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Blockchain and the Law

The Rule of Code

Since Bitcoin appeared in 2009, the digital currency has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for all manner of criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer science degree confused: Just how do you "mine" money from ones and zeros?

The answer lies in a technology called blockchain, which can be used for much more than Bitcoin. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer applications, blockchain technology has been compared to the Internet itself in both form and impact. Some have said this tool...
Recommended by Kevin Werbach, and 1 others.

Kevin WerbachThis is a book that’s focused purely on the legal questions. It fleshes out the idea that this technology is a new kind of law, that this is an opportunity to build structures that serve the same purpose as law but achieve the ends by means of technology. (Source)

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Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts

Recommended by Kevin Werbach, and 1 others.

Kevin WerbachI recommended it not because I completely agree, but because I think he’s a serious critic. He’s a very cheeky critic who is making fun of it, but he is an IT professional, a technically sophisticated guy. It’s not that he fails to understand the basic mechanics of it. (Source)

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A field manual to the technologies that are transforming our lives

Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future.

We already depend on the smartphone to navigate every aspect of our existence. We're told that innovations--from...
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Kevin WerbachThis book discusses the politics embedded in these technologies. He talks about blockchain as a two-sided technology: on the one hand, it’s a decentralizing technology; it’s largely open source systems that have the potential to break down all these points of central control. But it can also be used as a technology of control. (Source)

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This fictional book is a series of easy to read vignettes that illustrate modern uses of Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The characters and situations accurately portray who really uses Bitcoin around the world and for what purposes. These stories expose how criminals exploit cryptocurrency and also how Bitcoin has improved the lives of many people in the modern world.

P. Carl Mullan is a digital currency professional with more than 16-year of hands-on experience working in the industry. Most of these interconnected short stories are based on real events, personal experiences, and actual...
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Kevin WerbachThis is the best book I’ve found that doesn’t shrink from talking about the technology and getting into some of the detail, but does it in a very clear and structured way, so that someone without any kind of background can understand it. (Source)

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"Views differ on bitcoin, but few doubt the transformative potential of Blockchain technology. The Truth Machine is the best book so far on what has happened and what may come along. It demands the attention of anyone concerned with our economic future." --Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard, Former Treasury Secretary

From Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna, the authors of The Age of Cryptocurrency, comes the definitive work on the Internet's Next Big Thing: The Blockchain.

Kevin WerbachThey’re journalists who are good at telling a story. They explain the possibilities of blockchain and hone in on the broader potential—this idea of a truth machine. It’s the idea that what’s going on here is more than just the specific applications of blockchain—that this might be a fundamentally new mechanism of achieving agreement and consensus about the state of the world, in a decentralized... (Source)

Tyler WinklevossAwesome chat last night with @paulvigna and @mikejcasey, two of the greatest minds in cryptocurrency. Check out their new book #TheTruthMachine (Source)

Jeremy GardnerI’ll never pump a coin, but I’ll always promote good writers. It was great catching up with @mikejcasey and hearing about “The Truth Machine,” his new book with @paulvigna. It’s sure to be full of insights on the most revolutionary technology since the internet! (Source)

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