The three memebers of the 'ed board' at decentralize.today are all sports minded...well, if you stretch from football to rugby to MMA, so when it came to choosing the 'article of the year' there was always going to be competition for places.

The compromise at which we arrived was to make multiple selections across multiple categories starting with our four principal areas of focus:

Decentralization - first up, we have choosen a section from the Privacy Cookbook that looks to the decentralization of eCommerce...the shape of things to come:

Privacy Cookbook - Ch 12.1 - DeCommerce is about to become a reality
DeCommerce is about to become a reality. Buying and selling online without anyintermediary, in complete privacy, and with no logins or personal detailsrequired? That’s what Particl Marketplace offers. While this trustlessmarketplace protocol has been live for more than a year now, the Particl tea…

Privacy - next we reprise a piece from very early on in this very long year that highlights moves against democracy and individual privacy made in the Hong Kong SAR as detailed in Dadon's evocative article:

Order or oppression?
As close to 100 Anti-Government Protesters take shelter within the grounds ofHong Kong Polytechnic University in a cat and mouse style tactic, police play asick “Waiting Game” In an attempt to almost starve out student protesters fromcampus grounds as the stand-off reaches almost a week in le…

Blockchain - distributed ledger technology is older than Bitcoin...

dt.gl - David Chaum’s Vault System: The World’s First Blockchain
Thanks to his prolific contribution to cryptography, game theory, and the world economy via Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto seems to get a lot of lesser deserved credit.

Cryptocurrency - we often wrongly assume that everyone knows everything about everything or at least something about something but blockchain and cryptocurrencies by their nature are designed to be inclusive and fair but that is distorted when knowledge and understanding levels are uneven...so it is important that word spreads, is shared and that brings people in to the sphere....here in one of our rare 'Tweetstorm' series pieces, we attempted to add to the process...

Tweetstorm Series: The Beginner’s Guide to Bitcoin by Peter McCormack
Being fiends for education especially on the subjects of blockchain,decentralization, privacy and cryptocurrencies, we were intrigued and delightedto spot this tweet from Peter McCormack[https://mobile.twitter.com/PeterMcCormack] > I’ve learned so much about economics over the past three years …

Then given the impact both events have had on 2020, we added two additional categories:

Lockdown - we covered this in a number of articles ranging from how to work (or play) from home to staying safe when travelling to opportunistic increases in government mass surveillances programs under the guise of 'public health', but the winner was the Privacy Advocate's take on a great new weekend pastime...

The Great Fakeation - kiddy-on holidays for grown ups
When the world suddenly changed because of the ongoing pandemic, it led to manyof us having to ‘endure’ the boredom of the locked-down life. We worked fromhome (WFH) and ended most days with some Netflix, rinse, repeat! Boring! Well, that might have been different and some fun to start with but, …

U.S. General Election - wilful wildcard or meglomaniac maverick? Love him or hate him, John McAfee added some early color to the Presidential race...

McAfee 2020 - ‘Don’t vote for me!’ (now with bonus live interview!)
Crypto-maverick announces second tilt at the US Presidency by declaring he can’twin so don’t vote for him! ​I’m sure we’ve all heard of John McAfee (and if you haven’t can I ask what rock you have been living under for the past 20 years?). Most famous professionally for being the creator of th…

Finally (almost) we wanted to celebrate the half decade (or so) that the blog has been running with our 'Article of the Decade'...this was a tough one but we all came down on the side of Miguel Cuneta's funky yet seminal piece on Bitcoin from...who knows! Still relevant...

Bitcoin, The Internet, and Rock N’ Roll.
Blockchain, Bowie....everything you need for the futureIt will crush every single idea we have of what value exchange mediums are allabout. David Bowie predicted in 1999 the impact of the Internet in BBCinterviewAmazinghow Davie Bowie predicted in BBC interview with Jeremy Paxman in 1999 the hu…

And finally, finally...a special award for 'The One That Got Away!'...the article we wish we could have seen published in 2020...again after some debate (dreams of teams winning trophies etc) it must definitely go to the article announcing the public release of Particl's Open Marketplace V3...we're waiting...

Onwards to 2021, the best is yet to come!