David Rozas

David Rozas
Complutense University of Madrid | UCM · Department of Software Systems and Computation

PhD Sociology, MSc Computer Science, BSc Computer Science
Trying to bring together the social and the technical to foster commoning and cooperative practices

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Introduction
David Rozas (https://davidrozas.cc) is an Assistant Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). In his latest research, in the context of the EU ERC project P2PModels, he is exploring the potentialities and limitations of blockchain to experiment with alternative models of governance and distribution of value in the platform economy. You can find him on Twitter @drozas.
Additional affiliations
March 2018 - April 2022
Complutense University of Madrid
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • During this period, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in the P2P Models project (http://p2pmodels.eu/).
October 2013 - October 2016
University of Surrey
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • During this period I collaborated with the project P2Pvalue, a FP7 EU focussed on researching Commons-Based Peer Production: a new model of social innovation based on decentralised collaborative production.
September 2012 - August 2013
University of Surrey
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Development of a Drupal-based distributed platform (part of the FP7 EU project QLectives) for scientists allowing them to locate or form new communities to allow peer production and to provide distributed quality reviewing mechanisms.
Education
October 2013 - December 2017
University of Surrey
Field of study
  • Sociology
August 2007 - June 2008
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Field of study
  • Computer Science (exchange student)
February 2007 - September 2009
King Juan Carlos University
Field of study
  • Computer Engineering (5 years degree)

Publications

Publications (19)
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Peer production communities are based on the collaboration of communities of people, mediated by the Internet, typically to create digital commons, as in Wikipedia or free software. The contribution activities around the creation of such commons (e.g., source code, articles, or documentation) have been widely explored. However, other types of contr...
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This study considers commons‐based peer production (CBPP) by examining the organizational processes of the free/libre open‐source software community, Drupal. It does so by exploring the sociotechnical systems that have emerged around both Drupal's development and its face‐to‐face communitarian events. There has been criticism of the simplistic natu...
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Blockchain technologies have generated enthusiasm, yet their potential to enable new forms of governance remains largely unexplored. Two confronting standpoints dominate the emergent debate around blockchain-based governance: discourses characterized by the presence of techno-determinist and market-driven values, which tend to ignore the complexity...
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In recent years, the increasing need for global coordination has attracted interest in the governance of global-scale commons. In the current context, we observe how online applications are ubiquitous, and how emerging technologies enable new capabilities while reshaping sectors. Thus, it is pertinent to ask: could blockchain technologies facilitat...
Conference Paper
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Today, digital platforms are increasingly mediating our day-to-day work and crowdsourced forms of labour are progressively gaining importance (e.g. Amazon Mechanical Turk, Universal Human Relevance System, TaskRabbit). In many popular cases of crowdsourcing, a volatile, diverse, and globally distributed crowd of workers compete among themselves to...
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Blockchain technology enables new kinds of decentralized systems. Thus, it has often been advocated as a “disruptive” technology that could have the potentiality of reshaping political, economic, and social relations, “solving” problems like corruption, power centralization, and distrust toward political institutions. Blockchain has been gradually...
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This paper presents a systematic literature review of the integration of ontologies into the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) development process. The review extracted data from 34 primary studies dealing with ontologies in the blockchain domain. DAO has become a key concept for the development of blockchain-based decentralized software...
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The arrival of Ethereum in 2013 with its general-purpose programmable blockchain promised to introduce a new paradigm of Internet-based applications. At that moment, enthusiasts anticipated that the application of this new technology would revolutionize multiple fields from finance to healthcare to the public sector, to name but a few. During the s...
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This chapter focuses on peer-production as a form of collaborative digital work, closely allied to crowdsourcing and other contemporary working practices that are mediated by digital platforms. Such platforms are a growing form of digital work; however, they raise complex methodological issues. First, although often a single collaborative platform...
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Online version at http://journal.b-pro.org/article/affordances-of-decentralised-technologies-for-commons-based-governance/
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Nearly a decade after the publication of the white paper in which Bitcoin and Blockchain came to light (Nakamoto, 2008), there remains a need to understand whether the key technical properties introduced by Blockchain, such as decentralisation, inmutatibility and transparency, do indeed offer transformative capacities. For example, could they foste...
Thesis
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Commons-Based Peer Production (CBPP) is a new model of socio-economic production in which groups of individuals cooperate with each other without a traditional hierarchical organisation to produce common and public goods, such as Wikipedia or GNU/Linux. There is a need to understand how these communities govern and organise themselves as they grow...
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The lack of clear boundaries and the distributed nature of Commons-Based Peer Production (CBPP) pose a challenge for the theoretical frameworks which aim to provide a useful methodological tool for its conceptualisation and analysis, such as Activity Theory (AT). This paper presents the use of AT in the ongoing study of the organisational dynamics...
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Contribution is a key element of Commons-Based Peer Production (CBPP) communities. This element becomes of even more relevance for those communities focused on the production of digital commons, which typically possess the characteristics of an economy of contribution, rather than an economy of gift (Wittel, 2013), as in the case of the Free/Libre...
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The aim of this research consists of extracting a set of insights related to the dynamics, group decision making procedures, motivations to contribute and mechanisms employed in the coordination of Commons-Based Peer Production communities, using as a case study the community responsible for the development of the Free/Libre Open Source Software Dr...

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P2P Models is a large research project focused on building a new type of Collaborative Economy organizations, which are decentralized, democratic and economically sustainable harnessing the potentials of the blockchain. It is funded through a €1.5M, 5-year ERC research grant.