Dr. Wright and the altered PDF

Much of the hysteria surrounding the recent court case with Dr. Wright vs Ira Kleiman has been shrouded in the controversy of the tulip trust. Up until now, I haven’t publicly stated my thoughts on much, because I haven’t had a solid opinion on much up until now. Here in this piece, I’m not going to mince words. I’m going to keep this short and succinct.

First let’s clarify some of the misconceptions. The outcome of the discovery process was an order by the judge that recommended the award to the plaintiff. This will be taken into consideration in the actual trial.

Enemies and haters of Craig Wright immediately hit social media and outlets with cries of joy as if the most wanted man in the world had just been captured. This overzealous response did not take into account that there was no judgement — but a court order.

At the heart of it all is the Tulip trust which Dr. Wright’s team argued was legitimate and held a large number of Bitcoin locked (both legally and cryptographically) until the year 2020. The judge seemed puzzled by the belief that the date on a generated PDF record of an email, should hold the identical date as the email.

The Tulip trust document can be found in an email which was sent in 2011. The discrepancy is displayed in the following two documents provided to the court. One with a 2014 date, and the other with the 2011 date.


What has been ignored is the original email in question. Clearly these records stem from an email. So why wasn’t the original email interrogated at all? I don’t know the answer to that question, but it most certainly should have been exhausted option — particularly, and especially given what is at stake here. Ah well, in any case, I have my hands on the original email. The original .msg file is on my machine and we are going to investigate this. So let’s open it.

A screenshot of a pdf of an email may tell you some things… But when you look at the email itself, you start to get a little more clarity. What we have here is an email sent on the 24th of June, 2011. Attached is the Tulip Trust document which we have all come to be familiar with.

Checking the email headers, every date stamp within there also matches up when you take into account the timezone differences.

So, let’s double click the Tulip Trust attachment and have a look at the contents…

That’s most definitely the Tulip Trust we are familiar with… so what about the dates associated with this file which is attached to the original email?

Okay what we have here is a very consistent date on the date that the PDF was generated. Remember once again, this is a PDF generation date, not the date the document was created… Now more interestingly also, the PDF Producer is PaperPort 12 which is a consistent version for the time period, and also, the PDF Version, falls consistently for a 2011 period.

After a thorough examination of all of this, we are left without a doubt, that had the court exhausted this avenue to identify the origins and validity of dates, it would have left no question as to the date origins and validity of this document. That simple discrepancy could have been quashed just by checking the original email.

A printout of a PDF of an email leaves a lot to be desired for. If tampering seems probable on some submission, then reverting to the source material is a no-brainer. We want to get to the truth of things after all… or do we?

Author’s side note:

Now, many people like to silence my voice because I have friendly standing with Dr. Wright. It’s true I do have a friendly standing… but if I thought he was a fraud, I can assure you this standing would be non-existent. I have never asked for, nor have I ever been paid for anything got to do with Craig. Calvin and CoinGeek don’t pay me for anything I write (they’ve tried to compensate for my efforts and I’m not interested). CoinGeek even published one piece where I was critical of both CoinGeek and Craig at one point — do you really think a paid employee would do that? Kudos to them for publishing, because they know that ultimately I want what is best for Bitcoin. You may not believe that some people actively like to push for a truth without any financial incentive, but some people actually do. And the truth is, that this central piece of evidence was disregarded in the discovery process.

Others have already tried to smear my name and have attempted to attack what they call “journalistic integrity.” And here’s a truth, if I was a journalist, this would be my career, and I’d be getting paid for it. My voice would be for sale — and it’s not.

Eli Afram
@justicemate

Bird feeder proves nobody wants to use BTC

A new Reddit crypto fad is proving two points while barely trying. The dark coin industry is struggling to find ways to prove utility for their tokens, and nobody really wants to use SegWitCoin (BTC) for anything.

The new Interactive Bird Feeder is keeping bored internet users mildly entertained. Monitored by a live Youtube feed, users can contribute BTC, Litecoin, Dogecoin or Nano to feed the birds. A small contribution of $0.50 drops bird feed, and hopefully there are some birds around to enjoy it.

