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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 is a long time Ethereum contributor having previously worked in the Ethereum Foundation for 5 years on numerous efforts including protocol dev coordination, specifications, and co-running Devcon2-4. He co-founded the Ethereum educational and coordination group Ethereum Cat Herders. He has 3 cats and 5 chickens and lives in Texas with his spouse.


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

Lane Rettig is a writer, hacker, entrepreneur, and investor deeply fascinated by the intersection of technological and social systems, and committed to architecting and building human-centric software. He's been working full time on blockchain R&D since 2017. He was formerly an Ethereum core developer, and now focuses his efforts on Spacemesh, a a next-generation smart contract platform based on a novel consensus mechanism.

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