Why Bitcoin?

Bitcoin – Wikipedia
Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system, which is not controlled by a single entity. The digital currency created and used in the system is alternatively referred to as a virtual currency, electronic money or a cryptocurrency.

An Abridged History of Bitcoin
A timeline of bitcoin from October 2008 to November 2013.

Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers
This study provides a short introduction to the Bitcoin network, including its properties, operations and pseudonymous character. It also describes the benefits of allowing the Bitcoin network to develop and innovate, while highlights the concerns for consumers, policymakers and regulators.

Bitcoin: The Cryptoanarchists’ Answer to Cash
This post describes how Bitcoin brought privacy to electronic transactions.

Bitcoin vs Gold
Bitcoin is often called “Gold 2.0” because they share many of the same traits. Which one is more worth?

Benefits and Risks of Bitcoin for Small Businesses
This study presents both potential benefits and risks for consumers and small business.

Internal Revenue Service Notice
The IRS has issued a formal notice saying it can tax Bitcoin transactions, calling it a property—not a currency.

Why Bitcoin Matters
This article explains the importance of Bitcoin and what Bitcoin’s future potential is.

Where is Bitcoin Legal?
In most countries around the world, Bitcoin is neither illegal nor totally unregulated. It’s somewhere in between. Checking with this map, you can get the world’s laws on Bitcoin.