Abstract

The 2008 financial crisis led to the creation of a digital coin that no longer needed a financial institution to act as a third party. While Bitcoin’s name has been tarnished by its uses for illegal activity, the technology has allowed it to thrive in an increasingly digital world. With governmental crackdowns on cryptocurrencies looming, the future of Bitcoin remains up for debate. As COVID-19 causes another national financial crisis, there are many that believe the scenarios are in place for another large price increase in the near future. While future Bitcoin prices are unpredictable at best, the technology remains one of the driving forces behind the cryptocurrency’s meteoric rise. We will look at some of the key players that kept Bitcoin alive (for better or worse) during some uncertain times, and why the cryptocurrency may not be as untraceable as some might think.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2020

Senior Project Advisor

G. Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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