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Understanding Blockchains

Blockchains — a sort of digital ledger best known for powering the bitcoin digital currency — have been getting a lot of attention from lawyers for their potential to change how people transact. Specifically, there are a number of software projects aimed at applying blockchains to create self-executing “smart contracts” (or at least trying to). Lawyers often deal with how people transact, so it’s probably a good idea for lawyers to understand blockchains. Understanding blockchains is hard, though, especially when approaching them from a legal standpoint without looking under the hood from a technology standpoint. Here are some of the best resources for understanding blockchains from outside of law.

Originally published June 12, 2017
Last updated May 20, 2018
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