In the Toronto Star, I write about how I’m no big fan of Bitcoin ATMs, which profit in part from the unbanked, but that Vancouver’s potential ban on those machines is the wrong approach. The city is trying to curb alleged money laundering, but the punishment is too broad, and its effectiveness questionable. It’s like shooting mosquitoes with a shotgun.
I write in Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that cryptocurrency solves the problem of why credit card acceptance is not as ubiquitous as travellers would like it to be.
In the Independent, I write about why the mention of China in the manifesto of the New Zealand mosque shooter should serve as an alarm for the way the Asian country is accused of treating its Uighur Muslim minority — when the source of your praise is an alleged mass murderer, it’s clear to see that something has gone disturbingly wrong.
Announced today: I’m the 2019 visiting journalist in forestry at the University of British Columbia. I’ll be there March 4 to March 15.
I write in the Toronto Star about the fall of QuadrigaCX. I first met Gerald Cotten in the summer of 2014. At the time, even he was unaware his nine-month-old startup, QuadrigaCX, would become Canada’s biggest platform for buying and selling cryptocurrency. Now Cotten is dead, and his empire is crumbling. And the guy owes me $2,000.