Former SolGen, Silliman University Launching Bitcoin Book

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Former Solicitor General Florin “Pilo” Hilbay, current Dean of Silliman College of Law, is set to launch a book on The Bitcoin Monetary Network on March 9th with Silliman University. In including digital currency into their curriculum, Hilbay expressed that, “Silliman is now ahead of Harvard, Yale, & Stanford in this area.”

Silliman University, located in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, established 1901, is one of the top universities in the Philippines. The former solicitor general became the Dean of Silliman College of Law in 2022.

Silliman University Bitcoin Book Launch

“After (the) book launch on March 9, I’ll be conducting weekly lectures in Silliman to introduce the 21st century monetary network to the community.” 

“If you’re looking for an analogy, it’s like telling the world Ptolemy was cool, but Copernicus is amazing; or Newtonian absolute space and time was fun, but Einstein’s relative space and time is even more so. The best thing is that it will help everyone’s bottom line with cheaper and more convenient transactions. If you’re interested in freedom and rights, you’d better start looking into this space,” he stated

In a tweet, Hilbay also highlighted the newly launched protocol Nostr. It is a decentralized network based on cryptographic keypairs and that is not peer-to-peer.

“I talk about these developments in my forthcoming book, and spent the penultimate chapter on it. The next few years will be about 1) the decentralization of the internet as a new communications protocol & 2) decentralization of the value exchange protocol through bitcoin,” he noted.

Former Solicitor General on Bitcoin

He noted that with the technology brought by the Bitcoin Network, users will be able to easily send and receive money without third parties, “just like sending an email or posting a comment. No govts, no corporations in the middle.”

“When the internet was developed, engineers couldn’t invent a native currency bec the tech wasn’t there. People thought it was impossible. Corporations took advantage of this and used our ATTENTION/DATA as currency. The result is surveillance capitalism: FB, TikTok, Twitter, Google, etc.” 

“This all changed in 2009, when Satoshi Nakamoto introduced Bitcoin. Today, the internet now has a native currency that doesn’t convert people into products or batteries. There are 2 things you need to build a civilization: language + monetary system. They’re changing now as we speak,” Hilbay affirmed.

Other Bitcoin Books Created by a Filipino

His book on Bitcoin is not the only Bitcoin-focused book written by a Filipino, Luis Buenaventura, Yield Guild Games country manager for the Philippines and a regular BitPinas contributor, also wrote one in 2019. 

Together with 7 other entrepreneurs, activists, and educators, he released The Little Bitcoin Book, a simple explanation of how Bitcoin works, and why it is such a critical financial innovation for society. (Read more on: New Book Explains the Bitcoin Phenomenon without the Technical Jargon)

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