Tribal Governance: The Business of Blockchain Authentication
Miscione G., Ziolkowski R., Zavolokina L., Schwabe G. “Tribal Governance: The Business of Blockchain Authentication” Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 2018, Hawaii, USA
10 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2017 Last revised: 26 Aug 2021
Date Written: September 22, 2017
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 ideal types 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.
Keywords: Authentication, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Governance
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