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The Politics of Bitcoin

The Politics of Bitcoin

There is no average Bitcoiner, but neither is Bitcoin a perfect reflection of wider society.  That said, discussion of imbalances within the community should not be overstated, and should account for where the project stems from (finance, technology, politics) and what the project is a reaction to (crisis, uncertainty, alienation, and rapid social change).  Furthermore,…

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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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The Pussy Riot Show Trial

The Pussy Riot Show Trial

There’s a certain guilty thrill in watching something you’ve studied rise to the world stage in its most extreme form.  War nerds enjoy wars, economists revel in recession, and politicians love a political crisis.  So as the Kremlin revives the show trial format, a grotesque simulation of judicial process ever-so-slightly refined for a digital age, Russia…

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