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So, you think it's just about ICOs?

In his new CoinDesk column, "The Token Economy," veteran journalist, MIT blockchain advisor, best-selling author and CoinDesk advisory board chair Michael J. Casey wants you to rethink what tokens and digital assets mean, not just for the blockchain industry but for the global economy.

The column is about big problems and big ideas, and the small steps that are being taken toward real solutions. Going beyond bitcoin and blockchain technology, Casey will explore how distributed ledgers - and the new breed of tokens that may power them - can enable a positive economic transformation if only we ask the right questions and understand the stakes.

Be sure to keep us bookmarked – we'll be updating weekly, examining critical questions to help you keep pace with the fastest-moving sector of the world's fastest-moving emerging technology.

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Chairman, CoinDesk's Advisory Board

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Where SAFT Falls Short

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Can Blockchain Save Us from the Internet's Original Sin?

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How Blockchains Will Turn Supply Chains Into Demand Chains

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To the Moon? Time to Grow Up, Bitcoin

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Bitcoin Has Gone Mainstream. That's a Very Big Deal

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Bitcoin Mining Wastes Energy? What If That's Good?

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What a Facebook Blockchain Token Might Look Like

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Time to Acknowledge – and Encourage – Women in Blockchain

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Crypto Needs More Than Code to Beat the ASIC Mining Threat

Defending cryptocurrencies against the centralizing forces of ASIC mining chips requires more than coding fixes; human governance is also critical.

3D Printing Could Be Blockchain's True Game-Changer

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Crypto Tribalism Is Holding Back Blockchain

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Crypto and Twitter: A Toxic Combination, A Troubling Future

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Banks Are Trying to Launch Crypto Assets with R3 Tech

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Privacy Is Vital to Crypto – And the Global Economy

Privacy is needed to enhance the "moneyness" of cryptocurrency. As it is, our entire global system of money has also seen its fungibility deteriorate.

It's Too Soon for On-Chain Governance

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​​Market Mania Is Unavoidable, But Crypto Must Get Past It

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