Abstract

Blockchain is a technology that uses community validation to keep synchronized the content of ledgers replicated across multiple users. Although blockchain derives its origins from technologies introduced decades ago, it has gained popularity with Bitcoin and it is at the core of a soaring number of new cryptocurrencies and a large range of applications beyond currencies and finance. Blockchain has opened new possibilities for businesses acting as a coordination technology through which trust can be created, consensus can be reached and value can be transferred within a community without the need of intermediaries. Blockchain can radically change the way in which information is managed, value is created and rules are enforced in current socio economic systems.

I’ll introduce to the basic concepts of blockchain technologies and guide through this new fascinating environment that is bubbling with new ideas and socio-economic applications.

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