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Top Writers or Cryptojournalists who wrote on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in the various online news sites. Please note that the order in which they are arranged is not important.

1. Jon Matonis

Self-described as an e-money researcher and crypto economist who focuses on expanding the circulation of non-political digital currencies. Influential posts at Sumitumo Bank, VISA, VeriSign and Hushmail. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Bitcoin Foundation. Forbes contributor, editor at The Monetary Future economics blog.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonmatonis
The monetary future: https://themonetaryfuture.blogspot.co.uk/

Text source: Wikipedia | Image source: CoinDesk.com

2. Andry Greenberg

Senior writer for WIRED, covering security, privacy, information freedom and hacker culture.
His works: https://www.wired.com/author/andy-greenberg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/a_greenberg
Source: wired.com

3. Adam Reese – writer, ETH News


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-reese-52a752b4/
Adam Reese is a Los Angeles-based writer interested in technology, domestic and international politics, social issues, infrastructure and the arts. Adam is a full-time staff writer for ETHNews and holds value in Ether.
His work: https://www.ethnews.com/author/adam-reese/page=4
Source: ethnews.com

4. Gwern Branwen

“I’m a writer/independent researcher who specializes in writing about odd and niche subjects: self-experiments on nootropics & sleep & cognition, the dark net markets and Bitcoin, statistical analyses of unexpected topics, meta-analyses, anime, and the occasional short story or poem; you may have seen some of my writing on HN or Reddit, or featured in the Economist or Wired. If you find any of that interesting, perhaps you could contribute? (Some of my projects and writings take a long time and steady support is much appreciated.)”
Personal website: https://www.gwern.net/

Source: patreon.com/gwern

5. Jeremy Nation, writer ETH News


Jeremy Nation is a writer living in Los Angeles with interests in technology, human rights, and cuisine. He is a full time staff writer for ETHNews and holds value in Ether.
Work: https://www.ethnews.com/author/jeremy-nation
Source: ethnews.com

6. Anthony Akentiev – Contributor at BlockChain News


Founder of the Chain.Cloud consulting company and a crypto-enthusiast. We work in partnership with our clients, advising them how to use/integrate Blockchain technology in order to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. We identify opportunities by answering where does Blockchain fit in and what can you do with it. Former C++ developer and entrepreneur. CTO of a several startups.

Personal website: www.chain.cloud
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaindotcloud

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

7. Richard Kastelein – Publisher, editor in chief at the-blockchain.com

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travellenearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kastelein
Twitter: https://twitter.com/expathos
LinkedIn: http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+RichardKastelein
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/expathos/

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

8. Adriana Hamacher – Contributing Editor at blockchain news

Adriana Hamacher is an award winning writer, seasoned web content editor and BBC trained broadcast journalist and producer. She has written and produced items on subjects from technology to techno, for outlets as diverse as Economist Insights, the Discovery Channel, BBC World and IPC Magazines. She currently writes about Blockchain, robotics and automation, the Internet of Things, ICT, human-computer interaction, design and high performance computing for Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Robohub.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adriana.hamacher
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adrianahamacher
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrianahamacher/
Personal website: www.hipgeeks.com
Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

9. Mara McCann – Contributing Editor at BlockChain News

Mara brings a broad base of experience working with a range of clients from software and mobile technologies, to angel investors, to entertainment professionals. Most recently, she has been on the Business Development team for The Hatchery, an Innovation Lab in New York, where she has assisted in numerous successful investment partnership deals. Previously, she has done business development consulting for a post-$25m Series B round, venture-funded Silicon Valley startup, working in the social media and search sector. As well she was an advisor to the founder of a San Francisco-based early stage technology investment incubator, on sourced angel investment deals, high-level networking and PR. She previously wrote for Huffington Post. Currently insane about all things related to Blockchain particularly in relation to government and the future of entertainment. She lives in New York.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mara.mccann
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaraMcCann
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maramccann
Personal website: www.mccannvc.com

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

10. Jurjen Sohne – Contributing Editor at Blockchain News

Jurjen Söhne (aka Juri) is a Contributing Editor for Blockchain News, Founding Partner of The Hackitarians (Dutch Foundation) and Founder of Infinite Playground in the UK. Söhne is a catalyst for innovation active on the cutting-edge of digital, social, science and technology. He has co-organised and hosted a variety of hackathons across Europe ranging from Health, Applied Sustainability down to Television and Media. He i

s a Fellow and Connector of the RSA and has been involved in a number of technology startup project around the world from Singapore to London. A social entrepreneur at heart, and environmentalist by education, Juri revels in driving innovation in technology that betters the planet. He is purpose driven in humanising technology and democratising data for the purpose to increase the human potential and operates as an innovation catalyst – he is always looking to better programs, products, processes through (human-centered) design, (applied) science and (exponential) technologies. Söhne anticipates changing landscapes; easily projecting perspectives into the future and strategising these with proven and emerging technologies in mind. As an Environmental Scientist and Connector for the RSA, he enjoys supporting the Society with dedicated programs to tackle societal challenges. His specialties are Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation, Future Trends, Exponential Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, and Hackathons.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jurjensohne
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jurjensohne
Twitter: https://twitter.com/juris_tweets
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+JurjenS%C3%B6hne
Personal website: www.hackitarians.com
Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

11. Chen Lo – Contributing Editor at BlockChain News

Chen Lo has a hybrid background in finance and technology… after two-years’ experience in software testing in China, she pursued a masters degree in France and worked as an LBO analyst. She sees the fin and the tech closely intertwined – technology is by no means a utopia free of capitalism. She is also a passionate latin ballroom dancer and photographer.

