Blockchain and Trust: A Practice-Based Inquiry

  • Michael HeidtEmail author
  • Arne Berger
  • Andreas Bischof
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11588)


Blockchain technologies, such as the distributed cryptocurrency Bitcoin, present us with a vast array of possible applications. They promise to fundamentally transform traditional systems of managing property, conducting governance, organising smart devices, and establishing online identities.

At the same time, few large scale real-world applications of the technology exist apart from Bitcoin. This makes designing Blockchain systems difficult, since there are few guidelines and frameworks available for interaction designers. Furthermore, due to the allegedly disruptive nature of these systems, user studies and observations based on current data are of limited utility. In this paper, we propose and discuss a design methodology combining practice-based research methods with elements of speculative design. In so doing we focus on one key aspect of Blockchain systems: trust. We thus want to show how practice-based methods can inform blockchain designs while providing an elucidative conceptualisation of the key category of trust.


Practice-based research Blockchain Smart contracts Critical technical practice 



This work was supported in part by the Andrea von Braun Foundation, Munich, under the grant “Blockchain – A Practice-Based Inquiry Into a Future Agent of Social Transformation”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GeDISUniversity of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.Chair Media InformaticsChemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany

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