Lots at Stake: Investigating DAOs

At the last physical meeting of the Decentralized Autonomous Society we decided to launch a formal investigation of the DAO. Over the past few days our investigative team has swelled to include experts on decentralized law, prominent technical auditors, and various persons currently or previously associated with the Ethereum foundation.…

Crisis Thinking, DAOs, and Democracy

Prior to the DAO crisis, Ralph Merkle spoke this week at the Decentralized Autonomous Society on Palo Alto. He made many astute points on structural problems in democratic systems and addressed how new technologies (including prediction markets) can be deployed to address these problems. Everyone who participated knew that all…

DAOs, Hacks and the Law

“The DAO” is in the midst of an epic hack due to an exploit on the originating smart contracts. Unfortunately it may seem that their own choice of legal infrastructures may force them to honor the exploit instead of the intent. Smart contracts meet the law While the specifics vary…

DAO Governance getting serious

As the DAO space heats up lots of interesting stuff coming together, especially around the idea of decentralized governance. Ethercasts is back with lots of DAO related news (including Nick Szabo this week at the Ethereum Silicon Valley meetup): Decentralized Autonomous Society makes its first public appearance: Decentralized Web Summit…

Introducing the DAO Review

We’ve noticed in the DAO forum among other places people looking for independent reviews of proposals to the DAO. So we decided to provide it. Effectively immediately the Decentralized Autonomous Society is forming a team of people who will be reviewing DAOs (including proposals to the DAO). Join us…