Track it with a Smart Contract?

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By Matthew Lavy and Iain Munro. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

This podcast explores the benefits and limitations of Smart Contracts in the context of human-provided services by considering the practicalities of using Smart Contracts to regulate the contractual relationship between brands and social media influencers.

Further reading:

  • For a more detailed discussion of smart contracts, see the Legal Statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts, November 2019, published by the LawTech Delivery Panel UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (downloadable here).
  • If you’d like to see one of the starting points - N. Szabo, “Smart contracts: building blocks for digital markets.” (1996) EXTROPY: The Journal of Transhumanist Thought, (16), 18(2), available in revised draft here.
  • For some insight into the vulnerabilities – see, e.g., Singh et al ‘Blockchain smart contracts formalization: Approaches and challenges to address vulnerabilities’, Computers & Security 88 (2020) 101654.
  • A promising application of Smart Contracts is in supply chains – discussed here in the Harvard Business Review.
  • Our scenario was inspired by a CoinDesk article on 22 January 2015 (‘Ex-Rugby Star: Smart Contracts Could Prevent Legal Disputes in Sport’).

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