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Blockchain by Karim R. Lakhani, Marco Iansiti, Don Tapscott, Catherine Tucker, Harvard Business Review

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WHO CONTROLS THE BLOCKCHAIN?

by Patrick Murck

Blockchain networks tend to support principles, like open access and permissionless use, that should be familiar to proponents of the early internet. To protect this vision from political pressure and regulatory interference, blockchain networks rely on a decentralized infrastructure that can’t be controlled by any one person or group. Unlike political regulation, blockchain governance is not emergent from the community. Rather, it is ex ante, encoded in the protocols and processes as an integral part of the original network architecture. To be a part of a community supporting a blockchain is to accept the rules of the network as they were originally established.

In a blockchain transaction, ...

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