Bitcoin Businesses Meet with US Congressman Jared Polis to Find Common Ground

By Jessie Willms on Oct 07, 2015

Congressman Polis Bridges Gap Between Bitcoin Companies and Capitol Hill U.S. Congressman Jared Polis took time out from his bu...

FBI Arrests Coin.MX Founders For Money Laundering Violations

By Jacob Donnelly on Jul 24, 2015

Will Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Support a New Fedcoin or Eurocoin?

By Giulio Prisco on Feb 22, 2015

Commentary by Giulio PriscoOne of the first actions of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, after the January 25 elections that brought the “anti-...

Bitcoin Regulation In Japan

By Kevin Cruz on Oct 23, 2014

Different governments have taken different stances on Bitcoin. For example, Bangladesh has outlawed it and Germany considers it “priva...

Scottish Independence – No

By Joel Dalais on Sep 25, 2014

Scottish Independence

By Joel Dalais on Sep 15, 2014

Yes/No to Scottish Independence?Scotland has recently been trying to gain its independence from the United Kingdom once again. Throughou...

Sovereignty 2.0

By Cameron Gray on Jul 23, 2014

We are living in a new world. As Andreas Antonopoulos put so eloquently, “now that we have crypto-currencies, it’s not sovereignty t...

B.J. Guillot for Congress Now Accepting Bitcoin Donations

By Adam Hofman on Jul 08, 2014

Washington State’s congressional candidate B.J. Guillot announced last week that his campaign would now be accepting Bitcoin donations...

John Law Gambles with Bitcoin

By Joel on Jun 03, 2014

This article was first published in Issue 16 of the print edition of Bitcoin Magazine.Today, John Law is often hailed as one of the grea...

The Right Kind of Privacy

By Andrew Wagner on May 15, 2014

Bitcoin is unique in its approach to privacy. Uneducated observers lament its advantages for illicit activities, but the blockchain keep...

Government Lists Bitcoin as Potential Terrorism Threat

By John Bush on May 10, 2014

The United States government just can’t quite decide whether to regulate bitcoin, or deem it a threat by declaring it a form of financ...

Mt. Gox To Be Liquidated

By Jason M. Tyra on Apr 19, 2014

A Japanese bankruptcy court declared this week that collapsed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox will not be permitted to reorganize and therefore...

Did the IRS Just Make Bitcoin a New Tax Loophole?

By Jason M. Farrell on Apr 07, 2014

As most people have now heard, the IRS just granted itself the power to tax the gains realized when individuals sell or spend their bitc...

What Might Ulbricht’s Defense Mean for Charlie Shrem?

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Apr 05, 2014

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Really Gets Bitcoin

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Apr 02, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently held a “Dialog with the Fed” on bitcoin basics. The events are “designed to address...

IRS Changes Course and Declares Bitcoin a Currency

By Mark Rees on Apr 02, 2014

In a stunning reversal of intent, the IRS today issued a statement admitting they got it wrong.“After further review, and speaking to...

Everyone Should Fetishize Innovation

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Mar 21, 2014

Writing for the New Republic, Evgeny Morozov has written a brief critique of what he dubs America’s “innovation fetish.” While not...

Securities Registration Requirements Holding Bitcoin Back

By Jason M. Tyra on Mar 21, 2014

The commissioner of the Texas State Securities Board issued an emergency order last week barring a private energy exploration company fr...

What is Happening in Illinois? – Virtual Currency and the Transmitters of Money Act

By Adam Hofman on Mar 19, 2014

ZeroHedge Article is Not Even Wrong…

By David Mondrus on Mar 18, 2014

“Most tellingly, though, member nations of the International Monetary Fund are starting to revolt... As one of the major organization...

Why Bitcoin Really Does Represent the Democratization of Money

By Aaron van Wirdum on Mar 18, 2014

Bitcoin is commonly regarded as a truly democratic form of money. Interestingly enough, however, there seem to be various explanations s...

For Us By Us: Bitcoin Needs To Move Out of the Crypto-enthusiast Box

By Joel on Mar 14, 2014

Modified image from ollyy @ shutterstockBarriers to AdoptionThe fascinating emergence of Bitcoin has been powered largely by a “for us...

The Geostrategic Implications of Bitcoin

By David Mondrus on Mar 13, 2014

Argument for the US leading Bitcoin adoptionThe US exports inflation through the US Dollar’s status as a reserve currency. Over time a...

Bitcoin Regulation Update- 03/07/14

By Jason M. Tyra on Mar 09, 2014

This week saw the outing (or not) of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s alleged inventor, who is said to have abruptly disappeared from the o...

