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Ben van Lier

Blockchain and the governance of algorithms

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 29 juni 2017

Governance is the process of governing a collective unit such as a city, an organisation or a group of people and their activities. The governance of such a collective unit or system is made up of a set of rules and regulations that is developed to optimise the functioning of the collective unit or system. The development and application of a blockchain is based on collaboration between people and the rules, algorithms (such as paxos, ripple, etc.) and software (bitcoin, ethereum) they have developed and which enable the independent implementation of these rules and regulations by computers. The whole of man-made rules, algorithms, software and computers determines the functioning of the blockchain.  Lees meer >>

Tags:   Blockchain
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Ben van Lier

Blockchain and the governance of algorithms

Ben van Lier
29 juni 2017


Ben van Lier

Blockchain and the Autonomy of Systems

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 25 april 2017

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “autonomy” as “the right or condition of self-government or having its own laws”. The autonomy of an individual system can be determined based on the extent to which an individual system is capable of self-government. When an individual system is connected to other systems in a temporary or permanent whole with joint decision-making capability, the autonomy of such a system of systems can be considered to be determined by rules and laws that apply specifically to this whole and its constituent parts, and which are captured in algorithms. The shift of decision making from humans to interconnected machines raises numerous questions, such as, according to Van Lier and Hardjono [1], about the “necessary trust between participants in such networks”. Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Blockchain and the Autonomy of Systems

Ben van Lier
25 april 2017


Ben van Lier

Blockchain and Securing Distributed Things

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 14 februari 2017

In October 2016, the systems of Dyn, a US-based company that specialises in services such as domain name registration and management, came under a massive DDoS attack on an unprecedented scale. The attack, executed by around 100,000 devices, including routers, IP cameras and digital video recorders, caused major problems for websites of companies across Europe and the US, The Guardian reported [1]. The likes of Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, GitHub, Reddit, CNN, Twitter and PayPal were all affected. The individual devices were infected with a computer virus called Mirai [2], which bundled the individual and distributed devices into a whole, in this case a botnet, which was able to launch a debilitating cyber attack on Dyn.  Lees meer >>

Tags:   Internet of Things
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Ben van Lier

Blockchain and Securing Distributed Things

Ben van Lier
14 februari 2017


Ben van Lier

Blockchains and ecosystems

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 16 december 2016

In 1935, Arthur Tansley [1], a pioneer in the field of ecology, stated that an ecosystem is to be considered a whole that is made up of interconnected constituent parts.  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

Blockchains and ecosystems

Ben van Lier
16 december 2016


Ben van Lier

The fourth industrial revolution and blockchain

Geschreven door Ben van Lier - 21 oktober 2016

In 1954, German philosopher Martin Heidegger[1] argued that the essence of modern technology “shows itself in what we call enframing”. Heidegger uses the concept of enframing to determine how technology develops, surrounds us and conditions our perception of the world. For Heikkerö, the concept of enframing consequently refers to “a way of disclosing the world”[2]. Today, the process of technology enframing reality is characterised by networked applications such as smartphones, tablets and an unprecedented range of sensors that enable us and these devices to communicate and interact in both the physical world and the cyber world through networks. This is changing the world and our perception of it, without us wondering what the essence is of this technological shift and what how these changes will affect our lives and work over the coming years.  Lees meer >>

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Ben van Lier

The fourth industrial revolution and blockchain

Ben van Lier
21 oktober 2016