Why Ethereum’s Privacy Matters and What’s Being Built to Support It

Mixers. Computational data layers. Zero-knowledge proofs: these are just a few of the technologies being leveraged to enhance privacy on the ethereum blockchain. Privacy for a public blockchain network is a bit of an oxymoron, given that, by nature of the technology’s design, data must be shared and widely distributed on the network in order […]

Zcoin Cryptocurrency Pumps 85% in 48 Hours Because Privacy Matters

By CCN Markets: Zcoin (XZC) gained 85% over the past 48 hours as cryptocurrency traders speculated on the build-up to the launch of Sigma – a technical upgrade on the Zerocoin privacy protocol. Created in 2013 by a Johns Hopkins University professor, the Zerocoin protocol influenced an entire generation of privacy coins. Those include well-known […]

Zcoin Cryptocurrency Pumps 85% in 48 Hours Because Privacy Matters

By CCN Markets: Zcoin (XZC) gained 85% over the past 48 hours as cryptocurrency traders speculated on the build-up to the launch of Sigma – a technical upgrade on the Zerocoin privacy protocol. Created in 2013 by a Johns Hopkins University professor, the Zerocoin protocol influenced an entire generation of privacy coins. Those include well-known […]

Why Decentralization Matters in the Crypto Republic

On May 30, Tezos implemented the amendment Athens A, as the result of a voting process that involved its baker nodes (the Tezos equivalent of “miners”) from Feb. 28 to May 30. Although the actual relevance of the upgrade was quite small (see below), the Tezos community underlines that the test was a milestone. The […]

Why Bitcoin’s ‘Culture War’ Matters

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. Let’s talk about bitcoin, toxicity and inclusiveness. (Boy, my Twitter feed is going to have fun over the next few days.) To start with, let me take a position: I stand with those […]

Why Coinbase’s Move Into Proof-of-Stake Matters

Is Coinbase going to solve the thorny challenges of proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain governance or centralize those systems even further? That’s the question experts in the space are pondering with the recent announcement that Coinbase Custody will offer staking support for Maker, Tezos and Cosmos. The move means institutional investors will be able to vote on […]

US National Debt Hits Terrifying $22 Trillion. This is Why Bitcoin Matters.

Today is a record moment in US history. The total national debt has surpassed $22 trillion for the first time ever. The runaway mountain of debt is a terrifying reminder of how fragile the fiat monetary system is. If you want to watch it pile up in real time, visit the US debt clock. It’s […]

While Wells Fargo Sees an Epic Blackout, Here’s Why Bitcoin Matters

Customers of Wells Fargo, the 13th largest bank in the world, have been unable to gain access to online banking, ATMs, and in some cases credit cards, showing the merit of digital assets like Bitcoin. My card acting funny, can’t get access to the app, and customer service doesn’t seem to be answering the phone. […]

Bitcoin Artist Explains “Why Bitcoin Matters” Through New BTC Sculpture

A sculptor inspired by Bitcoin has created a beautiful piece of artwork commemorating the financial and technological innovation. Each element of the sculpture highlights an important quality of the decentralised digital currency. The piece has been created by cryptocurrency artist Simon Moratz (Twitter handle @mycryptoart. The all-natural, wooden and stone creation is currently on sale […]