What To Do If You’ve Been Goxed

By Jason M. Tyra on Mar 06, 2014

AUTHOR'S NOTE: It has been suggested to me that this article may be premature, given the developing nature of the Mt. Gox situation. H...

Bitcoin Regulation Update- 02/28/14

By Jason M. Tyra on Mar 01, 2014

The last week in February took a turn for the worse for Bitcoiners as ailing exchange Mt. Gox finally closed its doors, leaving its cust...

Do Cryptocurrencies Really Compete? Learning From VHS, Betamax, Netflix and Hulu

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Feb 24, 2014

Competing cryptocurrencies have been in the news lately. This VICE Motherboard roundup is a good list of some of bitcoin’s most promis...

Bitcoin Regulation Update- 02/21/14

By Jason M. Tyra on Feb 22, 2014

Though no major policy developments were announced this week, the highlight seemed to be New York’s Financial Services Superintendent...

Bitcoin’s Deadwood Days Are Numbered

By Jason M. Tyra on Feb 20, 2014

"We're illegal. Our whole goal is to get annexed by the United f*****' States." -Al Swearengen, "Deadwood"Monday, February 10th is s...

First Bitcoin meetup in Ecuador a big success

By Paul Buitink on Feb 18, 2014

About 30 people attended the first-ever Bitcoin meetup in Quito, Ecuador on Thursday, February 6th. The meetup was organized by Dutch al...

Tulip Mania and Why It Has Nothing To Do With Bitcoin

By Mike Gregory on Feb 16, 2014

See also: http://letstalkbitcoin.com/is-bitcoin-overpaying-for-false-security/ http://bitcoinmagazine.com/7119/bootstrapping-an-autono...

Bitcoin Regulation Update- 02/14/14

By Jason M. Tyra on Feb 16, 2014

The week preceding today’s update saw Bitcoin’s network subjected to a deliberate attack by parties unknown, temporarily halting wit...

Florida’s Bitcoin Sting Should Cast Doubt on Law Enforcement’s Priorities and Money Laundering Laws

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Feb 14, 2014

California Bill to Legalize Bitcoin

By Brian Cohen on Feb 14, 2014

A Bill (act to amend Section 107 of the Corporations Code, relating to business associations) introduced by California State Assembly me...

Bitcoin Regulatory Update- 02/07/14

By Jason M. Tyra on Feb 07, 2014

This week’s regulatory update continues the trend cited last week, with American officials primarily concerned with Bitcoin’s money...

Regulation of Bitcoins in Germany: First comprehensive statement on Bitcoins by German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin)

By Tanja Aschenbeck-Florange, LL.M. (San Francisco) on Feb 05, 2014

Bitcoins continue to keep supervisory authorities, businesses and users as well as speculators busy. On 19 December 2013 the German Fede...

What If I Don’t Report My Bitcoin Income?

By Jason M. Tyra on Feb 04, 2014

What if you don’t report all of your Bitcoin gains on your US tax return? You must have at least considered it by now. How would the I...

Does Bitcoin Have an Image Problem? Three Reasons It Shouldn’t.

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Feb 03, 2014

Cleaning up Mark Williams’ Bitcoin FUD From New York DFS

By Mark Rees on Feb 03, 2014

Let’s get the facts straight. At the New York hearings Division of Financial Service conference on Virtual Currencies held this last w...

Bitcoin Regulatory Update- 01/29/14

By Jason M. Tyra on Jan 29, 2014

Regulatory developments over the past two weeks are indicative of a widening gap in treatment of Bitcoin among developed nations. The va...

Smart Property’s Promise for the Poor

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Jan 27, 2014

Renting an apartment or buying a car requires an income and good credit. Getting a legal job generally requires a permanent residence an...

Fed Banker Tries Criticizing Bitcoin, Ends Up Perfectly Describing The Fed

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Jan 20, 2014

In an article for Fox News, senior economist Francois Velde of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago describes Bitcoin. “Although some o...

Six myths about Bitcoin

By Joel on Jan 19, 2014

Myth: No one knows who started Bitcoin. Truth: “Satoshi Nakamoto” is a fictional name for a single person, or, potentially, a group...

Bitcoin Regulatory Update- 01/17/14

By Jason M. Tyra on Jan 17, 2014

On Tuesday, January 14, Wells Fargo’s anti-money laundering unit organized a meeting in San Francisco to discuss “rules of engagemen...

Grounded Venezuelans May Want to Escape to Bitcoin

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Jan 14, 2014

Venezuelans are having trouble flying in and out of their country. Spanish discount airline Air Europa has indefinitely stopped taking t...

