Episode #9 – Rachel O’Dwyer on Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Digital Commons

bQTHPAUp_400x400This is the ninth episode in the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast. In this episode I talk to Rachel O’Dwyer who is currently a postdoc at Maynooth University. We have a wide-ranging conversation about the digital commons, money, bitcoin and blockchain governance. We look at the historical origins of the commons, the role of money in human society, the problems with bitcoin and the creation of blockchain governance systems.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – 0:40 – Introduction
  • 0:40 – 9:00 – The history of the digital commons
  • 9:00 – 17:20 – What is money? What role does it play in society?
  • 17:20 – 29:20 – The value of transactional data and how it gets tracked
  • 29:20 – 34:25 – The centralisation of transactional data tracking and its role in algorithmic governance
  • 34:25 – 37:50 – Resisting transactional data-tracking
  • 37:50 – 46:00 – What is bitcoin? What is a cryptocurrency?
  • 46:00 – 54:25 – Can bitcoin be a currency of the digital commons?
  • 54:25 – 1:04:47 – The promise of blockchain governance: smart contracts and smart property
  • 1:04:47 – End – Criticisms of blockchain governance – the creation of an ultra-neo-liberal governance subject?


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