Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains
Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains

From their shadowy origins in Bitcoin to their use by multinational corporations, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are remaking the rules of digital media and society. Meanwhile, regulators, governments, and the public are trying to make sense of it all.


In this accessible book, Quinn DuPont guides readers through the changing face of money and shows how blockchain technology powers new forms of value exchange and social coordination. The reader will learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain developers and users, investment opportunities and risks, changes to politics and law, social and industrial applications, and what this all means for the new economy.


Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains dispenses with hype and offers sober reflection on this crucial and timely topic. It is essential reading for students and scholars of culture, politics, media, and the economy, as well as anyone who wants to understand, take part in, or change the future of work and society.

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  • December 2018 (pb)
    December 2018 (hb)
  • 260 pages
  • 148 x 210 mm / 6 x 8 in
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  • 9781509520237
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  • 9781509520275
Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Experiments in digital society

Chapter 2 – Origins and futures of cryptocurrencies

Chapter 3 – Digital money

Chapter 4 – Blockchain media

Chapter 5 – Finance and capital

Chapter 6 – Law and society

Chapter 7 – IoT, Logistics, and Smart Manufacturing

Chapter 8 – The promise of new organizations


About the Author
Quinn DuPont is a Research Associate in the Information School, University of Washington
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