The latest episode of Radiolab starts with a story about bitcoin being used in a ransom scam (CryptoLocker). Its a sad story, without a lot of technical insights, but does give a sense of what the bitcoin experience is like for many people today. A good thing to think about for a potential project is how to solve the problem —- making it so bitcoin can’t be used to collect ransom untracably, without losing the desirable aspects of anonymity and decentralization.

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