CORE 105-
Future of Technology Policy
Spring 2019

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Week 8  – Tech-Ins on Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) 

Ok, you know the routine by now.  Some of you offered readings and videos on blockchain, some of you on the IoT.  Please take some time to look at these important concepts so we can discuss them and their policy implications in class on Tuesday.

Combined, this is a lot of work for just a couple days, but remember – we have nothing due on Friday, so we’re doubling-up a little bit


–From BlockGeeks, an Introduction to Blockchain The author gives a clear-cut explanation of what blockchain is, how it works, and explores the various applications of blockchain and their subsequent implications.

— “More than just BitCoin – 17 Blockchain Applications That Are Transforming Society” (2017)

— Grant Sanderson, 3Blue1Brown, gives an in-depth introduction to cryptocurrency and Blockchain and explores the advantages of a more secure system of tracking payments (video – 26 min)

U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Oct 11, 2018
“Exploring the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Ecosystem”
Video (1:18:10) and Transcripts

Prof. Nouriel Roubini, NYU
Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center

You don’t have to watch all this, but you should watch at least the witnesses opening remarks and skim the transcripts – and this: “Senate Blockchain hearings missed key issues” (2018)

— A technical approach from the journal IACR Cryptology (2017): “CrowdBC: A Blockchain-based Decentralized Framework for Crowdsourcing”. They discuss the possibilities of revolutionizing crowdfunding through a truly decentralized form of contribution, in a manner that cuts out the profiting services, and ensures anonymity.

Internet of Things

— Intro to IoT – How IoT & smart home automation will change the way we live” Business Insider (2016)

— Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting ‘things’ instead of ‘a thing’, IoT News (2019)

— Dennis Ong, Ohio State Univ., “IoT and Machine Learning – Changing the Future,” TEDtalk (2018) (video – 11 min)

— U.S. House and Senate Bills on IoT – summaries and text, 2017-2018

We read a lot about policy – let’s read some actual policy. Begin with these short summaries of the House and Senate bills, and then read the text of each – don’t worry: compared to tax bills, these are really short – House text and Senate text.