Trust Machine

“It (blockchain) gives you an actual power to affect change in the world. And it's gonna scare the shit out of some very powerful people."
Lauri Love (hacktivist)
“It is true that these technologies do represent a threat to them. If they have done their research, then they will pretty quickly figure out that these are probably going to disrupt their business models.”
Laura Shin (journalist)
“What we're trying to stop is simple. We're trying to stop the abuse of power.”
Vinay Gupta (CEO Mattereum)

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Hacktivist and blockchain expert Lauri Love fights extradition in TRUST MACHINE - his computer skills a threat to the US government. 
Tech innovators strike a raw nerve as banks and network pundits rush to condemn volatile cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology. 
Why are banks terrified while UNICEF embraces it to help refugee children? 
Award–winning filmmaker Alex Winter shows that proponents of blockchain are already using the technology to change the world; fighting income inequality, the refugee crisis and world hunger. 
Narrated by Rosario Dawson.

  • Gary Goldstein Nov 1, 2018

    “The fast-paced, globe-hopping documentary “Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain” provides plenty of words, examples and context to help define its complex subject, blockchain technology.”

  • John DeFore Oct 24, 2018

    "Refreshingly unconvinced by hype but still awed by blockchain's potential, the film should have legs once it slides from theaters to streaming, remaining relevant even as this unruly topic develops.”

  • Gary Kramer Oct 23, 2018

    “[Alex Winter’s] latest film, “Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain,” is a heady, globe-spanning investigation.”

  • Mark Yarm Oct 23, 2018

    “By turns serious and laugh-out-loud funny.”


    "Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain is a compelling new documentary about blockchain and cryptocurrency that is dramatic, poignant, and engaging no matter whether you are working deep in the tech space, a business executive trying to grasp such disruptive changes or the everyday person intrigued about digital privacy, activism and power."

  • By Andreas Wiseman Aug 2, 2018

    "Want to know more about blockchain? Alex Winter might be able to help. Here’s the first teaser trailer for the actor-turned-filmmaker’s documentary Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain."

  • By Jeremy Kay Sep 21, 2017

    “Among other things, Winter will explore the global community of adopters, from billionaire investors, tech innovators and activists who are using the technology to address world hunger, the refugee crisis and income inequality.”


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BITCOIN: The first decentralized digital currency or cryptocurrency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. It was created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 as an answer to the worldwide financial crisis and the power of traditional financial systems to control transactions. Bitcoin uses a Proof of Work system to maintain its integrity, trust and security.

BLOCKCHAIN: A transparent shared digital ledger in which transactions are made using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether. The transactions are recorded chronologically, publicly, and secured using cryptography.

SATOCHI NAKAMOTO: An unknown person, or persons, associated with the creation of Bitcoin, and subsequently, blockchain. Nakamoto’s 2008 paper Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System would become the catalyst that sparked the cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies that exist today.

VITALIK BUTERIN: The co-founder and inventor of Ethereum

ETHEREUM: A public decentralized protocol, built on blockchain technology, which allows the development of decentralized applications (DAPPS) and supports the deployment and execution of smart contracts. Ethereum was released on the 30th of July, 2015. It was launched by Vitalik Buterin, Gavin Wood, and Joseph Lubin.

ETH / ETHER: The token powering the Ethereum blockchain. It is traded in the public markets but Ether is not intended to be a unit of currency on a peer-to-peer payment network. It is to act as the “gas” that powers the Ethereum network.

CRYPTOGRAPHY:  The constructing and analyzing protocols that prevent third parties or the public from reading private messages; various aspects in information security such as data confidentiality, data integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation are central to modern cryptography. Cryptography is the backbone of all blockchain and cryptocurrencies, as it allows for information be stored and freely transferred between parties in a secure manner.

CRYPTOCURRENCY: A non-government issued and exchangeable digital currency

FIAT: A government-issued currency that is designated as legal tender in its country of issuance through government decree, regulation or law.

SMART CONTRACT: Contracts created by a line of code instead of a document. They work based off if-this-then-that systems. Smart contracts are written with all the parameters between all consenting parties, and then automatically execute the contract once conditions are met. The automation of the contract allows for the removal of timely and costly middlemen.

DIGITAL WALLET: An encrypted software that stores your cryptocurrency stakes. Each cryptocurrency has its own wallet, and must be set up before transactions can be completed. If a wallet key is lost, it is not possible to recover it due to each private key being unique and not stored on a centralized database.

EXCHANGE: An online marketplace platform that allows users to buy and trade cryptocurrencies, using either traditional FIAT or other cryptocurrencies. Users can then send their newly acquired coins to their own digital wallets, or temporarily store them on an exchange wallet. Think of these as a digital crypto focused version of a stock/currency exchange.

GAS: The small fee required to make a transaction or execute a contract on the Ethereum blockchain.

DECENTRALIZED: A term used to define blockchain technology. Think of it as the spreading out of computing power, rather than having everything stored in one central point. This removes the need for central authorities.

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