Here you will find a collection of talks and presentations.

  • Bitcoin: A Strategic tool for civil resistance

    In this interview, Alex Gladstein joins Fadi El Salameen, Roya Al Mahboob, Meron Estefanos, and Leopoldo Lopez to discuss the importance of bitcoin as a tool to resist tyranny.

    Bitcoin has revolutionized the way people use, access and save money. Bitcoin’s ability to help freedom fighters resist authoritarian regimes and organize change is one of its most inspiring use cases.

    As authoritarian states use money and financial systems as weapons against their people in order to rule them, Bitcoin is helping activists circumvent financial scrutiny and challenge systems of political oppression around the globe.

    This panel brings together activists from around the world who are using bitcoin to fight for their freedom.

  • Bitcoin is Freedom with Alex Gladstein, Yan Pritzker, Craig Warmke and Joe Hall

    Hosted by Joe Hall, Alex Gladstein delves into the relationship between bitcoin and freedom with Yan Pritzker from Swan and Craig Warmke from the Bitcoin Policy Institute. From the Hard Money Stage at the Pacific Bitcoin Conference. Taken on November 10, 2022.

  • Bitcoin is Freedom – Bitcoin 2022 Conference

    In this interview, Alex Gladstein is joined by Yeonmi Park, Farida Nabourema, and Fadi Elsalameen to discuss the importance of Bitcoin as a tool for the cause of freedom and human rights.

  • Alex Gladstein: How Bitcoin Protects Human Rights

    In this episode, Alex Gladstein, Fadi Elsalameen, Roya Mahboob, and Meron Estefanos talk about the effects of monetary inflation and how Bitcoin protects human rights.

  • The Struggle for Freedom w/ Leopoldo Lopez, Alex Gladstein

    Alex Gladstein masterfully interviews Leopoldo Lopez a candidate for President of Venezuela who was jailed for years in for posing a threat to the current dictator regime that has destroyed the country’s economics and local people’s lives through money printing and how Bitcoin can save Venezuelan’s lives at Bitcoin Amsterdam

  • Bitcoin is The Only Way Out: The Jack Dorsey Interview

    Alex Gladstein Interviewing Jack Dorsey

    On Friday, June 4, at Bitcoin 2021 in Miami, I had the opportunity to interview Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the global adoption of Bitcoin and the future of money and social media.

  • Why Financial Freedom Matters

    This is a talk about how Bitcoin can be a powerful tool to protect human rights, and about why we should be curious about a digital asset that isn’t controlled by governments or corporations; is censorship-resistant and confiscation-resistant; has a known and predictable inflation schedule; can be accessed by anyone without needing permission from any authorities; and is potentially creating the foundation for instant, private payments for all.

  • Reckless VR: Alex Gladstein, Human Rights Foundation

    Udi has a conversation with Alex about why Bitcoin and privacy are important for those living under oppressive governments.

  • MCC 2019: Alex Gladstein – Bitcoin vs. Big Brother

    Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation talks about how Bitcoin can help fight Big Brother.

  • Bitcoin Versus Big Brother: Financial Rights Are Human Rights

    Alex Gladstein Speaking

    “A lot of the dismissals, criticisms and attacks on Bitcoin come from people who have the luxury of having a stable financial system,“ says Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. If we are not provided with options in terms of transactions, it can often be exploited by authoritarian regimes. At Slush, Alex takes the stage to explain how money has evolved and how cryptocurrencies matter for the future of freedom.

  • Coinbase Speaker Series: Alex Gladstein & Alejandro Machado on Crypto in Developing Countries

    CEO Brian Armstrong sits down with Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer of the Human Rights Foundation, and Alejandro Machado of the Open Money Initiative to talk Crypto and use cases in developing countries.

  • Exponential Democracy

    Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. Across his career he has promoted free and open societies.

  • Why Decentralized Technology Matters for Freedom

    Alex Gladstein is Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation. Across his career he has promoted free and open societies.

  • From Wechat to Bitcoin

    Alex Gladstein speaking at the SingularityU South Africa Summit

    Alex Gladstein – From Wechat to Bitcoin: Why We Need Decentralised Technology As we innovate and build technologies we have difficult choices to make regarding how we treat data. What if apps like Wechat, used by over a billion people, feeds data regarding behaviors, demographics and social networks back to the government? That’s where blockchain can redefine how data is used through increased transparency. Check out this video to learn more and visit to find out how you can #futureproofAfrica

  • Abdalaziz Alhamza and Trevor Timm with Alex Gladstein | AGG 2018

    Tech platforms have spurred revolutions and stoked extremism. What is technology’s role in protecting the fourth estate and the journalists within it? Abdalaziz Alhamza, Co-Founder of RBSS, Trevor Timm, Co-Founder & ED of Freedom of the Press Foundation; and Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation discuss.

  • “Speaking Freely” with the Newseum at SXSW

    Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer of the Human Rights Foundation, describes initiatives to deliver information into North Korea with the aim of bolstering civil society. He focuses on one particular effort that involves the distribution flash drives loaded with content selected by North Korean defectors.

  • Smuggling the outside world into North Korea

    “The World” television program on ABC News 24 in Australia interviewed HRF chief strategy officer Alex Gladstein about the initiative “Flash Drives for Freedom,” which collects flash drives from Americans and then ship them to North Korean defector groups. These organizations will then fill the USB drives with films, TV shows, and Wikipedia pages and smuggle them into North Korea, braking Kim Jong-un’s information blockade.