CCN, who looked into the donations the bird feeder has received, came up with some interesting results. The majority of donations received by the feeder have either been in Nano or Litecoin, which the outlet credits to the low transaction fees of these two cryptos. While Dogecoin donations weren’t specifically noted, BTC, of which you’d expect there would be plenty of donations with the popularity of the coin, only registered a single contribution.

The lack of BTC usage can easily be linked to a few possible reasons. The most obvious is the cost of transaction fees on the BTC network, which often are more than the price of some purchases. That’s clearly the case here, as a $0.50 donation fee could cost more than $1 in fees.

There’s also the slow pace of transacting in BTC. As the network isn’t built to scale, as Bitcoin SV (BSV) does in following Satoshi’s vision, blocks can get very congested causing slow transaction times. If that’s the case, and BTC users have made a bunch of donations to the birds, maybe a whole lot of food is just about to drop.

Either way though, is this the best that BTC and dark coins can be used for? If the best thing you can transact these coins for is to feed some birds on a webcam, and possible commit crimes, that’s not a very great use of money.

Meanwhile, BSV is providing the world a whole new realm of utility. As it can scale its blockchain massively, it’s being used for social media, big businesses, and real world applications; things other digital currencies can only dream of.

Metatalk review: IRC-like messaging on BSV network?

If anyone has ever experienced the need to defend himself or herself and say, “But I never said that!,” there’s a solution that will provide a great amount of relief. If you want to verify what someone else said or just keep a permanent, easy-to-find, indelible record of a conversation, there’s a solution. In keeping with the mantra that Bitcoin SV (BSV) is designed to offer real-world practical solutions on the blockchain, developers got together a few months ago and created MetaTalk, a messaging app that resides on BSV and which allows for permanent archiving of conversations.

MetaTalk is an “IRC-like messaging app on the blockchain.” It was one of the first apps to be developed following the completion of the inaugural BSV Developer Weekend Workshop in Berlin in May, and is just the beginning of what future comms channels could look like.

Accessing the site, there is only the need to enter a handle and choose a channel, just like what is seen with IRC channels. Unlike IRC channels, though, it helps to keep conversations cleaner without so much junk. Chatting on MetaTalk requires an infinitely small payment for each message sent, which is facilitating by the Money Button right on the platform. Enter the message text, slide the Money Button (tied to your Money Button account, of course) to the right and away it goes. By employing this method, MetaTalk can help reduce the amount of extraneous chatter that may otherwise appear.

MetaTalk was created, in part, by Dutch software developer Paul De Buck. He has a wide range of experience and a solid background, as well as a passion for BSV. When he attended that developer’s workshop, he walked away knowing that BSV was in a position to support the development of flexible apps with real-world implications and immediately jumped in.

Just like so much of the development currently seen in the Bitcoin ecosystem, virtually all of it is taking place on BSV. There isn’t a single project that has as many valid, workable solutions as does the BSV blockchain, and this has been made possible due to two main points. The first is that BSV is the true Bitcoin, able to conform and adhere to Satoshi’s original vision. The second is BSV’s ability to handle extremely large blocks, much larger than other blockchains said was possible. What has been seen so far is just the beginning, and more development is occurring on a daily basis.

BSV로 간소화되는 재무 감사 절차

비트코인 SV 블록체인은계속해서전세계에걸쳐여러산업에혁명을일으키며비즈니스모델을바꿔가고있습니다. 가장확장성이큰블록체인이됨으로써, 기업에놀라울정도로낮은수수료로초당수천건의거래를지원할수있는응용프로그램을개발할자유를부여해왔습니다. 또한비트코인 SV는재무감사절차를획기적으로간소화하여기업에자동화된자체집행감사프로세스를실행할수있는능력을부여했습니다.

비트코인 SV는스마트계약을지원하는비즈니스응용프로그램의구축을지원합니다. 사전결정되는특정조건이충족될때자체적으로실행하는이러한계약을통해기업은재무감사절차를자동화할수있습니다. 이외에도, 블록체인집행스마트계약을위한레지스트리및자동화관리방법을통해해당계약이철저히준수되도록할수있습니다.

