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What you will learn

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    The limitations of the Internet for business and economic activity, and how trust is established in a pre- and post-blockchain world

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    Terms such as miner, hash, nonce, proof-of-work, and public key cryptography, as well as the steps of a blockchain transaction

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    Seven design principles for blockchain technology

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    Ten challenges associated with implementing blockchain technology

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
5 hours to complete

The Second Era of the Internet

The Internet connects billions of people around the world, and is great for communicating and collaborating online. However, because it was built for moving and storing information, and not value, it has done little to change the way we do business. Now, for the first time in human history, two or more parties anywhere in the world can transact and do business peer to peer using the blockchain. In this module we introduce blockchain as “the trust protocol,” and explain how it represents the second era of the Internet. We describe how blockchain technology establishes trust—not through powerful intermediaries, but rather through collaboration, cryptography and clever code....
13 videos (Total 60 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
13 videos
Peter Zemsky Welcomes you to the Specialization2m
Course Introduction2m
Instructor Introduction8m
Module 1 Overview2m
The Internet of Information7m
In Search of the Trust Protocol6m
What is Blockchain?5m
Practitioner Perspective: Andreas Wallendahl, Head of Strategic Initiatives at ConsenSys1m
Practitioner Perspective: Rob Carter, CIO at FedEx40s
Achieving Trust in the Digital Age7m
How Blockchain Works7m
Recap of Module 12m
8 readings
hypothes.is10m
The Internet of Information10m
In Search of the Trust Protocol10m
What is Blockchain?30m
Achieving Trust in the Digital Age20m
How Blockchain Works30m
Blockchain Demo20m
Review of Module 120m
6 practice exercises
The Internet of Information4m
In Search of the Trust Protocol / What is Blockchain8m
Achieving Trust in the Digital Age4m
How Blockchain Works8m
The Second Era of the Internet15m
Steps of a Blockchain Transaction15m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Blockchain Design Principles

We believe that the next era of the digital economy can be shaped around a set of blockchain design principles, which can be used for creating software, services, reinventing business models, markets, organizations, and even governments. This module frames the blockchain revolution around seven design principles. For each principle we describe a current problem to be solved, identify “blockchain breakthroughs” to these problems, and discuss the implications of these breakthroughs on the digital economy. We hope that these design principles will assist learners in contemplating their roles and their futures in the blockchain revolution....
12 videos (Total 69 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
12 videos
Intro to Blockchain Design Principles3m
Principle 1: Networked Integrity8m
Principle 2: Distributed Power5m
Practitioner Perspective: Rob Carter, CIO at FedEx1m
Principle 3: Value as Incentive8m
Principle 4: Security8m
Principle 5: Privacy9m
Principle 6: Rights Preserved8m
Principle 7: Inclusion7m
Practitioner Perspective: Julie Maupin, Director of Social Impact & Regulatory Affairs at IOTA Foundation2m
Recap of Module 22m
8 readings
Principle 1: Networked Integrity20m
Principle 2: Distributed Power10m
Principle 3: Value as Incentive15m
Principle 4: Security30m
Principle 5: Privacy10m
Principle 6: Rights Preserved30m
Principle 7: Inclusion20m
Review of Module 215m
6 practice exercises
Principle 1: Networked Integrity4m
Principle 2: Distributed Power4m
Principle 3: Value as Incentive
Principle 4: Security4m
Privacy, Rights, and Inclusion6m
Blockchain Design Principles30m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Public and Private Ledgers

The advent of blockchain technology forces us to reconsider the upside and downside of public revelation of transactions and contracts. The implementation, application, and possible regulation of distributed ledgers involve choices that will critically affect information disclosure and economic interactions. Whether the ledger is public and permissionless, such as the Bitcoin or Ethereum blockchains, or private and permissioned, such as the Ripple or Hyperledger implementations, in principle transactions on a blockchain have a high native level of transparency. In this module, you will learn how privacy can can be protected in both public and private ledgers using both procedural and technological methods....
13 videos (Total 50 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
13 videos
The Benefits of Shared Knowledge3m
How Much is Too Much Transparency3m
Centralized Registries vs. Distributed Ledgers2m
Public vs. Private Ledgers5m
Practitioner Perspective: Rolf Hoefer, Keyless Technologies1m
Practitioner Perspective: Andreas Wallendahl, Head of Strategic Initiatives at ConsenSys1m
Transparency as a Strategic Risk3m
Transparency as a Strategic Asset6m
Usage of Multiple IDs3m
Zero Knowledge Proofs4m
Implementation in Public vs. Private Blockchains7m
Recap of Module 31m
4 readings
Intro to Transparency15m
Public vs. Private Ledgers20m
Approaches to Privacy in Blockchains10m
Review of Module 320m
5 practice exercises
Intro to Transparency4m
Public vs. Private Ledgers6m
Transparency as a Risk and Asset4m
Approaches to Privacy in Blockchains4m
Public and Private Ledgers30m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

The Blockchain Ecosystem

Although blockchain technology emerged from the open source community, it quickly attracted many stakeholders, each with different backgrounds, interests, and motives. In this module, you will explore the roles and perspectives of nine categories of stakeholders within the blockchain ecosystem, including industry pioneers, venture capitalists, developers, governments, regulators, leaders, and end users. ...
8 videos (Total 33 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
8 videos
Intro to the Blockchain Ecosystem5m
Blockchain Stakeholders Part 13m
Practitioner Perspective: Rob Carter, CIO at FedEx1m
Blockchain Stakeholders Part 25m
Blockchain Stakeholders Part 33m
Practitioner Perspective: Oleg Fomenko, Co-founder of Sweatcoin1m
Stewarding the Blockchain Revolution7m
2 readings
Blockchain Stakeholders15m
Stewarding the Blockchain Revolution20m
4 practice exercises
Blockchain Stakeholders Part 16m
Blockchain Stakeholders Part 26m
Blockchain Stakeholders Part 36m
The Blockchain Ecosystem30m
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By MMApr 8th 2019

Course is very helpful for me in understanding the basics of the Blockchain technology and what are the challenges and future of this technology in various industries.

By AKMar 26th 2019

I absolutely enjoyed reading the book and thats what inspired me to take this course.

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Don Tapscott

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About the Blockchain Revolution for the Enterprise Specialization

Blockchain is poised to transform every industry and managerial function—redefining the ways we transact online, share ideas, and manage workflows. It’s a new technology that every business professional needs to understand. This four-course Specialization introduces you to the world of blockchain technology—explaining what blockchain is, how it works, and why it’s revolutionary. You will learn about various categories of cryptoassets, and the ways they can be transacted on a blockchain. You will learn how blockchain is disrupting business models and financial services, offering organizations new choices in how they create and manage value. The Specialization is taught by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, globally-recognized authorities on innovation and technology and authors of the best-selling book Blockchain Revolution. It also includes various industry experts and developers from Ethereum, Grid Singularity, Keyless Technologies, and ResonanceX who will share their experiences within the blockchain ecosystem. Additionally, you will gain access to ground-breaking research from the Blockchain Research Institute as well as the Blockchain Case Commons—a crowdsourced collection of blockchain applications and use-cases spanning multiple industries. Upon completion of this Specialization, you will produce a Blockchain Opportunity Analysis, in which you identify and evaluate a promising application of blockchain technology in your own industry....
Blockchain Revolution for the Enterprise

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