Author Archives: serendipolis

From Athens to the Blockchain: Oracles for Digital Democracy

By  Marta Poblet, Darcy W. E. Allen, Oleksii Konashevych, Aaron M. Lane and  Carlos Andres Diaz Valdivia Oracles were trusted sources of knowledge for public deliberation in classical Athens. Very much like expert and technical knowledge, divine advice was embedded … Continue reading

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The Governance of Blockchain Dispute Resolution

By Darcy W.E. Allen, Aaron M. Lane, and Marta Poblet Blockchain technology acts as infrastructure for self-executing smart contracts. Because contracts are incomplete and some parties are opportunistic, these new contracting possibilities create dispute resolution challenges. For instance, will smart … Continue reading

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The Catalan tsunami: encrypting swarm intelligence

A Mediterranean tsunami is a rare, once-in-a-century event. A black swan. In Catalonia, the abnormal surge has taken the unique form of a “Democratic Tsunami”. On Monday 14 October, the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced 12 Catalan politicians and grassroots activists … Continue reading

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Linked democracy: Foundations, Tools, and Applications

Citizens’ trust in democratic institutions is reaching new lows globally. The trust deficit primarily affects governments and representative institutions, but also media outlets and platforms spreading misinformation. In parallel, new forms of digital populism—bots, fake news, micro-targeting—are on the rise, … Continue reading

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Sac i sort: vells i nous models de democràcia aleatòria

La tria aleatòria de ciutadans per ocupar diferents càrrecs i responsabilitats polítiques era un dels trets característics de la democràcia atenenca clàssica. Què suscita l’interès contemporani per la democràcia aleatòria i pel disseny d’institucions basades en el principi d’aleatorietat? El … Continue reading

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Apunts breus sobre la democràcia a Europa: reptes i sortides

L’escenari polític europeu s’ha vist sacsejat amb la irrupció de partits i discursos d’arrel populista que impugnen principis i valors democràtics i laminen les institucions representatives arreu del continent. Però, és aquesta, realment, l’única resposta possible a la creixent apatia … Continue reading

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Is Blockchain Hashing an Effective Method for Electronic Governance?

My paper with Oleksii Konashevych on the use of the blockchain for e-governance is now published. Check out the online version at: http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volumearticle/50851 Abstract Governments across the world are testing different uses of the blockchain for the delivery of their … Continue reading

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Distributed, privacy-enhancing technologies in the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence: New tactics and models of participatory democracy

My paper on how civic groups leveraged distributed technologies in the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence is now available at First Monday. https://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/9402/7692 Abstract This paper examines new civic engagement practices unfolding during the 2017 referendum on independence in Catalonia. … Continue reading

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Assigning Creative Commons Licenses to Research Metadata: Issues and Cases

Check out our new book chapter discussing licensing options for research metadata: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-00178-0_16 Pre-print available here: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.05700.pdf Abstract This paper discusses the problem of lack of clear licensing and transparency of usage terms and conditions for research metadata. Making research … Continue reading

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A Research Graph dataset for connecting research data repositories using RD-Switchboard

Check out our paper at Scientific Data on Research Graph, an open-access graph connecting and visualising research data for discovery. https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201899 Abstract This paper describes the open access graph dataset that shows the connections between Dryad, CERN, ANDS and other … Continue reading

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