이러한솔루션은법적구속력이있는전자방식계약의믿을수있는서명을위한 nChain의결정론적키생성을사용하는프라이버시강화를포함, 사업주들에게여러혜택을제공합니다. 또한다양한언어및 JSON, XML 및 XBRL 등의시설과완전히통합가능합니다.

비트코인 SV 블록체인사용을통해기업은변경할수없는감사증거를가질수있게됩니다. 비트코인 SV 블록체인에기록된거래는변경할수없습니다. 감사내용은또한쉽게접근할수있어기업이모든비용을쉽게기록할수있습니다. 비트코인 SV는참여자들이새블록을승인하도록장려하는내부경제를통해검열에저항적입니다. 이를통해블록체인의기록은요청시언제나이용할수있습니다.

비트코인 SV는재무감사절차를간소화할뿐만아니라, 사기위험또한근절합니다. 크레이그라이트(Craig S. Wright) 박사는다음과같이설명했습니다. “토큰화된노트를사용하면조직이거래의하나로수집한모든세금을즉시지급할수있습니다. 그렇게함으로써규모가작은사업에대한거래를간소화하고, 대규모조직내많은형태의사기행위를중단시킬수있습니다. 더중요하게는, 정부가비즈니스에대한최소한의개입으로수입을벌어들일수있습니다.”

비트코인 SV 블록체인을사용하면재무감사들이감사정보에더쉽게접근할수있게됩니다. 현재는전자식, 수동식모두를포괄하는여러다양한포맷으로계정조정, 분개장기재, 시산표, 하위장부발췌및기타뒷받침정보를이용할수있습니다. 이러한방식으로는재무감사가따분하며시간이소모됩니다. 비트코인 SV 블록체인을기반으로하면기업은쉽고접근가능한포맷으로재무감사자들이모든재무정보에액세스할수있도록만들수있습니다.

비트코인 SV는글로벌기업블록체인으로자리매김해왔으며 10월 1일, 사업주, 개발자및기타블록체인주주들이코인긱서울컨퍼런스를위해한국에모일것입니다. 참석자들은퀘이사프로토콜업그레이드와같은비트코인 SV 생태계의최신발전상황활용할수있는방안을배우게될것입니다. 라이트(Wright) 박사를비롯한비트코인사회의여러이론가가행사를빛내줄것입니다. 놓치면안되는기회입니다. 바로티켓을예매하세요!

FloatSV celebrates CambrianSV week with 50% off on BSV trading pairs

Bitcoin asset exchange FloatSV has announced 50% off fees on all Bitcoin SV (BSV) trading pairs this week, in support of the upcoming BSV developer bootcamp event in Bali, Indonesia.

Float SV, which provides an exchange for trading real assets on BSV, said it was applying the fee discount as part of a campaign around the CambrianSV Bootcamp, an event that will bring together some of the world’s leading BSV developers.

The seven-day bootcamp, taking place in Bali from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, gets talented BSV developers in the same room, sharing know-how and expertise as well as shaping the next “transformative applications” of the technology.

In a post, the FloatSV team said the discounts mark their support for the Bootcamp, and for the continued development of the BSV ecosystem.

From Aug 29th to Sep 4th (GMT+8), all BSV trading pairs, including BSV/USDT, BSV/USDK, BSV/USDC, BSV/TUSD, BSV/BTC, BCH/BSV will enjoy a 50% discount on trading fees. All fees will be rebated to your account by Sep 9th.

As part of the campaign, the exchange is also giving users the chance to vote for their favorite CambrianSV team, with rewards in BSV for the winners.

The team said, “From now to Sep 4th at midnight (GMT+8), FloatSV users can vote for your favorite CambrianSV team…Team with the highest votes will be awarded the other 50% of all BSV pairs’ trading revenue from Aug 29th to Sep 4th. Votes are weighted based on your trading volume from Aug 29th to Sep 4th – the more you trade, the heavier your vote weighs.”

The voting result will be announced at the event on September 5.

The offer comes at a time of growing developer interest in BSV worldwide, with the protocol continuing to develop to support practical commercial applications.

FloatSV is “the exchange with the most BSV trading choices anywhere in the world,” offering pairs including BSV/USDT, BSV/USDC, BSV/BTC, and BCH/BSV.

