[community] Revisiting the discussion about blockchains...

John W (personal) pickupwillis at gmail.com
Thu Jun 16 12:41:35 UTC 2016

+1, the potential of this technology in grassroots and participatory
service design is enormous -

Consider, e.g. how a bottom-up, networked blockchain strategy could
promote equity/access by integration of local services at the level of
individual needs/preferences (Challenge: redraw interpret the
potential of blockchain technology in Toronto's poverty reduction
strategy - https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj99uGkx6zNAhWJpYMKHSQlAIoQFgg7MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.povertyreductionto.ca%2Fuploads%2F2%2F0%2F7%2F8%2F20780132%2Fto_prs_access_to_services_paper.pdf&usg=AFQjCNEObGLM0_6Z-6qa0IPJb0aPHVKAew)

I recommend Henry Chesbrough and Eric Von Hippel's site Open
Innovation has a collection of links to recent literature on
innovation in services and developing 'everything as a service' (XaaS)
- http://openinnovation.net/category/open-services-innovation/

> On Jun 15, 2016, at 20:35, Ather Shabbar <ather.shabbar at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is one way to reduce the size of government!  The role of legislators
> as intermediary - it's like the "wild west".
> On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 10:10 AM, Jutta Treviranus <jutta.trevira at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Last year I broached the topic of blockchains to many people on this list,
>> asking what the implications and opportunities were for inclusive design.
>> How could we make use of a fully decentralized immutable technical system
>> without intermediaries (e.g., trusted diversification of academic
>> credentialing without academic institutions as gatekeepers) and what were
>> the risks for an area currently dependent on regulations for intermediaries
>> (e.g., regulating UBER for ridesharing vs. a completely distributed person
>> to person ridesharing system)?
>> Several of you gave very good arguments for dismissing blockchain
>> technologies. I spoke to Tim Berners Lee about the implications of
>> blockchains at the WWW2016 conference and he maintained that the same
>> functionality can be derived from existing Web technologies and standards.
>> He said the same later in his keynote address.
>> Since then Don Tapscott and his son have released a book on the potential
>> of blockchains:
>> http://dontapscott.com/2015/06/blockchain-revolution-the-brilliant-technology-changing-money-business-and-the-world/
>> <
>> http://dontapscott.com/2015/06/blockchain-revolution-the-brilliant-technology-changing-money-business-and-the-world/
>> ….and our friends at the Internet Archive co-hosted a summit on the topic
>> (unfortunately I couldn’t go because of all the things happening here this
>> week) that included Tim, Vint Cerf, Brewster Kahle and others. See:
>> http://www.decentralizedweb.net <http://www.decentralizedweb.net/>
>> I wanted to revisit this discussion…. not necessarily limited to the use
>> of blockchains specifically (for one thing the power consumption of
>> maintaining and growing them seems to be prohibitive) but how to achieve
>> the functions that blockchains promised.
>> What are your thoughts?
>> Jutta
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