As much as she enjoyed her legal tour of duty, she had to wait for another three years before she could reunite with her extended family. Here, she lets us in on her return to the show, the unlikely chances of her working overseas, and her dream holiday. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. The last season of Code of Law was three years ago. Were you surprised to get called back for Season 4?
I thought it was never going to happen again laughs. I think we were all really very happy when we heard it was coming back. At the end of Season 3, we were wondering if Season 4 will ever happen, but [when nothing came of it, we stopped] talking about it. Once you get into the suits and stand in front of the courthouse, it just happens.
This season, Stephanie undergoes some changes. She used to be pretty feisty and hard-nosed, and she always wanted things done a certain way. Peer-review usually enforces these rules, although the community might also implement formalized mechanisms of enforcement and oversight.
In a blockchain-based network, we often refer to governance of the infrastructure as "off-chain" governance because the governance rules subsist and operate outside of the blockchain infrastructure. As opposed to on-chain governance rules, these rules are not automatically executed: In bitcoin, these are done via the Bitcoin Improvement Proposals BIP — an informal mechanism by which people can propose new features and improvements to the bitcoin protocol.
Ethereum implemented a similar system for people to submit Ethereum Improvement Proposals EIP , an informal procedure by which people can suggest or request changes to the ethereum protocol or code. However, none of these procedures are binding. The developer community evaluates these proposals and decides whether and how they should be implemented into the code base — along with the various problems that this might entail. To the extent that these proposals get accepted and implemented into the code, governance of the infrastructure has the ability to affect governance by the infrastructure.
In other words, because off-chain governance is generally geared toward changing the rules of the underlying blockchain protocol, it has the power to modify the structure of on-chain governance. Exogenous rules neither stem from the community nor are chosen by it, yet they have the ability to influence the activities thereof.
For instance, although they do not apply directly to blockchain-based networks, national laws can impact the operations of such networks. Of course, because laws are inherently territorial, if violated, they can only be enforced by the national court system within the scope of a particular jurisdiction.
Yet as soon as we start dealing with real-world assets as opposed to pure digital assets , the rule of law will necessarily come into play, potentially countering the rule of code. Perhaps the clearest illustration of the tension between endogenous and exogenous rules comes from the recent discovery of child pornography imagery and links encoded into the bitcoin blockchain. Hosting this type of content is illicit and national laws stipulate that such harmful content should be taken down.
A code of law, also called a law code or legal code, is a type of legislation that purports to exhaustively cover a complete system of laws or a particular area of. Law code, also called Legal Code, a more or less systematic and comprehensive written statement of laws. Law codes were compiled by the most ancient.
Yet according to bitcoin's endogenous rules, the blockchain is immutable: The same tension exists between blockchain's immutability and Europe's right to be forgotten, which entitles people to request the removal and deletion of specific information concerning them, if such information is deemed irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise inappropriate. Governments or other regulatory authorities impose these exogenous rules to ensure public order and morality.
Their goal is to promote the interests of specific communities or the public at large — sometimes at the expense of the interests and norms of other communities. Today, most of the discussion about on-chain and off-chain governance is mainly looking at endogenous rules. Yet, it is the combination of endogenous and exogenous rules that ultimately dictates the manner in which blockchain-based platforms will operate.
Before we can begin to understand blockchain governance, we need to adopt an ecosystemic approach, looking at the various forces that might affect the operations of these platforms, and how they interrelate with one another.
As a result, we cannot focus only on endogenous rules and forget about exogenous rules. That would be like trying to understand people independent from their social context, analyzing a cell without looking at the body in which it lives, or disregarding the whole for its parts.
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