Introduction to Ethics of Blockchain Technology

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This module provides an overview of approaches in normative ethics  that can be used to evaluate blockchain technologies. Participants will  be made familiar with consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics and  care ethics. Furthermore, a simple method for constructing an ethical  case study is presented and explained. After completing this module,  participants will have: A basic understanding of the main approaches in  normative ethics, A basic understanding of ways to apply these  approaches to evaluate blockchain technologies, The basic skills for  constructing an ethical "case study" involving a blockchain technology.


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

Introduction to Ethics of Blockchain Technology
  • Course Provider: Future Directions
  • Course Number: FDBLKEDU0002
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: 0.1 CEU/ 1 PDH