Markets, Institutions and Currencies – A New Method of Social Incentivization

By Vitalik Buterin on Jan 11, 2014

Up until this point the problem of incentivizing productive activity has essentially been dominated by two major categories of solutions...

New Report Details Bitcoin’s Potential Threat to the Federal Reserve

By Cathy Reisenwitz on Jan 10, 2014

A Word from Jeffrey Tucker: Bitcoin Is Not a Monetary System

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Jan 04, 2014

Libertarian leader Jeffrey Tucker, CEO of Liberty.me and publisher of Laissez Faire Books, shared with Bitcoin Magazine his views on how...

Krugman – Barbarism and Baloney

By Stephen Malagodi on Dec 24, 2013

Fiat Versus Finance: The Centennial of the Federal Reserve versus the Rise of Bitcoins

By Hayden Gill on Dec 24, 2013

If there is an annual pre-Christmas Eve ritual in Washington, DC, and Wall Street, some invitation-only celebration within the travertin...

Utopians and Magical Thinkers – A Response to Alex Payne via Karoli

By Stephen Malagodi on Dec 23, 2013

In her recent post on Crooks and Liars, Karoli, whose pieces I’ve been reading for some time and generally find well done and intellig...

Bitcoin Alliance of Canada Files Opposition to Attempt to Trademark Bitcoin

By Vitalik Buterin on Dec 20, 2013

The Bitcoin Alliance of Canada has made a filing with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office opposing an attempt to trademark the wor...

Bitcoin: China’s New Special Economic Zone

By Vitalik Buterin on Dec 07, 2013

After the recent regulatory announcement on the part of the People's Bank of China, the Bitcoin markets and many in the Chinese Bitcoin...

China Releases First Regulatory Report on Bitcoin Businesses

By Vitalik Buterin on Dec 05, 2013

After months of regulatory uncertainty in the Chinese Bitcoin community, the People’s Bank of China has announced their first major re...

Currency Competition and Hoarding

By BigChubbyCat on Dec 03, 2013

Written By: BigChubbyCat (8BTC)Translated By: James Choi (8BTC)Edited By: Elizabeth T. Ploshay (Bitcoin Magazine)I. The difference among...

Tulip Mania Vs. Bitcoin

By BigChubbyCat on Nov 26, 2013

Written by: BigChubbyCat (8BTC)Translated by: James Choi (8BTC)Edited by: Elizabeth T. Ploshay (Bitcoin Magazine)1. TulipIn 1635, the pr...

US Senate Meets Bitcoin Day 2

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Nov 20, 2013

Today, the Bitcoin community entered into the halls of the US Senate once again, this time for a US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing...

US Senate Meets Bitcoin Day 1

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Nov 19, 2013

With a tremendous build-up heading into yesterday’s hearing, the price of BTC peaked at over 600 USD. At the start of today’s hearin...

A Propaganda War

By Tristan Winters on Nov 08, 2013

Disclaimer: Vitalik Buterin and Mihai Alisie have some involvement in the Dark Wallet projectOnce in a while a really big idea comes alo...

A Brief Discussion on the Mechanism Design of Bitcoin

By Chang Jia on Oct 28, 2013

By: Chang Jia (8btc.com)Translated by: James Choi (8btc.com)Edited By: Elizabeth T. Ploshay (Bitcoin Magazine)The fierce “arms race”...

Silk Road Shut Down, Alleged Owner Arrested

By Vitalik Buterin on Oct 02, 2013

The Silk Road, the largest black market site on the Tor network, has been shut down by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigat...

Regulators Taking a Hiatus to Learn a Bit More About Bitcoin

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Aug 30, 2013

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, representatives from the Bitcoin Foundation met successfully met with regulators and Capitol Hill St...

Bitcoin Foundation Leadership to Meet with Regulators in Washington

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Aug 26, 2013

Today, representatives from the Bitcoin Foundation are scheduled to meet with members of at least seven executive agencies in Washington...

The United States’ Regulatory Shame

By Vitalik Buterin on Aug 21, 2013

Over the past year, we have seen over a dozen countries' governments weigh in on Bitcoin in some fashion. Australia, and the Netherlands...

Bitcoin and China: More than Meets the Eye?

By Vitalik Buterin on Aug 19, 2013

This article is not the first time that I have covered the Chinese Bitcoin economy. Four months ago, China saw its first major interacti...

Germany Sets Standard for Bitcoin Regulation

By Stefan on Aug 19, 2013

All over the news in Germany last weekend was a reply by the German Ministry of Finance to an inquiry in parliament. The Ministry announ...

