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Adam Atlas has been advising payments businesses for over ten years. His practice covers all manner of payment systems including credit card processing, ACH, ATM, gift cards and payment cards, along with Bitcoin. Atlas is licensed in New York and in Canada where he is based.

Atlas told us he is “really delighted to be practicing” digital currency law. He first learned about Bitcoin from clients who were using traditional payment processing for their businesses. About four years ago, these clients asked him whether they should incorporate Bitcoin into their businesses, which led him to commence his education on the digital currency.

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Welcome, everyone, to the first edition of the DCC Weekly Update brought to you by BullBear Analytics! The purpose of these reports will be to recap the price action (technicals) in the bitcoin market over the past week, as well as to provide some insight as to what the implications of such technical moves mean. This material is meant to be educational rather than instructional, so please do your own due diligence before acting in the market. Thanks and enjoy!

Market Commentary (BTC):

Well, we chose quite a time to begin our weekly coverage of bitcoin technical analysis (TA). There is no doubt that we are seeing the resurgence of volatility in the market as participants grapple with the age old question of “is the bottom in yet?” While the volatility is a good thing for daytraders, it is not so great for those wishing to survey this market for potentiality or who want to make strategic capital deployments into the bitcoin space.
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Xen Accounting’s website proclaims bold positioning for the traditional profession of accounting, “We are a fully virtual, 100% cloud-based, 100% paperless Chartered Accountant firm. Some call us the new breed of accountants, others call us accountants 2.0.”

The Digital Currency Council recently spoke to Ryan Lazanis, whom the site describes as “Xen Master.” Lazanis confirmed that Xen Accounting uses tools such as Skype and web conferencing to speak to clients rather than seeing them face-to-face. He added that everything the firm uses, from the accounting software to the apps that integrate within this software, are completely cloud-based.
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Addison Cameron Huff

Addison Cameron-Huff is an award-winning programmer turned technology lawyer. His practice is located in Toronto, Ontario.

Given the tremendous growth of late in the digital currency economy, his practice today consists primarily of Bitcoin clients; many of whom are Canadian companies that accept the digital currency. Recently, Bitcoin Decentral, the Toronto-based accelerator and co-working space for businesses that deal in the digital currency, retained him as general counsel.

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Interview by David Berger, CEO of the Digital Currency Council, with Perianne Boring of the Chamber of Digital Commerce – a trade association dedicated to advocating for digital currencies to public policy makers.

David: Thanks for your time today, Perianne. Could you tell us a bit about your background and how the Chamber of Digital Commerce came to be?

Perianne: As a financial services journalist and broadcast journalist, I spent a considerable amount of time researching the digital currency industry and interviewing Bitcoin CEOs and entrepreneurs. Regulatory risks have always been one of the top concerns of industry leaders and investors. In talking with my peers and colleagues in the industry, the need for a formal organization to represent the industry in Washington quickly became apparent. So we went about forming the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Read more »

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Jack Tatar

Jack Tatar has written four books that are revolutionizing the way people view retirement. But it is another of his books, What’s the Deal With Bitcoins, which captured our attention. This latest book explores why bitcoins are important, who created them, and whether or not they will replace paper money.

Tatar describes himself as a financial journalist. He is regularly featured on the MarketWatch blog and hosts his own website, Safe4Retirement.com. He sees Bitcoin as a great alternative investment for a diversified portfolio.
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Evander Smart

If you’ve heard of the name Edward Snowden, you’ve probably heard of all the issues with government surveillance and the unconstitutional access to your information. All of your information sent through Google, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, et al. is owned by them through use of their servers to store it. You probably had to sign away your rights to any privacy for your information through the ubiquitous “Terms and Conditions Agreement” you signed at one point, or another. Have you ever sat down and read that agreement? Has anyone? Would you understand the legalese if you did? Anything can be in those agreements, including agreeing to surveillance by pick-a-government-agency, and you wouldn’t know. Do you trust these companies? Should you?

The bigger issue is where does this information go, and who has access? Yahoo had to hand over any user information in their servers that the NSA wanted earlier this year, or be fined $250k a day. Why does the NSA get access to your information without your consent? Isn’t that an illegal search and seizure under the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Isn’t it then safe to assume that any information put on the Internet, by anyone who uses the Internet, in the U.S. or elsewhere, is being taken by the NSA? Or any other outfit? For blanket surveillance purposes? Is that OK with you?

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Amor Sexton Bitcoin

Amor Sexton is a Lawyer in a commercial law firm based in Sydney, Australia and is widely recognized as Australia’s first Digital Currency Lawyer.

The firm, Adroit Lawyers, mainly represents technology-related businesses, though they do have clients from the traditional sectors such as mining, manufacturing and engineering. The common trend for most of her clients is that they are innovative in the way they harness technology.

Sexton says that she has a number of clients who are commercializing blockchain technology. She has also advised the Bitcoin industry groups on regulatory issues and has liaised with policy makers and regulators to get a clearer understanding of how the existing legal framework applies to bitcoin.
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Ryan Gilbert practices law at Dell Graham, one of the oldest law firms in Florida. The firm’s practices include civil and commercial litigation.

Gilbert first heard about Bitcoin in 2012, when the Cyprus crisis was in full swing, and the Cypriot Government was getting ready to impose a levy that would enable them to seize as much as ten percent of the private funds held in banks. Depositors were looking for somewhere else to put their money, and many of them chose Bitcoin as the price of the digital currency was rapidly rising at the time.

Initially, Gilbert educated himself by reading up online about Bitcoin. He read Satoshi’s White Paper and Wikipedia articles, and he went into forums where Bitcoin was discussed. He also listened to a lot of podcasts, and after a while he decided to start one of his own – targeted specifically at Bitcoin lawyers.
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