Cryptoeconomics > Journal for Cryptoeconomics

Our contemporary “cryptosphere” is dominated by novel socio-political as well as cryptoeconomic experiments based on previously unavailable technological parameters which are embedded in distributed ledger technologies, “Smart Contracts” (Szabo, 1994) and “Algocratic Governance” (Aneesh, 2009).

Cryptoeconomic design uses incentives plus cryptography in order to create games with predictable outcomes, which in the case of Bitcoin resulted in the development of a decentralised system of exchange and trustless consensus about the state of its ledger. This distributed ledger, the blockchain, is sometimes portrayed as the key invention of the 21st century – and thus also internationally discussed as being a technology which possibly even supersedes the internet in its “disruptiveness”. Applications of the blockchain are based on concepts of decentralization – and they changed not only how we think about electronic cash, but also transformed our perception of organizations, trust and non-human agency through the introduction of allegedly immutable and unstoppable code on the blockchain.

The international “Journal for Cryptoeconomics” brings together leading international thinkers and researchers in the fields of cryptography, game theory, design research and experimental economics as well as interdisciplinary and fringe research fields. The journal is additionally supported through the “Research Residency for Future Cryptoeconomics”, in which 12 researchers and two artists are invited each year to work and live in Vienna for the course of a month each.

The Journal for Cryptoeconomics is informed by the DARC laboratory and is an upcoming publication in order to negotiate and define the research, development and design of the area of cryptoeconomics.