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Upcoming paper: Blockchain for social good: a quantitative analysis

posted Oct 7, 2018, 5:17 AM by Massimo Bartoletti   [ updated Oct 7, 2018, 5:18 AM ]
Upcoming paper (to be presented at GOODTECHS 2018)

Blockchain for social good: a quantitative analysis

Massimo Bartoletti, Tiziana Cimoli, Livio Pompianu and Sergio Serusi

Abstract. The advent of blockchain technologies has given a boost to social good projects, which are trying to exploit various characteristic features of blockchains: the quick and inexpensive transfer of cryptocurrency, the transparency of transactions, the ability to tokenize any kind of assets, and the increase in trustworthiness due to decentralization. However, the swift pace of innovation in blockchain technologies, and the hype that has surrounded their “disruptive potential”, make it difficult to understand whether these technologies are applied correctly, and what one should expect when trying to apply them to social good projects.

This paper addresses these issues, by systematically analysing a collection of 95 blockchain-enabled social good projects. Focussing on measurable and objective aspects, we try to answer various relevant questions: which features of blockchains are most commonly used? Do projects have success in fund raising? Are they making appropriate choices on the blockchain architecture? How many projects are released to the public, and how many are eventually abandoned?