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.

Two Libertarians, Two Views on Bitcoin’s Ability to Disrupt Fiat Money

| Alyssa Hertig

“Half of the audience here is like, ‘I hope you die in a fire.’”

In Big Block Hard Fork, Craig Wright’s Bitcoin Has Left Nodes Behind

| Alyssa Hertig

After a recent network upgrade, nodes separated from the bitcoin SV blockchain, highlighting why hard forks prompt much infighting among devs.

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Coders Are Trying to Connect Bitcoin’s Lightning Network to Ethereum

| Alyssa Hertig

Blockade Games says it has successfully bridged the two networks by sending a bitcoin lightning transaction to trigger an ethereum smart contract.

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‘Building’ Bitcoin’s Software Just Got a Bit More Trustless

| Alyssa Hertig

There's a bit less trust now needed when developers compile the software at the heart of bitcoin.

Lightning Labs Designs Monitoring Tool for ‘Layer 2’ Bitcoin Network

| Alyssa Hertig

The lightning network, seen as the future of bitcoin payments, is now a bit easier to monitor. This Wednesday, Lightning Labs released a new network…

What It’s Like to Review Bitcoin’s Code

| Alyssa Hertig

CoinDesk dives deep into the complex process of reviewing code for the Bitcoin Core software.

Coder Proposes Alternative to Bitcoin’s ‘Notoriously Unreliable’ Testnet

| Alyssa Hertig

Introduced Wednesday, a new proposal called Signet offers a fresh alternative to bitcoin's test network.

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Bitcoin Could Help Stop News Censorship – From Space

| Alyssa Hertig

An advocacy group is testing out the idea that the combination of bitcoin and orbital communication can help fight news censorship.

Blockstream Launches Atomic Swaps on Liquid Bitcoin Sidechain

| Alyssa Hertig

Blockstream has created an "experimental" tool making it easier for users to trade "trustlessly" between tokens on its Liquid sidechain.

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Could Bitcoin’s Lightning Power Mobile Communications? This Startup Thinks So

| Alyssa Hertig

New research from mobile mesh networking company goTenna explores how bitcoin's lightning network can help decentralize mobile communications.