The Blockchain Lawyer

The Blockchain Lawyer

By Dennis Hillemann
The podcast from Europe about blockchain, cryptocurrencies, other disruptive technologies, and the law in the 21st centruy. Dennis Hillemann discusses with his guests how we must change our minds, our politics and our legislation to fully adapt the possibilities of new technologies to make this a better world for all of us. Explaining tech simply and to the point, Dennis dives deep into the tensions between technology and law. He aims for a broader acceptance of blockchain and other technologies and wants to spread the news: We all must change minds and regulations now.
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EP. 14: China‘s new blockchain laws & The race of policy makers worldwide

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EP. 34: Blockchain failed / China will disrupt the blockchain world
Blockchain failed during the COVID-19 crisis. Why? No use cases. See it different? Let me know. Fortunately, after a little rant, Dennis dives deep into the developments in China. There are two important developments: The first initiative pertains to the country’s central bank digital currency, named DCEP, which is reportedly being tested in four local cities.  The second development is related to Blockchain-based Service Network, or BSN, which is currently said to be fully operational. What does it mean for the blockchain world? Find out in this week‘s episode. Also: Join me in The Blockchain Lawyers Network. You'll love it as much as I do. https://www.blockchainlawyersnetwork.com/share/QBdblDam1wiy1bFD
30:46
June 7, 2020
EP. 33: The Blockchain Lawyers Network - Come join us.
In this Episode, Dennis explains what The Blockchain Lawyers Network is aimed at and what value it will provide. Join me in The Blockchain Lawyers Network. You'll love it as much as I do. https://www.blockchainlawyersnetwork.com/share/QBdblDam1wiy1bFD
18:19
February 22, 2020
EP: 32: Sustainability & Social Impact of Blockchain for a better world with Anthony Day
The world is facing huge global challenges: Climate change, overpopulation, massive amounts of waste, worldwide pollution. We all know: something needs to change. And yet: We are all still too wrapped up in our own problems and goals. Companies are not yet ready to commit themselves completely to sustainability, because they also have to make a profit. Anthony Day of IBM says: We can change the world. Through networks that can ensure sustainability on the one hand and profits for companies on the other. So that our children can have a great world, too. And Blockchain can play an important role in this - how it can all happen, why it's important to him (and us), Anthony explains in this episode. Anthony is a Partner in IBM's UK & Ireland Blockchain team. He leads digital transformation and business network initiatives for IBM and its clients, where Blockchain is one of the underlying technologies. His passion is the intersection of emerging technology and projects that can have a meaningful social or climate impact. With an education in Supply Chain Management and a professional background in Digital Strategy, Anthony focuses on helping his clients achieve growth, define scalable ecosystem strategies and launch new businesses powered by exponential technologies. Links to interesting Blockchain projects: UN SDGs: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ Project Drawdown: https://www.drawdown.org/ Food Trust: https://www.ibm.com/blockchain/solutions/food-trust Yara: https://newsroom.ibm.com/2019-04-26-Yara-and-IBM-join-forces-to-transform-the-future-of-farming Food Cloud: https://food.cloud/ Trade Lens: https://www.tradelens.com/ TenneT: https://www.tennet.eu/our-key-tasks/innovations/blockchain-technology/ Plastic Banks: https://plasticbank.com/
47:23
February 15, 2020
EP. 31: Blockchain and GDPR - tackling the biggest issues with Olga Stepanova
Blockchain is a fantastic technology that can also protect privacy ("privacy by blockchain design"). And yet: There are big questions whether blockchain and EU-GDPR are compatible. Olga Stepanova explains the biggest challenges: Who is the controller on a blockchain in terms of EU-GDPR? How do we solve the claim to the "right to forget" in a blockchain that does not forget? Is it okay that in a blockchain the data is stored worldwide? The big questions - all addressed in this episode. Olga Stepanova is a German Attorney at Law and certified Data Protection Officer at WINHELLER Rechtsanwalts GmbH. She is particularly interested in new technologies, e.g. Blockchain, Big Data, artificial intelligence. She advises companies, associations and the public sector on digitization and, as author and speaker, draws attention to the challenges of the digital economy.
