Designing Distributed Ledger Technologies for Social Change

Pschetz, L., Dixon, B., Pothong, K., Bailey, A., Glean, A., Soares, L. L. and Enright, J. A. (2020) Designing Distributed Ledger Technologies for Social Change. In: 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20), Honolulu, HI, USA, 25-30 Apr 2020, p. 237. ISBN 9781450367080 (doi: 10.1145/3313831.3376364)

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Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have been celebrated for promoting transparency, trust, and efficiency in several domains. However, recent research has also pointed out the potential of these technologies to increase power asymmetries and deepen social inequality. In this paper, we contribute to this discussion by reporting on a collective effort of academics, development partners, local authorities, businesses, and farming groups to look at the potential of DLTs, particularly Blockchains, to support socio-economic development in rural communities in the Caribbean. We present a series of design concepts resulting from this effort and reflect on a method to facilitate stakeholders' experience of possible implementations and enable them to voice concerns, preferences, and expectations. Results from workshops with different groups of stakeholders contribute insights into opportunities and limitations of these applications to enable social development and to level the playing field in agricultural exchanges in developing countries.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Enright, Dr Jessica
Authors: Pschetz, L., Dixon, B., Pothong, K., Bailey, A., Glean, A., Soares, L. L., and Enright, J. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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