Paolo Tasca is a Digital Economist, an expert on digital innovation with salient expertise on Blockchain technologies and Complex Systems. 

We stand on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, which will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. New technologies are dramatically transforming our economic systems, and our society in general, into something very different from what we were used to thinking about over the last few decades.

See latest interview - Genesis Moscow Conference - May, 2017


An advisor on digital transition and transformation for the industry, institutions and startups.

The value proposition of every business model around is being shaken by the advent of new networked technologies that challenge corporate relationships and the whole economic and financial structure.


A Fintech specialist on emerging disruptive forms of new digital finance like Bitcoin and digital currencies, Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

So far, the way we make and use money has been following a rather linear evolutionary curve. In particular, the banking system hasn’t reinvented itself but simply built, layer by layer, on top of archaic foundations that now are fully unsustainable. In essence, the banking system, the regulation governing it and the industry dynamics have been shaped around the physical infrastructures of the financial institutions. Put it other way, the system is ripe for disruption.

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Technology, finance and regulation

On Bitcoin and Digital Currencies

The digital progress and the networked economy have allowed the advent of brand-new currencies, created by private initiatives or by clusters of peers, that defy the current economic system and its financial structure.


It refers to the automatic provision of user-driven financial services and markets by technology-enabled platforms that enhance user-engagement.

Research on Assets and Risks

Asset management is a systematic process of deploying, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of assets cost-effectively, while minimizing risks.

What the Internet did for information,

Blockchain is doing for money with

the Internet of value exchange.

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, enables new forms of distributed software architecture to be developed where networks of unknown and potentially untrusted participants can establish agreements on shared states for decentralised and transactional data without the need of a central point of control or authority. From an ICT perspective, blockchain is a technology that allows to record ownership of on(off)-chain  assets and rights (obligations) arising from (smart) agreements. From an Institutional economics perspective, blockchain allows to design and establish new forms of decentralised governance structure for coordinating people and making economic transactions.

Blockchain owns the necessary preconditions to become more disruptive than the Internet. It is set to fundamentally transform our global socio-economic system. Allowing anonymous partners to transact securely without the need for a third party or central authority, the technology provides a basis for incorruptible, transparent records of transactions – from payments, to contracts, to voting, to medical information. In the short term Blockchain is projected to reap $110bn in cost saving for the financial industry by 2020, whilst in future it promises to establish unilateral pan-global access to legal and financial services, by fostering the creation of peer-to-peer economies.

Invited Talk

Dutch Blockchain Conference

Digital Currencies: Principles, Trends, Opportunities and Risks

Amsterdam, June 2016
Latest research papers
July 2016 in Research

The Evolution of the Bitcoin Economy: Extracting and Analyzing the Network of Payment Relationships

In this paper, we gather together the minimum units of Bitcoin identity (the individual addresses), and group them into approximations of business entities, what we call “super clusters”.

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April 2016 in Completed Working Papers, Discussion Papers and Technical Report, Research

How Does P2P Lending Fit into the Consumer Credit Market?

Why do retail consumers look for P2P financial intermediation? Are internet-based peer-to-peer (P2P) loans a substitute for or a complement to bank loans? In this study we answer these questions by comparing P2P lending with the non-construction consumer credit market in Germany.

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Latest news and updates
August 2018

Blockchain, la rivoluzione che ci sta cambiando la vita

Read this latest article appeared on the Italian newspaper La Stampa  

crypto blockchain News
August 2018

La catena ipersicura

From my interview @RiminiMeeting 2018, a nice article regarding blockchain technology on Quotidiano Meeting:  

August 2018

Read latest article in Open Access Government

Now available the Open Access Government, July issue 2018 Crypto Assets and Regulator’s role: Ignore, Regulate or Kill? by Dr P. Tasca and Prof. Tomaso Aste

Paolo Tasca is a digital economist, an advisor on emerging disruptive forms of new digital finance.

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Available for corporate advisory, keynotes, press contributions, and research projects.