Shogo Ochiai
Mar 7 · Last update 5 days ago.
Is English the new citizenship of blockchain governance?
Blockchain is singleton entity unlike Communism. The discourse of this political topic is carried out in English. Are non-English countries left to obey the decisions of those in control of the conversation?
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Yes, English is the language of technological hegemony
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Yes, but policies could be state specific
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The language of blockchain is irrelevant
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No, Blockchain is a tool in the fight against imperialism
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Not likely, China’s growth will make it a larger voice in this area
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Yes, English is the language of technological hegemony

English speakers may dominate the conversation on blockchain, but this is not specific to this one area and actually covers the wider field of science and technology as a whole. Studies have suggested that this dominance may stem from the imposing of English by the English speaking victors of the Second World War, but the results remain that non-English scholars have a clear disadvantage in the international scientific community. Many societies have attempted to address this issue, but strategies remain costly and unsuccessful. Improved language and translation solutions are needed to allow the non-English science and technology communities at large to have a greater voice internationally.

eric.ed.gov/?id=ED362039

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Yes, but policies could be state specific

While there is almost no language barrier in developing (programming) itself, even a non-English speaking engineer can read and write code without difficulty, the difficulty of access to information, research, utilisation and even policy could be clear issues in this respect though, as they will be made more difficult. Certainly, conversations regarding development policies will predominantly be in English, so it is difficult for people who cannot speak English to participate directly. English countries may lead the way in blockchain legislation; however political discourse, legal matters and possibly information moving forward may be state specific, meaning as more solutions come into existence globally technologies and discussions around them will become more localised.

forbes.com/sites/eidoo/2019/03/13/how-blockchain-technology-and-decentralization-will-revolutionize-the-crowdfunding-industry/#61e030544f13

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The language of blockchain is irrelevant

As blockchain is a data structure any programming language can be utilised to make blockchain applications, so theoretically it could be programmed in a non-English based programming language. Programming languages in general have an English language bias with two thirds of programming languages utilising English vocabulary. There are numerous non-English based and international programming languages and even esoteric programming languages based around symbols. The teaching of non-English based programming languages could have a positive effect on encouraging more international programmers and eventually lead to greater international dialogue to break this English speaking hegemony. While the discussion around the utilisation of blockchain may be monopolised by English language speakers blockchain itself will present an abstract use of English words, so uses can implementation will permeate the globe as greater integration develops.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-English-based_programming_languages

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No, Blockchain is a tool in the fight against imperialism

Blockchain will end all forms of imperialistic control by decentralising data, meaning central authorities will not be relied upon to guarantee trust and will lose hegemony. This technology could eventually revolutionise all avenues of life, including political discussions, as blockchain and decentralisation in general could spell the end of the corporate backing of politics and journalism. A decentralised world would mean greater equality for all involved regardless of language, location or anything else. These tools would allow us to fight against all forms of imperialism, linguistic and otherwise...

medium.com/s/welcome-to-blockchain/what-could-blockchain-do-for-journalism-dfd054beb197

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Not likely, China’s growth will make it a larger voice in this area

The implementation of Blockchain solutions will be what carries this technology forward, and China is current leading the way in Blockchain implementation, so the discourse moving forward maybe a distinctly Chinese one. Although there are some contentions in China surrounding crytocurrencies, the central government in China have added Blockchain to their five year information technology development plan as of 2016. This coupled with sustained economic growth in the future could see China lead the world technologically and economically, changing the current status quo of English-centric control over the future of technological solutions. brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2018/07/19/is-china-leading-the-blockchain-innovation-race

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