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Do anti-encryption bills in Congress pose a risk to cryptocurrency?

Two bills threatening encryption are driving headlines in the cryptocurrency space, the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data (LAED) Act and the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (“EARN...

Can we decentralize physical infrastructure along with software protocols?

With the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto demonstrated a means of achieving distributed consensus (agreement over important data like Bitcoin transactions) at a planetary scale without the need...

How to trace a virus without surrendering our privacy

COVID-19 is dominating policy discussions here in Washington and abroad. Cryptocurrency policy is—rightly—not top-of-mind for folks in government at the moment. There is one area of our collective response to...

Don’t make these five common mistakes about blockchains and cryptocurrency.

1. There is no such thing as “the blockchain.” There isn’t just one blockchain out there. Each cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin or Ethereum) has its own unique blockchain that lists the...

Coin Center travel series: Mexico City, Mexico

This is the final installment of Coin Center's multi-part travel series examining how cryptocurrency is used around the world. The final stop on the Coin Center travel series was one of...

The differences between Bitcoin and Libra should matter to policymakers

Recently Congress has taken a strong interest in the newly announced Libra digital currency. We have been getting many questions from policymakers and the media about how Libra (as described...

Coin Center submitted comments to Her Majesty’s Treasury defending UK citizens’ right to develop and publish open-source software.

As outlined in its consultation paper, “Transposition of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive”, HM Treasury is currently considering broadening the scope of the UK’s anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism...

Coin Center Travel Series: Venezuela by way of Medellín, Colombia

This is the latest installment of Coin Center's multi-part travel series examining how cryptocurrency is used around the world. One cannot talk about cryptocurrencies in Colombia without talking about neighboring Venezuela....

Evaluating estimates of Bitcoin electricity use

Bitcoin and similar proof-of-work cryptocurrencies use electricity to secure their networks. All over the world, data centers are humming away, performing the calculations needed to provide that security. Those computers...

Coin Center Travel Series: Bogota, Colombia

This is the latest installment of Coin Center's multi-part travel series examining how cryptocurrency is used around the world. During my two months in Colombia, it was clear that there are...

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