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Thinking Critically About Blockchain Technology

Thinking Critically About Blockchain Technology

Presented at ScotChain17 in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 13, 2017. www.scotchain17.com.

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Angela Walch

October 13, 2017
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  1. Thinking Critically About BlockchainTechnology Angela Walch Associate Professor St. Mary’s

    University School of Law Research Fellow UCL Centre for BlockchainTechnologies ScotChain17, Edinburgh 13 Oct. 2017 1 UCL CENTRE FOR BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES
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  3. How We’ll Proceed • Widespread fascination with Blockchain Technology. •

    Why we should care. • Some critical thinking… 13 October 2017 A. Walch, ScotChain17 3
  4. Reputation • Immutability • Truth • Trustlessness • Security and

    Resilience 13 October 2017 A. Walch, ScotChain17 4
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  6. Why We Should Care Finance Voting Health Records Supply Chain

    Property Records Government Benefits Education Records And everything else… 13 October 2017 A.Walch, ScotChain17 6
  7. The Critical Thinking Part • Immutability? • Truth? • Trustlessness?

    • Security and resilience? 13 October 2017 A. Walch, ScotChain17 7
  8. The Enlightened Perspective: A realistic understanding is better than an

    idealistic understanding. 13 October 2017 A. Walch, ScotChain17 8
  9. Getting to Enlightenment • Ask the hard questions. • Insist

    on precise, accurate communication. • Be alert to hype. • Consider the source (and the source’s incentives). • Seek diverse perspectives. • Doubt everything; assume nothing. • Resist peer pressure. 13 October 2017 A. Walch, ScotChain2017 9
  10. Angela Walch angelawalch.com Twitter: @angela_walch awalch@stmarytx.edu UCL CENTRE FOR BLOCKCHAIN

    TECHNOLOGIES Thank you!