Michael J Casey

Michael J Casey is chairman of CoinDesk's advisory board. After 18 years at The Wall Street Journal, Casey is now at MIT Media Labs's Digital Currency Initiative, and also consult for businesses on the challenges and opportunities in this emerging technology. He has authored four books including "Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image;" "The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Global Financial System Destroys The Middle Class;" "The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order;" and "The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life."

Airdrops Are a Marketing Ploy (And That’s OK)

| Michael J Casey

A currency is nothing if not widely used, and that can't be achieved unless people make some cost-incurring effort to encourage widespread usage.

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Bitcoin’s True Stress Test Is Yet to Come

| Michael J Casey

What happens if there's another 2008-scale financial market crisis? Will diehard HODLers still resist liquidating their bitcoin assets?

Institutions Are Coming for Your Crypto

| Michael J Casey

A clash of cultures is looming, as institutional investors eye the cryptocurrency markets.

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The Delicate Psychology of Stablecoins

| Michael J Casey

Replacing tether's role in the crypto markets will require an obsession with maintaining transparency and trust.

What China’s Cashless Revolution Can Teach the West About Crypto

| Michael J Casey

China appears to have achieved the crypto community's dream of a new internet of value, without blockchain. But there's more than meets than eye here.

I Can’t Believe This Blockchain Is Free

| Michael J Casey

At the very least, a blockchain mindset can help you call social media giants' bluff when they tell you that their services are "free."

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Blockchains Don’t Have to Be Perfect, They Just Have to Be Better

| Michael J Casey

A blockchain can contain garbage data but in many cases, it will still be better than the status quo. We might even find often that it's a lot better.

Regulators Land Punches, But There’s a Long Fight Over Crypto Ahead

| Michael J Casey

From ShapeShift's capitulation to KYC to the New York Attorney General's critical look at exchanges, officialdom is striking heavy blows. Stay tuned.

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Gas Ain’t Gold: Why Ether’s Price Could Tank Even If Ethereum Succeeds

| Michael J Casey

Even if ethereum succeeds as a smart contracts platform, its cryptocurrency might still fail as a long-term store of value, writes Michael J. Casey.

Argentina Back in Crisis: Should the Government Buy Bitcoin?

| Michael J Casey

A proposal to place a sliver of Argentina's central bank reserves in bitcoin is worth taking seriously, given the country's current dire straits.