Jon Matonis

Jon Matonis is an e-money researcher and crypto economist focused on expanding the circulation of non-political digital currencies. His career has included senior influential posts at Sumitomo Bank, Visa, VeriSign, and Hushmail. He is a former Executive Director and board member of the Bitcoin Foundation.


Bitcoin and iGaming: Disruption Comes From Your Blind Spot

| Jon Matonis

Bitcoin technology is set to disrupt online gaming and the big players had better start paying attention, says Jon Matonis.

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Volatility, Deflation and Manipulation: A Response to Bitcoin’s Critics

| Jon Matonis

Criticisms from bitcoin pundits in the press almost always boil down to a few common misconceptions, argues Jon Matonis.

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Bitcoin Needs an Aggressive Legal Defense

| Jon Matonis

Bitcoin requires forceful and aggressive legal defense, not complicity with governments in crafting policy and regulations.

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Why Bitcoin Needs an ISO-Certified Currency Code

| Jon Matonis

The nomenclature of bitcoin and its subunits plays an important role in evolving standards for more mainstream adoption.


12 Ways to Measure the Bitcoin Network’s Health

| Jon Matonis

The health of the distributed bitcoin network is vital to its performance capabilities, but how is it measured?

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CFPB Warning Ignores Bitcoin’s Consumer Protections

| Jon Matonis

The leading consumer financial watchdog agency in the US lists bitcoin's risks, but ignores its many superior protections.


Bitcoins Affected by New York’s BitLicense May Trade at Discount

| Jon Matonis

Savvy traders could profit handsomely from the bitcoin arbitrage opportunities presented by a future BitLicense, argues Jon Matonis.

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Beyond New York: What Lies Ahead for Bitcoin

| Jon Matonis

Contrary to some statements, bitcoin's fate will not be decided by lawmakers and regulators in the next 18 months


The Bitcoin Mining Arms Race: and the 51% Issue

| Jon Matonis

Tensions have eased following the mining industry's summit, but we're still in an ASIC arms race, argues Jon Matonis.

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Why the OECD Needs to do its Homework on Bitcoin

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A recently published working paper grossly misunderstood the economic nature of bitcoin, says the Bitcoin Foundation's Jon Matonis.