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Digital currency


  • Here are entered works on digital representations of monetary value and fiat currencies in digital form. Works on currencies that use cryptography to secure and verify transactions and to control the creation of new currency units are entered under [Cryptocurrencies.]

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    • Digital cash
    • Digital money
    • Electronic currency
    • Electronic money
    • Virtual currency
    • Virtual money
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    • found: Work cat: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Disrupter series (2016 March 16), 2016:t.p. (digital currency)
    • found: Digital cash : commerce on the Net, 1995(Digital money, Virtual money, Digital cash, Digital currency)
    • found: Columbia encyclopedia, in Credo database, June 12, 2018(digital currency: see virtual currency) virtual currency (created and controlled by computer software; also called digital currency; generally not backed by a national government and not considered legal tender; range from those used by gamers in online multiplayer games to Bitcoin and other digital currencies that seek to replace or supplement existing legal tender as a medium of exchange)
    • found: Wikipedia, May 24, 2018(Digital currency (digital money or electronic money or electronic currency) is a type of currency available only in digital form; exhibits properties similar to physical currencies (such as banknotes and coins), but allows for instantaneous transactions and borderless transfer-of-ownership) search: virtual currency (Virtual currency, also known as virtual money, is a type of unregulated, digital money, which is issued and usually controlled by its developers, and used and accepted among the members of a specific virtual community; a medium of exchange that operates like a currency in some environments, but does not have all the attributes of real currency; neither issued by a central bank or a public authority, nor necessarily attached to a fiat currency, but is accepted by persons as a means of payment)
    • found: Bitcoin Exchange Guide website, May 24, 2018:search: cryptocurrency vs digital currency (digital currencies are intangible currencies that exist in the form of numbers and digits; can be converted to physical cash and used for transactions; examples: bank transfer through Internet banking or the bank's mobile app, sending or receiving payment through debit or credit cards, Paypal, Google Wallet; cryptocurrency is a type of digital currency)
    • found: Investopedia website, June 12, 2018:search: digital currency definition (Like any standard fiat currency, digital currencies can be used to purchase goods as well as to pay for services, though they can also find restricted use among certain online communities, like gaming sites, gambling portals, or social networks; a digital currency can exist in unregulated form - in which case it qualifies for being called a virtual currency) search: virtual currency definition (stored and transacted in only through designated software, mobile or computer applications, or through dedicated digital wallets, and the transactions occur over the Internet or over secure dedicated networks; may be issued, managed and controlled by private issuers, developers, or the founding organization; often represented in terms of tokens and may remain unregulated without a legal tender; digital currency is the overall superset that includes virtual currency, which in turn includes cryptocurrencies)
    • found: Capstone encyclopaedia of business, in Credo database, June 12, 2018:digital money (electronic currency designed to facilitate e-commerce transactions; a payment or transfer of funds that is initiated and processed -- usually electronically, but not necessarily -- within current interbank payment systems; digital currencies)
    • found: Google, July 10, 2018(hit counts (in quotes): digital currency, 6,850,000; virtual currency, 3,540,000; electronic money, 1,750,000; digital money, 1,570,000; virtual money, 1,020,000; digital cash, 827,000; electronic currency, 185,000)
    • notfound: Merriam-Webster dictionary online, June 12, 2018
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on digital representations of monetary value and fiat currencies in digital form. Works on currencies that use cryptography to secure and verify transactions and to control the creation of new currency units are entered under [Cryptocurrencies.]
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    • 2018-05-24: new
    • 2018-10-04: revised
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