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Bibliography: Blockchain and whisper networks

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(this was originally posted on the HASTAC website as part of my HASTAC 17-19 Scholars participation.)

The bibliography that follows is a first iteration of works that I’m gathering to explore epistemological and structural parallels between distributed ledger technology (aka blockchain) and whisper networks (as defined as “An informal chain of conversations among members of an oppressed or marginalized group about oppressors who need to be watched because of predatory behavior” expanded from definition here). I’m curious about similar protocols for membership, (de)escalation of information, and shared ownership of knowledge.  It seems to me that maybe the blockchain could be a first attempt at digitally representing something close to the organic way that secrets are shared among trusted groups.

If you're looking at something similar, or have resources you think I should add, let me know! 


Adkins, K. (2017). Gossip, Epistemology, and Power: Knowledge Underground. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Ast, A. F., & Sewrjugin, A. (2015). The crowdjury, a crowdsourced justice system for the collaboration era.
Barabas, C., & Schmidt, P. (2016). Transforming Chaos into Clarity: The Promises and Challenges of Digital Credentialing.
Barlow, J. P. (2016, January 20). A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. Retrieved January 8, 2018, from
Bartlett, R. D. (2017, September 8). Blockchain Doesnt Decentralise Power. Retrieved January 3, 2018, from
Bartling, S., & Fecher, B. (2016). Blockchain for science and knowledge creation - A technical fix to the reproducibility crisis ?
Barton, P. (2015). Bitcoin and the Politics of Distributed Trust. Retrieved from
Beller, J. (2016, June 1). Informatic Labor in the Age of Computational Capital. Retrieved January 3, 2018, from
Benjamin, G. (2017). PRIVACY AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENON. Journal of Media Critiques [JMC], 3(10).
Blankenship, J. R. (2017). Forging Blockchains: Spatial Production and Political Economy of Decentralized Cryptocurrency Code/Spaces (M.A.). University of South Florida, United States -- Florida. Retrieved from
Building A Cultural Dialogue Around The Permanent, Blockchain Web. (n.d.). Retrieved January 3, 2018, from
Daly, A., Carlson, A., & Van Geelen, T. (2017). Data and Fundamental Rights (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3072106). Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network. Retrieved from
Dan McQuillan. (2016). Algorithmic paranoia and the convivial alternative. Big Data & Society, 3(2), 2053951716671340.
Dupont, Q. (2017). Blockchain Identities: Notational Technologies for Control and Management of Abstracted Entities. Metaphilosophy, 48(5), 634–653.
Findlay, C. (2017). Participatory cultures, trust technologies and decentralisation: innovation opportunities for recordkeeping. Archives and Manuscripts, 45(3), 176–190.
Fricker, M. (2009). Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (1 edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
George, O. M. (2015). Bridging Bitcoin’s Gender Gap Student Notes. New York University Journal of Law and Business, 12, 423–458.
Jackson, G. (2017). Queer Practices, Queer Rhetoric, Queer Technologies: Studies of Digital Performativity in Gendered Network Culture.
Jarvie, K., Rolan, G., & Soyka, H. (2017). Why ‘radical recordkeeping’? Archives and Manuscripts, 45(3), 173–175.
Kavanagh, D., McGarraghy, S., & Kelly, S. (2015). Ethnography in and around an Algorithm. Presented at the 30th EGOS Colloquium: Sub-theme 15: (SWG) Creativity, Reflexivity and Responsibility in Organizational Ethnography, Athens, Greece, 3 - 5 July 2015. Retrieved from
McQuillan, D. (2017). The Anthropocene, resilience and post-colonial computation. Resilience, 5(2), 92–109.
Pazaitis, A., De Filippi, P., & Kostakis, V. (2017). Blockchain and value systems in the sharing economy: The illustrative case of Backfeed. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 125(Supplement C), 105–115.
Reijers, W., & Coeckelbergh, M. (2016). The Blockchain as a Narrative Technology: Investigating the Social Ontology and Normative Configurations of Cryptocurrencies. Philosophy & Technology, 1–28.
Stinchcombe, K. (2017, December 22). Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain. Retrieved January 1, 2018, from
Swan, M., & de Filippi, P. (2017). Toward a Philosophy of Blockchain: A Symposium: Introduction. Metaphilosophy, 48(5), 603–619.
Tekobbe, C., & McKnight, J. C. (2016). Indigenous cryptocurrency: Affective capitalism and rhetorics of sovereignty. First Monday, 21(10). Retrieved from
Velasco, P. R. (2016). Sketching Bitcoin: Empirical Research of Digital Affordances. In Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research (pp. 99–122). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
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Wolowiec, M. S. (2017). Blockshare – Analyzing the Potential for Building a Direct Peer-to-Peer Sharing Economy on Blockchain. Retrieved from