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Blockchain revolution : how the technology behind Bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world

Tapscott, Don, 1947- author.
Blockchain revolution : how the technology behind Bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world / Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, 2016. ©2016
xx, 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other contributors
Tapscott, Alex, author.
"Simultaneously published in the United States by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC."--Title page verso. Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Part I: Say you want a revolution. 1. The trust protocol
  • 2. Bootstrapping the future: seven design principles of the blockchain economy
  • Part II: Transformation. 3. Reinventing financial services
  • 4. Re-architecting the firm: the core and the edges
  • 5. New business models: making it rain on the blockchain
  • 6. The ledger of things: animating the physical world
  • 7. Solving the prosperity paradox: economic inclusion and entrepreneurship
  • 8. Rebuilding government and democracy
  • 9. Freeing culture on the blockchain: music to our ears
  • Part III: Promise and peril. 10. Overcoming showstoppers: ten implementation challenges
  • 11. Leadership for the next era.
"The first book to explain why blockchain technology will fundamentally change the Internet, what it does, and how we use it. Over the past 30 years, no theorist of the digital age has better explained the next big thing than Don Tapscott. For example, in Wikinomics, Tapscott was the first to show how the Internet provides the first global platform for mass collaboration. Now, he writes about a profound technological shift that will change how the world does business--and everything else--using blockchain technology, which powers the digital currency Bitcoin. The Internet as we know it is great for collaboration and communication, but is deeply flawed when it comes to commerce and privacy. The new blockchain technology facilitates peer-to-peer transactions without any intermediary such as a bank or governing body. Keeping the user's information anonymous, the blockchain validates and keeps a permanent public record of all transactions. That means that your personal information is private and secure, while all activity is transparent and incorruptible--reconciled by mass collaboration and stored in code on a digital ledger. With its advent, we will not need to trust each other in the traditional sense, because trust is built into the system itself. Although many opportunities for the blockchain require a digital currency, Bitcoin is only one application of this great innovation in computer science. The blockchain can hold any legal document, from deeds and marriage licences to educational degrees and birth certificates. Call it the World Wide Ledger. It enables smart contracts, decentralized autonomous organizations, decentralized government services, and transactions among things. The Internet of Everything needs a Ledger of Everything: the blockchain is a truly open, distributed, global platform that fundamentally changes what we can do online, how we do it, and who can participate. Tapscott, writing with his son Alex, a financial analyst and technologist, argues that the blockchain will shape the next era of prosperity--in finance, business, healthcare, education, governance, and beyond."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject headings
Cryptocurrencies--Security measures. Bitcoin. Data encryption (Computer science) Electronic commerce. Mobile commerce. Banks and banking--Technological innovations. Financial institutions--Technological innovations.
9780670069972 (bound) 0670069973 (bound) 9780143196877 (ebook)


Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
HG1710 .T385 2016b
Checked out Due: 08-02-2022