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EXCERPT | The intersection between personal identity and the blockchain: Steven Boykey Sidley on ‘crypto’

BOOK: It’s Mine: How the Crypto Industry Is Redefining Ownership by Steven Boykey Sidley (Maverick451).

“Crypto”, a loose term that means many things to different people, only entered public consciousness within the last five years or so, now evident by the volume of public discussion, commentary and analysis spread across every conceivable media outlet. Steven Boykey Sidley’s book It’s Mine: How the Crypto Industry Is Redefining Ownership (Maverick451) digs into the history and concept of “ownership”, which ecosystems nurture it, and where we are now. Filled with anecdotes, observations and interviews, the book takes an entertaining and accessible look at how Bitcoin made its mark, how its technology is being repurposed to enable a revolution, and (in non-technical terms) how it all works. It explores how these new crypto “life-forms” will interact with the rest of the virtual and physical world, while making some very rich and some very poor. 

Sidley is the author of five novels and, with Simon Dingle, Beyond Bitcoin: Decentralised Finance and the End of Banks. He is a partner at Bridge Capital Future Advisory and Professor of Practice at the Johannesburg School of Business (JBS) at the University of Johannesburg. In this excerpt from It’s Mine, he looks at the links between information, ownership and identity.

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