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August 25, 2023

Exploring Bitcoin, Nostr, and the Lightning Network at Callaghan Innovation's Web3 Team with Kevin Whitmore

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I talk with Kevin Whitmore from Callaghan Innovation. Callaghan are a New Zealand state entity providing research and development assistance and funding to help kiwi businesses grow.

We talk about Kevin’s background and his journey of understanding Bitcoin and what money is, as well as his current role looking at Web3.

For Kevin, Web3 is focussed broadly on "decentralised internet tech". We discuss payment innovations with the Lightning network, Bitcoin, Nostr, and more.

I am encouraged to see an interest in Bitcoin technology from the New Zealand Government. I welcome Callaghan’s approach of objectively looking at everything that comes their way and making judgements based on first principles.

Ultimately having a vehicle like Kevin’s work at Callaghan Innovation could be one of the ways New Zealand becomes a first mover in adopting Bitcoin. I am quietly encouraged to see the label "Web3" reclaimed by genuinely decentralised tech such as Nostr, Lightning Zaps, and Fedi.

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