Bitcoin’s capacity to make the world better

The recent recommendation in the Ira vs Craig case, rewarding half the Bitcoin to Ira, stood firmly on the basis that the judge believed Craig had tampered with documents. Wright’s team claimed that some documents were hacked and maliciously modified.

One of the difficulties of this trial is the sheer volume of data. On one hand, when one team is asked to hand everything over, you hand everything you have over. You don’t go through every document and analyse for tamperings – there’s no time for that. Nonetheless, the judge deems that if you provide documents, the onus is on you to ensure the veracity of the contents. This is a valid position.

The ultimate truth of the forged documents may never really be known. All we can do in our current system is have a judge or jury rule on what they perceive to be the truth. Much of what is in law is (particularly in the absence of hard evidence) often subjective. It is on what we are inclined to reasonably believe or reasonably reject. Cases that are in the absence of hard evidence often introduce incredibly polarizing opinions. Take for example the recent case against Cardinal Pell who is now a convicted pedophile. This case was based on the testimony of one person (the victim). The judge and jury in that case found that the victim’s account was “believable”, and this was sufficient to lock the cardinal up. The lack of hard evidence provided an outlet for public divide on the matter, with notable Catholics and commentators doubting the judgement. The jury in that case conclusively decided that Pell was guilty.

Wright’s team claimed the doctored documents were a result of a hack, but they did not produce hard evidence to back up this claim.

Hard evidence is hard to come by. This is an unfortunate aspect of many trials. It is for the judge and jury to determine who is right and who is wrong, and to rule accordingly. I like to believe they usually get it right. Sometimes they get it wrong.

Interestingly, a new Northwestern University study found that one in eight juries are making the wrong decision – by convicting an innocent or acquitting the guilty.

The point of this piece isn’t to say whether Craig did, or did not. Not at all. And it’s not to dilute a judgement, and it’s not to question the veracity of the law. It is to bring to light, an ever-present problem within the system, that by the account of many studies, exists.

So I present the question: How different would this discovery process had been if Bitcoin SV’s MetaNet had been around for the last two decades (presuming technology was there).

The metanet world will be vastly different to today’s world. It will be a world where countless devices all around the world are hooked up to the blockchain, autonomously feeding and giving data. Where all future food deliveries are managed on-chain, and where vertical farms make their supply orders automatically. Robots will drive major ecosystems. Such changes are already happening… just think about lights-out factories. Human responsibilities are moving towards creating, building and automating. The every day routine jobs, are quickly becoming a thing of the past. And much of that change is irrespective of the blockchain. But when all these devices interact on chain, you have a single truth system, where every entity owns its own data.

One of the key take-aways of the Metanet is that everything that is of value is recorded on-chain. When records, workflows and movements are recorded immutably on-chain with time-stamped precision you have a very different set of proceedings in court.

First let’s go to the question where the judge asked if Craig wrote the Bitcoin whitepaper, to which Craig and the Plaintiff agreed Craig is the author. However, in a metanet world, Craig would have had the associated key, and would be able to prove with significant weight that he did so.

But more importantly, questions regarding the legitimacy of documents would effectively be practically non-existent. In a metanet economy, where data has direct value, not only would hackers be dis-incentivized from modifying a record (since the original will always exist on-chain), but even if they tried, the original could easily be recalled and used with potent effect, dismissing the fraudulent document.

Bitcoin SV is building an honest system. A system of traceability and accountability. Whether Craig did or didn’t, the truth would be concrete in a metanet world. 

Encrypted key frames from CCTV could record the presence or absence of an individual in a specific place to acquit or convict them. Encrypted crime-scene photos could be uploaded the very moment they are taken on a tablet and uploaded, making tampering of original evidence near impossible. This world is being built right under our noses, and there are a number of applications being built already that are offering this sort of transparency. Here’s a very recent one called Tape Recorder: LINK – which uses an interesting method to record script attestations, promoting transparency.