India Takes a Hands Off Approach Towards Bitcoin

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Aug 15, 2013

The second most populated country in the world is stepping up to the plate to consider Bitcoin and provide this digital, decentralized c...

Bitcoin Goes to Washington: Bitcoin and Money Laundering: 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill: Federal Bureau of Investigation

By Brian Cohen on Aug 13, 2013

Bitcoin Shakes Up Congress

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Aug 13, 2013

Bitcoin is on the map in Congress as this morning as Politico, a leading newspaper and website predominantly read by Capitol Hill Staff...

First Virtual Currencies Compliance Conference tomorrow

By Vitalik Buterin on Aug 13, 2013

On Wednesday, August 14th, the first Virtual Currencies Compliance Conference will take place at the New York City Bar Association, host...

Poolfa.com: Evidence of an Expanding Iranian Bitcoin Community

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Aug 07, 2013

Bitcoin continues to grow in prominence and expand even in some of the most restricted nations in the world. Bitcoin Magazine just recen...

Cyprus Depositor Bail-In Set At 47.5%

By Vitalik Buterin on Jul 29, 2013

According to the latest news from Reuters, the government of Cyprus, the Bank of Cyprus and international lenders have come to an agreem...

BaFin on Bitcoins – A Blueprint for Europe?

By Stefan on Jul 27, 2013

Erik Voorhees: “Bitcoin is the new Frontier”

By Felix Moreno on Jul 25, 2013

Erik Voorhees is one of the foremost Bitcoin entrepreneurs and has helped build some critical parts of the Bitcoin business ecosystem,...

SEC Files Charges Against Bitcoin Ponzi Mastermind Trendon Shavers

By Todd Mokos on Jul 24, 2013

Victims of the largest scam in Bitcoin’s brief history can find solace today as the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged fraud c...

Bitcoin Foundation Continues Legal Offensive With Request for Clarification on Liberty Reserve

By Vitalik Buterin on Jul 21, 2013

The Bitcoin Foundation took a decisive turn in its strategy for defending Bitcoin three weeks ago when the organization wrote its reply...

First Iranian Website Open to Iranians to Buy and Sell Bitcoin

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Jul 18, 2013

Where authoritarian government control and restrictions on individual liberties appear to be the strongest, the Bitcoin community is sti...

Bitcoin Foundation’s Legal Defense Fund and Regulatory Outlook

By Brian Cohen on Jul 18, 2013

Bitcoin Foundation Strikes Back on Cease and Desist Order

By Vitalik Buterin on Jul 04, 2013

The Bitcoin Foundation has published a reply to the cease and desist order that the organization received on May 30 from California’s...

BitBills’s Patent- Will Patents Hinder Bitcoin’s Evolution?

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Jul 02, 2013

What would an approved patent for a physical Bitcoin mean for the Bitcoin community? Douglas Feigelson, the founder of BitBills, filed a...

How Anonymous Money Can Support Efficient Government Revenue Collection

By Vitalik Buterin on Jul 02, 2013

Most attempts to make Bitcoin more palatable to governments tend to revolve around downplaying its privacy aspects. Arguments are made t...

Germany Provides Leadership for Bitcoin Tax Clarity

By Johann Summers on Jun 28, 2013

If the American IRS is looking for precedent for their upcoming tax guidelines related to bitcoin, they can now look to Germany. An inqu...

Regulatory Responses to Bitcoin: 2013 Edition

By Vitalik Buterin on Jun 27, 2013

See also: the 2012 analog of this article.Correction: the IMF did not actually release the paper linked to in this article; the author w...

Real Compliance: Getting your way by giving in.

By Joseph VaughnPerling on Jun 26, 2013

Compliance, and Raising the FBAR. How to get your way, by giving in.Compliance regimes, by their nature are the auditing to a standard a...

California Accuses Bitcoin Foundation of Unlicensed Money Transmission

By Johann Summers on Jun 24, 2013

An article on Forbes.com by Bitcoin Foundation Board Member and Secretary Jon Matonis announced today that the Bitcoin Foundation had be...

Bitcoin at Porcfest Part 3: Interview with Doug French

By Vitalik Buterin on Jun 20, 2013

Doug French is a libertarian economist who received his PhD in the University of Nevada under Murray Rothbard and has many years of expe...

Bitcoin At Porcfest, Part 2: The Porcfest Ideology

By Vitalik Buterin on Jun 20, 2013

This article was originally part of Bitcoin at Porcfest, Part 1: A Social Experiment, and has been split off because it deals with a sep...

