Alyssa Hertig

A full-time member of the Editorial Team at CoinDesk, Alyssa is a writer and programmer specializing in bitcoin and blockchain technology. Her work has appeared in Vice, Mic and Reason. Alyssa does not currently hold value in any digital currencies or projects (See: Editorial Policy). Follow Alyssa: @AlyssaHertig.

The Giant Bitcoin Rat Is Back And This Time It’s After Alan Greenspan

| Alyssa Hertig

The artist behind a giant, inflatable, rat-shaped piece of protest art dedicated to bitcoin is at it again – this time at the DC Fed.

Bitcoin Cash Declares War: Why Coming Hard Fork Could Mean Another Split

| Alyssa Hertig and Christine Kim

After a year of peaceful hard fork upgrades, bitcoin cash is in the throes of a fiery debate over its future – one that could lead to a chain…

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Ethereum Energy Project Now Powers 700 Households in 10 Cities

| Alyssa Hertig

Little-known ethereum project Lition is live and quietly helping German citizens hunt down cheaper energy options.

Builders on Wall Street: Bitcoin Devs Host Lightning Hack Day

| Alyssa Hertig

At the Lightning Hackday, it was hard to keep up with all the futuristic ideas for bitcoin's layer-two, but some devs are focusing on the basics.

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The New Effort to Get Bitcoin’s Lightning Network In Every Browser

| Alyssa Hertig

Devs are looking to make bitcoin's layer-two lightning network compatible with a payment standard used by all major browsers – and so far, so good.

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‘Voldemort’ Strikes Again? A New Crypto White Paper Has His Name On It

| Alyssa Hertig

A new crypto paper arrived today bearing a familiar (and mysterious) pseudonym.

Not Everyone Wants to Fix Bitcoin’s ‘Time Warp Attack’ – Here’s Why

| Alyssa Hertig

A bit of a debate has revved up about bitcoin's "time warp attack" and whether it's an exploit or an unintended advantage.

Liquid Goes Live: Blockstream’s First Bitcoin Sidechain Has Finally Arrived

| Alyssa Hertig

Three years in the making, bitcoin's first sidechain "Liquid" is now live, but it's not as decentralized as you might think.

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There’s A Giant Bitcoin Rat on Wall Street And It’s Staring Down the Fed

| Alyssa Hertig

A public art installation in New York is turning heads in what its creator hopes will be a commentary on bitcoin and government money management.

Bitcoin ‘Breakthrough’ Claims Block Size Increase Possible Without Hard Fork

| Alyssa Hertig

Developer Mark Friedenbach has unveiled a discovery that could make certain contentious changes to bitcoin a bit easier.