Not only does the metanet help in providing an ultimate truth to a dispute, it also goes quite someway to discourage would-be hackers and criminals. Accountability indeed reshapes people’s behaviour for the better. However, your privacy continues to remain your privacy, as you choose to encrypt your data. All this data then, lives not on Facebook’s servers, not on Google’s servers, and certainly not on Apple’s servers, but on the blockchain that remains decentralized, and where only you have the key to unlock YOUR DATA.

The metanet world is a better world. Bitcoin SV is building this world.

Eli Afram
@justicemate

How Bitcoin can combine security and privacy with zero knowledge proofs

If you want to understand Bitcoin, sooner or later you’ll have to get to grips with questions of privacy, anonymity, pseudonymity and other tricky matters. Craig Wright, the Chief Scientist of nChain, has always insisted that Bitcoin wasn’t designed to be anonymous – because that would make it the natural choice of criminals: “at best, an anonymous system forms a methodology for black markets and illicit and illegal trade,” he wrote, earlier this year, “I was never interested in creating a dark-web money.”

Instead, Bitcoin is pseudonymous, meaning that transactions are linked. Unlike cash, whose history is hard to trace as soon as a coin is paid to someone else, Bitcoin histories are there on the blockchain for all to see. Whilst you can’t tell who is moving a coin on the blockchain, you can see all the transactions it’s been part of. So if you can link that coin to a person, their Bitcoin activity can be followed. Pseudonymity is a compromise, making the system private enough for individuals to feel secure, while leaving an immutable evidence trail that can be followed if something goes wrong.

Some cryptocurrencies are not satisfied with the level of privacy provided by pseudonymity. The cryptographic technique they use to further anonymise transactions is called zero knowledge proofs (ZKP). For Bitcoin SV, ZKPs are still a valuable tool, but not for financial transactions, for the reasons mentioned above. Instead, they can be a useful feature of applications that are developed for the BSV blockchain.

Zero knowledge proofs are so called because they provide proof of something without revealing all the important details that would normally be needed to confirm an event or transaction. In other words, they allow the prover to show someone that an event has taken place while giving them ‘zero knowledge’ of those important details.

So how could that be possible? How can you be sure that someone is telling you the truth without being able to see for yourself the information they’re talking about? Well, here’s an example to illustrate the principle:

If you’re colour blind, could you ever confirm that two balls your friend gives you are different colours, when they look exactly the same to you?

Well, you could put the balls behind your back and then bring them out to show your friend – and ask whether you have swapped them round or not since the last time you showed them.

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If your friend can consistently get this test right – knowing whether the balls have been swapped or not – then you can be sure that he was telling you the truth when he said they are different colours.

One important feature of this ZKP scenario is that it only works for Charlie and Dave. Someone else – a colour-blind Alice, say – could watch any number of successful demonstrations in which Dave gets the swap question right. But even if she could see whether Charlie was swapping the balls or not, she couldn’t be sure that the balls are different colours because Dave and Charlie may have colluded on the sequence of swaps and answers they were going to perform in front of her. Only by being able to decide on making the swaps herself and asking Dave to respond, could she have confidence in the conclusions.

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So that’s a ZKP: you can’t recognise a difference between the two balls but you have a proxy for that difference that you can use for purposes of verification.

Translating this principle to the world of blockchain requires some complicated maths, but the principle is the same: you’re trying to confirm information without allowing the recipient to see the details – when they’re confidential, for instance.

Jad Wahab of nChain has been studying ZKPs and offers these examples of possible use cases where they could provide a critical part of an app design using the BSV blockchain:

ZKPs could be useful in identity checks or selective disclosure and access control: you might want to be able to confirm that you’re above a certain age, for instance, without revealing your actual age.

In ballots or polls, you may want to only be able to confirm that someone is eligible to vote but for reasons of confidentiality, you wouldn’t want to create a list of those individuals.

ZKPs could also be useful when committing to some information on the blockchain without revealing anything about the information (which would happen with a hash of the information for example). Or for auditing processes where you would like to prove something to a specific auditor without necessarily revealing any information to anyone else.

Jad says that developers won’t necessarily need to understand the exact mechanisms behind the ZKP that they want to incorporate into their product. He believes that ‘off the shelf’ software could soon be developed that can be plugged into a design and provide the functionality required.

