Best Of Bitcoin Magazine
Bitcoin is a revolution brought on by necessity: Fundamental problems with the world’s prevailing economic systems, combined with the advent of the internet, mandated the rise of a natively-digital alternative. These stories help articulate the reasons why Bitcoin has emerged and it has become the alternative of choice.
- Discovering Bitcoin Series
- Bitcoin Vs. The Institutions
- Bitcoin Philosophy
- I Think, Therefore I Bitcoin: The Case for Bitcoin
- How Bitcoin’s Protocol of Peace Can End the Nuclear Age
- A Treatise on Bitcoin and Privacy Part 1: A Match Made in the Whitepaper
- A Treatise on Bitcoin and Privacy Part 2: Don’t Be Misled by Red Herrings
- How Bitcoin Can Help Millions of Women Around the World
- Why Bitcoin Really Does Represent the Democratization of Money
- Bitcoin Is the Technology of Dissent That Secures Individual Liberties
- Bitcoin Is The Move
- Debunking Bitcoin Myths
- Debunking Bitcoin Myths: "We Need Blockchain, Not Bitcoin"
- Debunking Bitcoin Myths: “It’s Not Secure”
- Debunking Bitcoin Myths: "It’s a Ponzi Scheme"
- Debunking Bitcoin Myths: The "Intrinsic Value" Fallacy
- Debunking Bitcoin Myths: “It’s Only for Criminals”
- Beanie Babies and Black Markets: Where Mainstream Media Gets Bitcoin Wrong
- Bitcoin Is Uninsured: A Misconception
Bitcoin is free of third-party gatekeepers, shareholders and policymakers. But some individuals have paved the way for the technology in outsized ways.
- The Genesis Files
- How Satoshi Messed Up His Math (And How These Academics Just Fixed It)
- Ten Years Later, A Reflection On Bitcoin’s Genesis and Satoshi’s Timing
- New Research Claims Satoshi Mined Far Fewer Bitcoins Than Previously Thought
- How The Hunt for Satoshi Turned Dorian Nakamoto’s Life Upside Down: The Inside Story
- Notable Individuals
- Hal Finney – We Salute You
- The Man Behind Bitcoin Pizza Day Is More Than a Meme: He’s a Mining Pioneer
- "The Dollar Is Going to Self Destruct": Talking Bitcoin With Ron Paul
- How Bitcoin Revived the Cypherpunk Revolution
- Back to the Future: Adam Back Remembers the Cypherpunk Revolution and the Origins of Bitcoin
- ‘Bitcoin is Teaching Realism to Libertarians’: An Interview With Old-School Cypherpunk Vinay Gupta
- Nick Szabo on ‘Permissioned Blockchains’ and the Block Size
- Happy Birthday, Bitcoin! A Letter From Ross Ulbricht
- Five Keys to Inner Strength From Five Years in Prison
- Just the Facts: An Unembellished Examination of Ross Ulbricht’s Arrest
In Bitcoin’s relatively short history, people from all corners of the globe have found ways to leverage it and improve their lives. As Bitcoin finds its footing in more places around the world, stories of adoption remind us why this technology’s community of supporters is so important
- Keys To Future Adoption
- Where Bitcoin Is Being Used
- The Long and Winding Story of Silk Road, Bitcoin’s Earliest Major Application
- “Real Users”: Bitcoin Donations Helped These Earthquake Survivors Recover
- “Real Users”: In This Italian Mountain Town, Everyone Knows About Bitcoin
- On the Coast of El Salvador, Bitcoin Is Becoming the Standard
- Bitcoin and Gift Cards Are Powering a Million Dollar Remittance Market in Africa
- Economic Uncertainty, Restrictions in Argentina Show Power of Bitcoin
- Despite Utility, Bitcoin Cannot Fix Venezuela
- With Financial Uncertainty and Unrest in Chile, Bitcoiners Build Community
- Living On Bitcoin
- The Bitcoin Magazine FOMOmeter
- Living on Bitcoin for a Week in San Francisco
- Living on Bitcoin in Europe: From Amsterdam to Prague, No Cash Required
- Living on Bitcoin in Europe: High on the Hog in Arnhem
- Living on Bitcoin in Europe: Lightning Strikes in Berlin
- Living on Bitcoin in Europe: Wrapping It Up in the “Parallel State”
- Bitcoin Art
Sovereignty And Security
First and foremost, Bitcoin is a tool that offers sovereignty from governments and financial institutions and programmed security from bad actors. But true sovereignty and security of funds must be worked toward and fought for, even with Bitcoin as their foundational layer. These stories help strengthen that fight.
