A new academic paper, entitled “Bitcoin: Order without Law in the Digital Age”, explores the “fundamental structure” of Bitcoin. The paper seeks to show “how its decentralized order contrasts with currency regimes”. Highlighting how technology has changed our lives, the paper notes how – with the advent of Bitcoin – even modern currency is not exempt from the steady march of technological progress.
The paper highlights how bitcoin can “perform the functions of currencies without the traditional law of currency”. The paper also adds that Bitcoin’s global and distributed approach to order without law, as opposed to more spatially-close communities, is novel. “Order without some forms of law is nothing new”, the paper reads. “But previously most forms of order without law depended on relatively close-knit communities”.
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