China put its red-hot cryptocurrency market on ice last month when it shut down bitcoin exchanges and banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), an emerging tactic through which cryptocurrency ventures raise capital by selling investors a percentage of newly released coins.
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Bitcoin is loosing market share. "For the last two years, rival factions have been vying for control of the Bitcoin virtual currency and its global network of computers and supporters.
Back in December 2014, Lawfare bought a Bitcoin. We did so with the idea that owning one might provide the impetus for some writing about the national security implications of blockchain technology. That plan never came to real fruition for a host of reasons. But it did make us a profit! We purchased the coin for just a little more than $300. We sold it just the other day for more than $2600.
With Stewart on vacation, the blockchain takes over the podcast! In episode 121, Jason Weinstein and Alan Cohn talk all things bitcoin, blockchain, and distributed ledger technology, and interview Jamie Smith, Global Chief Communications Officer for the BitFury Group, one of the largest full-service blockchain technology companies.
Alan Cohn and Jason Weinstein talk to Robin Weisman and Peter Van Valkenburgh from the Coin Center.
Last week, we hated on bitcoin. This week we give it some love.
This week we have Nick Weaver on the show. Nick's a regular Lawfare contributor, senior staff researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California, and as you’ll see, quite the Bitcoin skeptic.
Satoshi Nakamoto exposed? As most readers know, Bitcoin is a crypto currency that was first invented by a pseudononymous mathematician who went by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. For years, many has sought his true identity. Now, Wired magazine has made a powerful circumstantial case that it is an Australian named Craig Steven Wright. "In the last weeks, WIRED has obtained the strongest evidence yet of Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity.
Our guest for episode 90 is Charlie Savage, New York Times reporter, talking about Power Wars, his monumental new book on the law and politics of terrorism in the Obama (and Bush) administrations.
Nearly a year ago, Lawfare bought a bitcoin -- a piece of digital currency that exists only by virtue some rather complex and elegant mathematics but without the charecteristic of having been issued by any national bank. On the day we bought the coin, its value was roughly $316/coin. Since that time the value has fluctuated some, but mostly languished in the doldrums.