Blockchain, smart contracts and the design of everyday transactions

Larissa Pschetz, Chris speed, debbie maxwell

University of Edinburgh (2), University of York


Keywords: Internet of Things, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Algorithms

Conversation Overview

While it is clear that digital technologies enable us to carry out transactions quickly, anywhere, and through various media, the decisions behind these transactions and possible outcomes of practices that they mediate are less clear. Issues of data acquisition and access have been largely discussed, and it is known that algorithms can tailor searches and purchase recommendations, but designers have given little attention to the potential of digital protocols to enable new social and economical models. In this conversation we will discuss the role of design in defining and communicating these protocols asking what is the potential and what are the challenges for designers of interactive systems in this context?

This conversation is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence.

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This conversation took place on Thursday 30th June at DRS2016, find it in the conference programme


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