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Blockchain and the Law

The Rule of Code

Primavera De Filippi Aaron Wright

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Harvard Uni.Press Academi
03 September 2019
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Blockchains will matter crucially; this book, beautifully and clearly written for a wide audience, powerfully demonstrates how.? ?

Lawrence Lessig ?

Attempts to do for blockchain what the likes of Lawrence Lessig and Tim Wu did for the Internet and cyberspace?explain how a new technology will upend the current legal and social order? Blockchain and the Law is not just a theoretical guide. It's also a moral one.? ?

Fortune Bitcoin has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer science degree confused: how do you ?mine? money from ones and zeros?

The answer lies in a technology called blockchain. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer applications, blockchain technology has been compared to the Internet in both form and impact. Blockchains are being used to create ?smart contracts,? to expedite payments, to make financial instruments, to organize the exchange of data and information, and to facilitate interactions between humans and machines. But by cutting out the middlemen, they run the risk of undermining governmental authorities' ability to supervise activities in banking, commerce, and the law. As this essential book makes clear, the technology cannot be harnessed productively without new rules and new approaches to legal thinking.

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If you?don't ???get' crypto, this is the book-length treatment for you.? ?

Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution ?

De Filippi and Wright stress that because blockchain is essentially autonomous, it is inflexible, which leaves it vulnerable, once it has been set in motion, to the sort of unforeseen consequences that laws and regulations are best able to address.? ?

James Ryerson, New York Times Book Review
By:   Primavera De Filippi, Aaron Wright
Imprint:   Harvard Uni.Press Academi
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780674241596
ISBN 10:   0674241592
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the CERSA/CNRS/Universite Paris II and a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Aaron Wright is Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Blockchain Project at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

Reviews for Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code

De Filippi and Wright offer neither a jeremiad nor a gospel; unlike the breathlessness that pervades much writing on blockchain technology, they stick to sensibleness and sobriety.--Nathan Schneider America (05/01/2018) Explores the implications of the technology in its broadest sense, positioning it in context of the evolution of the internet, and the development of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems which are continually touching more areas of our daily lives...A fascinating and comprehensive read that poses many questions we should debate and settle before blockchain technology becomes ubiquitous.--Breaker (09/17/2018) Useful to an educated readership...If you...don't 'get' crypto, this is the book-length treatment for you. It sees merit and potential in crypto, without buying into any particular claim just for the sake of hype.-- (06/15/2018) De Filippi and Wright stress that because blockchain is essentially autonomous, it is inflexible, which leaves it vulnerable, once it has been set in motion, to the sort of unforeseen consequences that laws and regulations are best able to address.--James Ryerson New York Times Book Review (02/17/2019) If you are looking to understand the intricacies of the relationship between the law and blockchain technology, then this book should be on your list...[It] makes it clear that regulators must redefine their approach because restrictive regulations will stifle the growth of the industry.--Alexander Lielacher BTCManager (09/04/2018) At long last--a deeply researched, thoughtful, and measured analysis of blockchain technology and the policies that could help us harvest its opportunities and avoid its pitfalls. Blockchain and the Law should be required reading for anyone serious about understanding this major emerging element of our technological ecosystem.--Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks An important new book...[It] attempts to do for blockchain what the likes of Laurence Lessig and Tim Wu did for the Internet and cyberspace--explain how a new technology will upend the current legal and social order...A fine, deeply-researched book that can be expected to show up on law school syllabi for years to come...Blockchain and the Law is not just a theoretical guide. It's also a moral one.-- (05/10/2018) A well-written and comprehensive book that cuts through the blockchain hype. It not only highlights the powers and limitations of blockchain technology, but solidly grounds it in a larger social and legal context.--Bruce Schneier, author of Data and Goliath Blockchain and the Law perfectly links technical understanding with practical and legal implications. Blockchains will matter crucially; this book, beautifully and clearly written for a wide audience, powerfully demonstrates how.--Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School


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