kieran Nolan and Tom Mcgann (Educational Technologist) requested a Google Hangout on air (featured on OpenSourceLearning.School) with the author Derek Reith. All music for this is episode was freely provided by

 Episode 29: The Political Economy of Blockchain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:51

Rafael Taylor is a freelance journalist, contributor to ROAR Magazine and campaigner with Australians for Kurdistan, building solidarity networks with the Rojava Revolution. Based in Melbourne, he is a freethinker, transhumanist and libertarian socialist passionate about supporting new value-systems and social institutions. Grant Lenaarts is a digital entrepreneur and software developer whose main interest is in the evolution of consumer civilization. This episode features an excellent Peter Hitchen's impersonation, a debate on Yanis Varoufakis' critique of digital currencies, and brief primers on political economy, libertarian socialism and the Rojava Revolution. HYPERLINKS: The Rojava Plan website and bitcoin address: The Fearless Imagination Facebook page: Rafael’s public Facebook page: Rafael’s Roar Magazine profile:

 Ethereum Podcast Ep01 When Blockchains Go Bad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:22:35

Scott, Julian and Simon discuss the DAO, Ethereum and the hard fork. Music: Air (R3z) - e a r t h s p a c e RMX 0.2 fantasytripp C A T C H Y Monsinho Left or Right skyfitsheaven Back to the MF Beat BobMaurice

 Ep 27: Innovations at Melbourne Bitcoin Technology Center | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:35

This episode we feature two exciting new projects operating from here at Melbourne Bitcoin Technology Center and are very pleased to have Sam Lee, CEO of Bitcoin Group also join us on the show. Paul Ayling tells about his Ant Stand project along with the dramas he experienced trying to set up an Amazon store and how easy, by contrast, his experience with was. Find out more about Paul's project at, and Julian Smith introduces his new project, which aims to revolutionise the freight container industry by notarising every data point in a container's journey on the Blockfreight blockchain. If you'd like to take part in the Blockfreight Token pre-sale, go to Full disclosure, I (Peter Robertson) am deeply biassed in favour of all projects being built in this community space and pretend no dispassion whatsoever! Note that since this episode was recorded I have participated in the early Blockfreight token sale. Music: This episode, one of our guests, JimmyY (AKA Paul Ayling), provided all of our wonderful tracks. Find these and many other pieces at In order, we hear: - Sydney Rd Hardstep JimmyY - Domino JimmyY - Loop - Clifton Hill Medicine Man JimmyY - Bitcoin Island JimmyY - Loop -for the disruptive Influence Podcast JimmyY - Burger Time JimmyY

 Ep 28 The DAO - Shattering Trust? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:37

In this episode of Cryptogoss Katherine Noall and Peter Robertson speak with Fran Strajnar, CEO and co-founder of Brave New Coin, a data and research company focused on the Blockchain and Digital Equities industry. Fran helps us tease out some of the thorny issues around the DAO “attack” and what this might mean for the world's view on Ethereum and blockchain technologies as general. Fran was also able to share some insights on views held at the big end of town that he gathered from the recent Melbourne Blockchain Summit We gained some further understandings of what private blockchains might actually turn out to be in practice and how there are cases where this might make sense, although it was also acknowledged that a lot of corporate activity involving the "B" word might be more spin for appearances than substance on the ground. Finally, we turned to the topic of "what will the browser for the blockchain look like" as a basis for speculating about the services and applications that will really mark the crypto revolution for the masses. If email was the killer app for the Internet, what will the killer app for the blockchain be? Music: Boxing Bears Is My Business by brewmeisterbean Rip squad by sliipii Computer Controlled -3 by figure freak News from Mars by theshoemaker

 Ep 26 A Bitcoin butt lift | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:22

Peter, Katherine, Scott, and Warwick talk about the latest news within the world of crypto. The new DAO launched and beautifully explained by Scott. Hermits can live in peace. has big dreams of a bright crypto future. Warwick talks trading. Miami is known for good looking people, so it's no surprise you can get a butt lift with bitcoin in the glossy city. 2:15 3:58 A Florida man sells bitcoin to undercover agents, and is looking at jail time. This Miami money-laundering case may define whether Bitcoin is really money. 3:32 7:24 10:10 11:30 12:43 trading bitcoin 16:57 18:18 19:53 20:35 Australian bank deposit info 20:56 it's actually $250,000 in Australia, not $100,000 as mentioned 23:50 Currency Price talk 25:10 Silk Road and Australian drug dealer's bitcoin being sold 27:27 music break 28:06 Launching of the THE DAO (distrubuted automous organization) What is it, and how it works 32:49 Hermicity Living far from annoying people, and using drones and internet to keep others away. 35:40 DAO Tokens price 39:50 A new system of voting. 40:26 brief musical interlude 40:42 Big thanks to Dale. Dale has left Cryptogoss. And she is now producing Infinite Imaginarium Here is a snipet of the new show 42:51 Musicial thanks 43:20 Are there any Melbourne based musicians that we can feature ? help ! Music by Jesse Jnr, Alpine X Cheese Cold Space (Pt 2 of 2) Lazy Bone Satellite