With thanks to Jad Wahab. Jad has written about the unlinkable polling system design mentioned above, which was the subject of his dissertation project at UCL.

More Craig Wright history to be revealed by Behind the Mask

The life of Dr. Craig Wright, and how he came to invent Bitcoin, is one full of twists, turns, and secrets. A new book from Byron Kaye and Jeremy Wagstaff hopes to shine some light on those tales and reveal even more about the man, and the history of Bitcoin.

Behind the Mask: Craig Wright and the Battle for Bitcoin is an upcoming book from the duo that will dive deep into Dr. Wright’s story and possibly uncover some secrets from the history of his creation. In their Amazon write-up, it notes “It follows Wright from his humble beginnings in dirt-poor Queensland to besuited guru trying to recover his reputation and control over the cryptocurrency stage, squaring up to multiple enemies.”

The book, which is scheduled for release in January 2020, will benefit from first-hand accounts from the man himself, Dr. Wright. CoinGeek has been informed he spoke with the authors to give his side of the story, and we expect it will reveal even more about his past.

These are the ideal authors to cover the topic as well. Jeremy Wagstaff has been a technology writer for Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and has previously co-authored Loose Wire: A Personal Guide to Making Technology Work For You. Byron Kaye has also written for Reuters covering business and financial stories. With their two areas of expertise combined, they are perfectly suited for understanding and relaying Dr. Wright’s life.

It will be revelatory to see what comes from Behind The Mask, but Dr. Wright isn’t done in the Bitcoin world. He continues to innovate through Bitcoin SV (BSV), the only Bitcoin to follow the original White Paper and scale massively to the needs of the world.

On top of that, he continues to create blockchain innovations, including the Metanet. By scaling the Bitcoin blockchain, he and his team have allowed it to become the data ledger of the world, allowing the public and businesses to write their most important and precious data to an immutable ledger.

That’s what’s happening now and into the future, but it will be a treat to read about how he built up to this in Behind the Mask.

Why investors should attend CoinGeek Seoul conference

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Bitcoin SV (BSV) is reshaping the way crypto developers, merchants and users understand cryptocurrency, true to Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision for Bitcoin. At a time of increasing development activity, both within and on top of the BSV protocol, investors should attend CoinGeek Seoul to get more clued up on the latest goings on in the Bitcoin ecosystem.

The event is set for October 1-2, and will feature keynote presentations from some of the most respected voices in the crypto industry, as well as announcements about new developments in BSV and blockchain technology.

The event is the second CoinGeek conference in Asia, and will touch on topics including BSV scaling and commercial applications. Investors should attend CoinGeek Seoul to gain a more developed understanding of the BSV ecosystem, and its journey to enable a new system of global money on blockchain. The event will also see presentations from the finalists of Bitcoin Association’s 2nd Virtual Hackathon, demoing the best ideas and technologies to have sprung up from the event.

The conference is open to everyone, including those who support other crypto and blockchain projects —even more reason why investors should attend CoinGeek Seoul. Delegates to the conference can expect to see professionals blockchain and crypto startups, enterprises, crypto mining, investors, and other brands come together to learn not just about the developments for Bitcoin SV, but also the benefits of massive on-chain scaling for miners, application developers, and enterprises.

CoinGeek Seoul will feature an impressive lineup of speakers, including nChain Chief Scientist Dr. Craig S. Wright. Of course, no CoinGeek conference is complete without a legendary CoinGeek after-party.

Put simply, crypto investors should attend CoinGeek Seoul to learn more about BSV, and how it is enabling the world’s new money with fast payments, low transaction fees and the capacity for handling mass scale.

The event will be held at the Le Meridien in Seoul, South Korea, on October 1-2. Get your tickets today.

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Less than a week to go before the CambrianSV Bootcamp in Bali

The CambrianSV Bootcamp in Bali is almost here! The eagerly anticipated first of its kind Proof of Work Bitcoin SV (BSV) Developers Bootcamp kicks off on August 30, and the excitement is palpable. The seven-day bootcamp will bring together some of the most talented BSV developers to learn from each other and develop the next crop of transformative decentralized applications.

