Iran Cracks Down on Crypto – YMB Podcast E249

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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. 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 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 scroll down so you can vote in this week’s Bitcoin poll and share your thoughts in the comments!

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