The ease with which crypto account holders around the world have been able to send donations to Ukraine this week–amounting to over $51 million as of Thursday– has led to both amazement and concern over the power that crypto puts in anyone’s hands. For the first time ever people are able to send money directly, within minutes, to a country’s government to help it fight a war. Does easy access to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies also make it possible for Russia to get around the traditional financial system, for the purpose of evading sanctions? “Money Reimagined” dives into this discussion with Jonathan Levin of Chainalysis, a data analytics firm that leverages the transparency of the blockchain to track the movement of crypto funds.
CoinDesk’s “Money Reimagined,” a newsletter and podcast series, expands into television with the same critical look at the issues and people that are shaping the future of money and economics. The TV series builds on the success of the weekly podcast hosted by CoinDesk’s Chief Content Officer Michael Casey and the World Economic Forum’s Sheila Warren.