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Blockchain Networks as Knowledge Commons

Murtazashvili, Ilia and Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brick and Weiss, Martin B.H. and Madison, Michael J. (2022) Blockchain Networks as Knowledge Commons. International Journal of the Commons, 16 (1). pp. 108-119. ISSN E-ISSN: 1875-0281

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Researchers interested in blockchains are increasingly attuned to questions of governance, including how blockchains relate to government, the ways blockchains are governed, and ways blockchains can improve prospects for successful self-governance. Our paper joins this research by exploring the implications of the Governing Knowledge Commons (GKC) framework to analyze governance of blockchains. Our novel contributions are making the case that blockchain networks represent knowledge commons governance, in the sense that they rely on collectively-managed technologies to pool and manage distributed information, illustrating the usefulness and novelty of the GCK methodology with an empirical case study of the evolution of Bitcoin, and laying the foundation for a research program using the GKC approach.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Murtazashvili, Iliailia.murtazashvili@pitt.edu0000-0001-9096-9488
Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brickjmurtaz@pitt.edu0000-0003-4919-9287
Weiss, Martin B.H.mbw@pitt.edu0000-0001-6785-0913
Madison, Michael J.madison@pitt.edu0000-0001-6503-754X
Date: 16 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of the Commons
Volume: 16
Number: 1
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
Page Range: pp. 108-119
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5334/ijc.1146
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Social Policy
School of Computing and Information > Information Science
School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blockchain, blockchain governance, Governing Knowledge Commons, polycentricity, Bitcoin, cryptocurrency
ISSN: E-ISSN: 1875-0281
Official URL:
Article Type: Research Article
Additional Information: Supported by IASC (The International Association for the Study of the Commons)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2022 20:08


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