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Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the unknown person or persons who developed bitcoin, authored the bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed bitcoin’s original reference implementation. As part of the implementation, they also devised the first blockchain database. In the process, they were the first to solve the double-spending problem for digital currency using a peer-to-peer network. They were active in the development of bitcoin up until December 2010.
Bitcoin in Context | Why Bitcoin?
Max Keiser, of maxkeiser.com, James Turk, Director of The GoldMoney Foundation and Pierre Jovanovic, jovanovic.com, tell the story of the introduction of Fiat Money to France.
They discuss John Law and how his money printing fix was seen by the French Regent as a way out of the kingdom’s debt troubles — accumulated by past wars and royal extravagance — a way to avoid the harsh spending cuts that were unavoidable given the difference between income and spending.
Keiser, Turk and Jovanovic talk about the Mississippi Bubble and how speculation in stocks became rampant as banknotes were printed to drive up the value of paper assets, how the French public was caught up in the speculative mania with dreams of untold riches from Louisiana.
They explain how John Law’s success and the riches that he brought the crown ensured his promotion to Minister of Finance.
The trio also discuss how the bubble popped, how all manner of coercive and increasingly desperate steps were taken to prop up the value of shares in the Mississippi Company, including the printing of increasing amount of banknotes. When the banknotes themselves started to depreciate, gold and silver coin were outlawed in an attempt to force the French to use only paper money. The consequences were disastrous, with commerce paralysed and the economy brought to its knees.
FOUR HORSEMEN is free from mainstream media propaganda – the film doesn’t bash bankers, criticise politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. It ignites the debate about how to usher a new economic paradigm into the world which would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.
The global economy is in crisis. The exponential exhaustion of natural resources, declining productivity, slow growth, rising unemployment, and steep inequality, forces us to rethink our economic models. Where do we go from here? In this feature-length documentary, social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new economic system. A Third Industrial Revolution is unfolding with the convergence of three pivotal technologies: an ultra-fast 5G communication internet, a renewable energy internet, and a driverless mobility internet, all connected to the Internet of Things embedded across society and the environment. This 21st century smart digital infrastructure is giving rise to a radical new sharing economy that is transforming the way we manage, power and move economic life. But with climate change now ravaging the planet, it needs to happen fast. Change of this magnitude requires political will and a profound ideological shift.
What is Money.
Parts 1-3 & 4-5
Money is a new form of slavery and is only distinguishable from the old slavery simply by the fact that it is impersonal—that there is no human relation between master and slave. Debt in government, corporate and household has reached astronomical proportions. Where does all this money come from How could there be that much money to lend The answer is that there isn’t…
The workings of the modern money system by explores the foundations of fractional-reserve banking. New money enters the economy through the indebtedness of borrowers, thus not only obligating the public to the money-issuing private banks but also creating an endless and self-escalating debt that can never be repaid.
Part 4-5 – Promises unleashed
Bailouts, stimulus packages, debt piled upon debt—where will it all end? How did we get into a situation where there has never been more material wealth and productivity and yet everyone is in debt to bankers? And now, all of a sudden, the bankers have no money and we the taxpayers, have to rescue them by going even further into debt! If this is puzzling to you, you are not alone. Very few people understand, even though all of us are affected—and this is by design…
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Business | Professional
Conferences | Meet-Ups
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Bitcoin is an electronic payment system created in 2009. It allows you to send money to anyone in the world, without the need for a central authority to issue accounts or process payments.
It was created as a solution to the modern financial system, whereby a small number of large banks control the issuance of accounts and the processing of transactions. This centralizes the control of money, and forces users to trust the banks to act responsibly.
Essential Resources | Links
Bitcoin.org was originally registered and owned by Bitcoin’s first two developers, Satoshi Nakamoto and Martti Malmi. When Nakamoto left the project, he gave ownership of the domain to additional people, separate from the Bitcoin developers, to spread responsibility and prevent any one person or group from easily gaining control over the Bitcoin project. Bitcoin.org
Satoshi Nakamoto’s original paper is still recommended reading for anyone studying Bitcoin Bitcoin.org
Redeen your FastBitcoins Vouchers or find a merchant. Official website for FastBitcoins
At Lightning Labs, we develop software that powers the Lightning Network. Our open source, secure, and scalable Lightning systems enable users to send and receive money more efficiently than ever before. We also offer a series of verifiable, non-custodial Lightning-based financial services. We bridge the world of open source software and the next-generation of bitcoin financial software.
