Special Report: The Highs and Hazards of Bitcoin
Bitcoin has gone from being an experiment in anarchy to becoming a billion dollar online currency. Follow its continuing evolution here
The Evolution of Bitcoin
Bitcoin, the leading online alternative currency, has attracted high-minded entrepreneurs and crooks alike. These are critical times for the cryptocurrency, as economic and technological forces alter its evolution in ways that could lead to its corruption.
IEEE Spectrum provided in-depth reporting as specialized bitcoin-mining computers began to concentrate control of the currency in the hands of a few. And we tapped expert economists to explain Bitcoin’s rapid rise to become a $1 billion currency. We’re also providing ongoing interviews and profiles of the people and start-ups that are finding ways to fix Bitcoin’s weaknesses and working on the next great online currency.
The computing power of the network that runs Bitcoin doubled in October, pushing out all but the most dedicated (and richest) miners. Could an alternative currency, Litecoin, be the solution?
Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged "Dread Pirate Roberts," is arrested and an online drug market disabled
BitMonet micropayment platform monetizes online content in a way that finally makes sense
Bitcoin could break into the $400 billion global remittance market
And the freedom-loving Bitcoin community is welcoming the government’s action
The Internet Archive Credit Union comes to the 2013 Bitcoin conference waving an olive branch
From virtual wallets to hashes and nonces, follow Alice's payment to Bob, and learn how bitcoins change hands
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Bitcoin isn’t as anonymous as you might think, but Zerocoin could make it so
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Bertram suggests that a Bitcoin staging ground is vital to realizing the cryptocurrency’s full potential