Authenticating Deeds/Organizing Society Considerations for Blockchain-Based Land Registries

DeVries W. T. et al. (2020) “Responsible and Smart Land Management Interventions: An African Context” CRC Press (Taylor & Francis)

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Gianluca Miscione

University College Dublin (UCD) - College of Business and Law; Oxford Internet Institute

Christine Richter

University of Twente

Rafael Ziolkowski

University of Zurich

Date Written: July 30, 2020

Abstract

For years now the hype surrounding blockchain as a new and more decentralized architecture to
facilitate transactions has led people to search for cases of application for this emerging technol-
ogy. Before thematizing the hype that has been propelling blockchain on the global stage, it is
useful to mention the main novelty that blockchain brings: authentication of uniqueness of data in
digital settings or “native authentication,” i.e. without relying on an external/non-digital interme-
diary. Without this property, it could not be used for digital currency, which, of course, must be
unforgeable. Other relevant, and related properties are: decentralization (even if no unique guaran-
tor is often substituted by clusters of miners), immutability (records cannot be deleted), auditability
(mathematically provable), and pseudonymity (via key-pair identification)

Keywords: Land management, blockchain, governance, Africa

JEL Classification: M00, M15, M16, M48, O00, O21, O43, O55, R52

Suggested Citation

Miscione, Gianluca and Richter, Christine and Ziolkowski, Rafael, Authenticating Deeds/Organizing Society Considerations for Blockchain-Based Land Registries (July 30, 2020). DeVries W. T. et al. (2020) “Responsible and Smart Land Management Interventions: An African Context” CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

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Christine Richter

University of Twente ( email )

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Rafael Ziolkowski

University of Zurich ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

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