Sharia Goldbugs: How ISIS Created a Currency for World Domination
By trading oil using its own currency, ISIS planned to destabilize the US economy by forcibly decoupling the dollar from the oil business.
One technologist's imprisonment and execution in Syria exemplifies the parallel use of technology for both liberation and repression – and why bitcoin and other censorship resistant tech is needed in such areas. Meet Bassel Khartabil.
Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk, covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her ongoing dispatches from Rojova, Syria. I’m writing from the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Known to sympathizers simply as Rojava – meaning West – the predominantly Kurdish region […]