Exchanges | UK
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CoinCorner has been helping people to buy Bitcoin since 2014. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are changing the way we think about money – so, wherever you are in your journey, we’re here with quick, easy and trusted Bitcoin services.
Coinfloor is the UK’s longest established Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange. Founded with a focus on trust, security and reliability, our goal has always been to create a safe and accessible place to trade and invest in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. Est 2012
The official site of FastBitcoins Voucher System. Redeem your vouchers, Buy or Sell Bitcoin.
Exchanges | Decentralised
Fast and secure decentralized digital asset exchange. The new crypto currency trading standard is here.
Bisq is an open-source, peer-to-peer application that allows you to buy and sell cryptocurrencies in exchange for national currencies. No registration required.
IDEX is a hybrid, semi-decentralized exchange that provides a trustless, real-time, high-throughput
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Library | General Bitcoin
What makes Bitcoin so special? What sets Bitcoin apart from every other monetary asset that preceded it? What is a monetary asset in the first place? What is money? What is inflation? Who benefits from it? What is scarcity? Is Bitcoin’s mining process wasteful? Is Bitcoin a religion or a rejection of religious beliefs? All of this and more
“Knut Svanholm’s Bitcoin – Sovereignty Through Mathematics, is not an introduction to Bitcoin nor an explanation of its technical workings. Rather, this book is an homage to a new lifeform. Bitcoin, the system, ushers in a new Age where money is separated from the state. Here, that story is beautifully and lovingly told.
Collating many ideas of the Austrian school of economics, he relates Bitcoin’s strengths in time-value of money, scarcity, and its role in the history of money and trade. Knut also introduces the idea of ‘absolute scarcity’ which, if true, will make Bitcoin the most valuable man-made asset ever.” Amzon customer
In 2008, while the world was busy panicking about the global financial crisis, a computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message on an out-of-the-way mailing list. I ve been working on a new electronic cash system, he said. It might make sense to get some just in case it catches on. Nobody seemed to care. But what he had programmed would become the world s most famous alternative currency: Bitcoin. Economists, anarchists, speculators, computer coders, libertarians, criminals and entrepreneurs were inspired across the world. Early adopters would make a return two million times larger than their investment. Now it seems that Bitcoin will do to banking and finance what email did to the postal service and what the internet did to publishing: destroy old monopolies and create opportunities for the masses. Some even suggest that the technology behind Bitcoin will usurp our Western systems of representative democracy. In this gripping book, Dominic Frisby sets out to solve the mystery surrounding the identity of Bitcoin s secretive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. He shows how Bitcoin will change the world. And, perhaps most importantly of all, he does something nobody else has hitherto been able to do: he explains in layman s language exactly how it works.
“Bitcoin is one of the most important innovations of our time – it will transform the way we do business. Dominic Frisby has written a great account. Read it and glimpse into the future”.
—Sir Richard Branson
The modern world turns on universally-accepted ideas of currency and ownership. Bitcoin, and its underlying technology, offer the potential to move control of these key institutions from change-prone governments to a secure storage system that independently records value and ownership in a distributed public ledger called “the blockchain.”
Grokking Bitcoin opens up this powerful distributed ledger system, exploring the technology that enables applications both for Bitcoinbased financial transactions and using the blockchain for registering physical property ownership.
“Written in a clear and easy to understand style, this book is a terrific resource for understanding this amazing technology. Highly recommended.“
Steve Foster- Amazon
Inventing Bitcoin: The Technology Behind the First Truly Scarce and Decentralized Money Explained
Bitcoin may well be the greatest invention of our time, and most people have no idea what it is, or how it works. Walking through its invention step by step, this short two hour read is critical before you invest.
No technical expertise required! Read it, then share it with your loved ones.
“In this book, you won’t find political manifestos or even a shred of conjecture about investment strategies. Pritzker deftly avoids using this as an opportunity to preach why everyone should hold BTC, allowing instead for the objective facts surrounding the tech to demonstrate why this is such revolutionary technology.” Amazon review
When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small Online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications.
“This is a wonderful book written by a world-class economist. Saifedean Ammous really knows his monetary history and has clear and logical explanations of not only how money works, but why some money works better than others. He makes a compelling argument for why Bitcoin is superior to other forms of money tried in the past. As a bonus, he goes into why so much of “blockchain technology” is mostly hype” Jimmy Song
While many books explain the how of bitcoin, The Internet of Money delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert and author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology.
