Our research team seeks to create a charity for a pod of orca whales… but with a twist. We want to develop a Decentralized Autonomous Organization that will act on behalf of the whales, without human interference or intervention. It’s not not ‘save the whales,’ it’s ‘give the whales the tools to save themselves.’1
We plan to launch our proposal on The DAO, a decentralized, direct-management organizational platform built on the Ethereum blockchain, backed by crowdfunding. Our team is using the DAO to conduct participant observation research exploring legal and economic aspects of this new technology.
- Researching DAOs
Our research project is looking at the shift from money and payment to contract and law in the distributed ledger space. If Bitcoin opened a conversation about the nature of money and unleashed a host of experiments with money and payment, some new uses of blockchain-based systems are making forays into law and legal processes: contracts, rights management, voting mechanisms, escrow and the like. Our engagement with the DAO is a way to use the classic method of cultural anthropology - participant-observation - in order to delve more deeply into this shift. Doing so will give us the basic facility in simply using and understanding this new tool, which also gives us some linguistic familiarity so we can converse intelligently with the community of people involved in this and other blockchain-based projects. Our project is supported by the National Science Foundation.
Join DAO of Whales
If you have DAO tokens, you can vote for our proposal (coming soon).
If you need DAO tokens, you purchase them at a cryptocurrency exchange (coming soon).