Tag: money

Bitcoin in Context

Bitcoin in Context

This is a slightly different perspective on money than Bitcoin users are used to, firstly because it involves looking at the past rather than the future, and secondly because it draws on anthropology more than economics.  I outline the two broad competing theories about the origins of money, then give a very quick history of…

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Three trends that will create demand for an Unconditional Basic Income

Three trends that will create demand for an Unconditional Basic Income

The digitization of our economy will bring with it a new generation of radical economic ideologies, of which Bitcoin is arguably the first.  For those with assets, technological savvy, and a sense of adventure, the state is the enemy and a cryptographic currency is the solution.  But for those more focused on the decline of…

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Bitcoin Is More Than Money (As Is Any Money)

Bitcoin Is More Than Money (As Is Any Money)

Our use of money is infused with profound cultural and political meaning, and the interplay of rival currencies can offer insights into cultural tensions. This was as true of post-Soviet Russia as it is of Bitcoin today. The anarchic virtual currency is part of a wider cultural movement that embraces technology, and replaces institutions with…

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The Demographics of Bitcoin (Part 1 updated)

The Demographics of Bitcoin (Part 1 updated)

These findings are based on the first 1,000 valid responses to an online survey posted in February 2013, as part of my study of the Bitcoin community.  For more on this survey see the overview page.

The Demographics of Bitcoin (Part 1 old)

The Demographics of Bitcoin (Part 1 old)

These were the initial findings of the Bitcoin community survey, based on 102 responses.  Much better figures based on 1,000 responses are HERE. Some highlights… The average user is a 31.7 year old libertarian male. Top motivators for new users are curiosity, profit, and politics. Bitcointalk.org is the dominant community platform. Far more people have used Bitcoin…

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Six Free Ideas

Six Free Ideas

I remember an old daydream from years ago about an Internet army. The idea was that a core group of people would start an Internet academy, training Internet users in programming and scripting skills. As the academy grew, and students ‘graduated’, its teachers and alumni would start to form a networked community based around techno-anarchic…

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Curating Media Coverage of the Rothko Incident

Curating Media Coverage of the Rothko Incident

Today, BBC News (and others) reported that the Rothko painting defaced by Vladimir Umanets at the Tate Modern will take “up to 18 months to repair.”  Tomorrow, Vladimir Umanets is scheduled to be sentenced by London’s Crown Court for criminal damage to the Rothko.  At first this feels like a very standard slice of the…

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