The new book available for download in the INC Publications is the result of Valeria Ferrari’s PhD research, titled “Money after Money: Disassembling Value/Information Infrastructures”. This book is a journey through coexisting, emerging or speculated about, types of digital value transfer infrastructures. Using digital value transfer infrastructures as a central case study, this thesis is concerned with unpacking the negotiation processes that shape the governance, design and political purposes of digital infrastructures that are closely linked to the public interest and state sovereignty. In particular, the papers that are assembled in this manuscript identify and inspect three main socio-technical developments occurring in the domain of value transfer technologies: a) the privatization and platformization of digital payment infrastructures; b) the spread of blockchain-based digital value transfer infrastructures; c) the construction of digital value transfer infrastructures as public utilities, from the part of public institutions or organizations. Concerned with the relationship between law, discourse and technological development, the thesis explores four transversal issues that strike differences and peculiarities of these three scenarios: i) privacy; ii) the synergy and mutual influence of legal change and technological development in the construction of digital infrastructures; iii) the role of socio-technical imaginaries in policy-making concerned with digital infrastructures; iv) the geography and scale of digital infrastructures. The analyses lead to the argument that, in the co-development of legal systems and digital infrastructures that are core to public life, conflicts are productive. Negotiations, ruptures and exceptions are constitutive of the unending process of mutual reinforcement, and mutual containment, in which a plurality of agencies – expressed through legal institutions, symbolic systems, as well as information and media structures – are entangled.
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MoneyLab#13 Krypto: Decrypting the Artist -Call for Contributions-
(see also https://www.neme.org/blog/moneylab13-call for submission links) Venue and organizer: NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol, Cyprus Conference: November 3/4. 2023, exhibition, November 3 – December 1, 2023. “The capitalist economic model, in its purest form, does not explicitly centre human well-being as its primary objective.”  The Covid-19 pandemic lead to social experiments in many countries never [...]
Program of Governance by Technology Conference, UvA, July 3-4, 2023
Balasz Bodo wrote: “We have a super interesting program (see pdf) and a really beautiful venue (Droog Amsterdam https://www.droog.com/). We also have a promising keynote by Jürgen Geuter, aka tante from Berlin. I hope to see you in Amsterdam for the conference and the launch of the Glossary of decentralized technologies book published in collaboration [...]
Call for MoneyLab Conference in Frankfurt on CBDC/Digital Euro
Report by Sebastian Gießmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) from re:publica in Berlin: There was a lot Central Bank Digital Currency buzz here. German Minister of finance Christian Lindner expressed his deliberate support for a Digital Euro. I did my thing to contribute to a monetary controversy in the making (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPSH_4u1Zvs&pp=ygUMcmVwdWJsaWNhIDIz, in German). Members of Deutsche Bundesbank were present, [...]