|Artistic Inspiration and the Commons Working Group|
Many writers, artists, and designers look and listen to prior works for inspiration. Under the law, the crucial inquiry is whether the source of the inspiration has been transformed sufficiently so that the new design can be considered “original” rather than “derived.” This Data Management and Information Governance Working Group will examine artistic expression in the digital world, with an eye toward the use of the Ostrom Frameworks.
The Working Group will be conducted both in person at the Ostrom Workshop on the IU Bloomington campus and online via Zoom. The Group will be an interactive one, with participants expected to be active in the group’s agenda creation and monthly activities.
The Working Group is co-hosted by Angie Raymond, Director, Ostrom Workshop Data Management and Information Governance; Tim Fort, the Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics, the Business Law and Ethics Department at the Kelley School of Business; and Jaime Carini, Adam Smith Fellow at the Mercatus Center and a doctoral student in Musicology and Organ Performance & Literature at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.
|Meetings held the THIRD WEDNESDAY of each month, 1:00-2:00 p.m. |
513 N. Park Ave.
|Blockchain Governance Initiative|
Even though Bitcoin gets most of the press, the underlying tech, blockchain, is the bigger story; simply put, according to Goldman Sachs, it could “change ‘everything.’” Indeed, the tech is sometimes billed as a panacea—from making businesses more efficient to engendering the growth of “smart” contracts and even securing medical devices, blockchain is now being investigated by a huge range of organizations and is attracting billions in venture funding. Interest is widespread, with organizations ranging from DARPA to Disney investing in blockchain. Wal-Mart is similarly deploying it to help manage its massive supply chain. Countries are even getting into the game, from launching their own cryptocurrencies like Venezuela’s Petro, to Honduras and Greece using blockchain to aid in land registries, to its use in secure voting. But, as with every new innovation, there are both opportunities and drawbacks to consider. The Ostrom Workshop is taking on the challenge of blockchain governance with a new collaborative initiative—the Blockchain Governance Initiative (BGI)—that will be a partnership between our Cybersecurity and Data Governance Programs.
|To join and learn more about blockchain research going on around IU, please sign up for our dedicated blockchain listserv|
In many ways, cyber insecurity has never been more pronounced. Hackers have launched attacks on cities such as Atlanta, probed the U.S. power grid, and even tried to compromise our democratic system. Research firm Cybersecurity Ventures projects that global losses from cybercrimes could well hit $6 trillion a year by 2021, while Gartner Inc. forecasts that worldwide spending on cybersecurity will exceed $124 billion in 2019. But instead of more handwringing or new software patches, what is needed is a new, more proactive approach to cybersecurity that addresses concrete vulnerabilities, helps us better understand how the cyber threat is developing, and strengthen global public- and private-sector defenses to more effectively manage cyber attacks and secure some measure of cyber peace. Yet, to date, there have been relatively few efforts aimed at defining and understanding the goal of "cyber peace." The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency specializing in information and communication technologies, pioneered some of the early work in the field, as did the World Federation of Scientists and the Vatican, but too often cyber peace is viewed as a negative, e.g., the end of cyber attacks. Although certainly desirable, such an outcome is politically and technically unlikely, at least in the near term. Instead, what might a positive cyber peace look like, and how might we get there? At the end of the day, what is the best we can hope for in terms of "peace" on the internet? Building from the Cyber Peace Alliance that the Ostrom Workshop Cybersecurity and Internet Governance Program built with nonprofit foundations, including the Cyber Peace Foundation, we are formalizing a Cyber Peace Working Group to help advance the field.
|If you have an interest in peacebuilding, both online and offline, and are interested in getting involved please sign up. |
|Digital Governance Working Group|
Digital governance promotes new forms of interaction between citizen and civic institutions, new modalities of public services and policies, and the possibility of using data and information to improve government processes and promote public welfare. This Data Management and Information Governance Working Group will examine digital governance, with an eye toward the use of the Ostrom Frameworks.
The Working Group will be conducted both in person at the Ostrom Workshop on the IU Bloomington campus and online, via zoom. The Group will be an interactive one, with participants expected to be active in the groups agenda creation and monthly activities.
The Working Group is co-hosted by Angie Raymond, Director, Ostrom Workshop Data Management and Information Governance and Greg Bloom, 2019/20 Ostrom Visiting Scholar and the Founder of Open Referral which promotes open access to information about health, human, and social services.
|If you have an interest in digital governance and are interested in getting involved in this group, please email Angie Raymond|
|Institutional Grammar Working Group|
Understanding the design of institutions that govern individual and collective behavior is of enduring interest to scholars across disciplines. Ultimately, to develop theoretically and practically meaningful assessments of institutional designs, robust approaches for characterizing them are needed. Robust approaches are those that reliably and validly capture features of institutional design, are generalizable across institutional domains, and are theoretically and methodologically versatile. One such approach is the Institutional Grammar, the focus of the Institutional Grammar Working Group.
