Ecuador launches new digital currency – but most residents know little about it

Bill passed last July gives Central Bank authority to create digital dollars, but opinions divided along party lines amid concerns of a presidential power grab

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I Visit Libraries to Sell Bitcoins to Random People from the Internet

  This story was first published by Motherboard.Vice – I’d been interested in Bitcoin since I first heard of it in early 2013. I even bought a few then, but I never had much chance to use it or interact with the community until I started selling it to people I met online. Setting up [...]

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Support Your Favorite Independent Journalist

Hey! Please support my writing and independent, user supported journalism. Contributoria (owned by The Guardian) is an interesting new experiment where writers are supported by readers rather than advertisers. Please sign-up for a free account and “donate” your points to my proposal (linked below). If I reach the goal then I’ll write and publish a long-form narrative that [...]

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Winter

This week’s post is a bit of a divergence. It’s some photos (taken last week in Connecticut) and a short poem.

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2015: The Year of Bitcoin

A decade ago I self-published a collection of letters from travels in South America and I talked about money a lot. The irony is, I hated consumerism and capitalism and all those things we associate with the dollar sign—but it’s a simple language we all understand. Telling someone how different prices were from where I [...]

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On Violence

Violence is a projection of weakness, not just when journalists are attacked, but always.

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A Much More Divided New York

A few weeks ago, on December 13th, I joined the Millions March in New York City. Tens of thousands of people from all races and backgrounds came out. Sure, it was sparked by two singular incidents, but there seemed to be a general understanding that the two incidents were symptoms of much larger, more entrenched [...]

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We Will Not Be Silenced

From a statement released by Ferguson Action in response to the mayor calling for a moratorium on protests in New York: Activists issued a scathing statement this afternoon in response to recent attempts by the NYPD to silence the efforts of citizens seeking justice for victims of police violence.  The letter, drafted by Ferguson Action, and [...]

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