“The autonomy of the individual appears to be complemented & enhanced by the movement of the group; while the effectiveness of the group seems to depend on the freedom of the individual.” — Hakim Bey, 1991.
Peer-to-peer networks, such a public blockchains, are decentralised digital…
Algorithm reputation systems in blockchain systems:
“I’m becoming concerned that DAOs are just labour camps” I remarked in passing at the beginning of a call. “More like social credit systems” replied Rich Brown, former technical community lead at MakerDAO Foundation (aka. chief cat herder — responsible…
“Whoever controls infrastructure, controls society”
– Burrrata, governance researcher at BlockScience
What does it mean for a “Decentralised Autonomous Organisation” (DAO) to be resilient? In the course of my research on resilience in decentralised technologies, I have defined resilience as adaptability and transformability of participants within a DAO, towards a…
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is on a mission to make humans immortal. Buterin, 27, proposes the idea that “aging is an engineering problem.”
He is not alone in his combined interest in Bitcoin and biohacking. Famous biomedical aging researcher Aubrey de Grey, Xanadu architect and Agoric chief scientist Mark Miller…
Crypto satellite companies are competing to provide blockchain services in space.
July 26, 2021
In the 1988 “Crypto Anarchist Manifesto,” engineer, author and cypherpunk Timothy C. May predicted a social and economic revolution enabled by technological developments, including high-speed networks, personal computers and satellites. Today, former Bitcoin core developer Jeff…
The great hash rate plunge caused by an exodus of miners from China shows large scale Proof-of-Work mining facilities are vulnerable to regulation.
June 30, 2021
29 July, 2021
“Decentralised Autonomous Organisations” (DAOs) are a new form of politically decentralised organisations that promise “autonomy”. In 2017, Quinn DuPont authored a book chapter on “Experiments in algorithmic governance: A history and ethnography of “The DAO,” a failed decentralized autonomous organization”. Yet, these experiments continue. …
7 July, 2021
“Resilience” is an evolutionary concept in decentralised technology communities.
Resilience was sought via distribution of computing architecture against the threat of war by Paul Baran in the 1960s. It was then sought through cryptographic security of data and privacy through the work of public key…
Kelsie Nabben & Michael Zargham
June 4, 2021
Nabben, K., & Zargham, M., “Resilience of the Commons: observing “resilience” in the governance of decentralised technology communities”, Substack, 2021. Available online: https://kelsienabben.substack.com/p/resilience-of-the-commons-observing.
Kelsie Nabben, in conversation with Lucy Bernholz (Stanford DARNit network), Althea Allen (Ethereum Foundation), and Marta Poblet (RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub).
“What does blockchain have to do with assembly?”
On the 14th of April, we gathered (remotely) to discuss the topic of “blockchain and digital assembly”. …