The politics of cyber-physical commons
This presentation was made by GSIS Member Vangelis Papadimitropoulos in the 1st Crypto Commons Gathering 2021, which took place in Reichenau an der Rax, Austria, between 28-08 and 3-9. It examines the politics of cyber-physical commons that seek to scale the commons by bridging local and global (digital) commons via Blockchain-based tokens engineering design. Blockchain technology comes with a number of tools that may foster transparency and accountability as well as facilitate democratic governance and provide funding for the commons. After outlining the main arguments on the commons and their limitations, it narrows down the analysis to the basic division between cryptolibertarians and cryptocommoners. Crypto-commoners employ Blockchain-based tools to address the problem of scaling the commons. The presentation brings up some potential contradictions in this attempt and offers some potential solutions.