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Spring into STEM | Decentralization and the Future of the Web | Virtual Lecture Series

04 May 2022, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

A 3D cube is being assembled in the centre of the screen, made from other 3D cubes

As a part of the Spring into STEM Lecture Series, UCL School of Management’s Jean-Philippe Vergne, JP, will be hosting a session on: decentralization, what it is, is it the future of the web and the technologies, such as Blockchain, that permit it.

This event is free.

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All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni






Grace Gaywood – UCL School of Management


United Kingdom

We are promised a decentralized future online, particularly thanks to the diffusion of blockchain technology (e.g., via cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and DAOs).

But what is decentralization exactly, and how can we tell how decentralized a given digital platform is? Is Instagram more decentralized than TikTok, or Bitcoin more than Ethereum?

In this interactive session JP Vergne will provide an overview of these issues and offer some counter-intuitive answers.

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About the Speaker

Jean-Philippe Vergne

Associate Professor at UCL School of Management

JP Vergne is an Associate Professor of Strategy at UCL School of Management. His research examines the evolution of capitalist societies since the early 17th century and how contentious industries such as piracy and the arms industry affect economies.

He has published his research in leading academic journals, popular media outlets and two books, including the bilingual, experimental graphic novel Déjà Vu. His current research focuses on blockchain technologies.

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