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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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ISIS May Be Using Bitcoin and This is Worrying Treasury Department Regulators

February 13, 2015 Bitcoin fans may not enjoy the government’s attention, but they should be flattered: It means the technology they are developing is powerful stuff. At a recent forum that brought together government officials and bitcoin entrepreneurs to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency, paeans to the protocol’s efficiency mingled with law ...

Terrorism Finance Trackers Worry ISIS Already Using Bitcoin

February 13, 2015 Bitcoin fans may not enjoy the government’s attention, but they should be flattered: It means the technology they are developing is powerful stuff. At a recent forum that brought together government officials and bitcoin entrepreneurs to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency, paeans to the protocol’s efficiency mingled with law ...

US Government Is Getting Ready for the Commercialization of the Moon

February 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Let’s say you want to build a hotel on the moon. Would you buy the land? Claim it? With private companies racing to make space access cheaper, this question is becoming far less of a joke and far more of a real concern. And it’s led the U.S. Federal Aviation ...

The Federal Government is Getting Ready For the Commercialization of the Moon

February 3, 2015 Let’s say you want to build a hotel on the moon. Would you buy the land? Claim it? With private companies racing to make space access cheaper, this question is becoming far less of a joke and far more of a real concern. And it’s led the US Federal Aviation ...

SpaceX Ends Lawsuit, Settles With Air Force for Future Launch Bids

January 26, 2015 In the end, it took John Ashcroft to get the US Air Force and Elon Musk to play nice together. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, announced a settlement with the Air Force, ending a lawsuit that accused the military of unfairly awarding an $11 billion launch contract to United Launch ...

SpaceX Settles With the Air Force, Smoothing the Way for Competition in Spy-satellite Missions

January 26, 2015 In the end, it took John Ashcroft to get the Air Force and Elon Musk to play nice together. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, announced a settlement with the Air Force, ending a lawsuit that accused the military of unfairly awarding an $11 billion launch contract to United Launch Alliance, ...

SpaceX Founder Drops Lawsuit Against Air Force, Will Compete for Future Satellite Contracts

January 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the end, it took John Ashcroft to get the US Air Force and Elon Musk to play nice together. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, announced a settlement with the Air Force, ending a lawsuit that accused the military of unfairly awarding an $11 billion launch contract to United Launch ...

Does the US Government Really Want to Get into the Broadband Business?

January 15, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When US president Barack Obama proposed eliminating rules in 19 states that prohibit cities from building out their own public broadband networks, the response from the cable industry and government skeptics was immediate: Big government is taking over the internet, and it won’t end well. “Many such enterprises have ended ...

Congress Just Found a Way to Make Deficits Disappear

January 8, 2015 One of the first tasks accomplished by the new US congress was tweaking the rules used by Congressional accountants to hide the borrowing caused by tax cuts. The shift in methods directly reflects the preferences of the new Republican majority in Congress. The new rules require the use of “dynamic ...

What US Airlines Can Teach Us About the Debate Over Net Neutrality

December 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you flew a U.S. airline over the holidays, you probably paid extra to stow your bag, or for some extra leg room. If you’re not a frequent flyer, you saw some of your fellow travelers board the plane before you in a special fast lane. These à la carte ...