Serendipity, crowdfunding and cryptocurrencies

Society member Alexia Maddox wrote this blog about her serendipitous path toward a new research project, a crowdfunded ethnographic study of the Bitcoin community. In the study, she will investigate the mechanisms for trust, security and privacy and characterise the role of Bitcoin alongside people’s use of other currency forms, digital and non-digital. She is looking to engage people with both the research and the crowdfunding campaign, so feel free to spread the word! Read below about how the study and campaign came about: We not only study serendipity in this Society, we live it too…

 

It’s always uncanny when disparate activities align, both through the loose tendrils of online presence and the digital traces of research activity. I’m currently running a crowdfunding…

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It’s always uncanny when disparate activities align, both through the loose tendrils of online presence and the digital traces of research activity. I’m currently running a crowdfunding campaign for an ethnography of bitcoin use. Which you can find here:

https://experiment.com/cryptocurrency

How this campaign and opportunity came about is the interesting bit. As with all good ideas, one thing lead to another…

Prior to this study, I collaborated on a study of the impacts of cyryptomarkets upon drug use trajectories (through NDRI, Curtin University) (2013-2015). During that study, I presented preliminary findings and conducted a member check (a methodological approach to verifying social findings) with the Bitcoin community.  You can still find the YouTube recording of this, which we made so that the cryptomarket community also had access to these early activities online.

Cryptomarket drug sales were facilitated by Bitcoin and this was my first exposure to the cryptocurrency and the…

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