Aaron van Wirdum

Aaron van Wirdum

Aaron van Wirdum is interested in technology and how it affects social and political structures. He has been covering Bitcoin since 2013, focusing on privacy, scalability and more. Hodls BTC.

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The “Noinput Class”: How a Bitcoin Soft Fork Could Simplify Lightning

A group of Bitcoin and Lightning developers working on a new class of “sighash flags” could simplify fallback for Lightning Network payments channels.

Aaron van Wirdum
Jul 12, 2019

Bitcoin Mining May Come Back to Iran — If Officials Can Agree

The government in Iran is reportedly moving to authorize bitcoin mining but seems divided on the topic.

Aaron van Wirdum
Jul 12, 2019

Sending Money Instantly, Around the World: A Q&A With Lightning Labs CEO Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark is the cofounder and CEO of Lightning Labs, the California-based startup spearheading development of the lnd Lightning implementation.

Aaron van Wirdum
Jun 24, 2019

Following Wave of Shutdowns, Remaining Darknet Markets Fill the Void (Again)

While the dark web community fell into a brief state of turmoil a few months ago, a new generation of darknet markets is already filling the void.

Aaron van Wirdum
Jun 17, 2019

Statechains: Sending Keys, Not Coins, to Scale Bitcoin Off-Chain

Statechains, a new second-layer protocol, turns the concept of a Bitcoin transaction on its head.

Aaron van Wirdum
Jun 14, 2019

Not Your Keys, Not Your Coins: How Arwen Wants to End Exchange Custodianship

If it’s up to Boston-based startup Arwen, cryptocurrency exchange hacks will soon be a thing of the past.

Aaron van Wirdum
Jun 5, 2019

Despite Industry Pushback, G20 May Impose Stricter KYC Policy on Exchanges

Following a consultive forum this month, there is no indication that the FATF will change its recent position on stricter KYC rules for cryptocurrency service providers.

Aaron van Wirdum
May 13, 2019

Major Darknet Marketplace Wall Street Market Shuttered by Law Enforcement

Wall Street Market, the second-largest darknet in the world in recent months, has been shut down by international law enforcement agencies, including Europol as well as U.S., German, Dutch and Romanian law enforcement.

Aaron van Wirdum
May 3, 2019

It Looks as if Another Darknet Market Era Is Coming to an End

Messages on darknet-specific forums like Dread and reports by news sites like Deep Dot Web indicate that digital black markets Dream Market and Wall Street Market have both become unusable.

Aaron van Wirdum
Apr 26, 2019

Understanding Bitcoin, the Demos: How to Become a Bitcoin Power User

The Understanding Bitcoin conference held in Malta from April 5 to April 7, 2019, was all about turning regular Bitcoin users into power users. Spread throughout the conference were 18 demos by leading Bitcoin developers and experts illustrating how to make the most out of available Bitcoin tools.

Aaron van Wirdum
Apr 10, 2019