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Les dynamiques du fétichisme numérique : le cas Bitcoin

Abstract : Our research starts from the empirical observation of the omnipresence and the permanent extension of the digital techniques in various domains of the contemporary social life, and that these techniques spread all over the place since the turn of the 1960s. At that time, their design and development was carried out with a view to improving the productivity of very specific computational tasks in the scientific, military and statistical fields. This observation of a digital surge leads us to question its dynamics, particularly in relation to those of commodity production which constitutes the particular context of its advent. Our approach is to design a socio-technical model of computing that can account for these features and which is based on a formal analysis of the properties of the machine at the heart of computing, namely the computer, which wecharacterize by the simultaneous abstract and concrete forms of its running. After having set up the theoretical framework in which the meeting between digital and capital can be grasped, it will be for us to propose a test of this framework on objects that animate the debates today in the information and communication sciences, with the case study of Bitcoin, a digital application started in 2009 and which initiated cryptocurrencies as a new class of platforms.
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Éric Arrivé. Les dynamiques du fétichisme numérique : le cas Bitcoin. Sciences de l'information et de la communication. Université de Lyon, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019LYSE2084⟩. ⟨tel-02493223⟩



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