50:11
February 11, 2020
EP. 30: Blockchain in the maritime economy with David Saive
Can a software development team be led by a lawyer? Sure, says David Saive - and presents an innovative blockchain solution for the maritime industry. He not only presents it to us, but also explains why, in his view, the future of software development lies in "Compliant Programming": a collaboration between lawyers and developers from the very beginning of a software project. David Saive is a research associate and doctoral student of Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Jürgen Taeger at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. He is researching the possible applications of blockchain technology in maritime law as part of the governmental-funded research project HAPTIK (haptik.io). In this context, he is also investigating the effects of digitization on legal practice. * Herbstakademie der DSRI: https://www.dsri.de/herbstakademie/herbstakademie.html * Grundgutachten des BMVI zu Blockchain in der Logistik: https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Artikel/DG/blockchain-grundgutachten.html * LinkedIn-Präsenz unseres Projekts: linkedin.com/company/haptik  Link to the Blockchain Lawyers Network: www.blockchainlawyersnetwork.com
38:03
February 8, 2020
EP. 29: Setting up a crypto business in Estonia with Ferhat Ziba
Estonia - a small country, but incredibly digitalised. An El Dorado for Blockchain entrepreneurs and also Crypto enthusiasts. Because here it is possible to get a license for the crypto trade easily and safely. Ferhat Ziba is a German entrepreneur and explains to us exactly how he went about it. Fascinating and a role model for the whole world - Esland is right at the top of the Crypto League. He also introduces us to his new project - an Exchanger with an attached peer-to-peer platform. Ferhat Ziba is an entrepreneur in the IT, security and crypto-currency business. He started software development in 2005. Ferhat Ziba studied computer science at the University of Hamburg and has been working professionally as a software developer since 2005. In 2011 he got in touch with blockchain technology and started as an OTC trader in 2013. He currently owns an IT company in Hamburg, with which he manages IT projects in his development office in Istanbul and Izmir. He also advise customers in Blockchain Technologies. At the end of 2019 he founded MeduseTechnolgy in Estonia, with which he will start a Licensed Exchanger in 2020. IT-Company Website: https://www.hansehype.com Contact Information: ferhat@hansehype.de Personal Site (German): https://www.ferhatziba.com Instagram: fero46 twitter: fero46 Exchanger Website: https://www.meduse.io (available end of Februar)
45:51
February 4, 2020
EP. 28: Summary of the Round Table of the German Government on EU-GDPR and Blockchain
On the 30th of January 2020, the German Government held a round-table on blockchain and EU-GDPR which I attended. Here‘s my summary.
26:56
January 30, 2020
EP. 27: The Tokenisation of Assets and Potential Implications for Financial Markets – OECD Report
The token economy will come. Blockchain fans and companies see a huge opportunity in it, but many governments (such as the German one) also believe in a radical change of the economy of the future. In a paper published at the beginning of 2020, the OECD devotes itself to the token economy and examines it in depth, particularly with regard to its potential, use cases and risks. In this episode Dennis summarizes the impressive paper and also describes his personal opinion on the most important points. The paper can be downloaded here: http://www.oecd.org/finance/the-tokenisation-of-assets-and-potential-implications-for-financial-markets.htm
33:18
January 22, 2020
EP. 26: The regulation of new technologies (with Michael Kolain)
The regulation of blockchain is not easy. Many lawyers are curious about the technology but do not understand it. Then the technology offers many advantages - but what are its disadvantages? Which issues need to be regulated legally and which do not? Can the state even do that? Who is better suited for this? How must lawyers change their thinking and work to get a grip on such new technologies? Michael Kolain explains all this and more to us in this episode. As a fully qualified lawyer, he is currently working in the program area "Transformation of the State in Times of Digitalization" at the Research Institute for Public Administration. He is involved in the research projects "Algorithm Control as a Regulatory Task", "Social Media Monitoring" and "Digital Regulatory Law and Digital Security" and is an expert on the topic - and a more than pleasant interview partner. You can find more about Michael here: http://www.foev-speyer.de/de/institut/personen/michael-kolain.php
53:10
January 11, 2020
EP. 25: France & blockchain & crypto / Stablecoins spreading / Personal view on 2019 and 2020
In the last episode for 2019, we look into the French plans for blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, especially the e-euro. We compare it a little to the new German legislation, before Dennis then heads into reflecting his year in blockchain. Finally, he has an outlook onto 2020.
24:44
December 19, 2019
EP. 24: Tokenization of Intellectual Property Rights (with Esen Esener, LL.M, LL. M)
Tokenization of IP rights will come. Companies like Lexit, Molecule or the Open Innovation Platform DEIP are looking for ways to tokenize and liquidate IP rights for different reasons (like M&A or just to increase collaboration in innovation). Esen Esener, LL.M, LL.M, will give the listeners insights on this topic. Esen is a Turkish lawyer based in Berlin with a particular interest in blockchain and law. She holds two master degrees in IT & IP law from Germany and Norway with a thesis on "smart contracts from the European contract law perspective". She lately gained experience in Fintech industry and keeps expanding her knowledge about blockchain. As a personal project, she writes on her blog about various topics on legal aspects of blockchain. Here are the links to her profiles on the web: https://www.linkedin.com/in/esen-esener/ https://twitter.com/e_litae https://medium.com/@esenesener
51:20
December 11, 2019
EP. 23: Crypto and blockchain regulation on Malta - one step ahead?
