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Author Luke Duncan on Feb 7
Where research meets development. Ever since the early days of the Aragon project we’ve known that there will be obstacles that we’ll need to solve. Concepts that exist, but require research before we can begin implementing these ideas. But there’s no single solution in governance that works for each and every one. What might work well for a global aid organization likely doesn’t fit the needs of a neighbourhood lending ecosystem. The goal of Aragon Labs is to enable experimental research and development efforts that move fast and some times break (minor) things.
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Bringing DAOs back-Aragon Monthly Aragon Team Update: January 2018 Decentralized Governance Matters
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Author Tatu Kärki on Feb 2 Author Tatu Kärki on Feb 5 Author Matan Field on Feb 6
Aragon Monthly is a community curated digital newspaper about DAOs and the Aragon ecosystem. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations aka DAOs have for too long been a taboo few dared to speak out loud. The catastrophic failure of The DAO ensured that the topic of decentralized organizations was pushed into oblivion. Aragon Monthly is a community curated monthly digital newspaper about Decentralized Autonomous Organizations and the Aragon ecosystem. Aragon Monthly is created by the community, for the community. Written reviews of what the team members have been up to. Team members will produce a write-up of the most important things they have worked on since last Community Meeting, the problems they have found and what they plan to do in the next weeks (that can be a bit blurry, and that’s fine). These write-ups will be published as a blog post for the community to review on Monday before Friday’s meeting. Blockchain Is a Decentralized Governance System. Blockchain hype is at an all-time high and many people anticipate the first decentralized application to reach the market and gain mass adoption. The term DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) is no longer esoteric. And hundreds of like-minded teams are building decentralized collaborative social news, insurance and investment platforms, numerous collaboration spaces, and even a couple of decentralized autonomous space agencies.
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Building a decentralised business on Ethereum 2018 — The DAOs return How to Make Bonding Curves for Continuous Token Models
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Author Jamie McKane on Feb 6 Author Cris C. on Jan 2 Author Slava Balasanov on Feb 6
Ethereum, the second-biggest cryptocurrency in the world, has great potential as a platform for autonomous applications. It facilitates the transfer of its cryptocurrency, can support decentralised applications, and runs smart contracts. Smart contracts run on its blockchain and are the building blocks for ambitious projects, including games like CryptoKitties. To see what lies ahead for Ethereum, MyBroadband spoke to Ethereum developer Nick Johnson about the implications of decentralised organisations. Since the “hack” of The DAO, this organizational structure has not been much used, I believe partially because of the reputational damage it caused, and partially due to its intrinsic complexity, especially for those who are not familiar with decentralized governance and/or blockchain. Nevertheless, if 2017 has been the year for ICOs, 2018 may be the year for the DAO return. What are Bonding Curves? This is a technical primer on how to make your own bonding curves, followed by a discussion about the opportunities and risks involved. If you’re not interested in the tech, skip to the end for some general insights. If you just want some code samples in solidity, the reference github repo is here
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Announcing Aragon Labs Front-running, Griefing and the Perils of Virtual Settlement (Part 2) Space Decentral: Using Blockchain Tech to Democratize Space
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Author Luke Duncan on Feb 7 Author Will Warren on Feb 9 Author Jessie Willms on Feb 13
Where research meets development. Ever since the early days of the Aragon project we’ve known that there will be obstacles that we’ll need to solve. Concepts that exist, but require research before we can begin implementing these ideas. But there’s no single solution in governance that works for each and every one. What might work well for a global aid organization likely doesn’t fit the needs of a neighbourhood lending ecosystem. The goal of Aragon Labs is to enable experimental research and development efforts that move fast and some times break (minor) things. This post is a continuation of part 1, which provided an introduction to blockchain race conditions, front-running, the 0x protocol specification and presented two ways that 0x protocol may be used to implement a decentralized exchange that eliminates front-running and trade collisions by setting the 0x order schema’s taker parameter to an externally owned account (EOA). Space Decentral hopes to leverage some of the current development work under way in the Ethereum community to produce an open-source toolbox to collaboratively design space missions. "Space technology and Earth technology go hand in hand — we need to utilize systems thinking to solve problems in parallel,” said Yalda Mousavinia, Space Decentral co-founder, referring to blockchain technology and distributed engineering.
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What Is Aragon? Decentralizing Aragon’s development The Decentralized Future Series
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Author JP Buntinx on Feb 13 Author Luis Cuende on Feb 14 Author Ramon Recuero on Feb 14
Aragon is another one of those cryptocurrency projects intent on making the world a fairer place for everyone. More specifically, the team aims to build an infrastructure which lets anyone create value without borders or intermediaries. Additionally, they hope to democratize governance in the future, although that will not be easy. Decentralized organizations are an appealing business model, but making sure they work in the real world is something else entirely. Splitting the Foundation from the core devs, and kickstarting funding for other teams to work on Aragon. In the tech world, startups usually capitalize by amassing Intellectual Property, data, and governance. They attempt to centralize all this to their own benefit. Most crypto projects that are pursuing decentralization can’t be categorized as startups. Crypto projects usually capitalize by creating a network/protocol/DApp that has a token which should become more valuable as the utility of its network/protocol/DApp grows. To encourage other teams to work on Aragon, we will be splitting off the Foundation to form a company of core developers. Premises, Promises, and Reality. There is a massive divide between the promises of cryptocurrency and the use cases they currently support. Most skeptics point out reasonably that there’s little to show regarding real adoption. At the same time, people in industry argue that they need time to finish the infrastructure before they can deliver game changing apps. And the tribalism clouding the topic doesn’t help. There is room for dialogue that would benefit both sides.
