IEEE Blockchain eLearning Modules
The IEEE Blockchain Initiative offers a series of online eLearning modules on Blockchain. Learn from the experts about how this emerging technology will offer a new way of conducting transactions, securing networks, and recording the validity and origin of data. Courses will cover a range of topics, including the fundamentals of Blockchain, key technologies, architecture, potential applicatons, benefits, challenges, and more. Participants also have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) with each course.
- Introduction to Blockchain Technology
- Introduction to Ethics of Blockchain Technology
- Responsible Research and Innovation of Blockchain Technology
Length: 45 min | Earn 1 PDH / 0.1 CEUs
This module lays the groundwork for understanding blockchain technology. It will offer a low-level entry into the technology, by discussing its origins, its key technological features and its different potential applications. Central features such as wallets and transactions will be discussed and crucial notions such as hashes, blocks and chains will be explained. After completing this module, participants will have:
A basic understanding of the origins and the key technological aspects of blockchain technology
A basic understanding of different architectures and myriad potential applications of blockchain technologies
Length: 40 min | Earn 1 PDH / 0.1 CEUs
This module provides an overview of approaches in normative ethics that can be used to evaluate blockchain technologies. Participants will be made familiar with consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics and care ethics. Furthermore, a simple method for constructing an ethical case study is presented and explained. After completing this module, participants will have:
A basic understanding of the main approaches in normative ethics
A basic understanding of ways to apply these approaches to evaluate blockchain technologies
The basic skills for constructing an ethical “case study” involving a blockchain technology
Length: 45 min | Earn 1 PDH / 0.1 CEUs
This module links the ethical evaluation of blockchain technologies with contemporary approaches in applied ethics that focus on responsible research and innovation. It provides an overview of the current state of the art of these approaches and discusses their possible applications in the context of blockchain technologies. Furthermore, it zooms in on approaches used in recent literature that investigate the social and ethical impacts of blockchain technology. After completing this module, participants will have:
A basic understanding of contemporary approaches in applied ethics dealing with emerging technologies such as blockchain technologies
An understanding of some contemporary, “state of the art” discussions on the ethical and social impacts of blockchain technologies
About the Instructors:
Quinn DuPont studies human and social dimensions of cybersecurity, cryptography, and code. He is currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Information, University of Washington. He has a PhD in Information Science (Toronto), and is an ALA-accredited librarian (Western), with a decade of industry experience as a Senior Information Specialist at IBM, an IT consultant, and a usability and experience designer. His current research focuses on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies. He is a member of the Standards Council of Canada, ISO, and IEEE Blockchain committees.
His book, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains (Polity), is a scholarly survey of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies in society.
Wessel Reijers studies philosophy and ethics of technology and has a strong interest in the study of financial and governance technologies. He is currently a PhD researcher at the ADAPT Centre, School of Computing, Dublin City University in Ireland. His current research focuses on the integration of ethics in research and innovation activities. One outcome of this research is the Ethics Canvas, which can be used by researchers to discuss ethical impacts of their work (see https://ethicscanvas.org/). He has published in several academic journals on the topics of hermeneutic philosophy of technology, blockchain technologies, social contract theory, the digital commons and ethics in research and innovation.