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Human-Centric Constituents in Times of Decentralization

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The decentralized nature of distributed ledger technology (DLT) aims at changing the foundational nature of systems architectures moving beyond central authorities and institutional concepts. With key characteristics of decentralisation, transparency, reliability, immutability, efficiency, traceability, trust ...

The decentralized nature of distributed ledger technology (DLT) aims at changing the foundational nature of systems architectures moving beyond central authorities and institutional concepts. With key characteristics of decentralisation, transparency, reliability, immutability, efficiency, traceability, trust and accountability, blockchain technology is facilitating the passing and recording of information in a fully automated and secure manner.

The association of blockchain with numerous industries and the vastness of applications that this technology can generate leads to the need for exploring the impact and changes on the human behaviour, an aspect that so far has not received much attention by research. While the interaction between humans and technology is always an interesting aspect to highlight, blockchain allows the study of exchanges between individuals, mainly trust, accountability, and provable fairness, along with, advancing and enabling new incentive structures.

In this context, the article collection on “Blockchain: Human-Centric Constituents in Times of Decentralization” invites conceptual and empirical papers exploring the dynamics of human behavior and human-centric systems within decentralized and democratized blockchain-enabled ecosystems providing novel insights on the human and behavioral side of DLT.

This article collection aims at establishing a forum grounded on multi-disciplinary and cross-industrial approaches being positioned in the intersection of behavioral, social and applied sciences. The social and human aspects of Blockchain remain under-investigated from an academic perspective as extant research has disproportionately explored the technology side of blockchain, calling for further research on the various levels of behavioral, psychological, social and organizational contexts. This collection of articles intends to inform theoretical underpinnings, along with, providing insights to practice in terms of developing strategies to overcome institutional resistance and facilitate the engagement, the adoption the governance and the human input within blockchain-enabled distributed architectures.

Potential topics and research questions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Incentivizing and rewarding human behavior to increase customer and client engagement
- Incentivization of human behavior in favor of societal good
- Conceptualizing and empowering human consensus patterns within distributed and decentralized systems
- Accountability and trackability of human and client behavior and decision-making powered by blockchain technology
- Evolution of community and ecosystem facets within decentralized and self-governed systems
- Changing role of stakeholders in blockchain-enabled decentralized systems
- Emerging and future paradigmatic shifts in human behavior experiences within a digital economy
- Incentives to contribute within a decentralized and virtually-governed system so as to ensure systemic maintenance and continuity
- Blockchain based evolutionary transformation of existing governance systems enhancing the relationship between human societies and decentralized systems
- Human behavior and the stability of blockchain-enabled systems
- Relationship between changes in human behavior and beliefs and the trustworthiness of blockchain
- Effect of cultural, sociological, ethnic, demographic and environmental peculiarities on decentralized architectural systems
- Relationship between human values, data-driven altruism and algorithmic philanthropy
- Redefinition of identity and sense of belonging within a blockchain-powered government service platform (Decentralized Borderless Voluntary Nation)


Keywords: human-centricity, distributed ledger technologies, human accountability, decentralization, self-governance


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