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The ideal regulatory environment for Bitcoin

We’re often asked what our ideal regulatory environment would be for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies like it. A few years ago, in a regulatory submission to the Indian Ministry of Finance,...

Without privacy, do we really want a digital dollar?

COVID-19 is accelerating discussions about digitizing the dollar. Relief payments to support those suffering economically have revealed shortcomings inherent in current payment infrastructure. Fear of contagion has made handling physical...

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...

The Human Rights Foundation has published a guide to stablecoins for people living in at-risk economies.

In the latest installment of their multi-part series meant to help those who may need to transact privately in the course of their sensitive work, security expert Eric Wall details...

China intends to launch a national digital currency that will let the government easily surveil spending. Following in their footsteps would be a mistake.

A recent New York Times report highlights that Facebook’s Libra project has led Beijing to accelerate its cryptocurrency effort: A state-issued e-currency would help China’s government know more — much, much more...

The Human Rights Foundation has published a guide for activists and journalists to use Bitcoin privately.

In the second installment of their multi-part series meant to help those who may need to transact privately in the course of their sensitive work, security expert Eric Wall details...

The Human Rights Foundation wants to help activists and journalists use Bitcoin to stay private.

Though often mischaracterized as “anonymous,” Bitcoin transactions do offer a much higher level of privacy for savvy users than traditional internet payment systems. Activists and journalists may want to add...

We must protect our ability to transact privately online

A question we often get when talking to policymakers and congressional staff is whether cryptocurrency is anonymous. And if it is, what can be done to address it? The implication...

The Federal Reserve of St. Louis has published an excellent paper on payment systems and privacy.

Research Fellow Charles Kahn explains why financial privacy is important irrespective of concerns over illicit transactions, and how privacy is being actively eroded as electronic payment systems replace anonymous cash....

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