A Human Rights Activist’s Response to Bitcoin Critics

Criticizing Bitcoin has become a constant theme in the mainstream media. From Foreign Policy to the Financial Times to The Washington Post, Bitcoin has in its first decade been derided as a tool for criminals, a useless technology, a waste of electricity, an ideological project, and even a threat to the world establishment. Why, might you ask, would a human rights activist like me be interested in a digital currency so universally mocked by financial experts and economists?