Rachel Rose O'Leary

Rachel-Rose O'Leary is a writer specializing in ethereum, with an interest in privacy technologies. She is a director at Multidisciplinary Academic Grants in Cryptocurrencies (MAGIC), a US-based charitable organization focused on privacy infrastructure for the public good. Her background is in philosophy and digital arts, and she is a one-time web3.js contributor. She holds value in bitcoin and has previously held value in zcash See: Editorial Policy.

Sharia Goldbugs: How ISIS Created a Currency for World Domination

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

By trading oil using its own currency, ISIS planned to destabilize the US economy by forcibly decoupling the dollar from the oil business.

This North Syrian School Is a Baby Step Toward a Blockchain Society

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

Students in Rojava, a semi-autonomous enclave of Syria, are making up for years of lost education by studying computer code and blockchain…

Murder, Censorship and Syria: Crypto and the Future of Uprisings

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

One technologist's imprisonment and execution in Syria exemplifies the parallel use of technology for both liberation and repression – and why…

The Trolls Accused Me of ‘Crypto-Colonialism’ in Syria – I’m Listening

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

Cryptocurrency isn't colonialism in Syria – it's a step in ensuring the technological autonomy of the region.

Sand, Death and Cryptocurrency: Life in a Decentralized Syria

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk, covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest.…

eth, ethereum

The ‘Thirdening’ Approaches: How to Watch Ethereum’s Fork as It Happens

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

The world’s third largest blockchain by total value, ethereum, is about to upgrade its code. Here's how you can watch the event live.

This Scaling Tech Could Let You Sync Bitcoin Straight From Your Phone

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

A new approach to storing bitcoin's "state" could help significantly reduce storage requirements for users of the cryptocurrency.

What to Expect When Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork Happens

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

Ethereum's next system-wide upgrade, Constantinople, is expected to go live next week.

Ethereum Miner Linzhi Calls Out Project Coders for Proposed ASIC Ban

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

Shenzhen-based miner manufacturer Linzhi has pushed back against ethereum's “tentative” decision to block specialized ASIC hardware.

Ethereum Developers Give ‘Tentative’ Greenlight to ASIC-Blocking Code

| Rachel Rose O'Leary

A 'tentative' consensus was reached today that ethereum's developers will propose blocking ASIC before the blockchain's proof-of-stake upgrade.