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Open-source governance mechanisms in public blockchain: the case of the Ethereum community’s Decentralized Autonomous Organization hack

Conference contribution
Authors Juho Lindman
Dorna Garagol
Oscar Nilsson
Published in Pre-ICIS SIGBPS 2018 Workshop on Blockchain and Smart Contract
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Language en
Keywords Open source, OSS, governance, blockchain, blockchain governance
Subject categories Informatics


Blockchains, also called distributed ledger technologies, provide a novel technical solution to the exchange and tracking of different kinds of assets. Some of the best-known examples of blockchains, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, are based on opensource licensed code. Their developer communities might therefore resemble more traditional OSS (open source software) development communities. However, the research on blockchain-developer communities acting as OSS communities is relatively limited. In this paper, we start addressing this research gap. In what follows, we draw upon theories of OSS governance and investigate the Ethereum developer/user community to determine whether we can find evidence of these mechanisms. Our results show evidence of governance mechanisms that are similar to the existing OSS governance mechanisms but also traces of novel mechanisms.

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