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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Why Cryptocurrencies Want Privacy: A Review of Political Motivations and Branding Expressed in "Privacy Coin" Whitepapers
Author(s): Harvey, John
Branco-Illodo, Ines
Contact Email: ines.branco-illodo@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Marketing
Sociology and Political Science
Bitcoin
blockchain
cryptocurrency
money
political brands
privacy
Issue Date: 27-Aug-2019
Citation: Harvey J & Branco-Illodo I (2019) Why Cryptocurrencies Want Privacy: A Review of Political Motivations and Branding Expressed in "Privacy Coin" Whitepapers. Journal of Political Marketing p. 30. https://doi.org/10.1080/15377857.2019.1652223
Abstract: New currencies designed for user anonymity and privacy – widely referred to as “privacy coins” – have forced governments to listen and legislate, but the political motivations of these currencies are not well understood. Following the growing interest of political brands in different contexts, we provide the first systematic review of political motivations expressed in cryptocurrency whitepapers whose explicit goal is “privacy.” Many privacy coins deliberately position themselves as alternative political brands. Although cryptocurrencies are often closely associated with political philosophies that aim to diminish or subvert the power of governments and banks, advocates of privacy occupy much broader ideological ground. We present thematic trends within the privacy coin literature and identify epistemic and ethical tensions present within the communities of people calling for the adoption of entirely private currencies.
DOI Link: 10.1080/15377857.2019.1652223
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