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‘Decentralized ID at All Costs’: Adviser Quits ID2020 Over Blockchain Fixation

A member of the ID2020 Alliance, which aims to bring digital identities to billions of people, has resigned over the organization’s direction on digital immunity passes and COVID-19.  In her resignation email last Friday, Elizabeth Renieris cited ID2020’s opacity, “techno-solutionism,” and corporate influence along with the risks of applying blockchain to immunity passes. Renieris (an …

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38 Questions for Quantum’s Mati Greenspan

Mati Greenspan, founder of Quantum Economics, took no more than five minutes in answering the CoinDesk Confessional survey.   This quixotic questionnaire is designed to reveal the cryptic crypto thoughts, feelings and insights of our industry leaders. A variation on the Proust Questionnaire, popular during the end of the 19th century for its sense-making ability, we …

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Deglobalization and Other Narrative Violations, Feat. Geoff Lewis

In a world where conventional wisdom has never been more up for grabs, one VC explains why there is opportunity in alternative narratives. The battle to control narratives is the battle to shape how people understand the world around them. But the traditional gatekeepers of narratives – the media – have never had more competition …

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Spiritual Reflections on the Bitcoin Halving

Allen Farrington writes at Quillette, Areo and Merion West, as well as extensively on Medium, where he has several much longer essays on Bitcoin, finance, economics and related topics. His collected writings can be found here. He lives in Edinburgh.  At approximately 8:23 p.m. GMT on Monday, May 11, the 630,000th Bitcoin block was mined, …

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The Shadow of Satoshi’s Ghost: Why Bitcoin Mythology Matters

How the myth-making around Satoshi reinforces what makes bitcoin unique in the landscape of global monies. On Wednesday, a batch of coins mined just a month after bitcoin’s birth were moved. It was the first time since August 2017 that any bitcoin from early 2009 had been transferred, and the action set Bitcoin Twitter on …

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10 Years After Laszlo Hanyecz Bought Pizza With 10K Bitcoin, He Has No Regrets

If you owned a share of an experimental technology, how much of it would you give up to help that technology grow? Startup founders do this calculus whenever they raise capital. Ten years ago today, a developer named Laszlo Hanyecz did it with bitcoin. Hanyecz is known as the first person to use bitcoin in …

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This Bitcoin Documentary From Africa Is Streaming on Amazon Prime

Demand for bitcoin is still surging across Africa, regardless of the broader economic crisis, according to peer-to-peer exchange data from Paxful and LocalBitcoins.  However, there is no single “African” crypto narrative, as users in jurisdictions across the continent use the technology for vastly different circumstances.  Starting Friday, Amazon Prime will offer the documentary “Banking on …

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JK Rowling Asks About Bitcoin. Accursed Crypto Twitter Scares Her Off

JK Rowling probably wasn’t expecting to unleash the bitcoin community’s pent up passion and imagination when she tweeted two sentences asking about bitcoin. But the author of the Harry Potter series did. Responding to a tweet from CoinDesk senior reporter Leigh Cuen, Rowling tweeted: “I don’t understand bitcoin. Please explain it to me.” In just …

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Where Bitcoin Fits in the New Monetary Order

The third part of The Breakdown’s Money Reimagined series looks at the role of bitcoin and USD stablecoins in the new global monetary order. Niall Ferguson has called this moment an “age of experimentation” when it comes to currencies. One of the unique features of this moment is the experiments are not limited to the …

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37 Questions for Cosmos’ Sunny Aggarwal

CoinDesk sent out a survey meant to gauge the innermost feelings and thoughts of crypto’s leading figures. Loosely based on the “Proust Questionnaire” popular during the fin de siecle, we’re hoping their honest answers will reveal insights about our own age of transition.  Sunny Aggarwal, a Tendermint and Cosmos developer and founder of the UC Berkeley …

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