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Reference : UMR7106-PRIDEF-002
Workplace : PARIS 05
Date of publication : Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Primavera De Filippi
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
The doctoral student will explore how blockchain technology can serve as a “regulatory technology” whose adoption can increase confidence and trust in existing public and private institutions, by promoting a greater degree of compliance between the rule of code and the rule of law. Specifically, the student will investigate the extent to which the technological guarantees of blockchain technology can be regarded as some form of constitutional constraints capable to achieve specific regulatory or policy objectives (e.g. promoting more transparency, auditability and accountability), and whether these can be held to be functionally equivalent to the requirements enshrined in existing
laws and regulations (e.g. formalities and reporting obligations) so as to justify a reduced regulatory burden for those that incorporate these solutions into their information system.
- The researcher will work in the office of CERSA in Paris. Remote work will be allowed for specified periods of time, with regular face to face meetings.
- The position will allow for flexible working hours.
- The research will be managed with a goal-oriented approach, focusing essentially on deliverables.
Constraints and risks
- Demonstrated interest and pre-existing knowledge in several of the following topics:
ethnography, Participatory Action Research, blockchain technology, peer-to-peer
technologies, distributed governance, commons-based peer-production, science and
- Fluency in English, excellent writing and presentation skills
- Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, autonomy, critical thinking
The European Research Council project “Blockchain Gov”, directed by Primavera De Filippi, focuses on use of blockchain and decentralized applications and their impact on the governance of public and private institutions.
The project is a 5 year long (2021-2026), EU-funded (ERC grant of €2M), hosted at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (France) and the European University Institute (Italy), with Principal Investigator and advisors from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University.
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