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

12. Adi Ben-Ari Contributor at Blockchain News

Adi Ben-Ari is the co-founder of Applied Blockchain and has 20+ years experience as architect, designer, developer and development/project manager for blue chip companies and more recently start-ups. He has extensive experience in Telecoms sector with Vodafone, T-Mobile, Carphone Warehouse, Nextel, Verizon, KPN, UPC, O2, and Amdocs as well as experience in financial services experience at Lloyd’s Insurance Market and Lloyds Banking Group. Ben Ari has co-invented, designed, and registered a patent in the mobile payments space and his specialties are Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning, Behaviour Profiling, Hadoop, and Enterprise Integration. He has an MBA from Tel Aviv University and B.Sc., Computer Science from Bristol University.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adi_benari
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adibenari/
Google +: https://plus.google.com/+AdiBenAri
Personal website: appliedblockchain.com
Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

13. James Moreau – Freelance Writer

James Moreau is an advocate for the development and exposure of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for the good of society. He has over 10 years of experience as a content marketer in the software industry. He writes, provides strategy and community marketing for a variety of freelance clients who are some of the most well-known players in the Blockchain and cryptocurrency space. He has been blogging for the better part of 16 years and has covered human rights, society, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Fintech, blockchain, branding, social media, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, food, wine and travel.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmoreau
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jrmoreau
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jrmoreau/
Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

14. Jeremy Epstein – Contributing Editor at BlockChain News

Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing, has 20 years of international marketing experience in helping to bring innovative technologies into the mainstream. Most recently, Jeremy was VP, Marketing at Sprinklr which grew from a $20 million valuation and 30 people to $1.3 billion valuation and 900 people in 3 years. Previous work experience includes Microsoft and consulting to start-ups, mid-market firms, and enterprises, including JNJ, Yes To Carrots, and two NY Times best-selling authors (Dan Pink and Gretchen Rubin. Jeremy also spent 3 years living and working in Frankfurt, Germany and Tokyo, Japan. Jeremy is the author of numerous whitepapers and a book, appropriately titled, “It’s ALL on the Blog, DON’T Buy the Book,” and has presented to hundreds of audiences in 15 countries. Jeremy has been the top-ranked speaker at multiple conferences including Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conferences and Microsoft CIO summit among others. Jeremy currently works with some of the leading and most innovative companies in the blockchain/decentralization space including OB1 and OpenBazaar. In December of 2016, he edited and published a collaborative eBook with 33 of the biggest influencers and thought-leaders called “Blockchains in the Mainstream: When Will Everyone Else Know?” Jeremy takes great joy in being an early adopter of new technologies, celebrating the victories (like buying Bitcoin at $80) and the defeats (too many to list) equally. Described by more than one client as a “shot of marketing espresso,” Jeremy discovered his calling for marketing while living in Tokyo in 1997 after reading Peppers and Rodgers “The 1:1 Future” and hasn’t looked back since. Jeremy was a History major at Johns Hopkins, a skill which he wholeheartedly believes prepared him for the marketing profession.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jer979
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jer979
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jer979/
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+jer979

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff

15. Ronald Mulder – Contributor at Blockchain News

Ronald Mulder, Co-Founder of Thesis One is a social entrepreneur and a strategy consultant. Ronald is fascinated by the emancipating and empowering effects of new technology. Over the last fifteen years, Ronald has founded several companies, with varying degrees of success. He is currently conducting an experiment with Basic Income in The Netherlands and he is working on a new implementation of the old idea of mutual insurance. Ronald holds a Masters Degree in Economics and is co-author of the best selling textbook on Entrepreneurship in the Dutch language.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mulderr/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+RonaldMulder1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronaldmulder

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

16. Vitalik Buterin


Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum. He first discovered blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies through Bitcoin in 2011, and was immediately excited by the technology and its potential. He cofounded Bitcoin Magazine in September 2011, and after two and a half years looking at what the existing blockchain technology and applications had to offer, wrote the Ethereum white paper in November 2013. He now leads Ethereum’s research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol.

Personal website: https://about.me/vitalik_buterin
Text source: Source: http://vitalik.ca/files/quickbio.txt | Image source: Coinfox.info

17. Mihai Alisie

Mihai Alisie has been actively involved in the blockchain technology space, since 2011 when he created with Vitalik Buterin the world’s first Bitcoin centric publication – Bitcoin Magazine. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the magazine, until late 2013, when he joined Vitalik in founding the Ethereum project.

In the early days of Ethereum, Mihai led the Swiss efforts to establish the business infrastructure and legal framework critical for the Ethereum “pre-sale” campaign. Following the successful Swiss setup, he oversaw the Ethereum operations as Strategic Manager and Vice-President of the Ethereum Foundation, until late 2015, when he focused his attention on creating the AKASHA social media platform.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MihaiAlisie

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mihaialisie/
Text source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mihaialisie/ | Image source: Twitter

18. Jake Vartanian – Contributor at Blockchain News

Jake Vartanian acquired his first bitcoin for under $1 in April 2011. After sending his first transaction, he realized the monumental impact this newly acquired freedom would eventually have on our planet. Studying every digital currency that came onto the market for hours every day provided unique insight into the space. Experiencing markets develop from their inception, a perspective not achievable in traditional markets, has made it clear that a strong community is the key to growth. In 2016, he founded Cryptodex, a Blockchain consulting and marketing firm to support companies seeking to integrate cryptocurrencies or a digital token into their ecosystems. Balancing his work in Blockchain technologies with a traditional Raja yoga practice rooted in Himalayan Vedantic teachings keeps him attentive and focused (most of the time).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jake.Vartanian.1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeVartanian
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakevartanian/
Personal website: cryptodex.io

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

19. Tim Lea – Contributing Editor at BlockChain News

Frustrated by a corporate career in finance, working with such names as GE Capital, HSBC, and Lloyds Bank, Tim Lea took the entrepreneurial leap of faith and plunged deep into Web 1.0 in February 1995, setting up an internet cafe-bar & restaurant and a web design house, which he sold in 2001, prior to calling Australia his home. Lea is the author of Blockchain: Down The Rabbit Hole: (Discover The Power Of The Blockchain) Here, he followed his passion for screenwriting, culminating in him writing, directing and co-producing an internationally award-winning feature film, 54 Days in 2014. When Tim went own the Blockchain Rabbit Hole for the first time in early 2015 he had that light bulb moment when he realised there was the chance to finally do something about film piracy and theft, leveraging this new and powerful technology. From here he set up Veredictum.io . He is a published author, and a regular speaker, writer and trainer on the strategic applications of the Blockchain.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tim.lea.988
Twitter: https://twitter.com/timothylea2
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timlea/
Personal Website: scripts.veredictum.io/

