Robert Herian

Robert Herian is Lecturer in Law at the Open University.

Anything but disruptive: blockchain, capital and a case of fourth industrial age enclosure – Part II

Under the aegis of a feverish entrepreneurial spiritualism and redoubled post-crisis capitalism of the fourth industrial age, the radical transparency and openness once promised by blockchain is in retreat.  We are witnessing blockchain-as-enclosure; enclosure through the proliferation of private permissioned ledgers, which are indicative of capitalism’s generalized tendency towards the imposition of property definitions on…