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Blue Frontiers using blockchain justice to address floating community disputes

Tony Zerucha

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Blue Frontiers, a company developing floating cities called Seasteads, has partnered with Kleros to provide decentralized justice services for virtually any transaction or dispute within their floating blockchain-powered economies. 

Seasteads are Blue Frontiers’ solution for people impacted by rising sea levels. Its first Seastead, planned for French Polynesia, is planned for completion in two years and plans on incorporating blockchain technology, via the cryptocurrencyVaryon, to power its economy.

Kleros is a justice protocol that allows for decentralized arbitration of almost any type of dispute. Kleros utilizes concepts from game theory to devise a set of rules so that jurors who act competently and honestly will be rewarded, while those who don’t will be penalized. This results in fast, affordable and secure dispute resolution for a large number of disputes.

The arbitration process that Blue Frontiers will integrate into its Seastead governance frameworks to resolve disputes can be laid out in four steps:

  1. Users transacting within the Seastead ecosystem create a smart contract and use Kleros as the adjudication protocol.
  2. The relevant information is securely transmitted to the Kleros platform.
  3. A jury or tribunal is selected from the juror network. They evaluate the case’s evidence and cast their votes.
  4. The jury’s decision is enforced by the previously written smart contracts, ensuring a just outcome.

“Our Seasteads are specifically designed to facilitate innovation in how humans choose to model habitation, form community and govern their affairs,” Blue Frontiers co-founder Randy Hencken said. “By adopting the pioneering objective arbitration protocol developed by Kleros, we will allow our communities and the ecosystems they interact with to settle disputes fairly, securely and efficiently.”

Reflecting the model for independence underpinning Blue Frontiers’ Seastead communities, the Kleros project is completely open-source, owned by no one, and is intentionally not backed by any institutional investors. The Kleros protocol can also be used for a wide range of disputes  requiring technical expertise in  the allocation of resources (real or symbolic) between parties, such as: freelancing, crowdfunding, oracles, gaming, insurance, e-commerce, and many more.

“Kleros can be integrated into almost every type of application built online and will serve as a key institution for dispute resolution in the emerging blockchain era,” Kleros CEO Dr. Federico Ast explained. “It will provide a fast, inexpensive, transparent, reliable and decentralized dispute resolution mechanism that renders binding ultimate judgments about the enforceability of smart contracts.”

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha is an alternative finance journalist with more than seven years experience in the space. The author of more than 1,000 articles, Tony was named LendIt's 2018 Journalist of the Year.

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