Crypto has deep roots in the privacy space. But today’s bitcoiners aren’t quite as skittish about sharing their ID as the maximalists of yesteryear were. This week on “Opinionated,” Lili Rhodes of Foundation Devices argues why they should. Keeping one’s identity hidden – away from the government, from companies, from counterparties – is a table-stakes demand in the privacy game.

Does it have to be? Anna Baydakova, Danny Nelson and Ben Schiller spar over the nature of modern-day privacy, where and why it’s necessary, and whether bitcoin has been “corrupted” by those who link trades with names. For those who think it has, buying beyond the banks and exchanges is a must. Check out CoinDesk’s “Privacy Week” package for an inside look.

You scanned your ID at the bitcoin checkout, anon? Anna wrote a guide to help you do better next time 😉

This episode was produced, announced and edited by Michele Musso. Our theme song is by Elision.

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