Cryptographic currencies – including Bitcoin – have created questions about our technologies of exchange and value. NYU will host “Media of Exchange: A Symposium on Cryptographic Currencies” on Wednesday, March 4, from 4-6 p.m.

Poster for 'Media of Exchange: A Symposium on Cryptographic Currencies'

These digital, decentralized currencies have become associated with waves of speculation, payment startups, and even criminal activity including drug trafficking and theft. Are they worthless – or the future of money?

NYU’s Department of Media, Culture and Communication will host “Media of Exchange: A Symposium on Cryptographic Currencies” on Wednesday, March 4, from 4-6 p.m. at 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor. The symposium will situate cryptographic currencies within debates in media studies and the social sciences, encompassing economic and technical issues as well as broader social and cultural phenomena.

The symposium’s participants will consider issues such as money’s relationship with the state and other financial institutions, how cryptocurrency infrastructures can be used beyond monetary exchange, and how cryptographic currencies can change our understanding of property, personhood, and privacy.

The speakers include:

  • Finn Brunton, assistant professor of media, culture, and communication, NYU
  • Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology, UC Irvine
  • Quinn DuPont, doctoral candidate in information science, University of Toronto

Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Harrison, NYU Office of Public Affairs, at 212-998-6797 or rachel.harrison@nyu.edu. Other attendees must RSVP through the event’s website. Space is limited.

About the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) is a department within NYU Steinhardt, advancing scholarship in all areas of media, technology and society, with expertise in global media, digital technology, and media history. To discover more about MCC, visit the program's website.

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. Visit Steinhardt's website to learn more.

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