In July 2018, Malta became the main country for cryptos when they implemented an official legislative package for Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) operators. What is the regulation on Malta about, what are my views on it, what can we all learn from it? An overview.
33:08
December 8, 2019
EP. 22: EU-GDPR principles & tension with blockchain technology
Both GDRP and Blockchain technology are relatively young. There are tensions between the basic principles of GDPR and the blockchain - but what are they? An overview.
30:02
December 4, 2019
EP. 21: Germany, the „crypto-heaven?“ - German banks can sell cryptocurrencies in 2020!
A new legislation enables banks to sell and store cryptocurrencies from January 1, 2020. What does the new law regulate - and what does it mean for the blockchain technology in Germany?
16:41
November 30, 2019
EP. 20: EU-GDPR, Blockchain & the household exemption
Can the Household exemption be applied on privately motivated but public Blockchain transactions? An exception to the material scope of the GDRP in connection with blockchain technology (CNIL opinion) Exceptions in the GDRP system in connection with the blockchain technology are a controversial law institute in jurisprudence. Controversial is also the application of the exemption from the material scope with respect to the processing of personal data by a natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity: and thus without any reference to a professional or economic activity. This exception is systematically covered by Article 2 para 2 c) GDRP and the corresponding recital No. 18 for the GDRP. These concern “the processing of personal data by a natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity: and thus without any reference to a professional or economic activity”. Nevertheless, the classification of the processing as processing in the course of a purely personal or household activity is problematic, since the classification of the actors in the blockchain applications encounters legitimate difficulties. When looking at solutions, one also encounters the well differentiating opinion of the French CNIL. The view of CNIL, according to which the GDRP does not apply, if a blockchain is used only for personal purposes, for example for a Bitcoin transaction, represents a successful solution, particularly since CNIL justified the legitimate differentiation between the actors (Miner, Software Developers and joint controllers for processing). Besides, the CNIL is aware of the practical difficulties in public blockchains and points out that this remains reserved for a deeper consideration.
30:58
November 25, 2019
EP. 19: News on Blockchain and Crypto Regulation (211119)
What‘s new concerning regulation of Blockchain and Crypto? - News from Wyoming on blockchain banks - UK: Are cryptos property? - News from China
19:55
November 21, 2019
EP. 18: Blockchain and the German constitution - a great match? Part II: Competences & legislation
In the sequel to EP. 17, Dennis explains if the Federal German Government can actually realize its Blockchain Strategy under the German constitution. Does it have the competences? What role plays the European Union?
25:50
November 17, 2019
EP. 17: Blockchain and the German constitution - a great match? Part 1: Civil liberties
The German constitution was written in 1949. Satoshi Nakamoto‘s whitepaper on bitcoin is from 2008. Can such a revolutionary technology work well with our constitution? In the first episode of my deep-dive into the German constitution - as an example for all Western democratic constitutions -, I will focus on blockchain & civil liberties.
41:04
November 10, 2019
November 10, 2019
00:20
November 10, 2019
EP. 16: The EU study on money laundering and financing of terrorism through cryptocurrencies
More and more regulators are worried about criminals who are increasingly using cryptocurrencies for illegal activities like money laundering, terrorist financing, and tax evasion. The problem is significant. What is the EU‘s point of view on the matter - and what does a study propose concerning legal matters?
20:10
November 3, 2019
Ep. 15: The Chinese national digital currency could be a gamechanger for the world
The Chinese state digital currency has long been developed. Now it could come this Or the following year to market launch. China could be the first major economy to introduce its digital currency. What do we know so far about it - and why do I think it could change the world dramatically?
31:15
October 31, 2019
EP. 14: China‘s new blockchain laws & The race of policy makers worldwide
China has passed new bloclchain related laws. The announcement came one day after Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the country to seize opportunities in blockchain technology. Is China outrunning Europe and the US? Why are good laws on blockchain so important for all of us - and why is there now a race of policy makers worldwide? What can we all do to not lose this race?
20:29
October 27, 2019
EP. 13: 3 things entrepreneurs do wrong when pitching their blockchain start-up
Lately I‘ve seen quite a few pitches from young start-ups concerning blockchain. Even though they have a fantastic blockchain use-case, they fail. Why? I point out three basic mistakes I‘ve witnessed from a neutral point of view.
17:28
October 24, 2019
EP. 12: Voting on the blockchain - how does it work and why is it a good use case?
Voting procedures are an indispensable part of democracy. The Blockchain technology enables to carry out the voting procedure using The blockchain system. But how does it work, and has it already been used?
14:11
October 20, 2019
EP. 11: Facebook‘s Libra and EU-GDPR - no match in heaven?
Did Facebook understand the challenges EU-GDPR imposes for blockchain technology? An addition to Ep. 10 on Libra - and a deep dive on EU-GDPR challenges for Mark Zuckerberg‘s big project.
