Blockchain Governance and Human Rights

  • Online

This module provides ways to think about how the architecture of  blockchain technologies shapes governance processes and the forging and  maintenance of a legal system. Similar to the Internet, blockchain  technologies challenge our ideas about the relation between technology,  governance, and the rule of law. Blockchain-based systems could  potentially impact human rights provisions such as the right to  nationality and to privacy. After completing this module, participants  will have gained insight into: The relation between blockchain  technologies, governance, and the rule of law, The potential impact of  blockchain technologies on the human rights of nationality and privacy,  The overall findings of the five modules of this online course.


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

Blockchain Governance and Human Rights
  • Course Provider: Future Directions
  • Course Number: FDBLKEDU0005
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: 0.1 CEU/ 1 PDH