Will We Realize Blockchain’s Promise of Decentralization?
— October 7, 2019
By Hanna Halaburda & Christoph Mueller-Bloch
Blockchain is commonly defined as a distributed ledger shared by multiple parties who can add transactions to it. Bitcoin, the first blockchain implementation, has succeeded in allowing for digital payments without having to rely on any trusted third party acting in the user’s best interest.
Such decentralization is expected to bring cost savings and empowerment. If it fails to materialize, we return to the problems of power and trust. We can understand this contradiction by identifying the four different ways Bitcoin, as a prototypical example of blockchain, is governed.
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Hanna Halaburda is Associate Professor of Technology, Operations and Statistics