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State of Blockchain Governance Breakout

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State of Blockchain Governance Breakout

Duration: 02:49:48

Speaker: Jacob Arluck, Federico Ast, Adrian Brink, Joshua Buirski, Josh Cincinnati, Meltem Demirors, Hudson Jameson, John Light, Jack Platts, Illia Polosukhin, Lane Rettig, Ryan Selkis

Type: Breakout

Expertise: Intermediate

Event: Devcon 5

Date: Oct 2019

Governance is a hot topic in Ethereum and other blockchain communities in 2019, and for good reason. Blockchain tech continues to evolve rapidly, but our "social infrastructure" lags and major blockchain communities including Ethereum haven't invested nearly as much in building robust, socially scalable governance as they have in scalable tech. This governance-focused breakout session will invite core stakeholders from major blockchain platforms, including Ethereum, Tezos, Cosmos, Polkadot, Near Protocol, Zcash, Decred, and Spacemesh to present in turn the good, the bad, and the ugly of governance in their ecosystem. It will include talks from academics in fields including economics, political science and philosophy, legal theory, philosophy, and ethics, putting the blockchain governance landscape in the context of the overall evolution of human governance systems since democracy was born in Athens. It will introduce participants to essential governance concepts and challenges such as DAOs, on- and off-chain governance, voting, identity, formal vs. informal governance, governing the commons, and aggregating preferences. The breakout session will include a hands-on "challenge" section where participants need to self-organize and race to solve governance challenges in a decentralized fashion, to appreciate how hard the problem is.
About the speakers


Hudson Jameson

Hudson Jameson is an Ethereum enthusiast and smart contract developer. He co-founded the blockchain IoT start-up Oaken Innovations and works at the Ethereum Foundation. Currently he spends his time managing the Ethererum community, organizing the Ethereum core developer meetings, and editing the Ethereum Improvement Proposals repository.


Josh Cincinnati

Executive Director

Josh Cincinnati is the Executive Director of the Zcash Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to building Internet payment and privacy infrastructure for the public good, primarily serving the users of the Zcash protocol. Previously, he was a Senior Program Manager at the Zcash Foundation, a Developer Advocate at Lyft and BlockCypher (a Bitcoin and Ethereum API company), and has held product management and business development positions at the Washington Post. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and degrees in Mathematics and Political & Social Thought from the University of Virginia. In his free time, he likes to write satire.


Lane Rettig

Independent core developer

Lane Rettig is an independent Ethereum core developer and a member of the Ewasm team, which is focused on building the execution engine for Ethereum 2.0 and sharding. He is engaged in independent research on user experience and developer experience design, governance, and social scalability. He is also the founder of Crypto NYC, a Manhattan-based co-working community dedicated to making Web3 and blockchain technologies accessible to all humans.

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