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From Ottawa to Ukraine: Using Crypto to Fund the Revolution

Crypto can crowdfund democracy and circumvent blocks and embargoes by conventional financial institutions

As Russian armed forces rain shells and rockets down on Ukraine in an unprovoked invasion, Crypto and Web 3.0 have been unlikely allies for the Ukrainian people and their efforts to get food, medicine and weapons to protect their population and drive back the Russians. Decentralized finance has opened new ways to get money past conventional banking fences, sometimes for good and sometimes not. Now, Roundtable’s Rob nelson sat down to discuss the role of Crypto finance with a slate of key players: Alex Gordon-Brander, co-founder of Codex Labs; Sani Hayatbakhsh, Head of Social Impact & Ethics at Orica; David Zell, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at BTC Inc.; Brittany Kaiser, co-founder of Own Your Data Foundation and a human rights lawyer; Nehemia Kramer, co-founder of Waterfall, and Vladimir Karishev, co-founder of Global Ledger in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Vladimir Karishev founded a Crypto company in Ukraine, called Global Ledger, and was in Denver when the war broke out. Now, he’s helping organize relief supplies for his homeland. “Literally now our office, we have a bombs falling near our office. Half of my cofounders are defending Kharkiv personally. I'm helping to coordinate humanitarian help from Europe to our city. It’s beyond imagination, they're targeting civilians. I truly believe that this conflict will show that web three is better than web two because web two made this conflict, the old politics of the web two made this conflict happen, but the web three reacted decentralized and helped without rules like borders.”

Sani Hassan Hayatbakhsh: “Web 2 with all the social media platforms is somehow a fuel for all crises and a cause of this, the algorithms that just feed us with what we want to see and what we agree on. And that's far away from the intentions Web 2 had in the early days, namely having these coupled strengths to other people and networks to see what other people are doing and what they're beliefs are, what their standards are and what they really care for. And all of a sudden it changed in the evolution of web two so that we only see what we already believe in.”

Roundtable Participants:

Alex Gordon-Brander, co-founder of Codex Labs

Sani Hayatbakhsh, Head of Social Impact & Ethics at Orica

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David Zell, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at BTC Inc.

Brittany Kaiser, co-founder of Own Your Data Foundation and a human rights lawyer

Nehemia Kramer, co-founder of Waterfall

Vladimir Karishev, co-founder of Global Ledger in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Watch the full discussion here: