Media of Exchange: A Symposium on Cryptographic Currencies

March 4, 2015

Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
Bill Maurer, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology, UC Irvine
Quinn DuPont, Doctoral Candidate, Information Science, University of Toronto

The emergence of cryptographic currencies has opened questions
regarding society’s most fundamental technology of exchange: money.
Bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies have triggered waves of
speculation, payment startups, and even criminal ventures such as
drug trafficking and theft. Adding a critical perspective to these events,
this afternoon symposium situates cryptographic currencies within
debates in media studies and the social sciences.

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Media of Exchange: A Symposium on Cryptographic Currencies

March 4, 2015



Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

Bill Maurer, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology, UC Irvine

Quinn DuPont, Doctoral Candidate, Information Science, University of Toronto



The emergence of cryptographic currencies has opened questions

regarding society’s most fundamental technology of exchange: money.

Bitcoin and other cryptographic currencies have triggered waves of

speculation, payment startups, and even criminal ventures such as

drug trafficking and theft. Adding a critical perspective to these events,

this afternoon symposium situates cryptographic currencies within

debates in media studies and the social sciences.