Third web revolution also as a study programme


"Just as the web has changed the image of the society and the world economy, it is now changing the technology of data blocks that enables trust-worthy transactions between users without the intervention of a third party” says assoc. prof. dr. Matej Mertik from Alma Mater Europaea - ECM, who is in charge of preparing a new study programme of Web and Information Technology.

"Blockchain technology and crowdfunding have highlighted new technological paradigms that quarter of a century since the invention of the Internet at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research CERN are changing and revolutionizing its use and developing the fourth industrial revolution with unblemished potentials. Just as the web has changed the image of the society and the world economy, it is now changing the technology of data blocks that enables trust-worthy transactions between users without the intervention of a third party. In other words, it is a revolutionary technology that will, just as the web enabled the exchange of information, enable the exchange of value on the basis of a transaction book, the owners of which are the users themselves, and where the algorithm itself provides unchangeability and trust at exchange of value. Bitcoin is the first example of the currency exchange, based on the blockchain technology. The round table presented other possibilities and examples of its usage, where the monetary currencies can be exchanged by other values in the form of smart contracts, such as personal data, medical files, proprietary rights, entry into the land register without intermediaries (as has for example already been implemented by Sweden and Norway, where the public notary is no longer needed for such activities)”, says Mertik.

A round table took place within the 6th Scientific conference All About People, where dr. Reinhard Willfort, coordinator of the graduate study programme Innovation at the Danube University Krems (Austria) and the co-founder of the European Network for Crowdfunding as well as member of the Management Board of Directors, and dr. Peter Merc, president of the Blockchain Think Thank Slovenia, which operates as an open platform for all stakeholders within the Slovene Digital Coalition, intended for those who are interested in the block chain technologies (from consumers, start-ups, Slovene Blue Chips and other companies, Chamber of Commerce, Universities, Incubators and the state. The round table also introduced the concept of operation and use of this technology; it also shed light on the opportunities for the development of value services and new business models, enabled by this technology, and which will be encountered more often in the future. Also discussed were some potential threats and advantages of the its usage. Participants of the round table discussed the third web revolution and at the end, the new Alma Mater study programme Web and Information Technologies was introduced. The programme is intended for professionals of today and tomorrow, creators of new technology solutions and web usage. Students will be provided with key knowledge from information and web sciences, enriched by the modules on cyber security, web technologies and web design, artificial intelligence and data. The programme will offer 30 study places for the best candidates at the first (Bachelor), and 30 at the second Bologna cycle (Master).