- Full Nodes
- Multisig Wallet Security
- Bitcoin Wallet Reviews
- Going To Space
Making Bitcoin More Private
Bitcoin is not private, it is merely pseudonymous. But, with the importance of privacy baked directly into its core ideals, many Bitcoiners have developed powerful privacy-enhancing techniques for use in combination with the base technology.
- CoinJoin’s First Steps: How Dark Wallet Paved the Way for a More Private Bitcoin
- CoinJoin: Combining Bitcoin Transactions To Obfuscate Trails And Increase Privacy
- Do CoinJoins Really Require Equal Transaction Amounts for Privacy? Part One: CashFusion
- Do CoinJoin Mixes Really Require Equal Transaction Amounts for Privacy? Part Two: Knapsack
- Confidential Transactions
- Schnorr Signatures
- Additional Options
Bitcoin's Worst Hacks And Scams
As a relatively complex technology with no public face, no central authority and lots of money at stake, Bitcoin has seen its fair share of hacks and scams. But what can these unfortunate events teach us about the future of the technology and how we should be protecting ourselves today?
- Craig Wright
Ultimately, the rules that make Bitcoin what it is are determined by the Core protocol and, in a sense, the story of Bitcoin is the story of this open-source project.
- Bitcoin Core Development
- Want to Learn How to Contribute to Bitcoin? Try A "Good First Issue"
- Developer’s Introduction to Bitcoin
- Infographic: Who Has Funded Bitcoin Core Development?
- Miniscript: How Blockstream Engineers Are Making Bitcoin Programming Easy(er)
- What Will Bitcoin Development Look Like After Hyperbitcoinization?
- Guix Makes Bitcoin Core Development More Trustless
- How Bitcoin Optech Is Connecting the Open-Source and Corporate Worlds
- Consensus Algorithm
- History Of Releases
- Bitcoin Core 0.21.0 Released: What’s New?
- Bitcoin Core 0.20.0 Released: What’s New
- Bitcoin Core 0.19.0 Released: Here’s What’s New
- Bitcoin Core 0.18.0 Release: Here’s What’s New
- Bitcoin Core 0.17.0 Is Released: Here’s What’s New
- Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 Is Released: Here’s What’s New
- Bitcoin Core 0.15.0 Is Released: Here’s What’s New
- Bitcoin Core 0.14.1: SegWit Signalling and Memory Accounting
- Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 Released: What’s New?
- Bitcoin Core 0.13.2 Release: Graceful Recovery
- What’s New in Bitcoin Core 0.13.0?
- Bitcoin Core 0.12.1 Released, Major Step Forward for Scalability
- Bitcoin Core 0.12.0 Released: What’s New?
- The Battle For P2SH: The Untold Story Of The First Bitcoin War
Forks are a unique result of Bitcoin’s network consensus requirements, which have resulted in some complex yet critical divisions in the network.
