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New technology such as Bitcoin provides a 21st challenge for government regulators. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Keeping up or holding back? The regulation challenge for government

Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st-century government”. The Conversation continues its series focusing on what such a government should look like, looking…
There’s a dark side to the internet. powtac/Flickr

Explainer: what is the dark web?

There's a dark side of the internet, where almost anything goes, or can be bought for the right price.
Maybe so, but it’s true values lies in more than shopping. fstorr

Its price may fall but bitcoin’s value is that it is useful

The price of bitcoin has crashed to below US$290, its lowest since November 2013, and far below its all-time-high of US$1,242 later that same month. For about three hours the price sat below US$300. This…
Or not, as the case may be… Duncan Rawlinson

How can Bitcoin bridge the gap to our everyday lives?

Bitcoin has recently received favourable acknowledgement from Apple and significant recognition from the Bank of England, but it has just suffered another serious slump in value and some more fundamental…
Bitcoin is gaining popularity with retailers, but is it money? Alistair/Flickr

In Conversation with Bitcoin expert and NYU Professor David Yermack

Professor David Yermack of the Stern School of Business at New York University is used to being heckled when he gives talks about Bitcoin. After all, most of his work has involved pointing out all of the…
The ATO considers Bitcoin property, but rulings in other countries leave room for debate. Pierre Sibileau/Flickr

Bitcoin ruling still doesn’t answer which country has the right to tax

It’s been about five years since bitcoin emerged online, claiming to be the world’s first digital cryptocurrency. Bitcoin functions as a form of digital cash; really, it is a technology, using cryptography…
The uses for Bitcoin are in their infancy and show signs of the “terrible twos” syndrome. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Exploring the nascent future of Bitcoin (VIDEO)

In terms of a life-cycle of technology, it is easy to see Bitcoin as being at the same developmental stage as babies going through the “terrible twos”. All of its technological possibility lies ahead…
Could Bitcoin turn banking on its head? Elentari86/Flickr

Banking’s huge profits almost ready for the taking

Australia’s big four banks are the most profitable in the world. Last year they made A$27 billion in profit, up 9.5% on the previous year. Tech leaders in Australia say the financial industry is ripe for…

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