Frequent readers may recall that there has been a considerable amount of time spent on this page discussing alternative currencies in America in both a historic context and in terms of some recent developments. We have discussed gold laws in Utah, local currency regimes like BerkShares, and the very hot, and somewhat mysterious, topic of online currencies. This latter topic, which has stimulated some vigorous debate over its legality of late and implicates everything from international law to internet law, has become one of particular interest to both me and longtime BlawgConomics collaborator Jeremiah Newhall.
Over the next few months, we plan to spend a considerable amount of time researching and writing about online currencies in advance of publishing some work on the topic early next year. Frequent readers will benefit the most from this effort as we plan to bring many of our observations and conclusions to the public via the blog before we publish through more traditional channels. As such, we would appreciate any thoughts our readers have on these posts in the hopes that the blog can serve as a sort of proving ground for our work before it meets less forgiving eyes. Thanks for your continued support, I hope to hear from you all soon.