Leah Calton-Butler, Philippines based crypto advocate, addresses the issue of balancing the right-to-know with the right-to-privacy. Leah's previous outing on DT was as a participant in our 21 Questions series (link at end of this tweetstorm).

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

1/ I wouldn’t be surprised if this was said at a banking convention.

But no, it was a satellite event on the sidelines of @token2049 in Singapore.

And the panel was titled “DeFi adoption across Asia.”

It really ticked me off and I wrote about it here:

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

2/ For years, the #crypto industry has mulled on how to avoid the technology being exploited for nefarious means while staying true to our community’s core ethos of privacy and decentralization.

cc @V20_summit @FATFNews @CoinDesk

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Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

3/ But #KYC - as a tool to stop bad guys - is known to be stupidly ineffective, and the majority of financial crime still goes through trad #banking anyway.

cc @stephanlivera @ronaldpol

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Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

4/ Meanwhile, public blockchains are transparent & immutable, making it easier for law enforcement to track crime.

Paired w/ privacy tech like ZK proofs, you could do a much better job balancing the right-to-know w/ the right-to-privacy.

cc @mikejcasey

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Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

5/ In any case, forcing decades-old #KYC rules onto #crypto today is like taking something that was built for a horse and cart and retrofitting it to a rocket ship… As I wrote in an earlier op-ed for @CoinDesk:

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Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

6/ Privacy aficionados are often painted as conspiracy theorists, tin foil hat-wearing crazies, and paranoid gun fanatics.

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Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

7/ But publicly guilting/shaming people into revealing their private information is a method of social control.

From there, it’s a slippery slope into a dystopian surveillance state.

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Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

8/ Referring to edge cases to prove KYC’s failings only reiterates that ppl who avoid it must be marginalized.

Conversely, if you’re an upstanding citizen w/ a govt-ID + bank account in a politically/economically stable, democratic country, privacy needn’t be your top priority.

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

9/ @NeerajKA’s recent guest post for @BanklessHQ reminded me of this.

In it, he makes a case for privacy tools such as @TornadoCash by demonstrating how “crypto privacy is the difference between life and death” for “those who live in authoritarianism.”

Crypto Privacy Is Humanitarian
If you live in authoritarianism, crypto privacy is the difference between life and death.

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

10/ These include protestors in Belarus & Nigeria, Putin’s opposition in Russia, resistance in Myanmar, sanctioned Afghanis, a Chinese dissident artist evading censorship & women at risk of being unable to access abortion in the US.

cc @baidakova

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Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

11/ But rattling off all these Orwellian instances where privacy is essential implies that privacy is non-essential for those without an extreme reason to avail it.

Further, focusing on a person’s reasons for privacy is a form of doxxing in itself.

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

12/ It suggests that privacy-preservation exists on a bell curve.

At one end, criminals.

At the other, freedom fighters resisting oppression.

But both are unlawful, even if the laws in question are draconian or unjust.

And neither is a relatable experience for normies.

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

13/ Most pro-privacy content is preaching to the converted.

This is why movies like @IdentityThief are needed (starring @batemanjason @melissamccarthy) to demonstrate the sensitivity of personal data, how it is stolen/misused + ramifications for victims.

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

14/ We’re seeing this play out IRL rn in Australia, where at least 12 million Australians have had their data exposed by hackers in recent months.

A school told parents only ‘limited’ data was published by hackers. What the ABC found went far further
ABC Investigation uncovers large swathes of confidential material widely available on the open internet, ranging from sensitive contracts to privileged legal advice about a student’s death.

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

15/ The @Optus hack exposed the name, DOB, email, driver's licence, Medicare card and passport numbers.

It has left MILLIONS of “normal, everyday” Australians wondering WTF happens next.

‘I thought I was fine’: Optus hack victims still learning of data breach
An Optus customer has only just learned his driver’s licence was exposed in the data breach, 35 days after ...

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

16/ this. fucking. headline. says. it. all.

cc @DLLabs @financialreview

Optus breach was huge, but companies lose our data all the time
Freedom of information requests reveal there were at least 11 data breaches affecting 10,000 people or more people in just the first six months of this year.

Leah Callon-Butler@leah_cb

17/ If we want privacy to be default on every platform, we need to do a better job explaining how/why it is a basic human right for EVERYONE.

Privacy preservation is not “dodgy” and no one should need an excuse to protect their identity.

cc @amnesty

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