Filed under report | Tags: · banking, bitcoin, economics, electronic money, money, p2p, second life
“Virtual communities have proliferated in recent years – a phenomenon triggered by technological developments and by the increased use of the internet. In some cases, these communities have created and circulated their own currency for exchanging the goods and services they offer, and thereby provide a medium of exchange and a unit of account for that particular virtual community.
This paper aims to provide some clarity on virtual currencies and tries to address the issue in a structured approach. It is important to take into account that these currencies both resemble money and necessarily come with their own dedicated retail payment systems; these two aspects are covered by the term “virtual currency scheme”. Virtual currency schemes are relevant in several areas of the financial system and are therefore of interest to central banks. This, among other things, explains the ECB’s interest in carrying out an analysis, especially in view of its role as a catalyst for payment systems and its oversight role.” (from the Executive Summary)
Publisher European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, 29 October 2012
Filed under e-zine | Tags: · bitcoin, democracy, economy, electronic money, internet, money, p2p
DYNDY is an effort at building a Pattern Language for Alternative and Complementary Money Systems to inform and empower grassroots communities with concepts and tools to overcome scarcity, instruments and reflections for the Exodus from proprietary money.
DYNDY was launched in November 2010 at De Balie culture centre, Amsterdam.
Publisher: dyne.org foundation, 2010-2011
Published under GNU FDL license
Filed under e-zine | Tags: · bitcoin, business, computing, cryptography, decentralization, economy, electronic money, entrepreneurship, free software, internet, money, p2p, software, technology
The Bitcoin Sun: The Rise of Namecoin
Edition 4, 6 June 2011
Includes story about Namecoin project, and interview with Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party.
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The Bitcoin Sun: Bitcoin and the Faceless Entrepreneur
Edition 3, 29 May 2011
The Bitcoin Sun: The Low Over-Head Revolution
Edition 2, 23 May 2011
Includes feature article by Kevin Carson.
The Bitcoin Sun: From Alice to Bob
Edition 1, 15 May 2011