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Blockchain and Libraries

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Professional Development 3 Hours

Speaker: Jason Griffey, Founder & Principal Consultant, Evenly Distributed LLC and Affiliate - MetaLab @ Harvard

Libraries are just beginning to explore blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. But the opportunities for libraries go beyond digital money. Blockchain is being explored as the backbone of a more free and open internet, as well as a means for authentication and for privacy and security. This mini-workshop discusses the possibilities for blockchain technology, including smart contracts, illustrates various ways the technology is being used today, and explores how libraries might apply blockchain to deal with intellectual property, scholarly publishing, and copying as well as managing users, ensuring patron privacy, expanding collections beyond our walls, and even helping to build the internet of the future.