MtGox Publishes Bitcoin Ad In G8 Conference Magazine

By Vitalik Buterin on Jun 17, 2013

The largest Bitcoin exchange, MtGox, has purchased a full-page ad in the official G8 Summit Magazine published on behalf of the host nat...

Bitcoin: An Evident Solution to Argentinian Economic Woes

By Elizabeth Ploshay on Jun 14, 2013

Earlier this week, Argentinians suffered from another wake up call. Western Union will no longer accept money transfers between USD and...

Bitcoin Is Not Losing Its Soul – Or, Why the Regulation Hysteria is Missing the Point

By Vitalik Buterin on Jun 03, 2013

The mainstream media has taken a predictable turn in their treatment of the series of regulatory incidents regarding Bitcoin-related ser...

We Need Freedom of Speech in our Financial Commerce

By Mike Gogulski on May 31, 2013

Financial commerce, the exchange of money and currency, is indistinguishable from speech. Therefore, it deserves the exact same respect...

BitInstant: We Have Money Transmitter Licenses in 30 States

By Vitalik Buterin on May 22, 2013

Regulation has been a hot topic in the Bitcoin community since the FINCEN guidance in March, and in the Bitcoin conference that took pla...

MtGox’s Dwolla Account Seized For Unlicensed Money Transmission

By Vitalik Buterin on May 17, 2013

The world's largest Bitcoin exchange, MtGox, had its account with Dwolla closed down by the order of the Department of Homeland Security...

CoinLab Sues MtGox

By Vitalik Buterin on May 03, 2013

The partnership between CoinLab and MtGox that had been met with great fanfare when it was first announced at the end of February has no...

Roger Ver: “For the first time in history, anyone can transact with anyone else, anywhere in the world”

By Felix Moreno on Apr 29, 2013

First they ignore you…

By Felix Moreno on Apr 15, 2013

…then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. I’ve always thought that to understand the mindset of a publication yo...

Bitcoin Is Not Antisocial: A Rebuttal to Paul Krugman

By Vitalik Buterin on Apr 15, 2013

In the New York Times, columnist Paul Krugman has written a lengthy article criticizing Bitcoin from an economic point of view, entitled...

FINCEN: Bitcoin Users Not Regulated, Exchanges Are

By Vitalik Buterin on Mar 19, 2013

Government regulation has for a long time been a gray area for Bitcoin, both in the United States and elsewhere. Although we have seen a...

Interview With GLBSE’s James McCarthy / Nefario

By Vitalik Buterin on Oct 15, 2012

Last week, the Global Bitcoin Stock Exchange, for a long time the leading investment platform in the Bitcoin economy, suddenly and unexp...

Bitcoin Usage for Political Donations Expands to Vermont

By Vitalik Buterin on Oct 03, 2012

About a month ago, New Hampshire State Representative Mark Warden pushed forward the legitimacy of Bitcoin in two very significant ways...

A Recap of Mega-Corporate and Government Attention on Bitcoin This Past Year

By Vitalik Buterin on Sep 26, 2012

Attention on Bitcoin has increased considerably in 2012 based on a number of sources. Although the Google Trends volume, a rough indicat...

Mitt Romney Blackmailed for Bitcoins

By Vitalik Buterin on Sep 06, 2012

An anonymous poster published a message [1] claiming to be in possession of all of Mitt and Ann Romney’s tax records for several of th...

The Pirate Saga: And So It Ends

By Vitalik Buterin on Aug 30, 2012

Laying rest to one and a half weeks of suspense, yesterday pirateat40, the pseudonymous operator of the Bitcoin Savings and Trust invest...

Tihan Seale Announces Bitcoinica Liquidation

By Justin Porter on Aug 02, 2012

As was previously reported, Bitcoinica was shut down on May 11th, 2012 as a result of a hacker stealing 18,547 BTC (then worth about $92...

The July 13 Bitcoinica Investigation and Sound Justice

By Vitalik Buterin on Jul 28, 2012

On July 26, AurumXChange, MtGox and BitInstant posted a thread on the Bitcointalk forums with new evidence relating to the theft that ha...

The Silk Road Report

By Vitalik Buterin on Jul 05, 2012

For better or for worse, Silk Road has been a fixture in the Bitcoin economy ever since the currency first caught the attention of the m...

Martingale Betting: A Metaphor for Too Big to Fail

By Vitalik Buterin on May 08, 2012

Martingale betting is a class of betting strategies that originated in 18th century France which can turn any game, whether blackjack, r...

Hey, Where’d the Money Go?

By Vitalik Buterin on Mar 05, 2012

MF Global traces its roots back over two centuries, starting as a sugar trading business in 1783, slowly expanding the range of its acti...