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Korea’s Crypto Crackdown Talk Draws Backlash From Users and Politicians

Korea’s Crypto Crackdown Talk Draws Backlash From Users and Politicians

More than 100,000 South Korea residents have signed petitions asking the government there to step back from any plans to close the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges. Earlier this week, the South Korean Justice Ministry announced that it was preparing legislation to close the country’s online exchanges […]

Goodbye ICOs, Hello TAOs? How Tokens Will Change in 2018

Goodbye ICOs, Hello TAOs? How Tokens Will Change in 2018

Christopher Pallotta and Vincent Molinari are the co-founders of Templum, an alternative trading system designed for cryptographic assets. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. As we enter 2018, it appears that blockchain’s contribution to capital formation has only begun. An unfortunate influx […]

I Love Bitcoin. That’s Why I Sue Exchanges

I Love Bitcoin. That’s Why I Sue Exchanges

David Silver is the founder of Silver Miller, one of the preeminent plaintiffs’ law firms in crypto litigation. Silver Miller prosecutes cases against wayward cryptocurrency exchanges and misleadingly presented crypto-investment offerings. The firm is focused on representing victims of financial fraud. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 […]

2017: A Legal Renaissance, Blockchain Style

2017: A Legal Renaissance, Blockchain Style

Joshua Ashley Klayman is co-head of global law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP ‘s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group and chairs the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Legal Working Group. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review, and represents the author’s personal […]

Coinbase to Customers: Don’t Forget to Pay Taxes on Bitcoin Gains

Coinbase to Customers: Don’t Forget to Pay Taxes on Bitcoin Gains

Exchange and wallet service provider Coinbase appears to be taking early steps to remind customers about their upcoming tax obligations. With the U.S. tax year having ended on Dec. 31, the company’s users are now faced with a banner placed at the top of their […]

It’s Political: Why China Hates Bitcoin and Loves the Blockchain

It’s Political: Why China Hates Bitcoin and Loves the Blockchain

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative.  In this opinion piece, one of a weekly series of columns, Casey considers China’s recent moves against bitcoin exchanges and ICOs in a wider […]

Central Banks, Cryptocurrency and the Quest to Dematerialize Money

Central Banks, Cryptocurrency and the Quest to Dematerialize Money

Eugene Etsebeth is a former central bank technologist with the South African Reserve Bank. There, he notably chaired the virtual currency and distributed ledger working group. In this opinion piece, Etsebeth outlines why he believes all central banks will attempt to dematerialise notes and coins eventually, […]

Weeks After Seizure, Troubled Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e Is Back Online

Weeks After Seizure, Troubled Bitcoin Exchange BTC-e Is Back Online

BTC-e, the bitcoin exchange charged by US authorities last month with a host of money laundering crimes, has launched a new website weeks after its original one was seized by law enforcement. The site is accessible through the domain btc-e.nz, though it appears that users in some parts […]

The New Pachinko? Exploring the Economics of Initial Coin Offerings

The New Pachinko? Exploring the Economics of Initial Coin Offerings

Dr. Avtar Sehra is CEO and chief architect at Nivaura, a startup aiming to bring blockchain and distributed ledger efficiencies to financial services. In this opinion piece, Sehra explores the emerging markets being built upon cryptocurrencies, shedding light on important aspects of the underlying structural and […]