Responsibility Without Power? The Governance Of Mutual Distributed Ledgers (aka Blockchains)

The Governance Of Mutual Distributed Ledgers - Long Finance, 2017

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Simon Mills

Z/Yen Group Limited

Bob McDowall

Z/Yen Group Limited

Date Written: July 01, 2017

Abstract

Mutual Distributed Ledger (MDL, aka blockchain) technology is in an emergent phase. New applications are under development; new uses are being researched; new consortia are being formed to explore MDL applications. Considering appropriate governance structures has had a lower priority so far, but trust in the increasingly popular systems will depend on their incorporating good governance principles. It was the aim of this study to identify those principles, in order to provide a roadmap for developers and users alike.

An analysis of the material collected through desktop research, as well as several discussions with practitioners and stakeholders including a conference and webinar on the subject, has revealed that effective governance in MDL systems relies on people rather than software and rests on three pillars:

Architecture: The role of the governance structure, its composition, remit, powers, responsibilities, and its relationship with users, is a critical component.

Accountability: Effective governance of MDLs enhances trust. Trust is enhanced when a governance structure is accountable to its stakeholders, transparent in its decision-making, and subject to periodic audit and third party review.

Action: The governance structure must develop strategic and risk management plans, which are delivered through effective performance management frameworks. Trust can be further enhanced through the use of the voluntary standards market to independently verify performance metrics and the systems established to compile them.

Keywords: Governace, Blockchain, Mutual Distributed Ledgers

JEL Classification: O30 - General

Suggested Citation

Mills, Simon and McDowall, Bob, Responsibility Without Power? The Governance Of Mutual Distributed Ledgers (aka Blockchains) (July 01, 2017). The Governance Of Mutual Distributed Ledgers - Long Finance, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3676217

Simon Mills (Contact Author)

Z/Yen Group Limited ( email )

41 Lothbury
London
United Kingdom

Bob McDowall

Z/Yen Group Limited ( email )

41 Lothbury
London
United Kingdom

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