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What are mixers and “privacy coins”?

Public blockchain cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are radically transparent at the protocol level: transactions are viewable and immutable to everyone forever on the blockchain ledger. They are not anonymous, but...

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 Case for Electronic Cash in an Open and Free Society

Jerry Brito lays out why society must embrace the privacy cryptocurrencies offer and what we could give up in a world without them.  Learn more about this conversation.

Cross-global panel on Government and Privacy

Our experts shared stages from simultaneous cryptocurrency conferences on different sides of the world. They came together for a conversation about our message to policymakers on privacy.

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...

A Human Rights Activist’s Response to Bitcoin Critics

The “Expert Views” series of publications allows legal and technical practitioners in the cryptocurrency space to share their insight and opinions on cutting edge policy questions. The views expressed here...

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...

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