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[Commlist] New Book: Blockchain and Web 3.0. Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges

Sat Jul 27 16:50:39 GMT 2019

*Out now*

Massimo Ragnedda and Giuseppe Destefanis (eds) /Blockchain and Web 3.0. Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges/. Routledge


Blockchain is no longer just about bitcoin or cryptocurrencies in general. Instead, it can be seen as a disruptive, revolutionary technology which will have major impacts on multiple aspects of our lives. The revolutionary power of such technology compares with the revolution sparked by the World Wide Web and the Internet in general. Just as the Internet is a means of sharing information, so blockchain technologies can be seen as a way to introduce the next level: sharing value.

/Blockchain and Web 3.0 /fills the gap in our understanding of blockchain technologies by hosting a discussion of the new technologies in a variety of disciplinary settings. Indeed, this volume explains how such technologies are disruptive and comparatively examines the social, economic, technological and legal consequences of these disruptions. Such a comparative perspective has previously been underemphasized in the debate about blockchain, which has subsequently led to weaknesses in our understanding of decentralized technologies.

Underlining the risks and opportunities offered by the advent of blockchain technologies and the rise of Web 3.0, /Blockchain and Web 3.0 /will appeal to researchers and academics interested in fields such as sociology and social policy, cyberculture, new media and privacy and data protection.

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*Massimo Ragnedda* <>

Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication

Squires Building 306f, Northumbria University, NE8 1ST  Newcastle (UK) __Tel: 01912437444

Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University <>

*Most recent books:*

Bruce Mutsvairo and Massimo Ragnedda eds (2019) Mapping the Digital Divide in Africa. A Mediated Analysis. <> Amsterdam University Press

Massimo Ragnedda and Bruce Mutsvairo, eds (2018)*Digital Inclusion. An International Comparative Analysis <>*, Lexington Books.

Massimo Ragnedda and Glenn Muschert, eds (2018) /Theorizing Digital Divide/ <>, Routledge

Massimo Ragnedda (2017) /The Third Digital Divide: A Weberian approach to digital inequalities/ <>, Routledge.

*Latest articles:*

Massimo Ragnedda, Maria Laura Ruiu and Felice Addeo (2019), Measuring Digital Capital: an empirical investigation, New Media and Society

Massimo Ragnedda (2018) Conceptualizing Digital Capital <>, Telematics and Informatics

Vice chair of Digital Divide Working Group, IAMCR <>

Co-convenors of NINSO (Northumbria Internet and Society Research Group <>)

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