Alternative currencies are the future and matter for development

Lorenzo Fioramonti, University of Pretoria When I began to teach in 2012, I decided to start my course with an analysis of how money affects social order. What my students found particularly fascinating was the then-nascent world of cryptocurrencies, which I described at length as a crucial feature in the future of money. Some colleagues …

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Nigeria is Following Venezuela’s Bitcoin Trend

by Iyke Aru The ability of Bitcoin to resist inflation, its characteristic independence towards government legislation among several other qualities, makes it an automatic safe haven for embattled economies. On Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, youths across different cities of Nigeria took to the streets to protest against the leadership of the nation. One of the major …

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South Africa Loves Bitcoin

by Hank Rearden Werner van Rooyen, head of Business Development and Growth at Bitx, the biggest Bitcoin exchange in South Africa in terms of user base and average trading volume, speaks with Cointelegraph about the penetration of Bitcoin in South Africa. Cointelegraph: How would you evaluate Bitcoin demand in South Africa? Werner van Rooyen: The demand …

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Around the world, regulators are realising Bitcoin is money

Joel Emery, Australian National University and Miranda Stewart, Australian National University The tax treatment of digital currencies is a challenge for governments around the world, as it is for other aspects of the “disruptive” digital economy. In October 2014, the Commonwealth Senate Economics Committee launched an inquiry into digital currencies. The Committee released its report …

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Africa News Headlines for 25 May 2015

Uganda Says Working with Neighbors to Resolve Burundi Crisis Source: Voice of America Japan and South Africa Lift Travel Bans on Liberia Source: GNN Liberia Kenya accuses Norway of ‘supporting terror’ Source: The Local 5 African Bitcoin startups to watch Source: Disrupt Africa Uhuru revives laptop-for-schools promise Source: News24 Kenya Sex, race and shame in …

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