The coronavirus has arrived in Europe like the medieval plague and stirred storms on the stock markets. This has apparently also affected bitcoin, since cryptocurrency prices have declined heavily after the recent outbreak in Italy. Some have speculated that people are now liquidating their investments in order to buy concrete things, such as canned foods and tools in case the epidemic grows worse. And there\u2019s nothing wrong with that. Generally it\u2019s smart to keep at least a week\u2019s food supplies in store just in case a hostile state attacks, epidemics spread or an enormous meteorite falls in your vicinity. But Bitcoin is still a pretty good shield. It may not shield from natural forces, but at least it is excellent in resisting political manipulation. For instance in Libanon people have started increasingly using Bitcoin to bypass the regime\u2019s radical economic restrictions. In other news we have the customs agency of Finland who doesn\u2019t know what to do with millions worth of bitcoins, as well as Canada\u2019s central bank\u2019s plans to create a digital currency just in case. Furthermore we\u2019ll talk about bitcoin\u2019s journeys into deep mountains where its code may be stored for thousands of years. Last week\u2019s news can be found here. Blockchain enables creating money without central powers, which can liberate entire nations. Bitcoin\u2019s code set to be stored for millennia Bitcoin\u2019s open source code is set to be stored in a 250 meter deep coal mine located in the Arctic mountains. The operation is part of the Arctic World Archive project driven by GitHub, Internet Archives and other institutes. The project aims to save culturally or technologically important code for coming generations. The archive is meant to store the information safely for at least 1\u00a0000 years, but is likely to last much longer. Aside the mountain archive the information is copied and backed up in several places around the world, with the project keeping it constantly up to date. Aside Bitcoin the project also stores other significant code, such as the code of the Linux system created by Linus Torvalds. The information can be important for instance for future historians studying the development of different codes. Modern technology can also remain usable a long time, but future code may not necessarily be compatible with it. GitHUb is currently also collaborating with Microsoft to transfer all information on quartz glass plates. Thse plates are estimated to last over 10\u00a0000 years. GitHub\u2019s mountain bunker is very similar to the international seed bank in the picture. (PICTURE: Einar J\u00f8rgen Haraldseid) The Finnish customs agency is hodling bitcoins The Finnish customs agency has a peculiar cryptocurrency problem. In 2016 the customs agency confiscated 1666 bitcoins from the drug market site Douppikauppa. With the current price these bitcoins would be worth approximately \u20ac16 million euros. Now the agency wants to sell these bitcoins in an auction, but is afraid the coins would circulate back into criminal use. However, Bitcoin experts point out that such fears are unfounded. According to researcher Juri Mattila bitcoin is nowadays used very marginally for crime. Criminals have also started using more anonymous cryptocurrencies in increasing amounts. Henry Brade, founder and director of the board of Prasos, in turn sees no problem in selling the cryptocurrencies by using reasonable methods. \u201dOf course there are enormous risks if the customs agency would sell its bitcoins randomly to an anonymous party. But if they are sold through a reasonable process I see no problem,\u201d states Brade. The customs agency has more bitcoins than any other authority in Finland. Bitcoin\u2019s price correlates with halving news The TIE, a data service for digital assets, has studied the relation between bitcoin\u2019s price and the amount of published articles about Bitcoin\u2019s block reward halving. Less surprisingly the study shows that a correlation seems to exist. \u201cWe noticed how, as mentions of the halving were decreasing last fall, that tended to correlate with downward price movement. Once that narrative picked up again, Bitcoin saw upward price movement,\u201d commented Joshua Frank, CEO of The TIE. The halving of Bicoin\u2019s block reward will take place next May. The halving is an inbuilt feature in Bitcoin\u2019s protocol, which regularly decreases the birth pace of new bitcoins. After the upcoming halving there will only be 6.25 bitcoins generated for each new block. Bitcoin's halving seems to interest people and affect the price. Canada creates its own digital currency The central bank of Canada is developing its own digital currency just in case it will be needed in the future. So far the bank has no plans to publish the digital currency, but its prototype is already in production and the bank is consulting different parties to advance the project. \u201cIf one or more alternative digital currencies threatened to become used widely as an alternative to the Canadian dollar, then a central bank issued digital currency could be used to defend monetary sovereignty,\u201d the bank stated. A growing amount of states have begun developing their own digital currencies. For instance China and Sweden are in the process of testing their own crypto. Several central banks have also reported that Facebook\u2019s Libra project has made them consider digital alternatives to traditional currencies. The central bank of Canada does not plan to publish the digital currency, but wants to keep options open. \u00a0(PICTURE: d.neuman) Bitcoin bypasses state restrictions in Lebanon News agency Middle East Monitor reports that citizens in Lebanon are using Bitcoin to bypass state restrictions and transfer move in and out of the country. Lebanon is suffering from the worst financial crisis since the civil war having ended in 1990, and the people have lost trust in the country\u2019s banks and regime. Lebanese banks have tried to control the economy by imposing restrictions on how much money can be withdrawn by citizens. Banks have also tried to hinder international consumption to keep wealth within the country\u2019s borders. This in turn has made many use Bitcoin to secure their funds and enable free movement. \u201cThis is the most patent case for cryptocurrencies. Banks are never there when you need them,\u201d comments Lebanese economist Nassim Nicholas Taleb. \u201cBitcoin is protected by mathematics, traditional fiat currencies are protected by governments. Which do you trust?,\u201d ponders Simon Tadros, a Bitcoin investor from Beirut. Lebanon\u2019s financial crisis has caused people to rise up against the regime.\u00a0\u00a0 Tyler Winklevoss regrets space ticket bought with bitcoins Tyler Winklevoss, co-founder and CEO of Gemini, has revealed he regrets buying a space ticket with bitcoins. In 2014 Winklevoss bought a space voyage from Virgin Galactic with 300 bitcoins, which then was only worth $250\u00a0000 dollars. After 2014 bitcoin\u2019s price has risen roughly 1\u00a0100%. Right now these 300 bitcoins would be worth close to $3 million dollars. Winklevoss has later commented that he will not repeat the same mistake. Earlier Winklevoss compared the bought space voyage with the first bitcoin pizza purchase in 2010. Back then Laszlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas with 10\u00a0000 bitcoins. Thereafter 22nd May has been know as the Bitcoin pizza day. Private space travel will probably become more common in the future.