Black Market Cryptocurrencies: The rise of bitcoin alternatives that offer true anonymity

Will Martin
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 Worldwide, 1.8 billion people earn their living in the black market. The black market accounts for 23% of the global GDP. The vast majority of the global black market is currently conducted in cash, but a new slate of anonymous cryptocurrencies offers to give greater speed and security to black market transactions. Darknet marketplaces like The Silk Road already conduct billions of dollars in transactions and growth looks likely to continue. Outside the black market people are becoming more concerned with their online privacy following Edward Snowden’s disclosures of invasive NSA surveillance. Bitcoin users are becoming aware that they are not truly anonymous and are turning their attention to anonymous cryptocurrencies. With finite supplies and growing demand, the valuation for these anonymous cryptocurrencies could skyrocket. The future looks bright for black market cryptocurrencies. 
Black Market Cryptocurrencies is the first and most comprehensive book published about the emerging space of anonymous currencies. The book starts with the global trends pushing up the valuation of these altcoins, including the growth of the global black market, countercyclicality of the black market and hedging ability of these currencies, and the rise of darknet marketplaces and online gambling. The book then looks at each of the major anonymous cryptocurrency contenders including Darkcoin (DRK), X11coin (XC), Fedoracoin (TIPS), Dark Wallet, Zerocoin/Zerocash, Anoncoin (ANC), Neutrino (NTR), Razorcoin (RZR), Cryptcoin (CRYPT), Safecoin (SAFE), Cloakcoin (CLOAK), Libertycoin (XLB), CryptoNote, Monero (XMR), Bytecoin (BCN), DuckNote (XDN), Fantomcoin (FCN), Quazarcoin (QCN), Boolberry (BBR), MonetaVerde (MCN), Aeon (AEON). The book finishes with methods of staying anonymous while using these cryptocurrencies and an analysis of who might win the race to become the worlds first widely-adopted anonymous cryptocurrency. 

For people wishing to purchase the book pseudoanonymously using bitcoins, it is for sale on willmartin.com
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Will Martin is an energy analyst and expert on peak oil and alternative currencies. He is an MBA graduate of Cornell University, where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and concentrated on studying sustainability in business through the school's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Prior to his MBA, Will worked in the energy industry, living in Singapore, Houston and Dubai. He currently works in the energy industry in California. Will is a recipient of the 2012 "Pioneer Award" from the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO-USA). Will blogs at willmartin.com and peakoilproof.com
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Will Martin
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Jun 13, 2014
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146
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9781500195618
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English
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Business & Economics / E-Commerce / Online Trading
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January 2001 There has been no single magic formula for the success of the East Asian transition economies (Cambodia, China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Vietnam), whose performance in export and income growth has been strikingly better than that of transition economies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Most of the trade policy problems that remain in these East Asian economies appear to be problems more of development than of transition. The performance of the East Asian transition economies in export and income growth has been strikingly better than that of countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The East Asian economies have achieved remarkably high growth rates in outputs and exports without the often large declines in output and exports observed in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. East Asian reformers have successfully made many of the parallel changes needed in both domestic and trade policies to secure export and income growth. (It makes no sense, for example, to introduce the trade policy instruments of a market economy when the domestic economy is still based on central planning.) But there has been no single magic formula for their success. Martin discusses what each of the economies (Cambodia, China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Vietnam) has done. China experienced an extended transition process; the transition was much shorter in other East Asian transition economies--especially Cambodia. Several of the East Asian transition economies used accession to a regional arrangement as part of their reform strategy. China focused mainly on unilateral reforms and, more recently, reforms associated with its accession to the World Trade Organization. Most have made extensive use of policies to attract foreign investment and to mitigate the burden of protection on manufacturing exporters. Most of the remaining trade policy problems, although difficult, appear to be problems more of development than of transition. This paper--a product of Trade, Development Research Group--is part of a larger effort in the group to understand the role of trade reform in successful development and poverty alleviation. The author may be contacted at wmartin1@worldbank.org.
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