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The Little Bitcoin Book: Why Bitcoin Matters for Your Freedom, Finances, and Future
You’ve probably heard about Bitcoin on the news or heard it being discussed by your friends or colleagues. How come the price keeps changing? Is Bitcoin a good investment? How does it even have value? Why do people keep talking about it like it’s going to change the world? The Little Bitcoin Book tells the story of what’s wrong with money today, and why Bitcoin was invented.
“Everyone has friends or family who have heard about Bitcoin, but how do you get them started? There are good books on Bitcoin economics (The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous) and technology (Programming Bitcoin by Jimmy Song). Yet, despite being excellent resources, these books may be a bit too deep for a total newcomer. The Little Bitcoin Book is the solution”. Amazon review
Falling down the Bitcoin rabbit hole is a strange experience. Like many others, I feel like I have learned more in the last couple of years studying Bitcoin than I have during two decades of formal Education.
“I loved this book and (the author) Gigi’s account of what he learned as he explored bitcoin. The writing is engaging and the order makes it easy to digest in well segmented “chunks”. Browse and consume, flick forward, flick back – perfect!” Amazon customer
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This follow-up to “Bitcoin: Sovereignty Through Mathematics” describes the old boxes we have been operating within, and how Bitcoin encourages us to challenge and reshape them. It takes the reader deeper down the rabbit hole and reveals how the honey badger that lives there is still indifferent to people’s opinions about it.
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Library | Technical Bitcoin
Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the knowledge you need to participate in the internet of money. Whether you’re building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this revised and expanded second edition provides essential detail to get you started.
“Mastering Bitcoin is the best technical reference available on bitcoin today. And bitcoin is likely to be seen in retrospect as the most important technology of this decade. As such, this book is an absolute must-have for any developer, especially those interested in building applications with the bitcoin protocol. Highly recommended.”
– Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis), General Partner Andreessen Horowitz
Programming Bitcoin: Learn How to Program Bitcoin from Scratch
Dive into Bitcoin technology with this hands-on guide from one of the leading teachers on Bitcoin and Bitcoin programming. Author Jimmy Song shows Python programmers and developers how to program a Bitcoin library from scratch.
“The exercises in this book will not only teach you the mechanics of working with the blockchain but also [give you] an intuition for the elegance and beauty of this technology.”
Bitcoin is misunderstood, multifaceted, complex and evolving at a staggering rate. Show host Max Buybit and guests discus its impact on the world and help dispel the myths surrounding bitcoin, blockchain and banking.
The Bitcoin takeover podcast is structured in topical sessions which reveal one dimension of the Bitcoin space at a time. Topics include politics, economics, security and society & culture
Bitcoin is the future of money, that is my firm belief. In this show, I speak with the amazing people who are building and contributing to this revolutionary new industry. The ‘rapid-fire’ episodes give you some concise info and insights, the ‘further discussion’ episodes let you listen in on a more casual and open dialogue with each guest.
With Bottom-shelf Bitcoin you don’t have to be a cryptographer or computer scientist to understand Bitcoin. I’m breaking down complex subjects into easily understood pieces, and putting those pieces on the bottom shelf, where anyone can reach them
Podcasting my journey learning bitcoin hoping it makes yours a bit easier.
The Investor’s Podcast Network is an exclusive business podcast network that currently has four shows. Our main show “We Study Billionaires” has 30 Million+ downloads.
Bitcoin current events, technical news, and commentary.
Bitcoin can be a very deep and confusing rabbit hole to fall into.
This podcast is for people who are looking for answers.
Daniel Prince, author of Choose Life, is on a mission to share real life stories of how Bitcoin has changed and shaped individuals and families lives forever.
The Cryptoconomy is where you’ll learn everything about the technology, history, philosophy, economics, & more from the most brilliant minds in the space!
The transformational power of the hardest and scarcest money ever created in human history, Bitcoin, combined with logical-ethical principles of Austrian Economics
The 5th anti-money laundering directive
On 19 April 2018, the European Parliament adopted the 5th Anti‑Money Laundering Directive. The amendments stemmed from the European Commission’s 2016 Action Plan to tackle the use of the financial system for the funding of criminal activities, terrorist financing and the large‑scale obfuscation of funds.
These papers set out HMRC’s view of the appropriate tax treatment of cryptoassets, based on the law as it stands on the date of publication.
HMRC has published guidance for people who hold cryptoassets (or cryptocurrency as they are also known), explaining what taxes they may need to pay, and what records they need to keep.
HMRC has also published further information for businesses and companies about the tax treatment of cryptoasset transactions.
