[Air-L] Glossary of Decentralised Technosocial Systems

Julian Morgan julian.morgan at hu-berlin.de
Fri Mar 31 03:58:42 PDT 2023

Internet Policy Review

Glossary of Decentralised technosocial systems - Call for entries


The glossary of decentralised technosocial systems launched in 2021 
aimed to build a shared working vocabulary regarding specific aspects of 
decentralised techno-social systems among researchers in an 
interdisciplinary fashion. Indeed, a comprehensive understanding of the 
technical, economic, and political aspects of these types of 
technologies transcends traditional boundaries of scientific fields and 
demands an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to better conceptualise 
and critically evaluate specific mechanisms or processes inherent to 
distributed technologies.

The objective of this new Call for contributions is to enable 
researchers and practitioners to engage with techno-social developments, 
relevant academic debates, and a normative appraisal of their ability 
and efficiency to resist the prevalent dynamics of centralisation and 
erosion of autonomy. In turn, the concept of decentralisation in the 
Glossary is understood to include the developments within the 
infrastructure and systems of information sharing and distribution of 
various types of content that seek to challenge and/or provide 
alternatives to the current organizational structures through 
distributed technologies.

Additionally, the glossary aims to consolidate the current list of terms 
in a way that allows for broad engagement across academic communities to 
inform parallel research in different fields by broadening current 
theoretical frameworks through analysis of the processes, structures and 
societal outcomes of decentralisation.

Important dates

- 25 April 2023 - 200-word abstracts should be emailed to 
julian.morgan at hu-berlin.de
- 10 May 2023 - Decisions will be communicated to the authors by
- 10 July 2023 - Submission of full entries (between 1,000 and 2,000 
- 1 October 2023 - Submission of the revised paper to the journal
- December - Publication

The initiative is led by The Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab 
(University of Amsterdam), in collaboration with the P2P Models 
(Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Trust in Distributed Environments 
(Weizenbaum Institut, Berlin) and Blockchain Gov teams (Centre National 
de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris).

Julian Morgan (He/Him)
Humboldt-Univertity of Berlin

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