OrgTech Review #13
dxDAO and PolkaDAO live, Colony mainnet release candidate deployed, introducing Aragon Fundraising, and more!
|Jack Laing||Jun 2, 2019|
Introducing Aragon Fundraising. Based on Vitalik Buterin's proposal for DAICOs, Luke Duncan's research on "emergent organizations", and Billy Rennekamp's batched bonding curve mechanism, this app will enable Aragon-based DAOs to run transparent and accountable ICOs. The DAO's use of funds is naturally transparent, since everything is managed (and can be audited) on-chain, and accountability is enforced by segmenting funds between a reserve and discretionary pool. Mainnet release targeted for this summer.
Futarchy Courts. Aragon Court seeks to protect minority stakeholders by providing neutral arbitrators that will protect their individual rights. Disputes will be handled by default at the lowest level of authority, but can be escalated by appeal to higher authorities. Jurors are only rewarded if their verdict aligns with the ruling of a higher authority, so they are incentivised to resolve disputes fairly. The final authority (e.g. supreme court) is a futarchy decision market. Luke Duncan (Aragon Researcher) explains this mechanism in more detail and frames it in relation to traditional court systems.
Aragon One mid-2019 Roadmap Update. 30% of the roadmap is complete, including custom labels, Aragon Agent smart contracts, app upgrades, a mobile app, and further research into Aragon Court. Moving forward, they will work with Autark on user profiles, with Aragon Black on the Fundraising app, on a UI for Aragon Agent, budgeting and recurrent payments for the Finance app, implementing Aragon Court, and more.
Autark / Open Work Labs - May 2019 Update. They have completed development of the Forwarder API (which will enable better communication between Aragon apps), user profiles, and an MVP home page for DAOs. They are beginning work on Dynamic Forwarding and integrating an upgraded StandardBounties contract into the Projects app. These current two tasks will need to be completed before they can launch That Planning Suite on mainnet.
Aragon Network Vote #2 Review. John Light (Aragon Community) evaluates the latest vote. Some things that went well: voting app UX, proposal process followed more closely than in ANV #1, better communication and community spirit overall. Some things that could be improved: several proposals were submitted last minute without adequate input from the wider community, and one wealthy voter was able to swing several votes at the last second.
Can Crypto Change How We Run Organizations? - Blockcrunch Podcast. Luis Cuende discusses who Aragon is targeting, what their go-to-market strategy is, and why Aragon is interested in Polkadot.
Introducing Glider. Colony's mainnet release candidate (Glider) has been deployed to the Görli Ethereum testnet. This release won't have the full whitepaper functionality; you'll be able to create a new colony, create your colony's internal token (or import any ERC-20 token), manage tasks and payments within single-level domains, assign permissions on a role basis, and more. Colony's reputation system can be used to proportionally distribute rewards, but will not influence permissions at this stage.
The dxDAO has awoken. Gnosis' dxDAO launched their month long initialisation period on May 29th, during which anyone can stake a range of ERC-20 tokens to earn reputation (voting power) in the DAO. Once the period is over, staked tokens can be reclaimed at no cost. So far, over $12M has been staked by 190 participants (check out the real-time stats here). More resources: A Few Considerations for Participation in the dxDAO, Step-by-step guide to earn Reputation for the dxDAO with the Gnosis Safe, dxDAO Vote Staking Interface.
DAOstack: The Future of Smart Companies. This article features DAOstack in an exploration of topics such as plutocratic governance, emergence, collective capitalism, and modularity.
My DAO Experiment: Part 2. A member of DAOstack's Genesis DAO shares his personal experience joining the community.
Santiago Siri, Founder of the Democracy Earth Foundation: Blockchain and Democracy - Off the Chain podcast. Anthony Pompliano chats with Santiago about the nature of democracy, how technology can improve governance, the Colorado State quadratic voting experiment, and the near-term social impact of blockchain.
PoW #02: Releasing ditExplorer v0.1. ditExplorer is a webUI which visualises the voting/staking processes occurring during dit code merge requests, displays contributor profiles along with their xDAI/xDIT balance and knowledge tokens (KNW) in different areas of expertise, and lists the results of past proposals. As per the previous PoW, dit is now live on POA Network's xDAI network, enabling you to stake and vote for code changes in a GitHub repository with xDAI. Check out the docs here for a guide on downloading, installing, and demoing the ditCLI.
Edgeware's lockdrop is live, with over $7M in ETH staked so far (stats here). Resources if you are interested in participating: How to Participate in the Edgeware Lockdrop, Validator Guide for the Edgeware Lockdrop, Final Terms and Updates to the Edgeware Lockdrop.
Introducing the Commons Stack: Infrastructure for Scalable Community Collaboration. Giveth and BlockScience are teaming up to build a suite of tools that will facilitate commons-based peer production: community funding pools using Augmented Bonding Curves, community decision making via Conviction Voting, capital allocation via Liquid Pledging, and impact measurement using an analytics dashboard.
Kleros-Realitio Oracle Service - Getting Real Information On-Chain. The Kleros Court will be available to resolve disputes over data entered by oracles on the Realitio platform.
Coopérative Kleros Vs. Ricky: The 50 ETH Trial. The first decentralised escrow case in history will have jurors adjudicate over whether a picture of a fluffy cat angled to look like a "doge", which was falsely admitted onto Kleros' curated list of doges, qualifies for a 50 ETH bounty.
Conviction Voting: From ad-hoc voting to continuous voting. Conviction Voting is an application of continuous voting in which your vote accumulates more power over time if you don't change it. It is argued that this mechanism will be more agile and secure than traditional majority voting, which may make it more effective in cases where true democracy is not required. Check out the original research proposal here.
A Tale of Two DAOs and the Rise of Contributor Experience. The quality of experience for a contributor engaging with a DAO could make or break the success of that DAO and its network. A comparison between DAOstack and Decred's proposal flows highlights different approaches to "Contributor Experience"; easy proposals mean more noise, difficult proposals could mean no noise at all.
Launching Digital Guilds on OpenLaw & Ethereum. Using Aragon and OpenLaw, you can create a digital guild with a tribute system a la MolochDAO. Technical details and steps outlined in this article.
Organization Science have put out a call for papers on "Emerging Technologies and Organizing", mentioning blockchain. "From organizational boundaries to employment relationships... This Special Issue seeks to advance scholarly understanding of how these theories and ideas need to evolve in the context of these new technologies." This could be the perfect opportunity to spread awareness of OrgTech and DAOs in the academic community.