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Bishop Zareh on Fri, 7 Dec 2012 15:46:44 +0100 (CET)


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> *The Journal of Peer Production CFP: Value and Currency in Peer Production
> 
> Edited by: Nathaniel Tkacz, Nicol?s Mendoza and Francesca Musiani.
> 
> The marriage of cryptography and the dynamics of open-source have now
> produced a working distributed currency system. Bitcoin, as the most
> notable example, can be understood as a new technics of exchange inspired
> by the animal spirits of crypto-libertarianism. Whether or not there is a
> place for currency -- and therefore exchange and (economic) value -- in the
> utopian visions of commons-oriented thought is contested. Meanwhile, hybrid
> forms like Bitcoin are developing unhindered by their constitutional
> paradoxes. Capitalism, after all, equally thrives atop what David Graeber
> has called a 'baseline' or 'everyday' communism. Current developments of
> digital currencies are pervaded by a number of issues: Who or what issues
> the money? What is the source of the collective agreement to concede value?
> What forms of control are coded into currency systems and who is guiding
> processes of (re)design? Who plays the role of guarantor when a currency is
> decentralized? And what role does trust play in all these issues? Has
> crypto-mathematics transformed trust into a technical quality of a system?
> 
> The flipside of this issue is value: The intensification and extension of
> computational procedures, which is manifested most clearly in the rise of
> big data, has lead to a proliferation of bottom-up procedures to formalise
> 'values', rendering them easily calculable and lending order to the
> decentralised world of peers. Wikipedia contributors, for example, have
> long awarded each other 'barnstars' for valued service in a range of areas,
> and the site has long explored ways of rating article quality. In place of
> managerial commands and bureaucratic hierarchies we have Karma points,
> ranking systems, reputation metrics and the long-tail logic of networks.
> Order in this sense is iterative, recursive and topological.
> 
> This issue of The Journal of Peer Production invites contributions on the
> themes of value and currency as they relate to peer production.
> 
> Topics might include but are not limited to:
> 
>   - Decentralised and crypto-currencies;
>   - Non-coercive taxation systems and/or experiments/experiences;
>   - Analog/pre-digital (or historical) networks for distributed value
>   exchange;
>   - Currency and design;
>   - Currencies and the commons;
>   - Life after fiat (the becoming-uncertain of taxes);
>   - What does/should peer production value?;
>   - Re-thinking the constitution of value;
>   - Theories of non-monetary value and worth;
>   - The relationship between valuing practices and project hierarchies;
>   - Forms of belief in peer production;
>   - Automated systems of ranking and distributing value;
>   - Theories of exchange, gift and voluntarism;
>   - Trust and anonymity in the building of value;
>   - Intermediation and 'guarantees' in P2P exchanges.
> 
> Submission proposals of under 500 words due by January 28, 2013. Full
> submission details and extended CFP available at
> http://peerproduction.net/value-and-currency-in-peer-production/.*
> 
> 
> Nathaniel Tkacz
> 
> Assistant Professor
> Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
> The University of Warwick
> 
> Twitter: http://twitter.com/__nate__
> 
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