The Institutional Grammar Working Group convenes scholars from around the world who are interested in the study and practice of institutional analysis leveraging the Institutional Grammar. Working Group members are using the Institutional Grammar in their empirically and/or theoretically motivated research, and are thus interested in its theoretical and methodological advancement.
The Working Group will hold monthly open, online seminars during which Working Group members will share their research, deliberate on various Institutional Grammar discussion topics, and occasionally offer tutorials on using the Institutional Grammar.
The Working Group is co-hosted by Edella Schlager, Professor and Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, and Saba Siddiki, Associate Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
The Working Group’s mission is aligned with that of the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI) which engages scholars pursuing research relating to one or more of the following themes. More information about the IGRI can be found at: institutionalgrammar.org
Computational Text Analysis with the Institutional Grammar
- Development and application of computational text analysis and supervised machine learning approaches for evaluating institutions based on the Institutional Grammar
Evaluating Institutional Performance
- Utilization of the Institutional Grammar to develop theoretically informed criteria for assessing the quality of institutions
Using the Institutional Grammar to Study Simulated and Real Behavior
- Application of the Institutional Grammar to study the interaction between formal and informal institutions
- Exploration of how the Institutional Grammar can be used in conjunction with game-theoretic approaches and agent-based modeling to facilitate institutional modeling and analysis in silico
|Monthly open, online seminars held the FIRST FRIDAY of each month, 2:00-3:15 p.m. EST|
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/my/sabasiddiki
If you wish to join this working group, please contact: Saba Siddiki (Syracuse University) or Edella Schlager (University of Arizona)
|Law and Economics Working Group|
The Law and Economics working group offers an informal discussion of law and economic topics and builds on a long tradition of interaction between faculty in the Maurer School of Law, the Department of Economics, and other schools and units across IU.
Dean Lueck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jeff Stake (email@example.com)
|Meetings held Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. |
Room 406A, Jerome Hall Law Library, Baier Hall
211 S. Indiana Ave.
|Polycentricity Working Group|
The Polycentricity Working Group welcomes any and all students and scholars who are either research active, or are interested in learning more about polycentric governance, the Ostrom Design Principles, and the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD), Social-Ecological Systems (SES), and Governing Knowledge Commons (GKC) Frameworks. The Ostrom Workshop community has historically been at the forefront of this work, and through this effort we seek to spread awareness of the Bloomington School and continue pushing the frontiers of multi-disciplinary governance research.
|Meetings held monthly starting Monday, Sep. 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m. |
513 N. Park Ave.
|Working Group on Property Rights of Urban Natural Resources & Sustainability|
This working group aims to extend many theoretical discussions as well as practical issues around property rights of natural resources and consequences to environmental sustainability, including considerations of typology, equity (excludability, alienability) and efficiency (scale, duration). Particularly, the working group will focus on the scale issue and types of incentives in public participation situations and policy combinations regarding urban natural resource property rights arrangements. The objective of this working group is to contribute to better academic understanding and utilization of public interests and practical policy arrangements in natural resource governance for sustainability.
Expected outcome of this working group might include:
- a spring colloquium at the Workshop to disseminate or extend the main discussions held within the working group
- a co-authored journal article
- one conference participation and presentation
-a grant proposal (to the Workshop or external) to support the continuation of this working group
The Working Group is currently hosted by Jieling Liu, Visiting Scholar at the Ostrom Workshop whose research focuses on sustainable development policies and urban natural resource governance under climate change. We are looking to add other scholars interested in co-hosting. The Group will be an interactive one, with participants expected to be active in the group’s agenda creation and monthly activities.
|Meetings held the THIRD THURSDAY of each month, 10:00-11:00 p.m. |
513 N. Park Ave.
If you wish to join this working group, please contact: Jieling Liu, visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
This working group will focus on research around the challenges and solutions to issues of governance across a range of actors and actions in those areas of the world that are unregulated or underregulated. Our goal is to bring together a range of scholars across campus working from a range of disciplinary traditions to advance the global study of some of the world’s most pressing social, legal, and political challenges. The group works to address questions such as: How do we define governance? What kinds of spaces are more likely to be ungoverned? How do we conceptualize areas of overlapping or contested governance? For more information on upcoming events, please subscribe to the PELIO list.
|Future meetings to be announced. |
513 N. Park Ave.