Bitcoin SV has been the blockchain network of choice for developers across the world, enabling them to create applications that can scale massively to accommodate user needs. BSV developers have created applications that have challenged the titans in every other sector, from social media to identity verification.

And come August 30, these developers will gather in Bali, Indonesia, to work together and further their development. CambrianSV, organized by RelayX in partnership with Bitcoin Association, seeks to enable the developers to build the society of tomorrow, together.

CambrianSV will focus on the application layer of the Bitcoin SV stack, Ella Qiang from RelayX told CoinGeek. The best way to foster real growth is by enabling developers to build better products that can compete with the current systems, using Bitcoin SV as the backend, according to Qiang.

She added, “Developers will get a direct look into the tools available on the Bitcoin SV blockchain and collaborate with the brightest minds to create the best applications. All participating teams should leave with a finished product that is generating on-chain transactions.”

Some of the teams that will participate in the bootcamp include TonicPow from the U.S., the peer-to-peer advertising platform powered by BSV; Legally Chained from the Netherlands, the onchain identity platform that enables users to verify their identities and sign documents; Agora from Italy, the homepage for the Metanet; and U.S.-based Twetch, the BSV-powered social media application.

The winner of the inaugural BSV Virtual Hackathon UptimeSV, a crowdsourced uptime monitoring and network intelligence for enterprise systems will also attend, as will RateSV from Japan, a platform that allows the flow of data between the blockchain and the real world; U.S.-based GearSV; a smart contracts platform for Bitcoin; and Open Directory, a platform that allows its users to earn by organizing the BSV blockchain.

Other teams that will attend include Metadomain from China, Bitpocket from Scotland, Bitmesh from China, Streamanity from India and Mempool from China.

The organizers aim to foster cooperation between the teams, with the ultimate goal of boosting onchain transactions. Qiang told CoinGeek, “We as the organizers are aiming at creating an open environment where various projects will share their experiences, goals, and challenges of developing Bitcoin enabled products and services. We are looking to encourage collaboration among projects so that each one will compete better onchain.”

Some of the notable speakers who will attend the bootcamp include members from the Bitcoin Association, HandCash and RelayX. Bitcoin creator Dr. Craig S. Wright will join the event via video chat.

To learn more about the upcoming CambrianSV BSV Developer Bootcamp, check out the official website.

Dr. Craig Wright responds to Kleiman case’s ruling by U.S. federal magistrate

A hearing in the Kleiman v. Wright case has concluded in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Monday with Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart recommending that half of the Bitcoin mined by Dr. Craig Wright before December 31, 2013 should be awarded to the Kleiman estate, along with half of intellectual property (IP) rights of Craig Wright prior to December 31, 2013.

As expected, sensational articles have already been written about the court ruling, but it’s important to remember that Magistrate Judge Reinhart issued a recommendation to the District Court judge (the assigned trial judge for the case), and even if adopted by the District Court judge, it is not a final judgement. There is still a long way to go – including a possible trial – before the matter is resolved.

Reinhart’s recommended ruling applies to the lawsuit filed by Ira Kleiman on behalf of Dave Kleiman’s estate. The case, which began in 2018, sued Dr. Wright for $10 billion worth of Bitcoin, claiming that Wright was after Dave’s BTC holdings. Monday’s event was the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing on discovery disputes in the case (in particular, whether Wright was able to comply with a court order requiring him to list Bitcoin he had mined, or whether he was unable to do so as he explained to the court). The full issues in the case will not be decided until other proceedings, and ultimately trial in March 2020.

Dr. Wright was asked to provide a list of public addresses for Bitcoin he mined before December 31, 2013, but because of the complicated details of the Tulip trust and also a technical solution he asked Kleiman to implement to make the mined Bitcoin unavailable to Wright’s family trust until at least January 2020, information related to such mined Bitcoin are intentionally not available to him until at least January 2020. Magistrate judge Reinhardt did not find Wright’s explanation to be credible.

The magistrate judge is not, however, referring the case for civil or criminal contempt. Instead, the magistrate judge elected to recommend issue sanctions in the case, which include determining that Wright was part of a “Satoshi partnership” with Kleiman in the beginning of Bitcoin, and is recommending a finding that Kleiman’s estate is entitled to half of the Bitcoin mined by Wright and half of Wright’s intellectual property (presumably related to Bitcoin, but this awaits the court’s written order to clarify) up to and including December 31, 2013.

