Full course description
A. General Objectives. The objectives of this course are to equip the student with an understanding of public blockchains, private blockchains, government blockchains, weaponization of blockchain and blockchain policy. Students will also be able to make up their own minds as to the degree to which blockchain is (or is not) a revolutionary technology.
B. Specific Objectives. In particular, this course will give students both theoretical and experiential understandings with respect to the following:
1. The criteria that must be satisfied for a blockchain to be considered a public blockchain.
2. The distinction between public blockchains and private blockchains.
3. The distinction between public blockchains and government blockchains.
4. How governments can weaponize blockchain domestically.
5. How governments can weaponize blockchain externally.
6. Blockchain policy and adoption in various jurisdictions around the world.
7. Blockchain policy and regulations in the United States.
8. The degree to which blockchain should (or should not) be likened to the most significant technology revolutions in human history.
A. Students will return to their departments and understand the degree to which public, private or government blockchains might enhance, if not optimize:
1. Achievement of the department’s mission.
2. Execution of the planned or existing programs in the department.
3. Attacks and threat vectors by sinister actors.
B. Students will have an understanding of inputs to policy and regulation regarding blockchain from the perspectives of:
C. Students will have an awareness of the perspectives and concerns of regulatory agencies when contemplating future blockchain projects.
D. Students will be able to bring thought leadership and policy recommendations to regulators of infrastructure.
E. Students will develop their own informed opinion as to whether the United States infrastructure should hasten (or resist) the adoption of blockchain technology.
Module 1: Public v. Private Blockchain Infrastructure.
A. Module Description.
This module enumerates and describes the specific criteria that must be satisfied for a blockchain to be considered a public blockchain. The module then describes private blockchains and draws specific distinctions between private and public blockchain infrastructure.
1. Students will be able to describe the properties and qualities of a public blockchain infrastructure. Students will be able to do the same for a private blockchain infrastructure. Students will also have an understanding of the global accessibility of a public blockchain infrastructure, as well as vulnerabilities. Students will have an understanding as to why corporate entities might choose to connect private enterprise to public blockchains in measured and limited ways.
Module 2: Government Blockchains and Weaponization.
A. Module Description.
This module gives students an understanding as to how fiscal and monetary policy can be implemented with unprecedented accuracy, speed and potency. This module also equips the student with an essential understanding of government blockchain operation and the various ways in which blockchain might be weaponized by adversaries of the United States. Students will have a command over the various dimensions of such weaponization. Students will also be able to decide for themselves how to face and overcome such weaponization. (Future courses will have modules that revisit this possibility of weaponization from different perspectives.)
Students will be able to describe government blockchains. Students will be able to describe precisely how a government can weaponize blockchain technology in an effort to:
9. Implement a new level of fiscal policy.
10. Implement a new level of monetary policy.
11. Implement a new level of social engineering.
12. Subdue a domestic population.
13. Destabilize the United States economic infrastructure.
14. Destabilize the global economic infrastructure.
15. Expand geopolitical influence.
Module 3: Policy and Use of Blockchain Around the World.
A. Module Description. This module walks a student through the degree of adoption of (or resistance to) blockchain technology in different countries. Students will also understand the degree to which different countries have implemented clear policies and regulations regarding blockchain in their jurisdictions.
B. Outcomes. Students will be able to describe the variance in the rates of adoption across numerous countries. Students will also have an understanding of blockchain-friendly policies and regulations and which countries have taken such positions. Students will have a similar understanding of hostile and prohibitive policies and regulations (and which countries have taken such positions).
Module 4: U.S. Policy; The DAO.
A. Module Description. This module acquaints the student with the approach taken toward blockchain policy and regulation by different regulatory agencies of the federal government. Students will also be introduced to the concept of a decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO.
B. Outcomes. Students will have confidence in their understanding of the United States’ policy and regulatory positions with respect to blockchain. Students will be able to advise policymakers, regulators and infrastructure leadership as to the optimal policies and regulations to promulgate over the coming decade. Students will also have confidence in their understanding of the concept of a DAO, and students will be able to form their own opinion as to the likelihood of a DAO becoming a new feature of infrastructure.
Module 5: Quantifying a Revolution.
A. Module Description. This module examines a number of different technology revolutions in human history and then measures blockchain technology against the elements that these revolutions share in common. The module then identifies and describes specific, measurable ways in which blockchain might constitute a technological, economic and anthropological revolution.
B. Outcomes. Students will be able to assess and determine whether and to what extent blockchain:
1. Is positioned to disrupt various commercial, government and military verticals,
2. Can be applied to infrastructure, and
3. Might actually constitute Infrastructure 2.0.