Blockchain Networks as Knowledge Commons

International Journal of the Commons, Vol. 16, p. 108, 2022

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-21

12 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2022

See all articles by Ilia Murtazashvili

Ilia Murtazashvili

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili

University of Pittsburgh

Martin B. H. Weiss

University of Pittsburgh - School of Computing and Information

Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: June 16, 2022

Abstract

Researchers interested in blockchains are increasingly attuned to questions of governance, including how blockchains relate to government, the ways blockchains are governed, and ways blockchains can improve prospects for successful self-governance. Our paper joins this research by exploring the implications of the Governing Knowledge Commons (GKC) framework to analyze governance of blockchains. Our novel contributions are making the case that blockchain networks represent knowledge commons governance, in the sense that they rely on collectively-managed technologies to pool and manage distributed information, illustrating the usefulness and novelty of the GCK methodology with an empirical case study of the evolution of Bitcoin, and laying the foundation for a research program using the GKC approach.

Keywords: Blockchain, blockchain governance, Governing Knowledge Commons, polycentricity, Bitcoin, cryptocurrency

Suggested Citation

Murtazashvili, Ilia and Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brick and Weiss, Martin B. H. and Madison, Michael J., Blockchain Networks as Knowledge Commons (June 16, 2022). International Journal of the Commons, Vol. 16, p. 108, 2022 , U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4155634

Ilia Murtazashvili (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States

Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili

University of Pittsburgh

Martin B. H. Weiss

University of Pittsburgh - School of Computing and Information ( email )

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Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

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