Haney on Cryptosecurity: An Analysis of Cryptocurrency Security and Securities

Brian Haney has posted “Cryptosecurity: An Analysis of Cryptocurrency Security and Securities” (Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property, Vol. 24, 2021) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This Essay makes three contributions to the blockchain and law literature. First, this Essay explores technical security aspects evolving with various governance mechanisms across blockchain networks. Next, this Essay analyzes digital assets under U.S. securities laws and executive enforcement policies, in light of several new developments at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission. Third, this Essay crystalizes cryptocurrency compliance toward an autonomous governance system, introducing a new algorithm for compliance automation.

Goodman on The Stakes of User Interface Design for Democracy

Ellen P. Goodman (Rutgers Law) has posted “The Stakes of User Interface Design for Democracy” on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Digital design choices such as color and font, the size and placement of action buttons, and the number of steps required to execute an action all shape the user experience (UX) and what information people absorb and release. Digital platforms and service providers shape the UX in ways that can be respectful of user autonomy and advance accurate, high-quality information, or in ways that subvert user choice and promote deception. Social media platforms have used “deceptive design” in many respects, making it easier to manipu­late users into taking actions, sacrificing data, and succumbing to beliefs they might not otherwise want to. This paper proposes that platforms replace “decep­tive design” with empowering or “democratic design.” Regulators have incorporated design best practices in a number of offline policies. This paper surveys key examples, ranging from emissions labels on cars to health warnings on cigarette packs where regulations were guided by design principles. Design best practices should inform online policy as well.