New Book: Blockchain and the Digital Economy
Blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt digital interaction across our economy and society. As the internet has changed our lives, the potential for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to do the same is considerable. BRL co-founders Fred Steinmetz, Lennart Ante and Ingo Fiedler wrote a book to assess this rapidly developing technology and its imminent economic and societal impact.
The book is written in a non-technical and accessible way and strives to demystify the functionalities of blockchains and their potential for a range of readers in the wider social sciences. It begins by explaining the key concepts of blockchain technology and presents an overview of the involved technical and economic elements. These form the basis for a discussion of the socio-economic implications of this new technology. This is followed by an in-depth analysis of significant case studies in the sectors of energy, digital identity, capital markets, logistics and gambling that outline the risks and benefits of the technology.
The book is available here:
Columbia University Press (North America)