Quinn DuPont

Quinn DuPont studies human and social dimensions of cybersecurity, cryptography, and code, and is an active researcher in digital culture and new media studies, digital humanities, and the history of science and technology. He has a PhD in Information Science (Toronto), and is an ALA-accredited librarian (Western), with a decade of industry experience as a Senior Information Specialist at IBM, an IT consultant, and a usability and experience designer. His current research focuses on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies, and he is a member of the Canadian SCC/ISO blockchain standardization committee.

His forthcoming book, Cryptocurrencies (Polity), is a scholarly survey of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies in society.

Current Appointments

  • Center For Digital Cultures Fellow, Leuphana University (Summer, 2017)
  • Electronic Textual Cultures Lab Visiting Scholar, University of Victoria (Spring, 2017)
  • Digital Studies Fellow, Rutgers University (2016-2017)


Monographs (1)


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (9)

Book Chapters (3)

  • DuPont, Quinn. “The Printing Press and Cryptography: Alberti and the Dawn of a Notational Epoch.” In A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy edited by Katherine Ellison and Susan Kim. Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. New York: Routledge, 2017. (in press).
  • DuPont, Quinn. “Experiments in Algorithmic Governance: An ethnography of "The DAO," a failed Decentralized Autonomous Organization.” In Bitcoin and Beyond: The Challenges and Opportunities of Blockchains for Global Governance, edited by Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn. Routledge 2017 (in press; preprint).
  • DuPont, Quinn. “Otherness and Order.” In Andrés Ramírez Gaviria: A Line, However Short, Has An Infinite Number Of Points. Barcelona: Triton, 2016. http://www.andresramirezgaviria.info/dupont.

Journal Special Issues (1)

  • Philosophy and Technology special issue on “Financial Technologies” guest co-editor (with Mark Coeckelbergh and Wessel Reijers), 2017.

Digital Projects (5)

  • Alice & Bob: A History of The World's Most Famous Cryptographic Couple (2017). [cryptocouple.com; forthcoming]
    History and archive of Alice and Bob in academic literature and digital culture.
  • Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Academic Bibliography and Archive (2017) [forthcoming]
    Comprehensive bibliography and archive of cryptocurrency and blockchain academic literature.
  • Cryptographic Identities (2016) Fabric of Digital Life. [fabricofdigitallife.com]
    Curator of collection of cryptographic wearables for digital humanities archive.
  • DAO of Whales (2016). [Now defunct; http://daoofwhales.com]
    Participant-observation research of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. The DAO was shuttered in 2016; see my "Experiments in Algorithmic Governance."
  • Cracking the Agrippa Code (2012). [http://crackingagrippa.net]
    Digital humanities investigation of Gibson’s Agrippa e-poem. Commentary and additional analysis by Alan Liu.

Book Reviews (4)

Other Articles (5)


Doctor of Philosophy, Information Science

University of Toronto (2010—2016), “An Archeology of Cryptography: Rewriting Plaintext, Encryption, and Ciphertext.” Supervised by Brian Cantwell Smith and Patrick Keilty.

Master of Arts, Philosophy

University of Toronto (2006—2007).

Master of Library and Information Science

University of Western Ontario (2006—2007)

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

University of Victoria (2002—2005)