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*CANCELED* WILLIAM MAGNUSON reads from his new nonfiction book BLOCKCHAIN DEMOCRACY

 

Blockchain Democracy (Cambridge University Press)

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to public health concerns, this event has been canceled. 

In Blockchain Democracy, William Magnuson provides a breathtaking tour of the world of blockchain and bitcoin, from their origins in the online scribblings of a shadowy figure named Satoshi Nakamoto, to their furious rise and dramatic crash in the 2010s, to their ignominious connections to the dark web and online crime. Magnuson argues that blockchain's popularity stands as a testament both to the depth of distrust of government today, and also to the fervent and undying belief that technology and the world of cyberspace can provide an answer. He demonstrates how blockchain's failings provide broader lessons about what happens when technology runs up against the stubborn realities of law, markets, and human nature. This book should be read by anyone interested in understanding how technology is changing our democracy, and how democracy is changing our technology.

Advance Praise: 

'Blockchain Democracy achieves what so many other entries in the dialogue around blockchain have not: a balanced and approachable account of the technology, politics, and ideologies of cryptocurrency from its inception to the peaks and valleys of today's hype cycle.' Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University, Massachusetts

'Blockchain Democracy is a thoughtful and valuable book. It describes the many ways that blockchain technology is being used around the world not only by an assortment of eccentric and entertaining characters but also by far more conventional banks, companies and governments. Magnuson maneuvers skillfully between devotees and naysayers, laying out the advantages and disadvantages of distributed systems that encode democracy but cannot escape its discontents.' Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America

Event date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Blockchain Democracy Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781108712088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cambridge University Press - November 17th, 2019