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

20. Bruce Pon – Contributor at BlockChain News

Bruce Pon is the CEO/Co-Founder of BigchainDB, a blockchain database that allows developers and enterprises to deploy decentralised applications. Prior to BigchainDB, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm specialised in building banks and industry startups in Europe and Asia for companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi. He has an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has advanced training from MIT Sloan, University of Cambridge and IMD.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bruce.pon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrucePon
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ponbruce/
Personal website: www.bigchaindb.com
Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

21. Alex Fork – Contributor at BlockChain News

Alex Fork is the CEO of the Humaniq project, a Banking 4.0 project designed to help lift the unbanked out of poverty in emerging economies. Humaniq is a combination of Blockchain, biometric identification technology, mobile and online banking. He is a member of the board at Bitcoin Foundation Russia, author of the book “Bitcoin. More than money” and the founder of the Future Fintech accelerator. Fork has been a speaker at numerous fintech conferences and in May 2016, he organised an Ethereum conference with Vlad Martynov (Ethereum advisory board) and Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum founder), which was attended by over 500 banking professionals.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fork.alex
Twitter: https://twitter.com/humaniq_co
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexfork/
Personal website: www.humaniq.co

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

22. Dwight Sproull – Contributor at BlockChain News

Dwight Sproull is an analytical and creative writer and communicator with a significant amount of international experience, including living overseas for almost six years working for global companies. He’s currently based in Moscow. Previously, as head of Social Media for Social Discovery Ventures in New York City, he conceived, planned, and implemented social media strategy for eight separate brands across a diverse array of platforms including Facebook, G+, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube managing social media and video advertising campaigns to achieve optimal results. Sproull harks from the US where he got his BA in History and Political Science from the University of Houston. Currently he’s working on a number of projects including Humaniq – a Blockchain banking project for the bankless, where he puts his writing and communication skills to work disseminating Blockchain and it’s potential to so alleviate poverty in emerging economies by helping empower some of the world’s 2 billion bankless to participate in the digital economy.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dwight.sproull
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dwight-sproull-51916722/

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

23. Tiana Laurence – Contributor at BlockChain News

Tiana Laurence is Co-founder & CMO of Factom, a Blockchain-as-a-service technology company. Under Tiana’s direction, the company has secured a grant from The Gates Foundation and a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to work on Blockchain projects using Factom’s technology. She’s very passionate about utilizing Blockchain technology to help developing nations with land titles, government transparency, and securing medical records.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tiana.laurence
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurencetiana
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tianalaurence/
Personal website: www.factom.com

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

24. Ransu Salovaara – Contributor at BlockChain News

CEO of TokenMarket: Digital asset marketplace for investors & growth companies. Creator of BitcoinETI, the first bitcoin-backed exchange traded instrument. Financial industry executive specialised in cryptocurrencies, digital assets and blockchain technology. Revoltura is a company specialised on creating and managing publicly traded, EU passported disruptive investment products. This year we launched Europe’s first bitcoin-backed Exchange Traded Instrument, BitcoinETI, that is listed in Gibraltar Stock Exchange and traded in Frankfurt Stock Exchange. TokenMarket is an information, crowdsale and exchange platform for digital assets. We help startups and projects with all aspects of ICO’s (Initial Coin Offering), including smart contract security audits, escrow, token distribution, etc. Urram Investments is a family office focusing on fixed income investments, mainly corporate bonds in Europe and in the USA. We also actively look for new, interesting investment opportunities.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ransu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ransu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ransu/

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

25. Trent McConaghy – Contributor at BlockChain News

Trent’s vision is to have a shared public database for the internet, to allow sovereign management of personal data and to celebrate the cultural commons while compensating creators. Towards this, he works on the IPDB network & foundation, BigchainDB blockchain database software, Coala IP protocol, and advise Estonian E-residency program. These are building blocks towards his long-term goal – to help ensure that humanity has a role in an increasingly autonomous world. Trent started my career by doing AI research for Canadian national defense in the 1990s, while still an undergraduate. Then, in his first startup (ADA), he explored creative AI. ADA was acquired in 2004 and then extended that work during his PhD, and found a way to reconcile machine creativity with existing engineering knowledge. In his second startup (Solido), he leveraged AI to help drive Moore’s Law, which was under threat due to manufacturing variations. Now, Solido SW is used for most modern chip designs. Most recently Trent co-founded ascribe to help compensate creators in the digital era (via IP on the blockchain) and this work evolved into IPDB, BigchainDB, and Coala IP. More: -PhD in EE from KU Leuven, Belgium. Awarded #1 thesis worldwide in the field. -BE EE and BsC CS from U Saskatchewan, Canada. Awarded #1 final year thesis. -Did ML research for Canadian Department of National Defense. -Wrote 2 Books on ML, circuits and creativity. Also 35 Papers, 20 Patents. -Keynotes & invited talks at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley, JPL, Nvidia, IFA+ Summit, Data Science Day Berlin, PyData Berlin, more. Regular lecturer at Data Science Retreat [link]. -Organize Singularity Meets Self Improvement [link] and co-organize Berlin Machine Learning [link] meetups. Co-organized workshops on ML / circuits. TPC / reviewer for many conferences & journals -Past projects: painting, BCI hacking, hypnosis, video game programming, surfing. -Raised in a pig farm in Canada, hacking away on cold winter nights.

