Book description

The dominance of trusted intermediaries could be weakened by blockchain, a distributed ledger technology, one of the functions of which is to constitute timestamped proofs by replacing inter-individual trust with algorithmic trust.

Blockchain self-executing smart contracts allow us to rethink the practice in the domain of e-commerce, interbank communication, fundraising (and ICOs), justice (timestamping evidence, acts authenticated by blockchain) and businesses in numerous sectors (entertainment, AI, health, real estate, tourism, transport, etc.) which attempt to propose new services by benefiting from blockchains.

This book aims to put into perspective the technical innovations and the uses brought about by blockchain, by identifying that which has a medium- or long-term impact, all while taking into account the social, economic, judicial and administrative resistances that are likely to develop.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Introduction
  3. Part 1: The Blockchain: a Tool for Non-centralization and Disintermediation
    1. Introduction to Part 1
    2. 1 Non-centralized Architecture
      1. 1.1. Certified timestamping of transactions, operations, and events in a non-centralized registry
      2. 1.2. Encryption, anonymity, transparency, and verifiability in a non-centralized network
      3. 1.3. The implications of a non-centralized model
    3. 2 The Dynamics of Disintermediation
      1. 2.1. Self-execution of smart contracts
      2. 2.2. Decentralized Applications (dApps) and Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO)
      3. 2.3. Disintermediation and reduction of transaction costs
    4. 3 Blockchain Prospects and Ongoing Improvements
      1. 3.1. Scalability
      2. 3.2. Blockchain interoperability
      3. 3.3. The junctions between the blockchain, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence
  4. Part 2: Blockchain Technology for a New Socio-economic Paradigm
    1. Introduction to Part 2
    2. 4 Toward a Social Smart-contract?
      1. 4.1. Disintermediated direct democracy: perspectives opened by the blockchain
      2. 4.2. Participation, voting, and DAOs
      3. 4.3. Registries, administration, and blockchain
    3. 5 Proteiform and Multi-sectoral Transformations
      1. 5.1. Tokenization of the economy and bartering
      2. 5.2. Interbank transactions and blockchain
      3. 5.3. Fundraising and ICOs
      4. 5.4. Legal and judicial evidence and timestamping by blockchain
      5. 5.5. The renewal of the cadastral system by the blockchain
      6. 5.6. The use of blockchain in the entertainment industry
  5. Conclusion
  6. References
  7. Index
  8. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Blockchain
  • Author(s): Matthieu Quiniou
  • Release date: June 2019
  • Publisher(s): Wiley-ISTE
  • ISBN: 9781786304032