Internet Deplatforming as Class Warfare

Here at CoinDesk, we use the term “crypto-adjacent” to categorize stories that aren’t about cryptocurrency or blockchains per se but illustrate the problems these technologies attempt to solve. By covering these stories, we are not necessarily claiming Bitcoin, crypto or blockchain “fixes this” (it may well not, given scaling and other challenges). But they disprove […]

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CoinDesk: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Crypto News and Price Data

“Speaking of Bitcoin” on the CoinDesk Podcast Network is brought to you by CrystalBlockchain.com. Join hosts Adam B. Levine, Jonathan Mohan and Andreas M. Antonopoulos as they dissect the October global financial stability report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) subtitled “COVID-19, Crypto and Climate: Navigating Challenging Transitions.” An entire chapter of the report is […]

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China Has Many Strategic Reasons to Invest in Blockchain – CoinDesk

Byrne Hobart, a CoinDesk columnist, is an investor, consultant and writer in New York. His newsletter, The Diff (diff.substack.com) covers inflection points in finance and technology.  In October, China’s President Xi Jinping said China should “seize the opportunity” to use the blockchain. To cryptocurrency advocates, this is exciting – and confusing. Why would a deeply […]

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Don’t Obsess Over Crypto End Users, We Still Need Developers to Build the Back End – CoinDesk

Jill Carlson, a CoinDesk columnist, is co-founder of the Open Money Initiative, a non-profit research organization working to guarantee the right to a free and open financial system. She is also an investor in early stage startups with Slow Ventures.  Where are the users? This is the big question facing the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology […]

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Policymakers Shouldn’t Fear Digital Money: So Far It’s Maintaining the Dollar’s Status – CoinDesk

CoinDesk columnist Nic Carter is a partner at Castle Island Ventures, a public blockchain-focused venture fund based in Cambridge, MA. He is also the cofounder of Coin Metrics, a blockchain analytics startup. On May 9th, 2019, Representative Bradley Sherman, member of the House Banking Committee, made an impassioned speech in Congress about cryptocurrency. In his speech, the mask typically […]

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How Bitcoin Is Used by Activists and Refugees to Promote Human Rights

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by the Human Rights Foundation’s Alex Gladstein and Syrian entrepreneur Moe Ghashim to discuss how cultural context shapes the way people view bitcoin, including stories from the Middle East. Many bitcoiners see cryptocurrency as a cypherpunk tool that enhances personal freedoms, with cypherpunk meaning “using privacy tech to promote […]

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