Personal Website: www.bigchaindb.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/trentmc0
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trentmc/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trentmc0

Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

26. Timothy Max – Contributor at Blockchain News

Timothy is a Software Engineer from Kenya with more than 6 years of experience in web and mobile application development. He started a successful consulting firm interacting with clients from Kenya, UK and US. He is self taught and loves the learning journey. Through this he has gained a vast knowledge and experience in problem solving and tech.
He is also an entrepreneur and has ran a startup providing an ecommerce solution and empowering small business owners in Kenya, duka.io. Through this he has gained experience in management and marketing.
He is a firm believer of the power of blockchain technology and he is a cryptocurrency investor, trader, developer, and aspiring entrepreneur. He is also a Solidity(Ethereum) developer. He is researching on how blockchain can be applied in regions with low literacy, smartphone penetration and internet connectivity. He believes that is where the opportunity lies.
Currently developing a financial system for the African market, vpesa.com
He has been an active participant in the Kenyan tech ecosystem, organizing several groups including Nairobi JS and participating in several events. Through this he has gained networks and skills in community management and event planning.
He speaks about tech from time to time, alongside mentoring upcoming software developers.
Source http://www.the-blockchain.com/staff/

27. Kyle Torpey – Freelance Writer

Kyle Torpey is a freelance writer and researcher who has been following bitcoin since 2011. His work has been featured in VICE Motherboard, Business Insider, NASDAQ, New York Post, The Next Web, American Banker and other media outlets. Contributor at Crypto Insider.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyletorpey
Website: kyletorpey.com

28. Justin Connel – Writer for Crypto Insider

His work: https://cryptoinsider.com/author/justin-connell/

29. Giulio Prisco – Editor in Chief, Crypto Insider

Editor-in-Chief of Crypto Insider. Writer, crypto fan, futurist, sometime philosopher.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giulioprisco
Twitter: https://twitter.com/giulioprisco
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/giulioprisco/

Source: Wikipedia

30. Connor O’Higgins – writer for Crypto Insider

Conor O’Higgins has been a digital nomad for seven years. He learned the internet marketing game with Google and Facebook ads, but in the wake of the Snowden revelations, abandoned that to help marketing and communications for a more decentralized, encrypted internet. He is not a fan of current implementations of social media, but can be contacted through conorohiggins.com
Website: www.connorhiggins.com

31. Jamie Redman – writer at 99Bitcoins, bitcoin.com

Jamie Redman is a bitcoin enthusiast, graphic artist, and journalist with an intense passion for free markets and sound money.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamieCrypto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamie.redman.374

32. Brian Booker – Writer at 99bitcoins

Originally from Malaysia, today lives in th e US Brian is the news guy. He writes up all of the weekly news updates and makes sure to keep everyone in the loop of what’s new in the Bitcoin arena.
His work: https://99bitcoins.com/author/brianb/
Image and text: 99bitcoins

33. Sterlin Lujan – writer, bitcoin.com


Sterlin Lujan is a journalist, editor, speaker, anarchist, and essayist. He has been involved with cryptocurrency and Bitcoin since 2012. Sterlin is especially interested in the intersection of psychology and cryptography. He has written on behavioral economics in regards to innovative technology, and was one of the first to write about the emerging field of cryptopsychology on bitcoin.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psychologicanarchist
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeUJZngyFcacT_N96vocK5w
Text source: bitcoin.com | Image source: news.bitcoin.com

34. Kevin Helms – staff writer/editor, Bitcoin.com

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.
His work: https://news.bitcoin.com/author/kevin-helms/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevinhelms01
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/109223545760667792365
Text & Image source: bitcoin.com

35. Steven Hay – Writer at 99bitcoins

A former futures trader. Steven’s keen interest in matters financial, economic and political eventually led him to conclude that the current, debt-based fiat system is broken. It was a natural step from there to investing in gold and, in early 2013, Bitcoin.

Image and text: 99bitcoins

36. Nanok Bie – Editor in chief, bitcoin.com


Nanok Bie is a journalist with 20+ years of experience from the newspaper, television and online media industries. Nanok has been researching Bitcoin (the intersection of media, technology and macroeconomics) since early 2011. Nanok has gathered extensive experience from fast-paced newsrooms as well as from building web and mobile services from the ground up. Claim to fame: Nanok was one of the world’s first bloggers in 1995, founded Sweden’s (and probably the world’s) first blog community in 1996 (Reload.org, now inactive).
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanok
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nanok/
Text & Image source: bitcoin.com

37. Allen Scott – Editor in Chief, Bitcoinist; writer Bitcoin.com


Allen is an editor and content creator at Bitcoinist.com. He has a background in journalism and economics and had his Bitcoin “Aha!” moment in 2013. He has interviewed some of the most prominent experts, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders within the cryptocurrency space.”
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allen-scott-01614b9b/
Twitter: @allenscottoshi
Work on Bitcoin.com: https://news.bitcoin.com/author/allen/
Text & Image source: bitcoin.com

38. Antonio Madeira – Author, Bitcoinist

Antonio is a 24-year old cryptocurrency enthusiast from Portugal. He’s a firm believer of Bitcoin and the positive effects it may bring to the world in order to make it a happier and fairer place.
Medium: https://blog.cryptocompare.com/@amadeira_36638
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Antonio-Madeira/100010379820031
Text source: bitcoinist; Image source: Facebook

39. Gregg Sandler – Author, Bitcoinist

Gregg is the newest member of Bitcoinist. He was introduced to cryptocurrency when his Landlord accepted bitcoin for rent. Finds QR codes strangely beautiful. Interests range from personal development, writing, videography, and reality.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helloimgregg/

Text source: bitcoinist; Image source: blog.up.co

40. Evander Smart – Author, Bitcoinist, Bitcoin.com, Cointelegraph.com, CryptoCoinsNews.com and NewsBTC


Evander Smart worked for many years as a Wall Street banker, and has learned how the economy is self-destructing from the inside. His travels, experience and research have led him to Bitcoin as the best way forward for the common man. He looks to spread the word on how Bitcoin can help anyone break the shackles of economic slavery being created by global establishment forces. Evander gets you thinking about what money really is, and how it will work for you going forward. The world of finance is getting ready for incredible changes, and he is getting ready for what’s coming next.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/evander1/

Text source: bitcoinist; Image source: twitter

41. Theo Goodman – Author, Bitcoinist, Bitsonline

Member of the Haasonline team and long standing contributor to World Crypto Network.

Medium: https://medium.com/@theog__
Liberty.me: https://theo.liberty.me/
AngelList: https://angel.co/bitcoinpotato
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theog__

Tsource: bitcoinist; Image source: bitcoinist

42. Wilma Woo – author bitcoinist, insidebitcoins, bitcoinEZ

Wilma stumbled into Bitcoin while studying for her masters in international relations. She began researching, which quickly turned to hodling and a contract to spread the word from Bitcoinist.

