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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Tribal Governance: The Business of Blockchain Authentication
Organization Unit
  • Gianluca Miscione
  • Rafael Ziolkowski
  • Liudmila Zavolokina
  • Gerhard Schwabe
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
ISBN 978-0-9981331-1-9
Event Title 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2018)
Event Type conference
Event Location University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Event Start Date January 3 - 2018
Event End Date January 6 - 2018
Place of Publication Hawaii, USA
Publisher HICSS
Abstract Text The blockchain technology offers a novel mode of distributed authentication, which does not depend on a central authority. We consider this novelty against established governance modes. We illustrate our argument by paying special attention to blockchain-based authentication functions in the empirical domain of land registries across the world. Based on interviews with representatives from organizations deploying blockchain, and content analysis of related grey literature, we discuss established governance idealtypes against what the rivalry that cryptocurrencies and blockchains bring to digital settings. After referring to market, hierarchy, network, and bazaar, we conclude outlining the prospects of a different, blockchain-related governance mode called -˜tribal’ that better captures the -˜togetherness’ which rivalry originates.
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