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Chaining Property to Blocks – On the Economic Efficiency of Blockchain-Based Property Enforcement

verfasst von: Janina da Costa Cruz, Aenne Sophie Schröder, Georg von Wangenheim

Erschienen in: Business Information Systems Workshops

Verlag: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Within the last two years, much has been written about the blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. However, few actual use cases related to real world phenomena have been proffered in that literature. Most applications remain entirely in the virtual world or their descriptions remain on a very abstract and speculative level. In this paper we study one possible application on the powers of blockchain technology to real-world problems. In particular, we study the economic feasibility, effectiveness and efficiency of blockchain-based registries for property of chattel and the technical enforcement of the rights listed in such registries. For the example of smartphones, we show that their, and their owners’ registration in a blockchain may achieve a most desirable results from registration, theft becomes less attractive. An additional advantage, which we also briefly touch on, is that the use of smartphones as collateral without possession may become possible. We study under what conditions the benefits from registration is feasible in a blockchain-based distributed ledger and why they are not implemented under less complex technologies such as registries owned and administered by producers of smartphones.

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Fußnoten
1
If manipulations of the IMEI serve for being able to use or sell stolen items, e.g. German law even treats this as a criminal offense according to Section 269 of the Criminal Code.
 
2
The problem has been intensively discussed in general terms for the inspection game, where reduction of the value of the illegal activity fails to reduce the frequency of the latter but rather entails a reduction of the activity which is called ‘inspection’ in the game and that corresponds to anti-theft activity in the case of theft of smartphones.
 
3
See Vicary 1996 for the general idea of solving public-good problems by joint production and provision of the public with a private good.
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Chaining Property to Blocks – On the Economic Efficiency of Blockchain-Based Property Enforcement
verfasst von
Janina da Costa Cruz
Aenne Sophie Schröder
Georg von Wangenheim
Copyright-Jahr
2019
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04849-5_28

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