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43. Evan Faggart – Senior Editor, Bitcoin.com

Evan is the Senior Editor of Bitcoin.com. He has a bachelor’s degree in History with minors in Economics and Political Science. When he’s not acting like he knows what he’s doing in the newsroom, Evan is most likely playing video games.
Work: https://news.bitcoin.com/author/evanfaggart/
Twitter: @EvanFaggart
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44. William Suberg – writer, Bitcoin.com

William Suberg is a freelance digital tech journalist who has written extensively about Bitcoin, the blockchain and the evolving cryptocurrency ecosystem for a variety of publications. He has been writing for Bitcoin.com since January 2016.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamsuberg

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45. Adam Wyatt – chief analyst and editor for BullBear Analytics


Adam Wyatt (aka, AKWAnalytics) is the Chief Analyst and Editor for BullBear Analytics. Adam has been with BBA for over three years providing daily coverage of the cryptocurrency markets. Adam holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as an MBA with a concentration in Finance from CU-Boulder. Prior to joining BBA Adam was in commercial real estate and consumer banking, although his true passion has always been analyzing and trading financial markets using technical analysis as a foundation. This passion is infused into BBA’s work everyday. Adam resides in Austin, TX where he enjoys live music, good beer, and great people.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BullBearAnalyst
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46. Nicholas Thompson – Editor in chief, WIRED

Nicholas Thompson was named editor in chief of WIRED in 2017. Prior to joining WIRED, Thompson served as editor of NewYorker.com from 2012 to 2017, during which time monthly readership increased by 700 percent. He also oversaw the redesign of the website, the launch of The New Yorker Today app, and the introduction of an online paywall, which contributed to a 130 percent increase in annual subscriptions. Before The New Yorker, Thompson was a senior editor at WIRED, where he assigned and edited the feature story “The Great Escape,” which was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo. During his career, Thompson has written about politics, technology, and law for numerous publications. In 2009, his book “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War” was published to critical acclaim. Thompson is also a contributor for CBS News and regularly appears on CBS This Morning and CBSN. He is a cofounder of The Atavist, a National Magazine Award–winning digital publication. Thompson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Young Leaders Council on the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and a former fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He was a United States Truman Scholar and graduated from Stanford University.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nxthompson
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47. Charlie McCombie


Charlie McCombie is a UK-based author and literary editor at CoinTelegraph. He has a special interest in the legal and societal impacts of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/C_McCombie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Charlie-McCombie-1772144846405152/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-mccombie-9b6654114/
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/105405355968680310963
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48. Vlad Smerkis


Smerkis is an entrepreneur and private investor in blockchain projects of early stages from Moscow. He writes about the blockchain community in Russia, altcoin development and launching ICO’s. Co-founder of crypto-assets fund (The Token Fund, 2017), an author and host of the radio show “Silikonovie Dali” (Silicon Valley) about digital business and innovations on Radio Megapolis 89,5 FM. Former deputy vice-president for international development at Mail.ru Group.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smerkis
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49. Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall is the ex-Chief Editor, and now writer for Cointelegraph. Being involved in the Bitcoin scene since 2014, he enjoys learning, and writing about new ways the blockchain technology can change our world for the better.
Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/andrew_marshall
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50. Joel Velenzuela

Joël Valenzuela is an author. He writes about Bitcoin and politics in the USA. He is also the founder of civic action organization the Rights Brigade, a mover to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, a martial art instructor, and a musician.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDesertLynx
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51. Stan Higgins


A member of CoinDesk’s full-time Editorial staff since 2014, Stan has long been at the forefront of covering emerging developments in the blockchain technology. Stan has previously contributed to financial websites, and is an avid reader of poetry.
Work: https://www.coindesk.com/author/stan-higgins/
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52. Michael del Castillo

A full-time member of the Editorial Team at CoinDesk, Michael covers bitcoin and blockchain applications. His writing has been published in the New Yorker, Silicon Valley Business Journal and Upstart Business Journal. Michael is not an investor in any digital currencies or blockchain projects. He has previously held value in bitcoin.
Work: https://www.coindesk.com/author/mdelcastillo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/delrayman
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53. Marc Hochstein

Marc Hochstein joined CoinDesk as managing editor in September 2017 and is helping to lead the digital media startup’s next phase of expansion. A veteran business journalist with more than 20 years experience covering financial services, Marc was most recently the editor-in-chief at American Banker, where he was responsible for some of the earliest mainstream news coverage of bitcoin and the innovations it later inspired. Marc has a small holding of bitcoin.
Work: https://www.coindesk.com/author/mhochstein/
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54. Rachel Rose O’Leary

Rachel-Rose O’Leary (IRL) is an artist and writer currently based in Amsterdam. Her research concerns philosophy, encryption technologies, and eroticism. As an artist she explores methods of concept dissemination such as online publishing, workshops, and street wear. She is a project member of MALWARE: weaponized tech wearables, a company issuing jewellery design equipped with computer viruses. She is editor and writer at Leditie.nl, an Amsterdam-based magazine investigating the technological frontiers with a particular emphasis on crypto. She is also a board member of the Blockchain Association of Ireland, and is currently attending the Dirty Art Department, Sandberg Institute. She received a BA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT, Dublin in 2014, and was awarded the Visual Artists Award for Best Graduate
Work: https://www.coindesk.com/author/rachelroseoleary/
GitHub: https://github.com/rachel-rose
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55. Alicia Naumoff

Tampere-based PhD Student in Social Policy, focusing on finding new and innovative solutions for improvement of pension systems, curious about the role of digital currencies in that process. Passionate about art. Amateur runner. Happiness pursuer.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisa.tsyryulnikova
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisatciriulnikova/
Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/alicia_naumoff
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56. Amelia Tomasicchio

Amelia Tomasicchio is a writer and a journalist of Bitcoin-related news and articles. She started writing about Bitcoin in 2014 and she graduated in Rome with an essay about movie industry related to Bitcoin.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/amelia_tomasicchio
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ametomasicchio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ameliatomasicchiomarketing

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57. Andrew Quentson

Andrew has a Bar Professional degree from City University. A known member and active member of the bitcoin community, Andrew intends to increase the quality of journalistic reporting, giving you the facts you need to know.

