Research articles on Governance

The invisible politics of Bitcoin: governance crisis of a decentralised infrastructure

Primavera De Filippi, Harvard University
Benjamin Loveluck, Télécom ParisTech (Université Paris-Saclay) and CERSA (CNRS-Paris 2)
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Sep 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.427

A trustless technology, Bitcoin tries to solve issues of social coordination and economic exchange by relying exclusively on technological means. Is technology alone able to resolve the social and political concerns affecting the Bitcoin network?

Instability and internet design

Sandra Braman, Texas A&M University
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Sep 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.429

​The history of the internet design process as depicted in the internet RFCs provides evidence of the value of social capital, interpersonal relationships, and community in the face of instability. Drawing conceptual distinctions is a necessary first step for many of the other coping techniques.

The problem of future users: how constructing the DNS shaped internet governance

Steven Malcic, University of California Santa Barbara
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Sep 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.434

How did early network designers govern the internet before internet governance? With archival research, this article shows how designers conceived of the Domain Name System (DNS) as a solution to the problem of governing future network users.

Multistakeholder governance processes as production sites: enhanced cooperation "in the making"

Julia Pohle, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Sep 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.432

Through a combination of actor-network theory and interpretative policy analysis, multistakeholder arrangements in internet governance are conceptualised as sites of discursive production in which heterogeneous actors engage in dynamic processes of social ordering.