Tether Operations Limited (Tether) released information on adding two new speakers to its Plan ₿ Forum that will be held in Lugano on October 28th and 29th. The two speakers are: 

  • Stella Assange, lawyer and wife of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. 
  • Human rights activist and founder of “Faure Must Go,” Farida Bemba Nabourema, will also join the conference.

The press release also included several other speakers like Gabriel Shipton, a film producer and the brother of Julian Assange, Milena Mayorga, the ambassador of El Salvador to the U.S., and Fadi Elsalameen, the Adjunct Senior Fellow at BPI (Bitcoin Policy Institute).

Discussing Bitcoin’s Impact on Human Rights and Free Speech

The announcement provided additional information on the conference and the several panels and fireside chats that will be held.

  • Peter McCormack will be hosting a fireside chat with Stella Assange and Gabriel Shipton, showcasing their experiences as free speech advocates.
  • Milena Mayorga will join a panel discussing nation-state Bitcoin adoption and the potential opportunities it provides.
  • Fadi Elsameen will discuss Israeli and Palestinian use of Bitcoin in commercial exchanges.
  • Farida Bemba Nabourema will be leveraging her expertise in human rights to moderate a discussion titled “Bitcoin as a tool for financial freedom.”

The conference will also feature a virtual reality experience following Julian Assange and issues affecting free speech. 

Discussion on the Bitcoin Ecosystem

The Plan ₿ Forum will also host numerous interviews, keynote speeches, and panel discussions on a wide range of topics centered around the Bitcoin ecosystem.

The Tether announcement summarized the primary focus of the conference by stating:

The Bitcoin ecosystem is based on certain fundamental principles that will be explored in depth during the forum: the right to privacy, inclusion and freedom (individual freedom, freedom of speech and financial freedom). Lugano thus promotes an open dialogue in line with the Swiss tradition of supporting individual freedoms. A commitment, therefore, also by the institutions that guarantee these freedoms. 

The conference will feature numerous speakers and interviews with industry leaders including Nick Szabo, Adam Back (CEO of Blockstream), Jameson Lopp (CTO of CASA), Peter McCormack ('What Bitcoin Did' podcast), Paolo Ardoino (CTO of Bitfinex and CTO of Tether), Samson Mow (Architect of the Bitcoin bond), and many more.

Those interested in attending the conference can find out more information on the Plan ₿ Forum website.

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