This article focuses on the Bitcoin Committee’s ‘The Satoshi Roundtable’—“a private Bitcoin and crypto retreat”—that began today, February 6, and will continue through February 8. Because no media is being allowed at the retreat, the location has only been identified as somewhere in the Caribbean; however, some have identified Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, as the probable location. Hal M. Bundrick writes:
Bitcoin was born with a Libertarian pulse. An autonomous, freedom from institutional control, decentralized digital currency that shuns authority. That’s why many so-called cryptoanarchists are cringing at the news of an [sic] private gathering on a remote tropical island of the bitcoin elite, heretically named The Satoshi Roundtable.
Others are shrugging their shoulders. The Caribbean in winter? We’d all go if we could.
“Satoshi Roundtable is a private Bitcoin and crypto retreat taking place Feb 6-8 at a private resort in the Caribbean,” bitcoin entrepreneur Bruce Fenton announced late last month on BitcoinTalk.org, a popular bitcoin forum.
“Invitation only and limited to 60 attendees. The event is basically full for this year but I thought Bitcoin Talk might still want to know about it in case anyone would like to request a wait list invite as well as to plan for next year,” he added.
The location of the event is promoted as being “in the Caribbean,” while Fenton’s GitHub entry for the event pinpoints Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. Fenton says the venue will not be revealed to non-attendees and one stipulation is firm: no media allowed. “We haven’t put the location mainly because we don’t want people to go to the trouble of flying there only to find that there are no on-site registrations,” he said. “It’s like a private dinner but we will make every effort to make it as transparent as possible. Some video and notes will be taken but it will be a private event not public, so the difference is that people will be encouraged to speak more freely.
For example, many CEOs will not criticize regulators in a public event because they fear reprisals from the regulators. Another example is that some CEOs fear to attack known scams in public because they don’t want attacks from scammers or to be associated with them (even as a critic) in the newspaper. There are other examples, but these are a couple of reasons why some types of interaction can be beneficial if not wide open publicly with press etc.”
For the list of attendees, as published on the official website, see original article at http://insidebitcoins.com/news/bitcoin-committee-of-50-to-gather-at-caribbean-island-for-the-satoshi-roundtable/29488
[Many thanks to Rod Fusco for bringing this item to our attention.]