Blockchain is a critical part of the bitcoin peer-to-peer payment system. The bitcoin system works using a blockchain ledger to record transactions. The blockchain ledger helps to provide transparency for transactions.

Although many bitcoin transactions are in some ways anonymous, the blockchain ledger can link individuals and companies to bitcoin purchases and ownership by allowing individual parties, called miners, to process payments and verify transactions. Rather than a central company presiding over the use of bitcoin, these blockchain originators serve central roles in the management and administration of this alternative currency system.

The system can also be used to verify transparancy in other transactions.


Blockchain is vooral een technologische hype, schrijft Margo Potma, die de inzet ervan onderzocht in de cacaosector in Costa Rica.


DSI talks is een serie avonden die onderzoekt welke technologieën nu echt potentie hebben in het oplossen van duurzaamheidsvraagstukken.


Het Institute of Network Cultures heeft een tweede (Engelstalige) MoneyLab reader gepubliceerd, getiteld 'Overcoming the Hype'.


One month after the annual Transmediale in Berlin, I feel the urge to look back on the experience. It took some time to digest the dense programme, that was divided along four thematic lines: Anxious to Make, Anxious to Share, Anxious to Secure & Anxious to Act. It consisted of over 80 sessions and brought together hundreds of artists, researchers, curators, hackers and designers keen to reflect how the world is transforming under the technological changes that have hit us over the past forty years or more.