Bulletpoints:
– Edward Snowden spoke at Camp Decrypt in October 2022, discussing topics such as the Ethereum merge, the sanctioning of Tornado Cash, and the privacy issues of Bitcoin and Ethereum.
– In December 2022, the inaugural Crypties awards gala was held in Art Basel, Miami, sponsored by a range of crypto projects.
– Kathleen Breitman, co-founder of Tezos, spoke at Web Summit 2022 about the use of proof-of-stake mechanism, progressive decentralization, and NFT gaming.

In October 2022, Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower and former Central Intelligence Agency employee, spoke at Camp Decrypt in Napa CA. His talk was wide-ranging, covering topics such as the Ethereum merge, the sanctioning of Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash by the U.S. government, the privacy shortcomings of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and his view on using DAOs to source tips from whistleblowers.

Snowden was highly critical of the U.S. government’s decision to sanction Tornado Cash, stating that it was a “very dangerous precedent” and that it was “potentially the first time a government has specifically targeted a privacy-protecting technology.”

He also highlighted the importance of decentralization, and discussed the issue of scaling and privacy on the Ethereum network, pointing out that “it is not clear yet” whether the network will be able to handle the pressure of high transaction volumes.

In December 2022, the inaugural Crypties awards gala was held in Art Basel, Miami. With emcee Josh Ostrovsky („The Fat Jewish“) and presenters from a range of crypto projects, statuettes were awarded in nine categories. The evening was sponsored by Polygon, Filecoin Foundation, Lamina1, Async, BeetsDAO, The Gold Mask, Gem Set, Breakout, Anonymous, Infinite Objects, Ape Water, Decentralized Pictures, and Vault 721.

Kathleen Breitman, co-founder of Tezos, also spoke at Web Summit 2022 about the use of proof-of-stake mechanism, progressive decentralization, and NFT gaming with Decrypt’s Stephen Graves onstage. She discussed how the Tezos blockchain has used a proof-of-stake mechanism since its inception, and stated that she admires the work of Ethereum and Tendermint on the topics of sharding and smart contracts.

The talks at Camp Decrypt and Web Summit provided a valuable insight into the current and future state of the crypto space, and highlighted the importance of privacy and decentralization in the development of new technologies. With the ever-increasing interest in digital currencies and blockchain technology, it is clear that these topics will continue to be a major focus in the coming years.

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