🔬 DRC: January Report

DAO UTokyo event, Open Problems in DAOs paper and much more.

Welcome to the first Decentralization Research Center Newsletter!

With this monthly briefing, you’ll stay updated on events and research relevant to decentralization, DAOs, and governance.

If you’re working on related research or would like to get involved in our work, please reach out to us via [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

Connor Spelliscy
Executive Director
Decentralization Research Center


🇯🇵 DAO UTokyo (February 6-7, 2024) (overview). We’re co-hosting an intimate summit at the University of Tokyo with the Stanford Cyber Policy Center that will bring together practitioners, policymakers, and academics to think through DAOs in the Asia-Pacific region. Reach out to [email protected] for information on attendance. 

For a recap on our 2023 summits see links here: Harvard Summit on Equitable Ownership & Governance, DAO Stanford, and Canadian Emerging Tech & Policy Summit at the University of Toronto.


Open Problems in DAOs (paper, thread). From granular privacy primitives to mechanism designs to model laws, this paper identifies high-impact problems in the DAO ecosystem where existing gaps might be tackled through a new data set or by applying tools and ideas from existing research fields. 

Other key work published by DRC Fellows and community:

  • What Kinds of Incentives Encourage Participation in Democracy? Evidence from a Massive Online Governance Experiment (paper, article) [Stanford GSB] Co-authored by Andy Hall and Eliza Oak.

  • Disruptive Technologies for e-Diasporas: Blockchain, DAOs, Data Cooperatives, Metaverse, and ChatGPT (paper) [Futures] Authored by Igor Calzada.


🎙️ Fireside Chat with former CFTC Chair Chris Giancarlo on emerging tech & policy (Video) — A discussion of the benefits, risks, and regulation of AI & blockchain with Tony Douglas.

🎙️ Law of Code Podcast #89 - Legal Liability for DAO Members (Apple Podcasts) - Jacob Robinson and Eric Hess discuss the evolution of securities regulation in the United States.

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See you next month.

The DRC Team