Bitcoin: Back to the Future
$250 / Finance Available
This 5-week course is a general introduction to the world of cryptocurrency, distributed ledgers and internet-based value exchange systems.
Cryptocurrencies, and the blockchain technology that enable them, are one of the most exciting developments in the world of digital payments. But with a wall of technical and confusing information out there, figuring out where to start is difficult.
This course provides a strong starting point for exploring the world of digital payments, focusing specifically on bitcoin as a leading example of the broader set of cryptocurrencies. The course will also cover a number of other forms of online money systems and discuss some of the broader philosophical thinking and technological systems that enable cryptocurrencies. The course will also probe the broader practical applications of blockchain technology and provide a look at the current state of development and regulation of cryptocurrency systems.
Why do I need a Bitcoin Course?
While Bitcoin is the most famous cryptocurrency and will be one of the focuses of this course, the main aim is to provide students with a holistic and complete introduction to the world of cryptocurrencies. The course is intended for professionals in the emerging internet payments and technology-enabled financial services space, and will be a great value add to both cryptocurrency sceptics and proponents.
Students coming out of the course will have a basic understanding of how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency systems work, and how they challenge current financial systems and regulatory practices.
Dr Ignacio Mas
Digital Frontiers Institute