Bitcoin is all about decentralization — and now even its foundation is taking this route.
The Bitcoin Foundation has announced a set of community resources on GitHub to educate people about Bitcoin and its potential, its website announced today.
The Bitcoin Foundation announces a set of education resources (hosted on GitHub) here: http://t.co/BbYNwLDlny
— a16z (@a16z) July 25, 2014
Today’s announcement details how the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee creates guides for the general public about Bitcoin. It also describes the committee’s goal to decentralize information about the alternative currency by having content creation available to anyone on GitHub. Anyone can join the education committee and contribute to, update, or edit the content on GitHub. Membership in the committee will be determined by contributions, not by a decree.
The three objectives of the Bitcoin Foundation are the standardization of, the protection of, and the promotion of Bitcoin. The education committee focuses on promotion of Bitcoin, which in the “context of public misunderstandings, misinterpretations and misrepresentations” about Bitcoin, “allow[s] the community to speak through a single source.” With this method, the foundation seeks to improve Bitcoin’s reputation.
The committee has already created some guides, including an introduction to Bitcoin, suggestions on purchasing bitcoin, choosing a wallet, using Bitcoin for business, and the currency’s technical side. The it documents the committee’s presence on social media, including their Twitter and Facebook, as well.
If this experiment in decentralized content creation is successful, the committee won’t need a chairperson, which adds to the middle man-less nature of Bitcoin. People in the committee would come and go as they please. Ideas would gain and lose momentum as they become updated or tossed aside. With GitHub, everyone’s work would be visible to the public, and everyone could assist in educating the world about Bitcoin.
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