David G.W. Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found) and Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank). He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top 10 most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; created one of the top 25 “must read” financial IT blogs; was found by PR Daily to be one of the top 10 Twitter accounts followed by innovators (along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson), rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments and was recently awarded “Contributor of the Year” by the Emerging Payments Association.
Interviews with David Birch
The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
by Michael Casey & Paul Vigna
Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency
by Finn Brunton
A History of Money
by Glyn Davies
Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff
Bill Maurer and Lana Swartz (eds)
The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains
by Antony Lewis
Proselytes for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin extol them as a liberation technology to free us from big government. Sceptics insist that while they have been the source of useful technologies, as units of value, account and exchange, they will remain marginal. Here, digital currency expert David Birch chooses five books to help you understand the utopian roots of cryptocurrencies, the technology behind how they work, their functions and uses, and their broader place in the long history of money.