OrgTech Review #8
Aragon 0.7 Bella released, DAOstack Alchemy on mainnet, Democracy Earth used by Colorado legislators, and more!
|Jack Laing||Apr 18, 2019|
Aragon 0.7 Bella released, with a simple identity system that lets you custom label Ethereum addresses, a responsive mobile layout, Aragon app upgradeability, an activity panel for monitoring active transactions, and the Aragon Payroll app.
Aragon Network Vote #2 stirred up some heated debate. The Web3 Foundation submitted AGP-41, proposing that the Aragon Association holdings be diversified into some DOTs (Polkadot tokens) of up to $1.5M. In response, Ameen Soleimani (MolochDAO) submitted AGP-42, proposing that Aragon should not be permitted to spend any money on Polkadot development moving forward. Stefano Bernardi (Executive Director of Aragon Association) offered some clarifications on the background and implications of AGP-41.
Luke Duncan (Aragon Researcher) will be hosting a townhall meeting this evening (Thursday 18th) to discuss all of the AGPs.
Thibauld Favre (Fairmint founder) spoke at Coinfund. Check out the tweet summary from Devin Walsh (Coinfund analyst).
DAOstack's Alchemy app was launched on mainnet last Thursday, featuring a new UI, UX improvements, and the introduction of changes such as "pending proposals", wherein anyone can block proposals from being boosted by staking DAOstack's GEN token. Check out the app here and ask Adam Levi (CTO) any questions you have.
DAOcast S2E1, with the founder of CoGov, a Holochain-based governance protocol.
Democracy Earth was used in a quadratic voting trial by the Colorado State House of Representatives. 41 legislators were each allocated 100 tokens with which to buy votes across 108 bills. The cost of a given number of votes-per-bill was its square (10 votes for 1 bill = 100 tokens), meaning legislators could get more total votes the less they spent on any one bill. The result of these incentives was a clear long-tail of bills, with the most valued bill (Equal Pay for Equal Work Act) receiving 60 votes.
Quantstamp completed an audit of Edgeware's lockdrop smart contract.
Released StrongForce, a C# smart contract framework using Tendermint consensus and integrated with Cosmos SDK. More details here.
Decentralized Thriving: The Here and Now of DAOs: DAOstack's e-book anthology of 25 essays by DAO and governance thinkers.
Deep Dive: Augmented Bonding Curves: A technical primer on a system design for continuous organizations that combats speculative attacks on bonding curves and incentivises active participation in governance.
2019 is the year of DAOs - Now we urgently need robust Consensus protocols for the People: Sebastian Gajek (ditCraft) outlines the vulnerabilities of different identity and stake-based voting schemes, advocating for what is essentially reputation-based voting. DitCraft's "knowledge-extractable voting" weights votes based on knowledge tokens - non-purchasable non-transferable tokens which are earned by contributing to votes and matching consensus.
What Types Of Organizations Should Be Autonomous?: Matt Prewitt (Amentum) questions the focus on the "autonomous" characteristic of DAOs, advocating for the use of terminology that instead emphasises the capabilities of smart-contract-based organisations to coordinate human participants.
The New Science of How to Argue - Constructively: Spurred by the growing incivility of online discourse, a new scientific field is emerging: erisology - "the study of unsuccessful disagreement". The goal is to better understand how debates can spiral into unproductive disagreement, such as in the failure to "decouple" factual claims from the context of how their potential interpretations might conflict with ideologies, and thereby promote healthier online discourse.
Behind Every Robot Is a Human: "Silicon Valley would have us believe that AI is smart enough to replace humans, when in reality it only works because of the role of hidden human labor in creating and maintaining these loops." A critique of Silicon Valley's obscuration of the role of humans in automation's last mile.
WordPress.com's Parent Company Announces Happy Tools, a New Suite of Products for the Future of Work: The first product, Happy Schedule, helps manage the schedules of remote employees and plan for 24/7 customer support.
15-30 April - Ethereal Hackathon by Gitcoin and Microsoft (Global)
25-26 April - DAOcon (Croatia)
30 April - Governance and new organizational challenges (Brussels)
8 May - How to organize your community-driven initiative using a DAO (Netherlands)
10-11 May - Blockchain for Science steps 2019 (Barcelona)