Bitcoin Q&A: Airdrop coins and privacy

Should we take any of the Bitcoin fork coins seriously? Are they “free money”? What are the privacy and operational security risks involved with claiming airdrop / fork coins? When taking advantage of airdrop coins, most people will naively aggregate UTXOs and effectively associate addresses on both chains. Remember: the data analysts are watching!

This is a question from the patron-only live Q&A which took place on February 24th 2018. If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/aantonop

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Worse than Useless: Financial Surveillance – https://youtu.be/n4F-h4xuXMk
ADISummit: Self-Sovereign Identity Panel – https://youtu.be/DZbyiJqKT8c
Forkology: A Study of Forks for Newbies – https://youtu.be/rpeceXY1QBM
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