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

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

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

TradeTech and the problem of international policy coordination

[Together with Chris Berg, Sinclair Davidson, Mikayla Novak and Jason Potts this article was published at Cryptoeconomics Australia] International trade is an information problem. As goods move between firms and across borders, information about the provenance, characteristics, and compliance liabilities (whether they are subject to taxes or tariffs) of those goods move alongside them. Handling … Continue reading TradeTech and the problem of international policy coordination