This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Quantstamp.

Crypto’s public image has been dominated in the past week by two contrasting perspectives: financial freedom and sanctions evasion.

While the Ukrainian resistance has raised millions in crypto donations when traditional fundraising methods failed, some call for regulation to prevent Russia from using crypto to evade sanctions.

Jonathan Levin, co-founder and chief strategy officer of blockchain analysis company Chainalysis, joins “Money Reimagined” to contextualize the current conversations on wartime cryptocurrency donations.

The recent uncovering of suspects in both The DAO and Bitfinex hacks represent how transparency inherent to blockchain technology can be an effective tool for law enforcement. But what if state actors exploit this tool?

As the complexities of crypto’s use in Ukraine and Russia continue to play out, it brings to light broader issues about how a society might maintain a balance of access, privacy and inclusion alongside security and the rule of law.

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This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with announcements by Adam B. Levine and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Our theme song is “Shepard.”