Work: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/andrew-quentson/
https://cointelegraph.com/authors/andrew_quentson

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58. Angus Leung


Angus is a writer and Bitcoin enthusiast looking for the next big thing. He writes mainly about tech, the world implementing blockchain and the world of business.
Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/angus_leung
Twitter: https://twitter.com/angusleung100/
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59. Benedikt Herudek

Benedikt Herudek is a Consultant with professional experience in Enterprise IT and a degree in Formal Logic, Computer Science and Philosophy of Language. One of his technology related passions is to investigate how decentralized protocols could serve as a model for a decentralized middleware helping to disrupting Data Monopolists. During Linux IoT Summit 2016 (slides here, summarized & updated in a whitepaper) he suggested a Concept intended to extend and generalize Bitcoins concept of information in order to allow intercommunication between parties.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/benedict_herudek
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benediktherudek/

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60. Denis Harrison

Private trader trading on the digital currency markets since 2009. Programmer. Algorithmic trading and analytical systems developer.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/denis_harrison

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61. Iyke Aru

Iyke Aru is an author who writes about Bitcoin in Nigeria and Africa in general, an easy going fellow and an enthusiastic entrepreneur. Iyke is an out of the box thinker, who likes to always get the job done. Iyke spends his free time watching and playing football.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/iyke_aru
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iykearu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sumbody.onebudy
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62. Jon Buck

Jon is an International Sales Consultant for Questa Labs in Delhi, India. He’s been fascinated by Bitcoin and Blockchain technology since first hearing about it in 2012. Born in the US, he loves technology, culture and palak paneer.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/jon_buck
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63. Joseph Young

Joseph is a web developer and designer, writer and a passionate musician who loves to travel often. He’s worked as a researcher for a number of venture capital firms and as a freelancer designer for resorts and corporations in Korea and the Philippines.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/joseph_young
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Joseph_Young_
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64. Niall Maye

Niall is a 3rd generation market trader with a lifetime’s experience in marketing, sales and networking. He is an entrepreneur who has been successfully investing in crypto related industries over the last two years and has recently begun writing articles for a global crypto-financial magazine.
Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/Niall-Maye
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theirishdivil
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65. Nick Ayton

Nick designs Blockchain Operating Models, has spent 35 years in technology services and 8 start ups behind him, the last Fintech self-service pensions platform. A frequent speaker and writer for all things Blockchain, he expects to publish a book on Blockchain Implementation Strategies in 2017.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickAyton
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66. Olusegun Ogundeji

Olusegun Ogundeji is an author and journalist from Arica. He writes about Africa particularly on tech-related issues and their attendant effects on end users.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/olusegun_abolaji_israel_ogundeji
Twitter: https://twitter.com/olusegunisrael
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OlusegunOgundeji
LinkedIn: https://www.facebook.com/OlusegunOgundeji
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67. Pascal Thellmann

Pascal Thellmann is a PR, Marketing and Content Creation expert in the crypto world.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/pascal_thellmann
Website: http://pascalthellmann.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pascalthellmann
LinkedIn: https://twitter.com/pascalthellmann
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68. S Matthew English

S. Matthew English is a research scientist specializing in blockchain technologies and linked open data. Matthew holds a BA in Political Science from NYU and an MSc in Computer Science from HKU. He is currently pursuing a PhD from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universitat Bonn in Germany

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/s_matthew_english
Twitter: https://twitter.com/smatthewenglish
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69. Sandoval Alex

Alex Sandoval is an editor and Business D evelopment guy at CoinTelegraph. Involved in Bitcoin community since 2013, interested in international aspects of blockchain technology, he loves investigating scams and frauds.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/alex_sandoval
LinkedIn: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/alex_sandoval
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70. Shivdeep Dhaliwal

Shivdeep Dhaliwal grew up in North India and is a PG from Punjab University. He has written on money, investing and risk management for more than a decade. Shivedeep likes to travel in his free time and has a particular fondness for the Asia-Pacific region. His current interests are cryptocurrencies, fintech and micro-finance.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/shivdeep_dhaliwal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/odzer
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71. Victoria Vaughan

Victoria is a journalist of Bitcoin-related news and articles. She started writing about Bitcoin in 2014, and now mostly concentrates on covering cryptocurrency and blockchain business.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/victoria_vaughan
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72. Vincent Launay

Vincent Launay is a finance specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC. He holds an MSc in Finance from HEC Paris and a CFA charter. He has been fascinated by cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology ever since he bought his first Bitcoin in 2014.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/vincent_launay
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vincentlaunay/
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73. Wassim Bendella

Wassim is a triple Master graduate in business and IT that dived into Blockchain technology while writing his last thesis. He lived in Morocco, France, Poland, Finland, The Netherlands… and isn’t done moving yet. Wassim is a voracious reader passionate about sociology, geopolitics and new technologies. He joined CoinTelegraph in June 2017 to contribute his experise in Blockchain and crypto related topics.

Work: https://cointelegraph.com/authors/wassim_bendella
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/w.bendella

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The annual increase rate of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

