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Palgrave Macmillan

The Digital Currency Challenge

Shaping Online Payment Systems through U.S. Financial Regulations

ISBN 9781137382542
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Private online digital currency systems offer people accessible, convenient, and inexpensive everyday financial tools outside of traditional bank-owned and operated platforms. Digital currency systems facilitate local and international fund transfers, online and offline payments, and simple cash-to-digital everyday financial products without the need for a conventional bank account of any retail bank product. Over the past several years, Bitcoin has grown into an efficient person-to-person and person-to-business payment system without the backing of any bank or financial institution. This phenomenon is producing a new level of an on- and offline commerce and a society much more attuned to digital currency systems.

The Digital Currency Challenge details how new 2007-2008 U.S. legal issues surrounding digital currency products forced companies from the U.S. market and caused the Treasury Department to enact stricter regulations. Mullan profiles new and innovative present day digital currency systems, such as Bitcoin, and illustrates how software designers and monetary theorists use new technology to circumvent current U.S. regulations. This work also explains how new digital currency systems are not just software products, but tools providing financial freedom to people in countries all around the world.

Philip Carl Mullan is President and CEO of PDX Currency Corporation, a non-profit company specializing in educating the public regarding alternative currency programs. He is also the creator and founder of Digital Gold Currency (DGC) Magazine, an industry publication focused on trends and developments in digital currency. He has more than 50 publications to his credit on the topic of digital gold and currency standards, and blogs frequently on topics related to e-commerce and financial regulatory challenges.

Introduction
1. What Is Digital Currency?
2. Who Uses Digital Currency?
3. Digital Gold Currency
4. E-gold
5. Digital Currency Growth
6. Regulatory History
7. Follow the Money
8. Money Service Business
9. Prepaid Access
10. WebMoney Transfer
11. Loom
12. Bitcoin Decentralized Virtual Currency
13. Early Bitcoin
14. Bitcoin Mining
15. Bitcoin Differences
16. Benefits and Advantages
17. Disadvantages and Barriers
18. FIN-2013-G001
19. Global Bitcoin
20. Bitcoin Challenges
21. Bitcoin Merchant Services
22. Bitcoin Opportunity
23. The Future

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