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.
Case Studies of Social and Ethical Impacts of Blockchain Technology
Posted: 6 Aug 2018
Authors:Quinn DuPont, University of Washington
and Wessel Reijers, Dublin City University
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