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#272 Jameson Lopp: On Being a Professional Cypherpunk

Published on January 29th, 2019 by epicenterbitcoin


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We're joined by Jameson Lopp. Jameson is the CTO of Casa, a company providing key storage solutions. Previously, he was an early engineer at BitGo. However, to most people, he is perhaps known for his Twitter presence and his excellent writing. Over the years, Jameson has written extensively about Bitcoin development, cryptocurrencies, and personal operational security. A self-proclaimed “Professional Cypherpunk,” aligns with the ideas of libertarianism and volunteerism.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Jameson's background and how he learned about Bitcoin
  • His political view before and after discovering crypto
  • What stands out for Bitcoin in 2018
  • His writing on the decentralized nature of Bitcoin Core development
  • His views on how Bitcoin compares to Ethereum on the topic of development control
  • His thoughts on the Lightning Network and smart contracts on top of Bitcoin
  • Jameson's approach to personal operational security
  • The tradeoffs of having air-tight personal OpSec
  • Casa and its vault offering

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