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Conspiratus Podcast #1: Protocol Governance with Vlad Zamfir and Arthur Breitman Ocean Protocol Technical Whitepaper Saving The Planet: Making It Profitable To Protect The Commons.
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Author Conspiratus on Feb 14 Author Don Gossen on Feb 20 Author Simon de la Rouviere on Feb 20
Our first full Conspiratus episode where we discuss protocol governance with our two guests, Vlad Zamfir and Arthur Breitman. Check out the associated reading list for this episode here Today it is with great excitement that the Ocean Protocol team announces the release of the Ocean Protocol Technical Whitepaper! Ocean Protocol is a labor of love, blood, sweat, and tears. It encompasses the cumulative knowledge of multiple teams across multiple domains across multiple regions. It is a schelling point, influenced by tangible proficiency in diverse areas of expertise including data ecosystem architecture, blockchain implementation, cryptographic design, token mechanics, marketplace dynamics, game theory, and scalable, best-of-breed solution delivery. It is a framework that brings together services and capabilities to unlock data for AI. Without regulation, it is hard to avoid the abuse of a commons: whether it is water, a pasture or a forest. Even with regulation from governments there are still externalities that exist that are tough to enforce: eg, global regulation is hard, some commons are out of reach of regulation, some commons regulation could still be abused through corruption & some externalities are simply never catered for due to the cost in coordination. Instead of trying to force actors to curb the inevitable abuse of a commons, one could instead make it profitable to protect it.
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The Token Curated Registry Reading List Aragon @ ETHDenver Recap Liquid democracy uses blockchain to fix politics, and now you can vote for it
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Author Token Curated Registry on Feb 22 Author John Light on Feb 23 Author Danny Crichton on Feb 24
An example of a list that could eventually become a TCR :) An incredible weekend of building and bonding with the Denver community. This past weekend several members of the Aragon team, including Jorge, Luke, Oliver, and myself (John), attended ETHDenver in Colorado, USA. ETHDenver is an Ethereum community event featuring a hackathon and workshops. As we shared previously on the blog, Aragon helped sponsor the event this year and provided bounties for Best App/Integration and Best Proposal. What followed was a whirlwind weekend of hacking, mentoring, learning, and bonding. Abraham Lincoln famously said that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” but looking around these days, you would be forgiven if you thought representative democracy had already been buried alongside Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. Confidence in Congress remains pitifully low, driven by perceived low ethical standards and an increasing awareness that politics is bought by the highest bidder.
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Aragon Team Update: February 2018 The Aragon Mission Corporations are a Technology, and Blockchains are V2
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Author Tatu Kärki on Feb 26 Author Jose Garay on Feb 27 Author eBay on Feb 27
Written reviews of what the team members have been up to. Team members will produce a write-up of the most important things they have worked on since last Community Meeting, the problems they have found and what they plan to do in the next weeks (that can be a bit blurry, and that’s fine). These write-ups will be published as a blog post for the community to review on Monday before Friday’s meeting. Empowering unstoppable organizations through freedom of collaboration. Understanding collaboration as the work of two or more people towards the achievement of a common goal, trade is one of the oldest forms of collaboration. The transfer of value between entities has for centuries motivated people to work together to fulfill a greater potential: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We owe corporations credit for much of the last century’s growth and advancement. The profit-motivated and legally-backed corporation operating in a free market is the latest and greatest innovation in how humans cooperate to create things of value. Great corporations constantly reallocate resources to solve problems, and in the process provide for employees and improve products for the public. Amazon brings packages to your front door in two days, Trader Joe’s sells healthy food at an affordable price, and Google organizes information for anyone to consume.
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Democratically Mutable DAO: A proposition for a fairer blockchain governance An open invitation to participate in a Fellowship of Ethereum Magicians
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Author Mislav Javor on Feb 21 Author James Pitts on Feb 12
In my last article, I’ve discussed some of the most common types of blockchain tokens and the disadvantages of making everything a utility token. A critique is not worth much without offering a solution, so in this article I’ll focus on a legacy inspired company governance on the blockchain. How do you ensure both upgradeability and stability. In other words, how do you make sure that people who are using your contract have trust that the entire system they’ve put their livelihoods in won’t fall under their feet and simultaneously ensure that the contract is flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances? Greg Colvin and I would like to invite the community to come together and participate in improving the Ethereum improvement process (and so much more). We propose to create a Fellowship within which the Ethereum community can self-organize to maximize technical opportunities, share ideas and work together effectively, online and in person, across national, organizational and other boundaries.
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