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MAS.S67 Blockchain Ethics: The Impact and Ethics of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology (Fall 2019)

In this course, the crucial question we will consider is: How can we positively shape the development of cryptocurrency technology? As a class we will endeavor to address this question by exploring the societal implications of blockchain technology including: cryptography, autonomous code, democratized incentive structures, and the evolution of blockchain communities. In addition to discussing the implications of the technology, students will learn about the context, history, impetus, and culture of blockchain technology, how the technology works, and the ways in which we can shape this technology through the law, societal norms, code, and markets. Course taught by Neha Narula and Rhys Lindmark.

15.235 Blockchain and Money 

Explores blockchain technology's potential use - by entrepreneurs and incumbents - to change the world of money and finance. Begins with a review of the technology's initial application, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, giving students an understanding of the commercial, technical and public policy fundamentals of blockchain technology, distributed ledgers and smart contracts in both open-sourced and private applications. Focuses on current and potential blockchain applications in the financial sector. Includes reviews of potential use cases for payment systems, central banking, venture capital, secondary market trading, trade finance, commercial banking, post-trade possessing, and digital ID. Also explores the markets and regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, other tokens, and crypto derivatives. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor. Course Taught by Gary Gensler.

15.S68 Blockchain Lab (Spring 2019)

Engages in the latest developments - through DCI member projects - as companies attempt to integrate blockchain technology into viable business models. Course taught by Michael Casey, Gary Gensler, Simon Johnson, & Neha Narula

15.228 B Digital Frontier: Emerging Blockchain Havens (Spring 1st. half semester 2019)

Explore digital frontiers through in depth study blockchain technology environments in Estonia and Switzerland. Course taught by Gary Gensler

15.S04 Crypto Finance (Spring 2nd half semester 2019)

Explore the crypto finance markets -  market structure, participants, regulation and dynamics of this relatively new and volatile asset class. Course taught by Gary Gensler, Leonid Kogan, & Antoinette Schoar

15.S12 Blockchain and Money (Fall 2018)

Explores blockchain technology’s potential use - by entrepreneurs & incumbents - to change the world of money and finance. Course taught by Gary Gensler

MAS.S62: Cryptocurrency Engineering and Design

Bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies have gained attention over the years as the systems continue to evolve.  This course looks at the design of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and how they function in practice, focusing on cryptography, game theory, and network architecture.  Future developments in smart contracts and privacy will be covered as well.  Programming assignments in the course will give practical experience interacting with these currencies, so some programming experience is required. Course taught by Tadge Dryja and Neha Narula.

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6.892: Shared Public Ledgers: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Other Marvels

This course is about the principles and core techniques of shared public ledgers, with an emphasis on Bitcoin and distributed consensus. Topics include Bitcoin, Byzantine agreement, authenticated data structures, Lightning networks, proof of stake, and new techniques to implement a shared public ledger. Course taught by Silvio Micali and Neha Narula.

 15.395 Entrepreneurs without Borders

This course examines opportunities and problems for entrepreneurs globally, including Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Linkages between the business environment, the institutional framework, and new venture creation are covered with a special focus on blockchain technology. In addition to discussing a range of global entrepreneurial situations, student groups pick one particular cluster on which to focus and to understand what further development would entail. Classroom interactions are based primarily on case studies. Course taught by Robleh Ali, Michael Casey, Simon Johnson, & Neha Narula