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Crypto-Patriarchy: The problem of Bitcoin's male domination. Imagine a scenario 10 years from now in which Bitcoin has managed to establish itself as an important global currency, supported by a myriad of Bitcoin companies, trade associations, and educational institutions.

Crypto-Patriarchy: The problem of Bitcoin's male domination

Now imagine the board meetings of those organisations. What will their demographic breakdown be? Rich get Richer effect empirically observed in Bitcoin’s evolution. Excerpted from Technology Review, which reviews a arxiv published study: “In 2011, however, BitCoin began to get significant media coverage which attracted many more users.

Rich get Richer effect empirically observed in Bitcoin’s evolution

The currency also became more attractive after an exchange was set up that allowed bitcoins to be traded for dollars. During this second phase, bitcoins started to function as a real currency. Bitcoin : derrière la bulle, de vrais débats. Bitcoin Has A Kill Switch; And How To Disconnect It. “There are three classes of people: Those who see.

Bitcoin Has A Kill Switch; And How To Disconnect It.

Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” Game over, Bitcoin. Long live human-based currencies! While being a tremendous proof of concept, the distributed cryptocurrency Bitcoin is fundamentally flawed as an alternative money system, critics say. It is now time for truly radical monetarists to build on this technical experiment and move to the next level of the monetary revolution: a truly human-based digital monetary system. Since its launch in 2009, Bitcoin has turned from a crypto-anarchist project into a hype topic in the worldwide web community and beyond. From London’s squats to Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood: not everyone uses Bitcoin, but everyone is talking about it. Bitcoin can be described as a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, in other words a distributed monetary system that enables anonymous and relatively secure transactions without any centralized authority. Wary of Bitcoin? A guide to some other cryptocurrencies.

It might have passed you by, but an essential part of the internet's infrastructure took a heavy knock last week.

Wary of Bitcoin? A guide to some other cryptocurrencies

The Silk Road -- you know, " the website where you can buy any drug imaginable" -- was subjected to a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Calling the Silk Road "essential" might seem an exaggeration, but it won't be if you're one of its many regular users. Nor if you're a regular user of Bitcoin -- its journey to mainstream acceptance began with the Silk Road, being as it is perfect for anonymous, untraceable transactions (as long as you're careful not to make your identity obvious, of course).

Right now, Bitcoin is undeniably a mainstream currency, even if it is not necessarily popular in the sense of being used by a significant proportion of society. The Well Deserved Fortune of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin creator, Visionary and Genius. I won’t discuss anything in this post.

The Well Deserved Fortune of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin creator, Visionary and Genius

I’m tired of discussing technical things with people with skewed opinions and monetary interest. I’ve talked enough in the Bitcointalk forum about Satoshi. Les Bitcoin obsessives - Towards a leisure society. The environmental cost of Bitcoin « Mktgeist blog. Une banque française autorisée à transférer des Bitcoins. Fractional Reserve Banking With Bitcoins. I recently got into an argument over on the Reddit Bitcoin boards where I held the position that fractional reserve banking with Bitcoins was not possible.

Fractional Reserve Banking With Bitcoins

I’ve repeatedly made this claim before due to the fact that I think no one would accept receipts for Bitcoins (bank notes) over actual Bitcoins. However, the argument on the Reddit boards led me to see the error of my previous logic. What can happen is that a Bitcoin bank could use its deposited accounts as “receipts” for Bitcoins because the digital account balances could be detached from actual Bitcoin wallets. Bitcoin, une devise complémentaire universelle. The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin. Illustration: Martin Venezky In November 1, 2008, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto posted a research paper to an obscure cryptography listserv describing his design for a new digital currency that he called bitcoin.

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin

None of the list’s veterans had heard of him, and what little information could be gleaned was murky and contradictory. Bitcoin in France: first legal decision directly related to Bitcoin? A few people around here know about the legal drama currently happening in France between us (Tibanne, MtGox and Macaraja, the company representing us in France) and french banks.

Bitcoin in France: first legal decision directly related to Bitcoin?

A few weeks ago, our previous French bank closed our bank account despite knowing about our activity, which we explained fully before starting. We challenged this decision in court, to which the bank tried to defend itself by saying "Bitcoin is an electronic money, Macaraja is not a bank, therefore it's illegal for Macaraja to be handling this". The court replied that it was not up to the bank to decide this, and ordered the bank to re-open the account. Cryptocurrency. When the virtual currency bitcoin was released, in January 2009, it appeared to be an interesting way for people to trade among themselves in a secure, low-cost, and private fashion.

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The Bitcoin network, designed by an unknown programmer with the handle “Satoshi ­Nakamoto,” used a decentralized peer-to-peer system to verify transactions, which meant that people could exchange goods and services electronically, and anonymously, without having to rely on third parties like banks. Its medium of exchange, the bitcoin, was an invented currency that people could earn—or, in Bitcoin’s jargon, “mine”—by lending their computers’ resources to service the needs of the Bitcoin network. Once in existence, bitcoins could also be bought and sold for dollars or other currencies on online exchanges.

What Bitcoin Is, and Why It Matters. Unlike other currencies, Bitcoin is underwritten not by a government, but by a clever cryptographic scheme.

What Bitcoin Is, and Why It Matters

For now, little can be bought with bitcoins, and the new currency is still a long way from competing with the dollar. But this explainer lays out what Bitcoin is, why it matters, and what needs to happen for it to succeed. Where does Bitcoin come from? In 2008, a programmer known as Satoshi Nakamoto—a name believed to be an alias—posted a paper outlining Bitcoin’s design to a cryptography e-mail list. Virtual currency: Bits and bob. Bitcoin – Pirate’s Gold or new Global Currency? On July 19th this year, a Doctor Nefario arrived at Seattle airport and was asked if he had enough money to cover his stay in the US.

He replied that he did, but it was in Bitcoin, an electronic cryptographic currency. Unfortunately, not only did the Customs and Border Protection Authority not know what Bitcoin was, they didn’t accept it as a valid currency and so refused him entry. The Customs and Border Protection’s ignorance of Bitcoin is shared by many, even though there are currently around 63.6 million USD of Bitcoin in circulation. This may seem trivial in comparison to the approximately $950 billion US dollars in circulation. However, “real” currencies sometimes end up being not worth much, as was the case with the Zimbabwean dollar, which had to be discontinued as the national currency in 2009 when it became essentially worthless. Bitcoin: de la révolution monétaire au Ponzi 2.0.

Bitcoin and ethics. Recently I have been following and participating in some political discussions on IRC and the Bitcoin forums. What has impressed me is the diversity of political opinions expressed in relation to Bitcoin. In one discussion you can find a person defending libertarian islands, while in another someone else is espousing the virtues of socialism. Although it would be fair to say that the majority of those who express their opinions on these fora are skeptical of the state and critical of the status quo, you also find quite a few who support traditional parties, their platforms, and representational politics as conducted in North America and Europe.