Since the emergence of the first decentralized cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 2009, the landscape of global finance has been rapidly evolving. The discussion is increasingly complex, jargon-heavy, and at times controversial. This Teach-Out will provide an introduction to the mechanisms of cryptocurrency, systems of blockchain, and the process of mining. It will delve into the history of this financial instrument, the principles that underpin its development, and the extent to which the technology may deliver upon those principles. It further positions the discussion socioculturally by exploring topics such as ecological impacts, controversial and humanitarian uses, and what it may mean for the future of both global finance and individuals. The Teach-Out will encourage learners to develop their knowledge further, such that they take a personal, active role in their digital financial literacy.
Cryptocurrency: Beyond Bitcoin Teach-OutUniversity of Michigan
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