 Ep #25 #TeamSatoshi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:27

Warwick, Scott and Dale take the mics today while Peter recovers from the flu. Craig Wright makes the news again, Scott and Warwick are swinging on the issue "he's part of many" #TeamSatoshi "there's a little bit of bitcoin in all of us". We cover the very basics of the story. #VoteFlux get another mention, because we love them... and as Scott says "besides politicians don't want to be making decisions anyway", we'll do the work for them. Hot topics of the week Ethereum, TOR, encryption and Australia is hot on the VPN trail. We discuss tracking and illegal activity "where does the madness stop?" We close off with updates on OpenBazaar, and what's happening in Melbourne's Bitcoin Technology Center. Music: swingSWINGswing Mocean99 Glitch o'swing Mocean99 mowo builder Mocean99 Sorry... Shoemaker with BrewmeisterBean Bliss Junction Shoemaker Enjoy!

 Special # 1: Electronic Voting Systems and the Blockchain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:02

In this special episode, Scott Phillips, Grant Lenaarts and Peter Robertson discuss the present and future of electronic voting systems with Dr. Vanessa Teague, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dr. Teague's work has included detailed studies of two instances where electronic voting systems have been used in Australia, and the news isn't always good. It turns out that online voting systems delivering privacy, transparency and verifiable results aren't that easy to create and operate. What are the problems, can they be solved, and is there a role for the blockchain? Links Dr Vanessa Teague NSW State Election Vulnerability Music: Special thanks to JessieJnr, Tokyo Democracy Not From This World Stay Focus Mercury Streets of Tokyo

 Blockchain Imaginarium Ep04 - Vote for Flux | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:37

In this episode we interview Nathan and Max, the founders of Flux, an online voting system and political party, aimed at disrupting and fixing representative democracy. It's the political party where YOU create the policies. Any issue that people care about will have an avenue to be addressed via Flux. They have AEC accrediation and are fielding candidates in the upcoming Australian federal election. Take the power back and vote for Flux... if you want any further information add your questions in the timeline and we'll happily get back to you. @voteflux Further Reading: Music: Ginza mahayuga432 trapped at noon contracota108 Vasile Plesca Lazy love Intro/Outro: Mowo! Electro Swing Builder 2 - mocean99

 Ep #24 The War On Cryptocurrency: De-anonymization | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:10

Peter, Dale and Scott are in the studio for this ep, extending the 'grown up' theme with a new decentralised bitcoin/crypto exchanged called BitSquare. They read thru the whitepaper and discuss how this exchange differs from existing centralised crypto currency exchanges. And other centralised projects like the one that Peter Todd discovered was intending to force miners into collecting personal data, quite sneaky we thought. We also looked at how AI is joining the battle with the blockchain in a Skry manner. These types of projects aim to not only de-anonymize, but to effectively censor bitcoin transactions. Julian Smith our legendary guru of all matters technical and generally incomprehensible briefed us on his latest project *blockFreight*. Now this is a game changer and we'll be updating the progress as this business unfolds. In closing off we covered a few things happening at the newly scrubbed up and looking damned cool Technology Center for melbourne's knowledge week. Although a 'celebrity' hasn't quite firmed up his skype in, we're ready for him to feature on the event space wall :) Put in your earplugs, relax and enjoy the chat! MUSIC: Shoemaker, Do the Right Thing JimmyY, Amazing Mocean, Berlin Blade 99 Mocean, MJ - Phunk 99 Shoemaker, Lions Den LINKS: Voteflux: ethereum workshops: Talk and Trade (Informal, all things bitcoin and crypto):

 #BlockchainImaginarium Ep03 does the sex industry and blockchain tech have anything in common? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:56

