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This is episode 249 of You, Me, and BTC – your liberty and Bitcoin podcast.

A few weeks back, we covered several aspects of Signal censorship (http://ymb.tc/e240). Many governments (Iran is particularly egregious) block apps and services they don’t like. And lots of them dislike Signal because it lets people stay private.

It appears that Iran now has similar concerns about cryptocurrency. Over the past few months, authorities began cutting off access to crypto exchanges like Binance. Theoretically, they’re concerned that cryptocurrency will enable capital flight and accelerate the demise of Iran’s already-plummeting national currency, the rial.

This week, we want to approach this story from several angles. Politically, we have to ask why Iran is so committed to censoring so much. Monetarily, we want to compare this situation to the way things have been in Venezuela (http://ymb.tc/e222) for some time. And technically, we want to share what makes this kind of censorship possible. Apparently, even VPNs can’t get around this firewall.

We have tons to get to tonight and you do not want to miss one bit. Check the list below for some of the specific stories we’ll cover and tune in live at 9PM Eastern!

Your hosts this week are Daniel Brown and Tim Baker. Don’t forget to visit http://ymb.tc/e249 so you can vote in this week’s Bitcoin poll and share your thoughts in the comments!

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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  •   Weixing Chen and Yang Jun, the two Chinese entrepreneurs are pairing up to launch a blockchain based ride hailing app. However, the plan is to offer different life-style services that include ride hailing and deliveries. Read news here: Blockchain Based Ride Hailing App

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  • As a part of ‘Operation Crypto-Sweep’, the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) has issued five Cease and Desist Orders to protect Alabamians. The operation is led by NASAA focusing on blockchain startups and ICO projects suspecting violations and fraudulent activities on securities laws. NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association, the voluntary organization in which ASC is also a member. It is coordinated with ‘Operation Crypto Sweep’. Recently, ASC has taken enforcement actions by issuing five Cease and Desistorders to protect Alabamians. Source of info coinpedia.org

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  • Greetings all. Does anyone use Coinbase for their wallet/trading? If so, are you happy with them?

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  • While one segment of the us government is trying to require a safe and proper backdoor to everyone’s communication we simultaneously see how all of that is being counter hacked , and there is very little keeping uber-hacking tools out of the public.

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