Explainers

What is a 51% attack, and what can a successful attacker do?

How do cryptocurrencies affect monetary policy?

How can cryptocurrency make the internet a more inclusive, liberated space?

Five myths about Bitcoin’s energy use

How do token sales fit with securities regulations?

What is “open source” and why is it important for cryptocurrency and open blockchain projects?

Do you really need a blockchain for that?

Are there industry standards for securing cryptocurrencies?

Why is decentralized and distributed file storage critical for a better web?

What does it mean to issue a token “on top of” Ethereum?

What is “Blockchain” anyway?

How can blockchains improve the internet’s infrastructure?

What does “permissionless” mean?

Does it matter that different government agencies define Bitcoin differently?

What is Zcash?

What are Appcoins?

How can blockchains improve the Internet of Things?

What is the Lightning Network and how can it help Bitcoin scale?

How can Blockchains Improve Access to Health Data?

When does a company actually control customer bitcoins?

What is Ethereum?

Is Blockchain Different than Bitcoin?

What are Forks, Alt-coins, Meta-coins, and Sidechains?

What are Decentralized Markets?

How long does it take for a Bitcoin transaction to be confirmed?

Why Are Startup Investors Interested in Bitcoin?

Does 18 U.S.C. § 1960 create felony liability for bitcoin businesses?

Why are there so many Bitcoin scams?

What are Micropayments and How does Bitcoin Enable Them?

How can law enforcement leverage the blockchain in investigations?

What is OFAC and how does it apply to Bitcoin?

How is Bitcoin Taxed?

What is Money Transmission and Why Does it Matter?

Will Bitcoin Change How We Think about Regulation?

How are Cryptocurrency Investments Different than Securities Investments?

How Anonymous is Bitcoin?

Is Bitcoin Regulated?

What is Multi-Sig, and What Can It Do?

How Are Payments with Bitcoin Different than Credit Cards?

What are Smart Contracts, and What Can We do with Them?

What is Bitcoin Mining, and Why is it Necessary?

Is Bitcoin’s Price Volatility a Problem for the Technology?

How can Bitcoin be Used for Remittances?

Are Consumer Bitcoin Balances Especially Vulnerable to Hacking?

What are Colored Coins?

Based in Washington, D.C., Coin Center is the leading non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Our mission is to build a better understanding of these technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to innovate using permissionless blockchain technologies.