Don Tapscott, Towards a New Social Contract for the Digital Age
Published November 28, 2018
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    In this special episode of the Leanpub Frontmatter podcast, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp interviews Don Tapscott, Chancellor of Trent University, for the Chancellor's Lecture series. The interview was recorded before a live audience on November 16, 2018. Don Tapscott is one of the leading authorities in the world on the way technology can impact business and society. He has been writing prescient books on technology and economics since the dawn of the age of personal computing, including the first bestselling book on the impact the internet might have on business, The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence. Don has published many other books since then, including Growing Up Digital and Wikinomics, and in 2015 Don published a new version of The Digital Economy. It's a fascinating project, where Don republished all the original chapters of the book, along with commentary from twenty years later. In recent years, in partnership with his son Alex, Don co-founded The Blockchain Research Institute, which is doing groundbreaking work on the impact that blockchain technology might have on all aspects of the way we live our lives and organize ourselves in the modern digital world. In 2016, Don and Alex published the first major bestselling book on blockchain technology, Blockchain Revolution, and in June of this year, they published a new paperback edition of of the book, with a substantial new preface and a straightforwardly political afterword called "A New Social Contract for the Digital Age," which, along with Don's paper "A Declaration of Interdependence: Toward a New Social Contract for the Digital Economy", forms the basis of this interview. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
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