Log Out: A Glossary of Technological Resistance and Decentralization


A Glossary of Technological Resistance and Decentralization

Edited by Valeria Ferrari, Florian Idelberger, Andrea Leiter, Morshed Mannan, María-Cruz Valiente, Balázs Bodó

This book brings together voices from various fields of intellectual inquiry, based on the idea that technological, legal and societal aspects of the information sphere are interlinked and co-dependent from each other. In order to tackle the existing gap in shared semantics, this glossary converges the efforts of experts from various disciplines to build a shared vocabulary on the social, technical, economic, political aspects of decentralised, distributed or sovereign technologies: artefacts which seek to challenge the techno-social status quo by, for example, circumventing law enforcement, resisting surveillance, or being participative.

The idea ofthis glossary arose from the need for a workable, flexible and multidisciplinary resource for terminological clarity, which reflects instead of denying complexity. Situating the terms emerging through technology development in the wider context of multidisciplinary scientific, policy and political discourses, this glossary provides a conceptual toolkit for the study of the various political, economic, legal and technical struggles that decentralised, encryption-based, peer-to-peer technologies bring about and go through.

Choosing relevant technology-related terms and understanding them is to investigate their affordances within a given ecosystem of actors, discourses and systems of incentives. This requires an interdisciplinary, multi-layered approach that is attentive to the interlinkages between technological design nuances and socio-political, economic implications.

The glossary was envisioned as a long-term collaborative project, and as a work-in-progress, as new entries are periodically added over time. The present book collects the entries published on the Internet Policy Review between 2021 and 2023. Therefore, it represents the first volume of what hopefully will be a long-term, ever-evolving editorial collaboration, whose sources of inspiration and goals evolve with the evolving of the broader discussions on decentralized technologies.


Editor of Printed Edition: Valeria Ferrari
Editing of Online Edition: Valeria Ferrari, Florian Idelberger, Andrea Leiter, Morshed Mannan, María-Cruz Valiente.
Advisory Board: Balázs Bodó, Primavera De Filippi, Aron Fischer, Samer Hassan, Björn Scheuermann, Monica Palmirani.
Copy Editor: Jack Wilson
Design: Andy Díaz Sánchez

Authors: Valeria Ferrari, Kelsie Nabben, Ellie Rennie, Aron Fischer, María-Cruz Valiente, Florian Tschorsch, Ingolf G. A. Pernice, Brett Scott, Jaya Klara Brekke, Wassim Zuhair Alsindi, André Ramiro, Ruy de Queiroz, Heleen Janssen, Jatinder Singh, Balázs Bodó, Roel Roscam Abbing, Cade Diehm, Shahed Warreth, Samer Hassan, Primavera De Filippi, Isabelle A. Zaugg, Anushah Hossain, Brendan Molloy, Daniel Villar-Onrubia, Victoria I. Marín, Laura Lotti, Florian Idelberger, Péter Mezei, Selwa Sweidan, Karlynne Ejercito, Tyng-Ruey Chuang, Rebecca C. Fan, Ming-Syuan Ho, Kalpana Tyagi, Michael Zargham, Gerd Beuster, Oliver Leistert, Theo Röhle, Ori Shimony, Ámbar Tenorio-Fornés, Alexandra Giannopoulou, Fennie Wang, Chris Wray, Giovanni Sileno, Francisco Javier Moreno Gálvez, Francisco Sierra Caballero, Indrek Ibrus, Ulrike Rohn, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Matthew Archer, Louis Ravn, Moritz Becker, Catalina Goanta, Alfa Yohanis, Vikas Jaiman, Visara Urovi.

ISBN: 9789083328225
Printer: Proefschriftspecialist

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A project of the Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab, Institute forInformation Law, University of Amsterdam & Internet Policy Review. Published by the Institute of Network Cultures & the Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam.

The project and the publication have received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 759681.

Web: https://blockchain-society.science/; https://www.ivir.nl/; https://policyreview.info/.

All the entries are part of the Glossary of decentralised technosocial systems, a special section of Internet Policy Review, licensed under Creative Commons
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This publication is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 4.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). To view a copy of this licence, visit creativecommons.org/ licences/by-nc-sa/4.0/.

Published by the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2023.

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