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Bitcoin

February 3, 2021

Bitcoin is commonly said to be a cryptocurrency, a digital means of exchange developed by a set of anonymous authors under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, which began operating in 2009 as a community project (Wikipedia type), without the relationship or dependency of any government, state, company or body, and whose value (formed by a complicated system of mathematical algorithms and cryptography) is not supported by any central bank or authority. Bitcoins are essentially accounting entries in a large database called a blockchain, which is unique but replicated in millions of computers connected to the internet. Bitcoins can be exchanged almost instantaneously for any currency and can be used for payment. The system has numerous pros and cons, and many central banks insist that bitcoin is not a currency but a highly speculative and high-risk asset.

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