- Visual Map Of Bitcoin Forks
- Modern Soft Fork Activation
- Alternative Bitcoin Core Implementations
- Forking Free For All
- Bitcoin Cash Fork
- When the Fork Forks: What You Need to Know as Bitcoin Cash Goes to War
- One Day After the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork: Takeaways and Latest Developments
- After the Fork: Here’s How Exchanges Are Dealing With Bitcoin Cash
- One Week Later: The Latest Developments in the Bitcoin Cash Split
- Week 2: How the Bitcoin Cash “Hash War” Came and Went and Not Much Happened
- A Beginner’s Guide to Claiming Your “Bitcoin Cash” (and Selling It)
- Cherry on Top: Bitcoin ABC, Bitmain, Ver Target of Suit Following BCH Split
- Other Significant Forks
- How Bitcoin Unlimited Users May End Up on Different Blockchains
- This Security Researcher Found the Bug That Knocked Out Bitcoin Unlimited
- Bitcoin Gold Launches on November 12
- A Beginner’s Guide to Claiming Your Bitcoin Gold (and Selling It)
- A Bitcoin Beginner’s Guide to Surviving the Bgold and SegWit2x Forks
The Lightning Network
The Lightning Network is Bitcoin’s most popular second layer network, designed to facilitate cheap, fast and private payments. As the Lightning Network grows, so too does Bitcoin’s potential to facilitate every transaction in the world.
- History Of Lightning
- Understanding Lightning
- Future Of Lightning
- Lightning Projects
- The Lightning Torch
Scaling On Top Of Bitcoin
With a programmed block size cap, relatively slow transaction times and other fundamental limitations, Bitcoin requires scaling efforts to reach its full potential. As Bitcoin’s most infamous block size scaling debate, the SegWit chronicles have much to teach us about the technology’s history and potential. And, beyond the Lightning Network, many other scaling projects have emerged to add new features and use cases to Bitcoin’s toolkit.
- Learning From SegWit
- Bitcoin Core Developer Eric Lombrozo on Misunderstandings in Block Size Debate
- The Long Road to SegWit: How Bitcoin’s Biggest Protocol Upgrade Became Reality
- Segregated Witness Activates on Bitcoin: This is What to Expect
- BIP 91 Has Locked In. Here’s What That Means (And What It Does Not)
- Litecoin Has Now Deployed Segregated Witness
- Segregated Witness Officially Introduced With Release of Bitcoin Core 0.13.1
- The Segregated Witness Timeline: From Idea to Adoption in Six Steps
- Bitcoin Independence Day: How This Watershed Day Defines Community Consensus
- Sidechains And Statechains
- Eric Lombrozo on 3 Ways to Scale Bitcoin That Don’t Involve the Block Size
- Side Chains: The How, The Challenges and the Potential
- The Value of Sidechains and Leveraging Their Potential
- Greg Maxwell: Lightning Network Better Than Sidechains for Scaling Bitcoin
- Blockstream Releases Sidechain White Paper on Liquid and Strong Federations
- RSK Imagines "Decentralized Finance Systems" Coming to Bitcoin
- Other Notable Projects
Bitcoin mining is a central process to the technology. Through mining, new bitcoin are released into the ecosystem, double spending is prevented and transactions are verified. If you care about Bitcoin, you’ll need to pay attention to what’s happening in mining.
- Decentralization Of Mining
- Energy Use
- The Wasted Electricity Objection to Bitcoin
- Bitcoin’s Energy Consumption Is Neither Frivolous Nor Excessive
- Bitcoin Doesn’t Waste Electricity, It’s Used for Security
- Bitcoin Uses a Lot of Energy, So Where Are the Energy Companies?
- Oil Field Alchemy: How Bitcoin Can Turn Waste, Emissions into Proof-of-Work
- Mining Like a Viking: How the Fjords of Norway Offer a Greener Alternative
- Eco-Friendly Bitcoin Mining Can Reduce Carbon Footprints (Yes, Really)
- The Halving
Related Projects and Concepts
You can’t tell the story of Bitcoin without providing fundamental information about some of its related projects. Whether they help Bitcoiners maintain privacy, secure freedom or iterate on foundational decentralization, these projects are ultimately part of BTC, even if they’re seperate.
- Mesh Networks
- Darknet Markets