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How does the U.S. government view Bitcoin? Is it money?

How does the U.S. government view Bitcoin? Is it a currency, a commodity, or something else?
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Are there any publications about deanonymizing Bitcoin?

At the Model United Conference I attend, there is a resolution proposed to de-anonymize BTC in order to cull Darknet transactions. I know it is impossible but how do i prove it to the other ...
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Is it possible to use the Bitcoin technology as a reputation system for sales?

Imagine a marketplace where all nominal money prices are the same for products (for tax purposes), but you gain and lose "reputation" in the form of a Bitcoin style transaction. Case 1: Those who ...
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Is it possible to “unmine” particular coins?

Imagine that a government seizes a large amount of bitcoins in a raid such as with "Silk Road". Is it possible to invalidate those particular coins and send them back to the "pool" to be re-mined so ...
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Can the Government step in, to ban bitcoins? [duplicate]

The price of bitcoins increase with demand. Demand increases because people can spend the bitcoins. I think the price of bitcoins started as a drug money. The main advantage of bitcoins is that the ...
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How many BTC were seized in relation to the shutdown of Silk Road?

I'm interested in the total amount of BTC that was seized in the Silk Road confiscation by the FBI. The reason I'm interested is so I can figure out what Bitcoin Addresses were used and how I can ...
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What does the US government do with seized coins?

It was reported today that the US government shut down the web site Silk Road, where people bought and sold things (allegedly including illegal drugs) using Bitcoins. The operator was arrested, and ...
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Government disrupting reception of bitcoins. Is it possible?

I was thinking of a very specific scenario: Suppose we have a new organization, let's call it "WikiLeaks2", which receives donnations mostly in the form of Bitcoins. Suppose a national government ...
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Are we anonymous against governments? [duplicate]

If all transactions are public knowledge and coins are identifiable and thus traceable. With the power of subpoena can't a government uncover who bought the coin(s) from an exchange. It might be ...
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What happens if the US govt. bans Bitcoin?

They can do that because they are the US govt. What would be the likely consequences of the ban?
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What prevents Bitcoins for being used by criminals to avoid taxation?

Governments around the globe are fighting black markets by following money trails and transaction histories, usually involving checking the suspects bank accounts. This makes it at least feasible to ...
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Can someone with an unlimited amount of money compromize the network?

I was reading this interesting discussion in the comments section on ZH where this guy was talking about how a single entity (think corrupt government and banksters) can throw money and processing ...
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Is there a website that tracks Bitcoin taxes paid to local government?

One thing that would further legitimize Bitcoin with government oversight is the payment of relevant taxes to Federal and State government (in local equivalent currency) for e-commerce and mining ...
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Will an approved Bitcoin-like system replace Bitcoin?

What is the chance of another Bitcoin-like currency system to replace Bitcoin? Will Bitcoin still coexist with such systems? Will it affect then-current Bitcoin exchange rate? By Bitcoin-like, I ...
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What is a brief summary of the ECB's report on virtual currency?

On 29th Oct 2012, the European Central Bank released this report on virtual currency. What is a summary of its comments on Bitcoin?
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How much would it cost for a government to undermine Bitcoins?

Articles by for example the Economist stating that Bitcoins are being used for drug trading (Silk Road), I believe that the biggest risk to Bitcoins is that a government will pull a stunt similar to ...
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Defense from Government Intervention

What's to stop a government, say the U.S. government, from saying "Hey, it's okay if you want to use Bitcoins, but you have to use at least version 0.6.3". And then a year later changing the law to ...
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What methods could a government use to shutdown Bitcoin?

Let's say that that a government decided to shut down the Bitcoin network, what options would they have to achieve this? Would they need to convince other/all governments? Let's set as a precondition ...
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What would a country adopting Bitcoins as official currency have to reinvent?

Let's say that a country decided to ditch their currency and go for Bitcoins. What would this country have to reinvent. The reason why I ask, is because I believe that if a tiny country was to adopt ...