13:08
October 17, 2019
EP. 10: Facebook‘s Libra - What is it? - The Pros and Cons - My personal view on it
- In 2020, the Libra Association lead by Facebook wants to go live with a new cryptocurrency: Libra. In theory, if you open up your Facebook account in the middle of 2020, you might find a new crypto wallet inside - and you might own Libra, a stablecoin, with that you can pay everyone and everywhere. Libra could be one of the top three cryptocurrencies. Estimations are that, after its launch, it would grow within three months to a market capitalization of around 250 billion dollars, nearly then matching Bitcoin and perhaps surpassing Ethereum. But do we want this? Before we answer this question, it‘s important to know: What is Libra? What is a stablecoin? Who partners with Facebook? What is the current state of regulation on Libra? Dennis eventually shares his personal thoughts on Libra, which are slightly different from the mainstream coverage on the project.
32:42
October 13, 2019
EP. 9: Smart contracts - What are they? The cat example & The Machine to Machine economy
The blockchain also allows the use of so-called smart contracts; "Smart contracts”, which are closed independently of elaborate third parties such as notaries and still ensure legal certainty. But what are smart contracts and how do they work? Why can Dennis explain it via a cat, a bell and cat candy? What will smart contracts do for our future - and what role will they play in the future machine to machine economy?
20:06
October 10, 2019
EP. 8: What is Ethereum? The origins, the differences to Bitcoin, Smart Contracts & DApps
Ethereum was developed by a Russian-Canadian programmer Vitaliy Buterin and is a public, open-source platform based on blockchain offering smart contracts. Launched in 2015, Ethereum is the world´s leading programmable blockchain. But what is Ethereum? What are the differences to Bitcoin? What are smart contracts, what are DApps? What is the outlook for Etheruem & ETH?
15:42
October 6, 2019
EP. 7: What is Bitcoin? The idea, the history, the technology, the outlook
Bitcoin wrote a giant success story in a short time: from origin and market launch 2009 to the largest market capitalization of cryptocurrencies worldwide, Bitcoin has achieved so much in the past 10 years. But what is Bitcoin? What is the original idea of the virtual money? How does the technology behind it work? What will happen to Bitcoin in the future? Will one Bitcoin really be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars?
29:09
October 3, 2019
EP. 6: Satoshi Nakamoto‘s Whitepaper - The origins of Bitcoin & Blockchain
Eight pages that changed the world:: Satoshi Nakamoto published a white paper in a cryptography mailing list on November 1, 2008, titled "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System." It is the origin of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology of today. But what is it about? Why is it still so brillant?
29:29
September 30, 2019
EP. 5: Would Greta like Blockchain? - Blockchain & Climate change.- The Swytch project
It’s time to reduce our CO2 emissions. But is blockchain technology one of the keys? What is the negative impact of Bitcoin mining on our climate? Which blockchain projects want to prevent climate change - and what is the Swytch project about? Learn about this and more on this new episode of The Blockchain Lawyer.
19:21
September 26, 2019
Ep. 4: Big things coming - The German Federal Government‘s Strategy for Blockchain & Tokens
The Federal German Government has just released - in German - their strategy paper for blockchain and digital tokens. It‘s a fantastic step forward to embracing blockchain and its benefits on so many levels. Germany wants to become a big player in the blockchain development. This episode goes through the paper in English, making it available to a broad audience, by summarizing the key elements. What is Germany planing?
33:35
September 21, 2019
EP. 3: Blockchain & Science - A great match
It is foreseeable that the public administration will also use the blockchain because it provides a framework for the simplification of work processes, which are still characterized by high administrative overhead. Especially the science and education community looks deep into the blockchain technology. Why is that, and what benefits does blockchain offer the community?
27:07
September 20, 2019
EP2: Constitutional liberties & Blockchain technology - Policy making - Elastos and Blockstack
In the second episode of The Blockchain Lawyer, Dennis highlights how blockchain technology can empower people in using their constitutional liberties. In an Internet that at times feels broken, ruled by big companies, blockchain can offer direct communication and business. Dennis explains this thought also by the examples of Blockstack and Elastos. His call to policy makers: Don‘t just see the risks of blockchain and cryptocurrencies - understand the potential for our freedom and liberties.
39:51
September 15, 2019
EP. 1 - The Big Why - What is Blockchain - What is it not
The brand new podcast about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, technology and law – all from the point of view of an European lawyer. Dennis Hillemann has 13 years of experience counseling the Public Sector in Europe. Now, he wants to talk about how we must all change our minds and our approaches to technology to make this a better world for all of us. In this first episode, Dennis will explain …why he produces this podcast and what differs it from others, …why he got into blockchain technology, …what blockchain is all about, …and what blockchain is not – in simple words, from his point of view.
40:20
September 4, 2019