As amended June 2019.
The FATF Recommendations set out a comprehensive and consistent framework of measures which countries should implement in order to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Countries have diverse legal, administrative and operational frameworks and different financial systems, and so cannot all take identical measures to counter these threats.
The FATF Recommendations, therefore, set an international standard, which countries should implement through measures adapted to their particular circumstances. The FATF Standards comprise the Recommendations themselves and their Interpretive Notes, together with the applicable definitions in the Glossary.Download
Video | Documentaries
If the notion of bitcoin intrigues you, yet you find yourself intimidated by the complicated techno-jargon surrounding it, then the documentary “Bitcoin: Beyond the Bubble” is for you
Bitcoin: The End of Money as we Know It examines the meteoric ascent of the revolutionary cryptocurrency which rose from the ashes of the 2008 global financial crisis. As economies, and ultimately people, struggle all over the world, Bitcoin purports to provide an antidote to a world in which money is created irresponsibly by private banks. This Kickstarter funded film dissects the underlying assumptions that we make about money, and also questions the Bitcoin advocates assertions about this new digital currency. Will Bitcoin really signify the inauguration of a new Internet-based monetary system, or is it a Ponzi scheme, another bubble waiting to burst? Several experts and economic commentators, some enthusiastic and others sceptical about the potential of Bitcoin are cross-examined as the documentary explores the question: Is this the end of money as we know it?
Magic Money is a documentary film which explores the mysterious origins of Bitcoin, its role in society, and how it could shape the future of our world.
What if we could create money ourselves, without the need for banks? Money that can’t be forged, that will appreciate rather than depreciate, and that can be used worldwide without transaction costs. It exists, and some people consider it to be the digital version of gold: bitcoin. This program examines where the bottom line lies, now that this globally disruptive currency has grown to maturity. Is bitcoin the blueprint for fair money, separated from banks or states, or the largest pyramid scheme ever?
The Bitcoin Phenomenon looks at the history, the Politics, ideologies, & conflicts between the “early adopters”. Produced by SQ1.tv (2014)
Amund Sjølie Sveen takes us on a road trip across Scandinavia to learn more about bitcoin blockchains and digital currencies. Along the way he seeks out environments and meet people who have a relationship with Bitcoin, as users, lawyers, government officials, enthusiasts and sceptics.
Economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars portrays this exciting technology in interviews with software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia. The Blockchain and Us is no explainer video of the technology. It gives a view on the topic, makes it accessible and starts a conversation about its potential wider implications in a non-technical way. The film deliberately poses more questions than it answers.
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin opens an uncharted world of new possibilities to explore. We’ll follow the stories of entrepreneurs and startups that are helping shape the new financial frontier. We’ll look at the competitive mining market and the various subcultures within the Bitcoin community.” You’ll encounter a variety of characters and opinions as we examine the social and political impact of an open-source digital currency.
Examining the history of money and patterns of technological innovation to explain how the controversial crypto-currency Bitcoin works
Essential viewing, 10 part series charting Bitcoin’s journey from the beginning. Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert from the Keiser Report present TO THE MOON, a series on the journey of Bitcoin. Including interviews with the freaks, the geeks, the trolls, the Cypherpunks, the innovators and all those who got rich, REKT or famous along the way. Highly recommended, Get started right away
Ulterior States, an IamSatoshi production, is an argumentative documentary project. The participatory development, production and post ‘guerilla-film-making-methods’, bounced between (non-academic) literature research, video interviews and studio sessions. This investigative process allowed having real-life conversations with some thought leaders within the Bitcoin ecosystem. In an attempt to portray the community behind the message to adopt a network, being a one-man team allowed for easier access to the subjects. The enthusiasm and commitment that saturate through the lens in many parts of the film, expose how the adopters of Bitcoin want to explore, to probe and, to show the world, something important, otherwise overlooked. The film took three years and 125 videos to complete. Through this journey, I got immersed in the decentralised crypto-currency culture and met a bunch of wonderful futuristic-pirates, I would have never met otherwise. It is becoming easier to admit that Ulterior States is an expression of my perceptions, an extract of the years 2012-2015. The collaged story explores code as activism and discovers a melting pot through the neutrality of a decentralised consensus. It looks to the future from different humanist perspectives and argues that crypto-currencies could lead towards; community governed micro-state applications. Winner of Berlin Independent Film Festival 2018 Micro Budget Feature Ulterior States was completely self-funded and produced as a final project for London South Bank University [MA – Arts & Humanity – Digital Film].