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UCL Laws PhD student and teaching fellow Ira Ryk-Lakhman interviewed in Bitcoinist

9 January 2019

UCL Laws student Ira Ryk-Lakhman has been featured in an article on Bitcoinist, a news site about cryptocurrency and blockchain industry news.

Ira Ryk-Lakhman, UCL Laws student

Ira Ryk-Lakhman, a PhD student and teaching fellow at UCL Laws and a lawyer with Tadmor – Levy & Co., was appointed General Counsel of a novel blockchain startup, GoodDollar. GoodDollar is lead and incubated by eToro, world's leading social trading platform.

GoodDollar is a not-for-profit pioneering economic system which aims to reduce global wealth inequality using the principles of universal basic income (UBI). GoodDollar aims to build a global, open-source technology that will distribute money more fairly, and will assist the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by offering a transparent, immutable, decentralized financial service. To that effect, GoodDollar is not only creating new technology, it also supports an international academic hub where various economic, legal, and technological issues are addressed and developed.

The start-up was officially launched in Lisbon in November 2018 at the WebSummit, an annual technology conference that features Fortune 500 companies and groundbreaking startups. Following the announcement, the project has quickly garnered attention from across the world.

In December 2018, GoodDollar was launched in London during the Hard Fork Decentralized events across London, in which the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT) took an active part.

At the Hard Fork events, Ira gave a series of lectures on the use of blockchain for sustainable development and humanitarian aid, international regulation of blockchain, and the application of blockchain by UN agencies. Parts of her lectures as well as a review of the project were featured in articles in several blockchain and crypto specialized sites across the world, such as Bitcoinist, USI Tech, News BTC, Finance MagnetsTecNoticias, CriptoPasion, and others.  

Having reviewed the current status of the SDGs and the reasons thereof, Ira said:

“We need to find something that is not susceptible to corruption or bureaucracy. Technology that does not go through the state but reaches the citizens directly. We already know what the future is: blockchain-based solutions, like GoodDollar, are the way forward.”

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