Lyn Ulbricht Speaks Out Against Unfair Silk Road Sentencing, Facebook and Government Hypocrisy

Lyn Ulbricht Speaks Out Against Unfair Silk Road Sentencing, Facebook and Government HypocrisyU.S. representative Ann Wagner noted at a recent hearing that child pornographic material has been reported on Facebook more than any other site. Lyn Ulbricht, mother of currently imprisoned Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, spoke out in a video livestream Wednesday against her son’s unfair sentencing and the hypocrisy of allowing sites like Zuckerberg’s to […]

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The Silk Road Investigation: A ‘Pattern of Bad Behavior and Double Agents’

The Silk Road Investigation: A 'Pattern of Bad Behavior and Double Agents'Kathryn Haun, a general partner at U.S. venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has revealed in recent interviews how she helped take down the Silk Road when she was working for the Attorney General’s office. According to her accounts, the U.S. government agency also asked her to help “start shutting down technology before it’s built.” Haun’s […]

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6 Darknet Markets for the Crypto Curious

6 Darknet Markets for the Crypto CuriousIf you’ve got a few thousand satoshis burning a hole in your wallet, the darknet beckons. There’s no obligation to spend a single sat while scouring the darker recesses of the web, but it’s nice to know that should you get the urge, your crypto’s good. There are few certainties when shopping on darknet markets […]

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200,000 People Have Signed Ross Ulbricht’s Clemency Petition

200,000 People Have Signed Ross Ulbricht's Clemency PetitionRoss Ulbricht is forced to spend the rest of his life in prison, and October 1 marked the beginning of his seventh year behind bars. Ulbricht has recently authored a letter explaining that he’s “forgotten what freedom actually feels like” and he’s also realized that he lost some of the “best years of his life.” […]

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Global Law Enforcement Has Auctioned Massive Amounts of Bitcoin

Global Law Enforcement Has Auctioned Massive Amounts of BitcoinLast month, the U.K. police auctioned off roughly $300,000 worth of cryptocurrencies after they were confiscated by the country’s Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). Since 2014, law enforcement agencies worldwide have been auctioning large sums of bitcoin seized during investigations. For some reason, governments don’t want the digital assets used in crimes and entities […]

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No Victim, No Crime: How the Darknet Drug War Is Ruining Young Lives

No Victim, No Crime - How the Darknet Drug War Is Ruining Young LivesThere aren’t many areas of modern society unaffected by the draconian war on drugs, and non-violent crypto exchange is no exception. Two San Diego men in their twenties reportedly pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of money laundering conspiracy, for selling cannabis on the darknet for bitcoin and operating an unlicensed crypto exchange service. The […]

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Bitcoin’s Early Days: How Crypto’s Past Is Much Different Than the Present

Bitcoin's Early Days: How Crypto's Past Is Much Different Than the PresentOver the last 24 hours, cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a transaction that saw 94,000 BTC sent to an unknown wallet. The hoopla over the large transaction shows how things have changed significantly over the last decade. Back in cryptocurrency’s early days, between 2010-2012, large bitcoin transactions like this weren’t such a big deal and […]

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Mega Drug Pushers Johnson & Johnson Get Away While Peaceful Silk Road Is Destroyed

Mega Drug Pushers Johnson & Johnson Get Away While Peaceful Silk Road Is DestroyedIt’s been said that those who protest the loudest are often the ones who are guilty, and when it comes to government and their pet corporations, things are no different. No surprise, then, that the blustery moralizing — and violent state force brought to bear against businesses — are most intense where the money and […]

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Bitcoin History Part 15: Silk Road Is Born

Plea Bargain Shows Silk Road 2 Admin Will Likely See No Prison TimeSilk Road launched in February 2011 as the darknet’s first bitcoin-based marketplace. Within four months, it would be the darknet’s most notorious site whose reputation extended all the way to the U.S. Senate. The origins of the drugs marketplace can be traced back further, however, to a philosophical thread on the Bitcointalk forum. It was […]

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