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Open source software is one of the fundamental building blocks of today's technology dependent society and is relied upon by parties ranging from large technology corporations to individual hobbyist developers. The open question left for technologists is how to make open source software projects more sustainable.
The rise of decentralized networks of self-organizing, self-coordinating users incentivized by valuable cryptographic tokens enabled by Ethereum smart contracts creates the possibility of a system with embedded economics for open source software development that aligns the incentives of all parties. We present two contributions that can serve as building blocks for a potentially better solution to open source software sustainability: a command line tool that enables a decentralized Git workflow without the need for a centralized service like Github and a proof-of-concept blockchain based protocol for incentivizing open source software development using a cryptographic token. Both contributions are implemented using Ethereum smart contracts.
Senior Honors Thesis. Advisor: Sergey Bratus
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Yondon Fu, "OpenCollab: A Blockchain Based Protocol to Incentivize Open Source Software Development." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2017-831, June 2017.
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