In the 1970s, three different developments (the ciphers DES and RSA, and the Diffie-Hellman key exchange) came about, allowing individuals with modest computing resources to encrypt communication. “These developments came on the eve of the microcomputing revolution, and computers were gradually coming to be seen as tools of empowerment and autonomy rather than instruments of the state. These were the seeds of the crypto dream.” (Narayanan, 2013). Today's 'cryptosphere' is filled with socio-political experiments that are novel since they are based on technologically enabled parameters not available before - embedded in distributed ledger technologies, “smart contracts” (Szabo, 1994) and “algocratic governance” (Aneesh, 2009).

The blockchain (through Bitcoin) is unarguably the key invention of the 21st century. The accelerating forces of decentralization do not only change how we think about electronic cash, but also changed our perception of organizations, trust and non-human agency through the introduction of immutable and unstoppable code on the blockchain.

RIAT actively researches and develops in and with the blockchain. We offer communication and education in the fields of crypto-economics and post-blockchain design. We create experimental r&d between zero-trust and full trust. Examining the global crypto-economic condition and its effects on culture and society, we foster an open and interdisciplinary discourse to improve crypto-literacy for the society of tomorrow.



    Markus Zimmermann

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