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When using a cryptocurrency, you interact with a system like the blockchain, an online ledger that records transactions, directly. Bitcoin, is an examples of this. www.shutterstock.com

Why the RBA would want to create a digital Australian dollar

A digital Australian dollar could remove the role of middlemen and creates a cheaper electronic currency system, while at the same time enabling the government to fully regulate the system.
One of China’s biggest bitcoin exchanges recently stopped trading after regulators ordered all digital currency exchanges to close — demonstrating traditional institutions’ nervousness about distributed trust technologies. In this 2013 photo, a staff member at Bitcoin mining company Landminers in southwestern China checks a computer used for that purpose. (Chinatopix via AP)

Beyond Bitcoin: The power struggle over trust-based technology

The development of distributed trust technologies is making traditional institutions like banks, corporations and governments nervous. Those who have power like to hold onto it. What's next?
More cryptocurrencies appear all the time. Wit Olszewski/Shutterstock.com

Are cryptocurrencies a dream come true for cyber-extortionists?

Cybercriminals increasingly depend on e-currencies to profit from their misdeeds. They, and their potential victims, could be driving some of the growth in cryptocurrency markets.
Stable food prices are a central issue for South Africa’s Reserve Bank. But should it be doing more to protect the poor? Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa needs a sensible debate about its Reserve Bank. Here’s a start

There's a raging debate in South Africa about the role of its central bank. This is inevitable given that so much is changing in the world of central banking and in economic life.

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