Brett Scott

I am an author, journalist and financial hacker exploring the intersections between money systems, finance and digital technology. In 2013 I published The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money with Pluto Press. It was a guide to the world of high finance and the emergent forms of alternative finance, alternative currencies and economic activism that are challenging it. I have a new book forthcoming with Bodley Head (PenguinRandomhouse) and Ecco (HarperCollins). I am a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab (UK), an Associate at the Institute of Social Banking (Germany), and an advisory group member of the Brixton Pound local currency. I was also a winner of the 2016/2017 Ethics and Trust in Finance Global Prize.

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Cash, Kisses and Karaoke: Why the War on Covid must not Become a War on Cash

Covid-19 will be mobilised by the financial industry to push their War on Cash even further, leaving us ever more ensnared within their private digital money empire.

June 22, 2020

The War on Cash

Our concerns are unfashionable. Without any explicit declaration, the War on Cash has begun.

August 24, 2016

The Dark Side of Digital Finance

A banker in 1716 had two main tools: a ledger book and a quill pen.

April 6, 2016

Money is Not a Store of Value

Money is not a store of value. It is a claim upon value.

March 15, 2016

A Dark Knight is Better than No Knight at All: Why We Need Bitcoin Despite its Flaws

It is only by zooming in and out, and considering the interplay between these absolute and relative perspectives that we can start to detect the complex power dynamics within Bitcoin.

March 30, 2015


Open Source Hacking

The financial sector is a notoriously opaque, alienating and destructive complex.

February 23, 2015

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