Episode #14 Aaron Wright on Blockchain Technology and the Law

67145_aaron-wright-35_2In this episode I interview programmer and lawyer Aaron Wright. Aaron is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. He is a professor at Cardozo Law School and the Director of the School’s Tech Startup Clinic. I speak to Aaron about the issues arising from his forthcoming book about blockchain technology and the law (co-authored with Primavera De Filippi) that will be published by Harvard University Press.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – 1:58 – Introduction
  • 1:58 – 8:08 – what is a block chain?
  • 8:08 – 11:10 – explanation of bitcoin
  • 11:10 – 15:00 – the role of cryptography in the block chain
  • 15:00 – 19:55 – consensus based networks
  • 19:55 – 27:15 – what are the other uses of the block chain?
  • 27:15 – 32.40 – using micropayments for content access
  • 32:40 – 48:20 – organising human behaviour by smart contracts –
  • 48:20 – 54:42 – the internet of things
  • 54:42 – 56:24 – how safe and secure are block chains?
  • 56:24 – 1:02:40 – Ethereum hack
  • 1:02:40 – 1:10:50 – the asymmetry problem
  • 1:10:50 – 1:16:14 – regulating the block chain & the lex cryptographia
  • 1:16:14 – 1:20:40 – lex mercatoria & lex informatica
  • 1:20:40 – End – forthcoming book and other publications

 

Relevant Links

Decentralized Blockchain Technology and the Rise of Lex Cryptographia – Aaron Wright & Primavera De Filippi

Blockchains and the Emergence of a Lex Cryptographia – from John’s blog

Future Crimes : Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World – Marc Goodman

Bitcoin is teaching realism to Libertarians : An interview with an Old-School Cypherpunk

Lex Informatica : Foundations of Law on the Internet – Aron Mefford

Lex Mercatoria : The Emergence of a Self-Regulated Bitcoin

 

 

 

 

 

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