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Breaking Protocol: Cryptocurrency and Capital Controls in Greece

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Which came first– coin or the ledger? In either case, physical currency or a tally of debts and payments have been the two primary forms of money used throughout history. Today, physical cash is increasingly being replaced with cashless systems including cryptocurrencies. This week, we hear from blockchain researcher Jaya Klara Brekke on the political economy of blockchain and consensus protocols. And we go to Athens where contributors Niki Seth-Smith and Alyssa Moxley look at how some Greeks have been using cryptocurrencies since banking restrictions were imposed in 2015.

Special thanks to this week’s contributors, Alyssa Moxley and Niki Seth-Smith.

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  • Jaya Klara Brekke, Author and Researcher (specializing in the political economy of blockchain and consensus protocols)
  • Matthew Slater, FairCoin Developer and Fair Coop Member
  • Dionysus Zindros, Blockchain PhD Student, University of Athens
  • Nikos, Owner of Taverna Aggelos (accepts BitCoin)
  • Achilleas, Bee Keeper and Volunteer at Fair Spot


  • Host: Monica Lopez
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
  • Contributing Producers: Alyssa Moxley, Niki Seth-Smith
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


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  • “Subway” (Instrumental Version), David Szesztay

Author: Radio Project

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