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      By Alex Pasternack Mar 17, 2014

      How Bitcoin Cyberpunk'd Us

      The story of Bitcoin has always also been about the stories surrounding Bitcoin: the head-spinning hype borne out of Silicon Valley startup culture, the commonplace confusion about what Bitcoin actually is, and the kind of belief that the cryptocur…

      By Alex Pasternack Mar 17, 2014
      By Alex Pasternack Jan 30, 2014

      Who's Willing to Go to Jail for Bitcoin?

      The morning after he was arrested by IRS and DEA agents at the airport on accusations of money laundering, Bitcoin evangelist Charlie Shrem appeared in Manhattan criminal court, where a US attorney told a judge that the 24-year-old shouldn't be released o…

      By Alex Pasternack Jan 30, 2014
      By Alex Pasternack Nov 1, 2013

      Life in the Dronescape

      In 2012, journalist Madiha Tahir traveled to northwest Pakistan to document the lives of people who live under drones. It's a place that has been riven by colonial-era frontier rules, battered by Islamic militants, and abused by the Pakistani military.

      By Alex Pasternack Nov 1, 2013
      By Alex Pasternack Jun 11 2013

      How to Build a Secret 'Facebook'

      For years, William Binney, a retired NSA cryptographer, has been telling anyone who will listen about a vast data gathering operation being conducted by his former employers that could build a "social graph" of nearly any user of the American internet, li…

      By Alex Pasternack Jun 11 2013