In the Blockchain Imaginarium, Dale and Scott discuss and imagine the future of #blockchain technologies. In this, our third episode, we chat with @LovelyCorrine about whether the sex industry has parallels with the blockchain, it is after all a decentralised network based on trust - and agreements. Can the blockchain learn from this age old industry, or will the this tech provide the sex industry with more than just automated sex robots?? Shove your earbuds in to hear salacious discussion filled with fetishes... and politics. Music: Nofane by autoban Brainwave by Djorkaeff Experimental by jacobckessler 001 unrabel by twbeatz 8 bit rain by vargrstorm Intro/Outro: Mowo! Electro Swing Builder 2 by mocean99 Know any Melbourne musicians who would like a bit of exposure to a new audience? We're looking for music to use in the show. Hit us up on twitter @cryptogoss, @drsplot or @MADinMelbourne or all three if you're really keen :)

 Ep #23 Gambling for Grownups | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:05

Warwick, Peter and Dale do their due diligence and get down and dirty with the scams rocking Australia's media this week. iGot got their name (deservedly) smeared by ABC, Australia's national broadcaster affectionately known as Aunty. Of course the message got messed up and some people were left thinking that there is indeed somebody who "runs bitcoin". Mainstream just don't get it, so Cryptogoss set them straight! Well, as straight as we could with another acronym wielding usurper claiming to represent the industry and lead bitcoin down Australia's regulatory path. Who is ADCCA anyway?? There are rumours that Craig Wright is proving himself true to his surname with yet another lead that he *could* be outing himself as Satoshi in London. Gavin and Co have stringent tests for him to pass, will he pass the test, and what will it mean for Bitcoin? This episode boils down to many people are making up stories and running with headlines. Information is a gamble - who can you trust anymore in this proof-less world? Oh, and we touch on those panama papers too... they could be the hack of the year :) Music 124BPM-Deep by Willscore RipSquad by Sliipii BoxingBears is my business by BrewmeisterBean LA to Des Moines The Wellpennies Sadroid by Sliipii Jugu Pyta by Sliipii Links Craig Wright the big reveal iGot robbed ADCCA who? Ethereum: Talk and Trade VoteFlux Melbourne Knowledge Week

 Blockchain Imaginarium Ep02 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:35

In the Blockchain Imaginarium, Dale and Scott discuss and imagine the future of #blockchain technologies. In this, our second episode, we discuss the Panama Papers, Flux (, Tesla Model 3 and electric vehicle charging using smart contracts, ZeroNet (for open, free and uncensorable websites, using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network) and the decentralised Ebay competitor that has just been launched, OpenBazaar. For those playing at home, this is what a trillion dollars looks like in $100 notes: And this is $15 trillion ... so about double this amount is socked away in accounts related to the Panama Papers: ... enough to fill a good sized skyscraper with paper money. music: Dragnetbounce - djleo Block-Rockin' Bling - Pendagram Get It! -djphatjive remix- djphatjive with figurefreak Celestial Drifter rmx - autoban Intro/Outro: Mowo! Electro Swing Builder 2 - mocean99 Tesla3 Voteflux come to the Melbourne event (via their Sydney page)

 Ep #22 The Banks (well, one bank, anyway) finally get what Bitcoin is | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:02

Peter and Dale introduce Scott Philips aka Dr. Splot in this episode to give you more of an idea of who he is and why he's another important asset in MBTC's space. Julian Smith also joins us with BitPay's adaptive solution to the block debate. He provides evidence for why he thinks this approach makes sense - we're leaving it for you to do your homework and decide for yourself. Our headlines cover some very basics, RichardBranson has declared Bitcoin is working... and Blythe the Masters of our wonderful GFC has also added her 2c into this equation so we thought we better make mention of these 'facts'. We are way more excited that one of Australia's Big4 banks has come to their senses and written a decent article on why Bitcoin IS important. There is a hack of the week this time round, we discuss why crooks socially engineering corruption are giving Bitcoin a bad reputation. Enjoy! music: Opening with the Shoemaker: Even more please Mystique Catwoman and, from Figurefreak: Artistic License Here I will get you started SK Landing Links: Australia is Ideal Testing Ground for Blockchain-Based Trading, Says Blythe Masters Counterparty's Chris DeRose Calls Ethereum "100% Hype and No Substance" Drag and Drop smart contract scripting for Ethereum: "Banks need to integrate with Bitcoin, now". (Yes, WE AGREE) Max Tannahill, ANZ's Business Change and Implementation Manager, blogs about BITCOIN rather than the BLOCKCHAIN.


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