THE WHITE PAPER by Satoshi Nakamoto
130 x 195mm, 116pages, Black and white printing, Foil and die cut details on cover, Full colour lining page, Perfect bound, 2019.
Guide by Jaya Klara Brekke
Introduction by James Bridle
Edited by Ben Vickers
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto published a revolutionary white paper that described a simple peer-to-peer electronic cash system that would later become Bitcoin. In the decade since the launch of the digital currency, the nascent blockchain technology behind Bitcoin has been heralded as having the same radical potential as the printing press or the Internet, in particular presenting extraordinary challenges to traditional banking. Yet the paper contains no reference to existing political ideas, monetary or economic knowledge. Why?