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Breaking Protocol: Blockchain and Capital Controls in Greece

Which came first– coin or the ledger? In either case, physical currency and a tally of debts and payments have been the two primary forms of money used throughout history. Today, physical cash is increasingly being replaced with cashless systems including cryptocurrencies. This week, we hear from blockchain researcher Jaya Klara Brekke on the political economy of blockchain and consensus protocols. And we go to Athens where contributors Niki Seth-Smith and Alyssa Moxley look at how some Greeks have been using cryptocurrencies since banking restrictions were imposed in 2015.


Jaya Klara Brekke, author and researcher specializing in the political economy of blockchain and consensus protocols; Matthew Slater, FairCoin developer and Fair Coop member; Dionysus Zindros, blockchain PhD student, University of Athens; Nikos, owner of Taverna Aggelos accepts BitCoin; Achilleas, bee keeper and volunteer at Fair Spot.

For more information:

FairCoin web site

Many unhappy with current political system – Richard Wike, Katie Simmons, Bruce Stokes, and Janell Fetterolf, Pew Research Center

8 in 10 Greeks Not Happy With Government – Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi

Jaya Klara Brekke – author

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