Ignota Books publishes the original white paper by Satoshi Nakamoto on its tenth anniversary, providing a guide to the blockchain technology that is transforming our lives. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto published a revolutionary white paper that described a simple peer-to-peer electronic cash system that would later become Bitcoin. In the decade since the launch of the digital currency, the nascent blockchain technology behind Bitcoin has been heralded as having the same radical potential as the printing press or the Internet, in particular presenting extraordinary challenges to traditional banking. Yet the paper contains no reference to existing political ideas, monetary or economic knowledge. Why? The White Paper returns to Nakamoto's canonical text as a Rosetta Stone that can serve as the compass for a rapidly shifting terrain of contemporary techno-politics. Crypto-economist Jaya Klara Brekke provides a guide and commentary, contextualising the paper for a wide readership and revealing the far-reaching implications of decentralisation. Also includes an introduction by acclaimed artist and technologist James Bridle situating Bitcoin within an obscure historical movement of decentralisation, showing how blockchain is part of a wider project to redraw the maps of political possibility.

Product Details

Price: $19.95  $18.35
Publisher: Ignota Books
Published Date: June 01, 2019
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 5.0 X 0.5 X 7.7 inches | 0.35 pounds
ISBN: 9781999675929
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About the Author

James Bridle is an artist and writer working across technologies and disciplines. New Dark Age, his book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso in 2018.
Satoshi Nakamoto is the identity used by the unknown person or people who developed Bitcoin, authored the Bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed the first Bitcoin implementation.
Jaya Klara Brekke is the London-based author of the B9Lab ethical training module for blockchain developers and the Satoshi Oath, a hippocratic oath for blockchain development. She is writing a PhD on thinking blockchain politically.


"Merely by printing the technical document that opened up the world of crypto-currencies and treating it as an elegant, brilliant philosophical statement, Jaya Klara Brekke, James Bridle and Ben Vickers have created a truly unique reference point for the changes that could define this century." --Paul Mason, Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future and former BBC Economics Editor
"an excellent primer" - Bruce Sterling, Wired
"The White Paper does a good job explaining the mechanics of how Bitcoin implements deeper concepts of decentralization and "trustless" value creation, with due acknowledgment that the one thing that must be trusted is Bitcoin itself." - Kevin Werbach, Los Angeles Review of Books