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Until late 2016, the rate at which retailers were prepared to accept Bitcoin and other digital coins as a method of payment was increasing rapidly, albeit from a very low base. However, that trend has recently reversed and, for the first time in its history, the number of transactions lodged on the Bitcoin network has decreased this year, compared to last.
At the same time, major ecommerce sites like the gaming platform Steam have decided to discontinue the use of Bitcoin on its platform.
On the other hand, countries like Japan and South Korea are embracing Bitcoin, with an increasing number of stores and merchants ready to accept them as a method of payment.
Are there any consistent patterns to derive from this?
It is useful at this point to draw a distinction between Bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies that are accepted by online merchants, primarily Litecoin and Ethereum, as there are specific factors that are making Bitcoin unattractive to retailers.
One factor is the extreme volatility of the currency. Currently Bitcoin has been trading around the US $17,000 a coin level, up from US $1,000 at the start of the year. More strikingly, the value has increased more than 300% in the past 6 weeks alone. This could be absorbed if the increase was strictly linear. However, in practice, the value of Bitcoin can vary by several hundred dollars a day, making the setting of prices in digital currency extremely difficult for retailers.
An associated factor is increased transaction fees. As the number of Bitcoin transaction traded has increased, competition has increased amongst users to get their transactions confirmed. Miners now charge premium prices to allow transactions to be prioritised for inclusion in a block. As a result, transaction fees have increased from less than a cent to more than US $20 each.
This is one of the reasons cited by Steam when it announced recently its decision to stop accepting Bitcoin, explaining that gamers bear the cost of these fees, and the degree to which these fees fluctuate made it increasingly difficult to calculate the cost of a game when paying for it with the digital currency.
Steam, however, is not closing the door on Bitcoin altogether, stating that it would reconsider the option of using the cryptocurrency as a method of payment when it gains more stability.
They are not the only company that has stepped away from Bitcoin in recent months. In August 2017, Morgan Stanley published a report that showed that 0.6% of the top 500 online retailers now accept Bitcoin, down from 1% in 2016, with the names of those who were prepared to accept them as a method of payment including the likes of Ocerstock.com, PayPal and Shopify.
What would, undoubtedly, be a game changer would be if one of the major online retailers like Amazon or Alibaba were to decide to accept payment in digital currency. Certainly there were plenty of rumours that Amazon was ready to hit the button several months ago, and strong inferences were drawn when the ecommerce giant acquired 3 cryptocurrency domain names, with suggestions that it was preparing to launch its own digital currency. However, it is known that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a Bitcoin sceptic, and currently there are no signs that the company is prepared to accept Bitcoin on their site any time soon.
At the same time there are pockets of good news for Bitcoin. In Japan, for example, the acceptance of Bitcoin as an approved method of payment has seen the number of retailers which will receive the digital coin increase from 4,500 t0 260,000, assisted by the development of an in-store app. Meanwhile, in neighbouring South Korea, the numbers of merchants which will accept Bitcoin is set to increase sharply.
Other cryptocurrencies like LiteCoin and Ethereum are accepted by some merchants, although, to date, the level of take-up is less than that with Bitcoin, which has a comparatively longer history. Australian IT solution provider Ellenet and New York-based eGifter currently accept Litecoin, for example, whilst tech giants like Microsoft, Cisco and Intel all accept Ethereum.
In fact, these digital currencies are, theoretically at least, more attractive to merchants than Bitcoin as they are more stable in price, and have much lower transaction fees.
Unfortunately for them, all the noise is about Bitcoin at present, which tends to obscure the benefits that these alternative currencies may offer as a method of payment. Whilst there are encouraging signs in the Far East, many online retailers are now shying away from Bitcoin as a means of payment because of its price volatility and high transaction fees.
Almost certainly we need a period of stability before major retailers and ecommerce sites are going to accept, in any significant numbers, Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as a method of payment. Once that occurs, and a major company like Amazon can be persuaded to take the plunge, then we can expect digital currencies to be a widely accepted payment means for millions.

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Can forks help Bitcoin reach its true destination?

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Recently a debate has raged amongst the crypto-community as to what Bitcoin is really meant to be? Is it a peer-to-peer electronic cash system or, alternatively, is it more of a new, speculative, asset class? There is no common consensus, and, as the future direction of the cryptocurrency remains unclear, even as its traded value continues to hit record heights, there is an emerging view that forks might help the digital currency back on the road to its true destination.
There are a number of strands to this debate that need to be unpicked.
One issue that has characterised Bitcoin from its inception is lack of clarity as to its long-term vision. When Satoshi Nakamoto and “his” team of developer created Bitcoin in 2009 it was hailed as a completely new innovation, the world’s first decentralised currency and payment system. But Nakamoto left the project in 2010, and, like a band of disciples abandoned by their prophet, the Bitcoin development and wider crypto-community have been left to interpret the vision and how best to implement it.

Inevitably, this has led to division and even schism as competing views on the way forward have emerged. There are also technical issues relating to compatibility of new versions of the code which have been introduced, similar, for example, to when Microsoft introduces a new version of its software. This has led to the creation of forks, which have caused the value of Bitcoin to surge wildly on occasions.
As with all cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin uses computer generated code to create digital money. And, just like any computer program, the code needs to be changed and updated on a regular basis to help the currency develop. However, when updating the code it is very important to ensure that it is compatible with older versions of the system; otherwise the blockchain will not work properly, and will not accept both old and new coins.
This results in accidental forks, where there are differing versions of the software which, in turn, create competing versions of the ledger. In these instances, as with any code, the developer or programmer needs to eliminate the bugs and bring the different versions of the blockchain into line.
The other type of fork is more ideological in nature. Known as a hard fork, it occurs when the developers of a cryptocurrency decide that a fundamental change needs to be made to the programming of the code that will deliberately create incompatibilities between older and new versions. When such changes are made, everybody using the coin must be prepared to update all their applications in order to use that coin type correctly.
The problem with Bitcoin is that there is no consensus as to what changes to the code should be made, if any. There is a core group, for example, who believe that the core code is essentially immutable, and to make fundamental changes to it undermines the whole ethos of the original idea. There are others though, who point to the flaws as to how Bitcoin operates in practice, and argue that, in order to fulfil Nakamoto’s vision, it is necessary to adapt the code to meet the challenges of the real world.
These include the key issue of scalability. When Bitcoin was used for thousands of transactions a day, the network could cope. But as the number of daily transactions increased to the millions, the current limitations of the network became exposed, with current capacity limited to 250,000 transactions a day. The result have seen transaction times become increasingly unreliable, with users waiting hours, or even days, in some cases for transactions to be confirmed. At the same time, transaction fees have sky-rocketed, from fractions of a cent to nearly US $20. At a stroke then two of the original virtues of Bitcoin – fast transactions conducted with minimal transaction fees – have been compromised.
The results of this have been tangible, with many early retail adopters of the digital currency choosing to abandon Bitcoin for other altcoins or reverting to traditional methods of payment. For the first time in its history, the number of transactions on the Bitcoin network is dropping.
In response to this there have been several hard forks of Bitcoin, with the creation of Bitcoin Cash and SegWit (Segregated Witness). Both versions attempt to address the scalability of Bitcoin by increasing the transaction capacity through increasing the block size, with Bitcoin Cash the more radical of the two as it offers 8 MB as opposed to the original 1 MB.
However, neither of the forks has gained mainstream acceptance amongst the wider community – Bitcoin Cash currently trades at less than a tenth of the value of original Bitcoin, whilst the latest version of SegWit – SegWit2X – currently is valued around the US $200 a coin level.
This is not to dismiss the concept of forks per se. Forks can be a good thing if they improve the stability and structure of a coin and if, in the case of Bitcoin, then can create the mechanism which will truly allow it to become the peer-to-peer decentralised global digital currency system which its original proponents intended.
However, the fundamental problem with Bitcoin is that there is a lack of consensus amongst developers and the wider crypto-community as to what the true destination of the currency is, and how to get there. Until this debate can be resolved, it may be difficult for any fork, and resulting code change, to gain the necessary degree of acceptance and adherence to become the majority view, and not one just supported by an ardent minority.

