Backfeed, the Blockchain, and Value Systems in the Sharing Economy
* Article: Blockchain and Value Systems in the Sharing Economy: The Illustrative Case of Backfeed. By Alex Pazaitis, Primavera De Filippi, Vasilis Kostakis. Technological Forecasting & Social Change. Available at:
- Science Direct: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162517307084 (or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2017.05.025)
- Working Papers in Technology Governance and Economic Dynamics no. 73, JANUARY 2017: http://technologygovernance.eu/files/main//2017012509590909.pdf
"This article explores the potential of blockchain technology in enabling a new system of value that will better support the dynamics of social sharing. Our study begins with a discussion of the evolution of value perceptions in the history of economic thought. Starting with a view on value as a coordination mechanism that defines meaningful action within a certain context, we associate the price system with the establishment of capitalism and the industrial economy. We then discuss its relevance to the information economy, exhibited as the techno-economic context of the sharing economy, and identify new modalities of value creation that better reflect the social relations of sharing.
Through the illustrative case of Backfeed, a new system of value is envisioned, comprising three layers:
(a) production of value; (b) record of value; and (c) actualisation of value.
In this framework, we discuss the solutions featured by Backfeed and describe a conceptual economic model of blockchain-based decentralised cooperation. We conclude with a tentative scenario for blockchain technology that can enable the creation of commons-oriented ecosystems in a sharing economy."