12:00am

Thu November 21, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: How could digital currencies, like Bitcoin, change the future of our economy?


Bitcoin, the most popular online cash system to date, saw a victory this week, when federal officials told members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee that virtual currencies are not illegal.  But questions about how to regulate online money still remain.  If digital currencies are allowed to grow, how will Bitcoin and others affect the global economy?  Do you use them? Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Matt Martin and You.

Guests:

Vitalik Buterin, computer science student at the University of Waterloo and a writer for Bitcoin Magazine

Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software

Angela Angelovska Wilson, lawyer at Latham & Watkins specializing in alternative payment systems

Resources:

Bitcoin

Wired: Bitcoin Boomtown: Digital Currency Tops $400, Mining Rigs Sell for $3M

Financial Review: Bitcoin rivals churn out new digital currencies but Ripple stands out

Reason Magazine: Bitcoin Price Hits a New High as the Virtual Currency Grows in Popularity

MIT technology Review: Leading Economist Predicts a Bitcoin Backlash 

Your Call: "Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity" by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne 

Reason Magazine: Bitcoin: More than Money

NPR: Bitcoin Hits Record High After Senate Panel Told It's Legal

Washington Post: 12 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about Bitcoin

MIT Technology Review: What Bitcoin is and why it matters

MIT Technology Review: Bitcoin hits the big time to the regret of some early boosters

MIT Technology Review: Mapping the Bitcoin economy could reveal users’ identities

LA Times: U.S. agencies tell Senate Bitcoins offer legitimate benefits

Readwrite: What The Bitcoin Bubble Really Says About The Cryptocurrency

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