Making Sense of Blockchain Applications: A Typology for HCI

Elsden, Chris, Manohar, Arthi, Briggs, Jo, Harding, Mike, Speed, Chris and Vines, John (2018) Making Sense of Blockchain Applications: A Typology for HCI. In: CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 458. ISBN 978-1-4503-5620-6

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Abstract

Blockchain is an emerging infrastructural technology that is proposed to fundamentally transform the ways in which people transact, trust, collaborate, organize and identify themselves. In this paper, we construct a typology of emerging blockchain applications, consider the domains in which they are applied, and identify distinguishing features of this new technology. We argue that there is a unique role for the HCI community in linking the design and application of blockchain technology towards lived experience and the articulation of human values. In particular, we note how the accounting of transactions, a trust in immutable code and algorithms, and the leveraging of distributed crowds and publics around vast interoperable databases all relate to longstanding issues of importance for the field. We conclude by highlighting core conceptual and methodological challenges for HCI researchers beginning to work with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blockchain, Distributed ledger technology, Bitcoin, Trust, Identity, Typology
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 11:13
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 06:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33897

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