The Disclosure DAO
Something happened 12 days before the UAPTF report arrived. On June 13, 2021, the Disclosure community experienced a milestone event. It signalled it is ready for a new form of global organization and decentralized collaboration. The ground breaking pioneer was @TheUndeadGaucho who posted this tweet:
10% of all profits from the NFT platform will go support my second project which is a not for profit #DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) that awards grants to projects fighting for #UFO disclosure. Become a member or learn more go to #ufotwitter https://t.co/9osm2qcxQ6— The Undead Gaucho 🎥 (@TheUndeadGaucho) June 13, 2021
A DAO is a structure that I’ve been privately researching for a while, and one that I think has enormous potential for impacting how the disclosure process unfolds. I’ll explore the implications: why it matters, how it works, and the simple steps we as a community can do today to support this technological frontier.
A New Form of Organization
To understand the impact an organizational structure can have, look no further than To the Stars Academy (TTSA). Tom Delonge portrayed TTSA as a (corporate) structure that could serve a purpose that “they” (the keepers of the secret?) could utilize:
They don’t have a way to make a movie, a book, they don’t have a way to make a documentary. - Tom Delonge, JRE
So how an organization is structured matters because it can change the outcomes it produces. The military is an organization with a mandate. A corporation has it’s own mandate.
What is a DAO?
A Decentralized Autonomous Organization, known as a DAO, represents a next generation organizational structure. This digital structure is built using blockchain technology, which represents digital assets in a shared cryptographically secured ledger. The transactions to modify the ledger are broadcast and validated in a decentralized manner in such a way that no central party controls the network. In contrast, traditional corporations maintain their ownership and voting data in centralized databases not easily accessible to the rest of the public. In a DAO, the membership and voting shares (forms of digital assets) are represented on the blockchain, and anyone can access and work with them, without needing permission. The differences in how this setup works has huge implications for community innovation, coordination and Disclosure.
What does a successful DAO look like? How does it behave? What does it do?
Decentralized governance and funding
The popularity and distribution of blockchains and DAOs are proof that digital, open and decentralized communities can scale. The blockchain can store membership and voting shares in the shared ledger, and having an organization on the blockchain means that organization can do unique things, like escrow and distribute cryptocurrencies and tokens. I talk more about these concepts below.
Open & Permissionless
The DAO should be open for anyone to join. By having it’s organizational incorporation on the blockchain as a smart contract, it means that any blockchain developer can interact with that contract and read from it’s contract storage. Anyone should be able to create a proposal and apply for a grant.
Of course, not every grant should be approved. Write access to the ledger is strictly controlled. That’s what the DAO does. Only members could vote on changes, approve grants, and perform other actions. If you want this ability, you can become a member. Importantly, anyone can become a member, simply by buying shares in the DAO.
The TTSA PTSD
For those unfamiliar with the history of TTSA, when it first launched the organization allowed the public to purchase stock in the company. Many so-called ufologists criticized this as a money-grab, and mocked those who invested. It probably didn’t help that TTSA set expectations that they were to produce an anti-gravity craft. To this day, many will bring up the fact that TTSA was a scam.
I get that there is PTSD from TTSA, and many might immediately judge this as a TTSA version 2. Specifically to those people with these concerns that might judge the project before understanding it, let me explictly highlight differences in permissions.
For example, in the case of a blockchain based DAO, anyone on planet Earth with access to the Internet and crypto can become a member and influence governance via voting. With TTSA, you as an investor could not decide on how funds were spent at TTSA, or which projects would be implemented. This accusation of “TTSA v2” is common, with even the new organization Skyfort reportedly being cast in this light:
Understandably, many began to ask if this company might represent a kind of TTSA 2.0 – a company designed to commercialize aspects of the UFO topic while also focusing on advocacy. Indeed, Skyfort advertises itself as a “think tank” and an “incubator.” The term incubator is used broadly by technology investors who often scout and cultivate promising startup companies. - Adam Kehoe
With Disclosure DAO, the difference is that the community itself manages the treasury, approves grants, can perform the role of scouts, and implement more novel ideas that TTSA never could. In fact, this idea I’m writing about now is what I would also propose to Skyfort.
If @SkyfortStrat is an incubator I’m applying. There is a way to monetize and still maintain “legitimacy”. Crypto is a breakthrough because it has done this. @mintyhyperspace @itsredactedjake this post explains this “social force”https://t.co/Awc4b8mo0l— Mike Nolivos (@micksabox) June 21, 2021
Let me state this again: You should not need anyone’s permission to join. In fact, Skyfort itself, or it’s members, could join as a member of the DAO. The state of Wyoming, where Skyfort is incorporated, recently made history by becoming the first US jurisdiction where DAOs are considered legal entities.
