06 Aug '13, 11am

Bitcoin is crucial for the future of free speech, say experts

Bitcoin is crucial for the future of free speech, say experts

When US servicemen Bradley Manning was found guilty on 20 counts in connection with leaking classified military information, experts mused that bitcoin was instrumental in the continuing operation of WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing website that he helped. In a panel at the Inside Bitcoins conference last week, several free speech and journalism experts debated the role that the virtual currency has in maintaining First Amendment rights. Michael Terpin, co-founder of bitcoin-friendly venture capital organization BitAngels , drew a correlation between free speech and the right to spend. “These are all related rights,” he said. The US government engaged in extra-legal activities against WikiLeaks by attempting to throttle its payment system instead of suing the site itself in court, said experts. First Amendment rights to free speech would make it a tough legal battle to prosec...

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