Slides for Presentation on Bitcoin at ATA56

The slides for my presentation on “Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: Illegal Money or a New Global Payment Option?” are now online. Download them here. Further information: Bitcoin Part 1 – Byzantine generals and pseudonyms,or: What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin Part 2 – Bitcoin mining Bitcoin Part 3 – Hashes, public key cryptography “for dummies,” and the…

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Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies: Illegal Money or a New Global Payment Option?

Most translators and interpreters, as well as everybody doing international business, know them well: high bank charges, sometimes coupled with exorbitant exchange fees, endless, complicated forms, long clearance times etc. Then there is the archaic way of paying via check. Given that this is the 21st century, one might think that there should be better,…

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News from ATA’s Science and Technology Division

Starting in November, Lebzy Gonzalez will be the new Administrator of ATA’s Science and Technology Division, and I will assist her in the role of Assistant Administrator, taking over from the current outstanding duo Karen Tkaczyk and Alicja Yarborough. As an introduction to those who haven’t met me or interacted with me yet, SciTech blog…

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Bitcoin and Altcoin Faucets

Faucets are websites, where generous (or not so generous) people give out BTC, most of the time in exchange for advertisements. Usually, you also have to solve Captchas in order to prove that you are not an automated bot. More often than not, these sites load pop-up windows with occasionally questionable content, but that’s how…

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Bitcoin Part 2 – Bitcoin Mining

This is part II of my series of blog posts on the topic cryptocurrencies. The first, introductory part can be found here. Recap – Bitcoin = direct electronic transactions without intermediary To recap, I explained the main idea behind the Bitcoin protocol, which allows electronic peer-to-peer transactions without an intermediary. In brief, the process works…

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