SXSW 2024

Why Bitcoin Matters for Human Rights


Roughly 4.3 billion people live under authoritarian regimes. Human rights defenders trying to make a difference watch as their bank accounts are frozen and their access to financial services is severed by authoritarian regimes looking to neutralize opposition. This session will feature a diverse discussion between human rights defenders, humanitarians, and entrepreneurs as they dive into how Bitcoin is currently being used as a technology of escape and liberation. This session will be action-oriented and will cover, among other topics, how people are logistically doing this across the world.

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  1. Bitcoin is a tool of escape and liberation for the marginalized and oppressed.
  2. Bitcoin matters for human rights. Activists need Bitcoin for saving, making payments, and fundraising.
  3. Bitcoin is for everyone.



Alex Li, Financial Freedom Associate, Human Rights Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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