Backing blockchain with strong policy

[This article was published at Policy Forum] Blockchain technology offers several benefits for the world’s industries and supply chains, but as investment grows, there must be a simultaneous increase in robust international policy coordination, Darcy Allen writes. Blockchain technology will bring the next wave of globalisation by radically upgrading the world’s trade infrastructure. We are now … Continue reading Backing blockchain with strong policy

Cryptodemocracy: how blockchain can radically expand democratic choice

[Together with Chris Berg and Aaron Lane this book is to be published in September 2019 with Lexington] A cryptodemocracy is cryptographically-secured collective choice infrastructure on which individuals coordinate their voting property rights. Drawing on economic and political theory, a cryptodemocracy is a more fluid and emergent form of collective choice. This book examines these … Continue reading Cryptodemocracy: how blockchain can radically expand democratic choice

For Tassie exporters, paper trail risks vital trust

[This article was published in the Hobart Mercury] Tasmania’s producers are perfectly placed to receive higher export prices by taking advantage of blockchain technology. Applying blockchain to Tasmanian supply chains will deliver more trustworthy information to consumers, boosting prices of high-quality super-premium exports. The State Government recently announced Brand Tasmania as a statutory body, tasked … Continue reading For Tassie exporters, paper trail risks vital trust

Blockchain and the manufacturing industry

[Together with Chris Berg and Jason Potts this article was published in the Australian Technology Manufacturing Magazine] Bitcoin was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto as a censorship-resistant cryptocurrency built for the internet. With regular fiat money centralised bodies such as banks and governments control the records of who owns what. For bitcoin those records … Continue reading Blockchain and the manufacturing industry

International policy coordination for blockchain supply chains

[Together with Chris Berg, Sinclair Davidson, Mikayla Novak and Jason Potts this peer reviewed journal article was published in Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies] From the adoption of the shipping container to coordinated trade liberalization, reductions in trade costs have propelled modern globalization. In this paper, we analyse the application of blockchain to reduce … Continue reading International policy coordination for blockchain supply chains

Why blockchain technology could be the key to solving the developing world’s biggest problems

[Together with Chris Berg this article was published at FEE.org] The core of the free market explanation for global poverty is simple and compelling: much of the world’s poor are poor because of institutional failure. The court systems that service the bottom billion are unreliable or hard to access. The governments impose extractive taxation. The … Continue reading Why blockchain technology could be the key to solving the developing world’s biggest problems

Some economic consequences of the GDPR

[Together with Chris Berg, Alastair Berg, Brendan Markey-Towler and Jason Potts this peer reviewed journal article was published in Economics Bulletin] The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a wide ranging personal data protection regime of greater magnitude than any similar regulation previously in the EU, or elsewhere. In this paper, we outline how … Continue reading Some economic consequences of the GDPR

Blockchain and supply chains: V-form organisations, value redistributions, de-commoditisation and quality proxies

[Together with Alastair Berg and Brendan Markey-Towler this peer reviewed journal article was originally published in The Journal of the British Blockchain Association] We apply institutional cryptoeconomics to the information problems in global trade, model the incentives under which blockchain-based supply chain infrastructure will be built, and make predictions about the future of supply chains. We … Continue reading Blockchain and supply chains: V-form organisations, value redistributions, de-commoditisation and quality proxies

Predictions for trade in a blockchain world

[Together with Alastair Berg and Brendan Markey-Towler this article was published at Machine Lawyering] As goods move from producers to consumers, information about those goods must travel with them. Where did a product come from? Is this wine fake? How fresh is this lobster? Modern supply chains, however, are remarkably long and complex. This complexity … Continue reading Predictions for trade in a blockchain world

Blockchain: An entangled political economy approach

[Together with Chris Berg and Mikayla Novak this peer reviwed journal article was published in the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice] his paper incorporates blockchain activities into the broader remit of entangled political economy theory, emphasising economic and other social phenomena as the emergent by-product of human interactions. Blockchains are a digital technology … Continue reading Blockchain: An entangled political economy approach