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Bitcoin and Beyond
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  • Title Bitcoin and Beyond
  • Author(s) Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 29, 2019); eBook (Creative Commons Edition)
  • License(s): Users' rights and Book Licences
  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • eBook PDF (223 pages)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10/ASIN: 0367264927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0367264925
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Book Description

Bitcoin and its competitors have also garnered attention for their wildly fluctuating values as well as implication in international money laundering, Ponzi schemes and online trade in illicit goods and services across borders.

These and other controversies surrounding cryptocurrencies have induced varying governance responses by central banks, government ministries, international organizations, and industry regulators worldwide.

Besides formal attempts to ban Bitcoin, there have been multifaceted efforts to incorporate elements of blockchains, the peer-to-peer technology underlying cryptocurrencies, in the wider exchange, recording, and broadcasting of digital transactions.

Blockchains are being mobilized to support and extend an array of governance activities. The novelty and breadth of growing blockchain-based activities have fuelled both utopian promises and dystopian fears regarding applications of the emergent technology to Bitcoin and beyond.

This book brings scholars of anthropology, economics, Science and Technology Studies, and sociology together with GPE scholars in assessing the actual implications posed by Bitcoin and blockchains for contemporary global governance.

About the Authors
  • Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research combines a general focus on language and ideas in the global political economy with a specific interest in the roles of private actors, technologies and technical artefacts in contemporary global governance.
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