Notions of the commons, common-pool resources and public goods have recently gained prominence in the sphere of distributed ledger technologies (DLT). Numerous projects have embraced them to denote novel forms of networked community, property and governance relations oriented towards the provision of common and public goods.
This resurfacing of the commons as an interpretative frame for crypto projects has also introduced conceptual ambivalence, which grows more problematic as abstract frameworks become populated by real communities. The call for stronger involvement of sociologists, philosophers and political scientists into the design of crypto networks appears particularly relevant in this light.
Conversely, the social sciences are well advised to explore the new potentialities DLTs offer to networks of commoners in depth as they call preconceived notions of the commons into question and may contribute to a new wealth of empirical and conceptual evolution.