Responsible Research and Innovation of Blockchain Technology

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This module links the ethical evaluation of blockchain technologies  with contemporary approaches in applied ethics that focus on responsible  research and innovation. It provides an overview of the current state  of the art of these approaches and discusses their possible applications  in the context of blockchain technologies. Furthermore, it zooms in on  approaches used in recent literature that investigate the social and  ethical impacts of blockchain technology. After completing this module,  participants will have: a basic understanding of contemporary approaches  in applied ethics dealing with emerging technologies such as blockchain  technologies, an understanding of some contemporary, "state of the art"  discussions on the ethical and social impacts of blockchain  technologies.


Quinn DuPont

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Quinn  DuPont studies human and social dimensions of cybersecurity,  cryptography, and code. He is currently a postdoctoral Research  Associate at the School of Information, University of Washington. He has  a PhD in Information Science (Toronto), and is an ALA-accredited  librarian (Western), with a decade of industry experience as a Senior  Information Specialist at IBM, an IT consultant, and a usability and  experience designer. His current research focuses on Bitcoin,  cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies. He is a member of the  Standards Council of Canada, ISO, and IEEE Blockchain committees. His  book, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains (Polity), is a scholarly survey  of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies in society.

Wessel Reijers

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Wessel  Reijers studies philosophy and ethics of technology and has a strong  interest in the study of financial and governance technologies. He is  currently a PhD researcher at the ADAPT Centre, School of Computing,  Dublin City University in Ireland. His current research focuses on the  integration of ethics in research and innovation activities. One outcome  of this research is the Ethics Canvas, which can be used by researchers  to discuss ethical impacts of their work. He has published in several  academic journals on the topics of hermeneutic philosophy of technology,  blockchain technologies, social contract theory, the digital commons  and ethics in research and innovation.

Publication Year: 2018

Responsible Research and Innovation of Blockchain Technology
  • Course Provider: Future Directions
  • Course Number: FDBLKEDU0003
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: 0.1 CEU/ 1 PDH