In response to the court’s ruling, legal counsel for Dr. Wright provided the following response to CoinGeek:

The hearing before the magistrate concerned requests for information that Dr. Wright was ordered to produce but explained that he could not provide at this time. Dr. Wright disagrees with the magistrate’s ruling about those discovery issues, as well the basis for the magistrate’s findings regarding his ability to provide the information requested. Dr. Wright also believes the remedies recommended by the magistrate are extreme and disproportionate to the discovery dispute. This is not a final judgment in the case, and Dr. Wright intends to take steps available to him to continue to vigorously defend the claims asserted against him by Ira Kleiman.

In an interview with Modern Consensus, Dr. Wright confirmed that he is willing (if the court’s findings stand after a complete trial, disposition and any necessary appeal of the case) to “hand over $5 billion in BTC.”

The judge won’t rule on whether I’m Satoshi. But the partnership is. So when Dave Kleiman passed, the partnership transferred to Ira,” Dr. Wright told the news outlet, adding that the court recommendation doesn’t affect Bitcoin SV (BSV). “BSV, it won’t. But the judge ordered me to send just under 500,000 BTC over to Ira. Let’s see what it does to the market. I wouldn’t have tanked the market. I’m nice.

But because the court ruled that Ira Kleiman “inherited” $5 billion, he may have to dump some US$2 billion in BTC to pay estate tax, according to Dr. Wright, who noted:

Everyone wants to hate on me. This is the result. If you’d left me alone, I would have sat on my fucking money and you wouldn’t have to worry. And the biggest whale ever has to dump because he has to pay tax. It’s not a transfer. Florida has an estate tax. Trust me. This is not an outcome I would have liked. I own a lot of BTC. Dave should have owned 320,000 and I should have had 800,000 and now it’s 50/50. At the end of the day, that’s not a good thing for BTC.

The Bitcoin Vision: Episode 23

Founding President of the Bitcoin Association Jimmy Nguyen brings us this week’s episode of the Bitcoin Vision from Siberia, Russia. Nguyen had the privilege of being one of the guest speakers at the recent Baikal Blockchain and Crypto Summit, where he educated the delegates about Bitcoin SV (BSV) and why it’s the only blockchain project that’s able to scale to meet enterprise needs.

The BSV community continues to prepare for the eagerly anticipated Genesis protocol upgrade set to take place in February 2020. Everyone in the BSV ecosystem will have a role to play in the upgrade — from miners, to developers, to wallets and exchanges. And to make it easier and more convenient to keep up with all the developments leading up to the upgrade, you can enable notifications directly to your email via a new feature on the Bitcoin SV website.

Nguyen also highlighted the recent developments by BSV/DEVS directory, the one-stop shop for all Bitcoin SV-related developer resources. It announced recently on Twitter that it is now supporting user accounts. Users can now claim any listing as theirs and also make any edits or updates as they deem fit. The directory also added support for file uploads, giving the users the ability to attach manuals, specifications and other related materials to their applications.

For the non-developers, there’s something for you as well. The OnChain BSV/MAPS feature is constantly being updated with new locations where BSV is accepted by merchants near you.

BSV Galaxy is a Bitcoin SV artists collective allowing members to find and collaborate with other members, as well as business development of artists projects. As the founders noted on the website, the platform seeks to “help you to use the Bitcoin SV Blockchain to create new tools, applications, and ultimately change the world into a better place using Proof of Work.”

For the week’s Satoshi shoutout, Nguyen applauded the Bitcoin SV Node Team. Lead developer Daniel Connolly recently wrote a blog post about how the BSV blockchain has proven itself as a reliable method of processing enormous numbers of transactions. The post was written to correct a false narrative that had been advanced by some crypto media sites that the Bitcoin SV blockchain had undergone a three-way fork after the Quasar protocol upgrade. The post puts to bed these allegations and clarifies that the BSV network is performing reliably and is still proving itself to be the superior blockchain project.

While you’re at it, also check out the previous episodes of The Bitcoin Vision here.