Darkcoin to Dash: The 5-Year Fight to Rebrand a Privacy Coin

In the spring of 2014, Wired ran a story titled “Darkcoin, the Shadowy Cousin of Bitcoin, Is Booming.” It was about a nascent privacy coin that was selling for nearly $7. If you’ve never heard of Darkcoin, that’s because it’s now called Dash. And although it was the first coin to integrate CoinJoin mixing, its contributors say it’s now no more a privacy coin than Bitcoin. So, when ShapeShift recently delisted Dash, along with privacy-first Monero and privacy-optional Zcash, the group that helps

Blockchain Voting App Voatz Wants Outside Security Research Limited

Earlier this year, after MIT researchers took blockchain-based voting app Voatz to task for alleged security vulnerabilities, Voatz criticized the academics for relying on assumptions instead of asking it for access to the server. Now, Voatz has told the U.S. Supreme Court that third-party researchers legally shouldn’t be able to poke around on others’ systems at all without the permission of the company being researched—and under its supervision.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Calls out Coinbase on Privacy

In at least one key way, cryptocurrency exchanges are exactly like banks: Americans who use them can have their information turned over to government agencies without a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a privacy-centric civil liberties group, has had enough of that, so it's looking for cryptocurrency exchanges—whose users often prize crypto's anonymity and censorship-resistance—to push back.

Q&A: UMass’ Erik Learned-Miller: Why Facial-Recognition Technologies Need Their Own FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has worked to ensure the nation’s food and drug supplies are safe and effective since its initial founding in 1927. In a white paper released last month, “Facial Recognition Technologies in the Wild: A Call for a Federal Office,” four researchers argue that emerging facial-recognition tech needs its own version of the FDA.
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