On another vibe, perhaps hostile actors would aim to takeover the DAO, by buying membership shares and influencing governance. This is a possibility, a consequence of the radical openness. Luckily there are escape hatches for such scenarios.
Membership shares can also be gifted to prominent community members. Those who understand and believe in the project could find themselves with an ownership stake, without first offering a monetary tribute to join.
As you can see, these ideas have a large degree of freedom. The radical openness would further the project’s legitimacy, as it could be stated after the fact that everyone had an equal opportunity to join. I will state that it is possible that the community decides collectively to restrict members according to some criteria. The selection of such criteria might be highly politicized or contentious. Therefore, this “filtering” is something that would need to be voted on.
There exists questionable ethics in the crypto domain, just like anywhere else. The Disclosure community is familiar with those who use the topic for personal profit at the expense of truth. With a DAO focused on Disclosure, there will inevitably be challenges of a political nature. Challenges that ultimately question it’s legitimacy. This is expected, and welcomed, as these debates form the consensus of the community, and establish community legitimacy. It’s important to understand how to maintain the legitimacy of the project, because that’s ultimately how the operation scales from a small community to a global powerhouse. Vitalik Buterin wrote this article on legitimacy which is required reading to understand what the concept means, and why it matters. To summarize, legitimacy is a “social force” that appears whenever large-scale coordination occurs, and this force produces acceptance of the outcomes of that coordination.
How does blockchain help legitimacy? Blockchain technology allows unprecedented organizational transparency. I should be able to view at all times:
- who is a member of the DAO
- how much shares are allocated to each account
- what are the current and proposed initiatives of the organization
- how much funds are controlled by governance
Ultimately, the DAO should be owned by it’s community and any challenges to legitimacy should be promptly addressed. To put this into other words: any shady action which the DAO takes, including preferential treatment, gaming of the grants, unsavoury coordination, etc. should be avoided at all costs. These actions would reduce the legitimacy of the project. The DAO’s mission should be to assist Disclosure, and this mission will be subject to interpretation. The ultimate indicator of legitimacy is community consensus. Voting on proposals, approving grants, and other actions decided by community vote would be considered legitimate. This means that the outcomes of governance will be accepted.
In the case that members disagree with a particular vote, they are free to exit the DAO. Using a DAO template like MolochDAO, this means their proportion of the treasury that they contributed can be returned. Within a time period, they can safely exit and leave the DAO if they disagree with the votes. This is the “escape hatch” I talked about earlier.
A DAO for Disclosure is unique. It is a digital egregore of Internet citizens working towards a shared purpose, coordinating and guiding Disclosure on it’s own terms. But it’s success is far from guaranteed, and it will take collective effort to get up and running. It will definitely be a long journey. The UFODisclosureDAO started by TheUndeadGaucho can be an experiment; the first leg in a decades long marathon. Here are some of the pieces that will ulimately be needed:
- Community social media presence, forums for discussions
- Professional meme artists and shitposters
- Influencer outreach campaigns
- Trusted community members to maintain a multi-signature wallet that executes DAO actions
- Blockchain ambassadors. Not everyone is familiar or comfortable with blockchain technology. We need people on standby who can assist with setup and answer questions.
How to Support
In no particular order:
- Get familiar with blockchain. If you haven’t already, start by downloading a blockchain wallet app for your smartphone. I recommend Argent, but you are free to choose any Ethereum compatible wallet you prefer. Make sure to backup your private key or use the Argent Guardians feature.
- Become a member of the DAO. Currently it is $500 USD to join, and your funds are held in escrow within the DAO smart contract. After every proposal, there is a time window which you can exit. If you don’t approve of the proposal / vote, then you can exit before the grant is finalized. In another post, I can explain how these exit mechanics / escape hatches work.
- Apply for a grant. Members of the Disclosure community could apply for project funding, propose new ideas, and even claim bounties of work that needs to be done.
- Shitpost. Yes, we need the best shitposters. The Disclosure DAO ideally should become a meme, and it’s membership a community status symbol. A digital scarce symbol of tribal membership. This is what you do best #ufotwitter.
- Help others. We need ambassadors that extend help in training, education and other aspects.
Disclosure (the other kind)
In pursuit of legitimacy, I will disclose that I hold the Ethereum cryptocurrency. I have purchased NFTs from multiple artists in the #ufotwitter community.
On June 25th, the unclassified UAPTF report was delivered to the US Congress and released to the public. But we as a community have known that something was in the skies before everyone else. We are already a tribe, and the trust and “legitimacy” that we have earned is priceless. You literally cannot buy membership into the #ufotwitter community. It has to be earned. This project is a way to extend this tribal affinity in new and exciting ways. In the process, it’s possible that we could change how Disclosure unfolds. The question is, are we ready?
Software developer, technology entreprenuer and product builder. Curious UAP researcher and consciousness experimenter. Thoughts on crypto, software and modern UFO disclosure @micksabox.