The invisible politics of Bitcoin: governance crisis of a decentralised infrastructure

  title={The invisible politics of Bitcoin: governance crisis of a decentralised infrastructure},
  author={Primavera de Filippi and Benjamin Loveluck},
Bitcoin is a decentralised currency and payment system that seeks to eliminate the need for trusted authorities. It relies on a peer-to-peer network and cryptographic protocols to perform the functions of traditional financial intermediaries, such as verifying transactions and preserving the integrity of the system. This article examines the political economy of Bitcoin, in light of a recent dispute that divided the Bitcoin community with regard to a seemingly simple technical issue: whether or… 

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