TikTok and the Great Firewall of America

Emily Parker is CoinDesk’s Global Macro Editor. Wednesday, the Trump administration announced The Clean Network program, which is supposed to protect Americans’ private information from “malign actors,” namely China. The basic idea is that barring Chinese apps and companies will make America safe again. “Building a Clean fortress around our citizens’ data will ensure all […]

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Five Years In, DeFi Now Defines Ethereum

DeFi Dad is a DeFi super user sharing his money experiments and tutorials on Twitter and YouTube. He is an organizing member of the Ethereal Summit and Sessions, host of The Ethereal Podcast and a weekly contributor to The Defiant and Bankless. Ethereum has always been difficult to explain. Even the founders of Ethereum have […]

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Money Reimagined: Let’s Be Privacy Scolds

Michael Casey is on vacation this week. The following essay was written by Marc Hochstein, CoinDesk’s Executive Editor. Once I pried into a stranger’s affairs for no good reason at all. This happened almost 20 years ago, but the story offers an important lesson for those shaping the future of money today.  My wife took a […]

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Social Media Companies Are ‘Too Big to Fail’

Jenny Leung is a blockchain and fintech attorney at Blakemore Fallon PLLC dba Ketsal.  This year, 2020, is the year social media institutions became systemically important.  This term, “systemically important,” typically describes a financial institution whose failure poses a significant threat to the economy and is thus “too big to fail.” Systemically important financial institutions […]

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Central Banks Are Privacy Providers of Last Resort

J.P. Koning, a CoinDesk columnist, worked as an equity researcher at a Canadian brokerage firm and is a financial writer at a large Canadian bank. He runs the popular Moneyness blog. Have central banks quietly pivoted to becoming consumer privacy advocates? It certainly seems like it. Back in 2017, Denmark’s central bank proclaimed it would “not be […]

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To Beat Online Censorship, We Need Anonymous Payments

Richard Myers is an decentralized applications engineer at GoTenna and Global Mesh Labs. Online censorship and surveillance will persist as long as local fiat currencies are the only way to pay for telecommunication services. The risk of internet censorship and surveillance is a growing concern in many parts of the world. NetBlocks, a digital rights […]

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Why Bitcoin-Like Scarcity Would Be a Disaster for the Dollar

Frances Coppola, a CoinDesk columnist, is a freelance writer and speaker on banking, finance and economics. Her book “The Case for People’s Quantitative Easing” explains how modern money creation and quantitative easing work, and advocates “helicopter money” to help economies out of recession. There’s a widespread belief that the exorbitant quantity of money the Federal […]

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How Millennials Are Shaping the Future of Money

Matt Luongo is the CEO of Thesis, a cryptocurrency venture production studio. Thesis’ first two products are Fold, a consumer payment app, and Keep, a privacy layer for public blockchains. He’s also a contributor to tBTC, which lets bitcoin holders access DeFi on Ethereum. Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. As […]

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