Case Studies of Social and Ethical Impacts of Blockchain Technology

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This module offers several practical case studies on the development  and application of blockchain technologies, analysed to highlight their  social and ethical impacts. These case studies helped shape the  narrative and normative framing of blockchain technologies within their  communities, and consequently public discourse. By analysing the ethical  issues and controversies that arose in these case studies, the complex  terrain of ethical decision-making in the development and application of  blockchain technologies will be made explicit. After completing this  module, participants will have in-depth knowledge of the social and  ethical impacts of the following case studies: Wikileaks and the early  adoption of Bitcoin to circumvent state control, The ethical risks of  designing a blockchain social networking service, The ethical risks of  teaching and practicing blockchain cybersecurity.


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

Case Studies of Social and Ethical Impacts of Blockchain Technology
  • Course Provider: Future Directions
  • Course Number: FDBLKEDU0004
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: 0.1 CEU/ 1 PDH