Governance, Blockchain, Cyberspace: How Technology Implies Normative Power and Regulation
Benedetta Cappiello and Gherardo Carullo (Eds): Blockchain, Law and Governance, Springer, Forthcoming
13 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2020
Date Written: January 31, 2020
Technologies and their inherent design choices create normative structures that affect governance. This chapter aims to illustrate how block-chain technology in particular introduces new norms into a legal framework. We first analyze the different forms of governance by distinguishing between old and new governance. With a view to code that functions as legal norms, Block-chain technology is particularly suited to create governance structures and mechanisms. However, one needs to be aware of the norms that are implicitly introduced into the legal system by a specific block-chain technology. We look at the block-chain technology that underlies cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. This block-chain introduces a decentralized, transparent, cryptographic-ally locked and thus immutable shared ledger. In summary, these design choices have normative powers over the user and over user interaction. If this is indeed the case, then regulators have to actively assess newly introduced digital ledger technology and other technologies for their effect on the normative and legal system.
Keywords: Block-chain, Governance, Cyberspace, Regulation
JEL Classification: K10
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