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30 Best Practices To Secure Your Bitcoin And Altcoin Wallets

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With the world becoming techno savvy including financial transactions and holding of such assets, it is imperative that users of digital wallets know the risks that lie inherent. It is indeed a complex world where there are instances of ransomware as well as hacking that happen every day for the most secure server systems. Hence, consumers who use crypto wallets need to exercise certain best practices when it comes to using such wallets in a secure manner.
1. Underlying technology
When you are using crypto currency you need to be assured of the inherent safety and security mechanisms that are employed. For instance, Bitcoin has gained popularity as a safe and secure digital currency due to the Blockchain technology that backs it with irreversible transaction records being generated in a distributed ledger format.
2. Knowing inherent risks
When you are using a digital wallet, you need to understand the inherent security risks that exist by reading through reviews of such services.
3. Choosing the right wallet service
Often it is not the crypto currency you transact with but the digital wallet service provider and the technology they provide to guarantee security of such transactions. Hence, it is important that you choose a reliable wallet service for digital currency transactions.
4. Importance of key addresses
Even if crypto currency guarantees anonymity of the users, you have provided a personal key that contains personal information. Hackers who access a wallet service can gain such information which might prove damaging to your financial security.
5. Reliability of a wallet service
Most wallets collect information about their customers and the transactions they perform. While this is unavoidable, you can ensure that the wallet service you sign up for having the best practices in the industry and a great track record for maintaining a secure environment for their customers.
6. Check terms and conditions
Every wallet service usually tracks the online activities that their users do. They have access to search history, web activities and emails of the users. Check the terms and conditions of a wallet service to know what you are agreeing to in order to stay informed.
7. Check security measures used
Before you sign up for a wallet service, be assured of the security measures that the wallet service undertakes. Many have superior encryption technology by which they protect the keys that they issue to their customers.
8. Different services and rewards programs
Not only should you check the security aspects of a wallet service before signing up, but check different features they provide. Some have a reward incentive scheme that rewards consumers who have increased activities through such platform.
9. Check reviews on independent platforms
In order to determine which wallet service is dependable you can check the different reviews. It would be wise to log onto an expert and independent platform whereby you can find reviews of the different features of wallet services and gain an idea as to which wallet service would be best for the kind of transactions you have in mind.
10. Separating funds
It is necessary that one has accounts on two digital wallet services at least. One can separate wallets as per the kind of transactions they undergo to spread out the crypto funds one gains or uses.
11. Cold storage
It is important that one separates out their savings and store them securely in a wallet that could be termed as a cold storage wallet.
12. Storing keys
When it comes to storing your private keys, ensure that you store them in a safe offline place that would be a wallet account as well. It would be well advised to break up a private key into several parts and store them in a safe manner and away from each other.
13. Wi-Fi security
It is important that you use a secure connection to log onto your digital wallet. Often use of public or open Wi-Fi networks can prove to be risky, especially if you use them to conduct online financial transactions.
14. Privacy of your wallet devices
Ensure that you protect your wallet devices by not leaving it unattended or do not lend the device to anyone. This is a necessity when using hardware wallets.
15. Safety while servicing
If you have a digital wallet that needs servicing, remove funds from the same before you get the servicing done. It would be wise to also change wallets at an interval of a few months.
16. Guard against phishing
Phishing scams often arise in web mail accounts. Hence, if you have received an email from your wallet company ensures that you have checked for the authenticity of the email before you choose to transact through the links provided.
17. Auto updates not required
If you transact with digital wallets and such apps, then you should not keep the auto update feature on. This can lead to unstable apps which can lead to losses as well for the account holders.
18. Two factor authentication
Some wallet services often have the two factor authentication feature. Such a feature helps to safeguard your login access to a digital wallet service. It makes it impossible for hackers to gain access to such accounts.
19. Check transaction addresses
This is another risky aspect that you need to safeguard against. Check the transaction address that you are sending a transaction to.
20. Do not use copy and paste function
In order to ensure that payments are sent to the right address, check manually and do not use the copy and paste function.
21. Check web locks
When you use a web wallet, check for the SSL mark that stands for security of the site.
22. Ensure web browser security
If you are using a personal desktop or laptop, ensure that you have a reliable web browser security application that safeguards your movements on the web.
23. Use a strong password
This is important when you are creating an account. It is important that you choose to have a strong password that has alphanumeric characters as well as special characters.

24. Check for white-listed sites
Helpful reviews will showcase dependable wallet services.
25. Check wallet reviews every few months
As the performance of wallet services change over time, check status through reviews.
26. Usage of paper wallets
This helps you maintain offline data of your private and public key for transactions.
27. Use hardware wallets
You can supplement your digital wallet with a hardware version.
28. Sign up for exchanges with caution
This is imperative as exchanges can also expose customer wallet information.
29. Encrypt wallet apps
If you are using a wallet app, encrypt it and protect with a password.
30. Backup wallet
Take measures to backup transactions and records of your funds in alternate locations.

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