• bitcoinBitcoin (BTC) $ 66,551.00
  • ethereumEthereum (ETH) $ 3,598.89
  • tetherTether (USDT) $ 0.999343
  • bnbBNB (BNB) $ 608.56
  • solanaSolana (SOL) $ 149.22
  • staked-etherLido Staked Ether (STETH) $ 3,597.52
  • usd-coinUSDC (USDC) $ 1.00
  • xrpXRP (XRP) $ 0.489258
  • dogecoinDogecoin (DOGE) $ 0.136114
  • the-open-networkToncoin (TON) $ 8.02
  • cardanoCardano (ADA) $ 0.416103
  • shiba-inuShiba Inu (SHIB) $ 0.000021
  • avalanche-2Avalanche (AVAX) $ 29.86
  • wrapped-bitcoinWrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) $ 66,661.00
  • tronTRON (TRX) $ 0.116645
  • chainlinkChainlink (LINK) $ 15.10
  • polkadotPolkadot (DOT) $ 6.38
  • uniswapUniswap (UNI) $ 11.59
  • bitcoin-cashBitcoin Cash (BCH) $ 427.81
  • nearNEAR Protocol (NEAR) $ 5.65
  • litecoinLitecoin (LTC) $ 78.71
  • matic-networkPolygon (MATIC) $ 0.619790
  • wrapped-eethWrapped eETH (WEETH) $ 3,743.03
  • leo-tokenLEO Token (LEO) $ 5.90
  • daiDai (DAI) $ 0.998750
  • pepePepe (PEPE) $ 0.000012
  • internet-computerInternet Computer (ICP) $ 9.43
  • kaspaKaspa (KAS) $ 0.157411
  • ethereum-classicEthereum Classic (ETC) $ 25.47
  • fetch-aiFetch.ai (FET) $ 1.47
  • renzo-restaked-ethRenzo Restaked ETH (EZETH) $ 3,580.47
  • aptosAptos (APT) $ 7.87
  • ethena-usdeEthena USDe (USDE) $ 1.00
  • moneroMonero (XMR) $ 177.51
  • render-tokenRender (RNDR) $ 8.35
  • hedera-hashgraphHedera (HBAR) $ 0.085787
  • filecoinFilecoin (FIL) $ 5.25
  • mantleMantle (MNT) $ 0.897419
  • stellarStellar (XLM) $ 0.098740
  • cosmosCosmos Hub (ATOM) $ 7.21
  • blockstackStacks (STX) $ 1.90
  • okbOKB (OKB) $ 45.89
  • arbitrumArbitrum (ARB) $ 0.922335
  • crypto-com-chainCronos (CRO) $ 0.098680
  • dogwifcoindogwifhat (WIF) $ 2.58
  • immutable-xImmutable (IMX) $ 1.70
  • first-digital-usdFirst Digital USD (FDUSD) $ 0.999934
  • injective-protocolInjective (INJ) $ 25.04
  • suiSui (SUI) $ 0.955788
  • optimismOptimism (OP) $ 2.09
  • makerMaker (MKR) $ 2,431.60
  • the-graphThe Graph (GRT) $ 0.235681
  • vechainVeChain (VET) $ 0.029502
  • bittensorBittensor (TAO) $ 307.06
  • notcoinNotcoin (NOT) $ 0.020065
  • rocket-pool-ethRocket Pool ETH (RETH) $ 3,992.40
  • flokiFLOKI (FLOKI) $ 0.000205
  • lido-daoLido DAO (LDO) $ 2.16
  • arweaveArweave (AR) $ 28.42
  • jasmycoinJasmyCoin (JASMY) $ 0.037375
  • fantomFantom (FTM) $ 0.636547
  • ondo-financeOndo (ONDO) $ 1.18
  • mantle-staked-etherMantle Staked Ether (METH) $ 3,723.52
  • theta-tokenTheta Network (THETA) $ 1.69
  • bonkBonk (BONK) $ 0.000025
  • bitget-tokenBitget Token (BGB) $ 1.15
  • thorchainTHORChain (RUNE) $ 4.66
  • celestiaCelestia (TIA) $ 8.06
  • based-brettBrett (BRETT) $ 0.155771
  • coredaoorgCore (CORE) $ 1.63
  • whitebitWhiteBIT Coin (WBT) $ 9.61
  • eosEOS (EOS) $ 0.652349
  • pyth-networkPyth Network (PYTH) $ 0.361950
  • aaveAave (AAVE) $ 85.35
  • sei-networkSei (SEI) $ 0.414000
  • algorandAlgorand (ALGO) $ 0.154502
  • ethenaEthena (ENA) $ 0.763260
  • jupiter-exchange-solanaJupiter (JUP) $ 0.914558
  • starknetStarknet (STRK) $ 0.931193
  • quant-networkQuant (QNT) $ 82.95
  • galaGALA (GALA) $ 0.033015
  • cheeleeCheelee (CHEEL) $ 20.54
  • flare-networksFlare (FLR) $ 0.027099
  • gatechain-tokenGate (GT) $ 8.58
  • flowFlow (FLOW) $ 0.720216
  • kelp-dao-restaked-ethKelp DAO Restaked ETH (RSETH) $ 3,632.21
  • beam-2Beam (BEAM) $ 0.020144
  • kucoin-sharesKuCoin (KCS) $ 10.40
  • axie-infinityAxie Infinity (AXS) $ 6.70
  • bitcoin-svBitcoin SV (BSV) $ 49.27
  • bittorrentBitTorrent (BTT) $ 0.000001
  • ordinalsORDI (ORDI) $ 45.50
  • zebec-protocolZebec Protocol (ZBC) $ 0.018580
  • tokenize-xchangeTokenize Xchange (TKX) $ 11.65
  • dydx-chaindYdX (DYDX) $ 1.52
  • elrond-erd-2MultiversX (EGLD) $ 33.19
  • neoNEO (NEO) $ 12.70
  • chilizChiliz (CHZ) $ 0.100619
  • pendlePendle (PENDLE) $ 5.66
  • the-sandboxThe Sandbox (SAND) $ 0.382184
  • gnosisGnosis (GNO) $ 330.25
  • roninRonin (RON) $ 2.58
  • worldcoin-wldWorldcoin (WLD) $ 3.45
  • ether-fi-staked-ethether.fi Staked ETH (EETH) $ 3,600.41
  • wormholeWormhole (W) $ 0.454517
  • akash-networkAkash Network (AKT) $ 3.34
  • tezosTezos (XTZ) $ 0.809783
  • oasis-networkOasis Network (ROSE) $ 0.118501
  • singularitynetSingularityNET (AGIX) $ 0.616588
  • msolMarinade Staked SOL (MSOL) $ 178.28
  • conflux-tokenConflux (CFX) $ 0.191053
  • ethereum-name-serviceEthereum Name Service (ENS) $ 23.92
  • nexoNEXO (NEXO) $ 1.34
  • livepeerLivepeer (LPT) $ 22.67
  • mina-protocolMina Protocol (MINA) $ 0.656679
  • usddUSDD (USDD) $ 0.999686
  • dog-go-to-the-moon-runeDOG•GO•TO•THE•MOON (Runes) (DOG) $ 0.007250
  • havvenSynthetix Network (SNX) $ 2.19
  • ecasheCash (XEC) $ 0.000036
  • dexeDeXe (DEXE) $ 12.56
  • decentralandDecentraland (MANA) $ 0.384541
  • book-of-memeBOOK OF MEME (BOME) $ 0.010355
  • frax-etherFrax Ether (FRXETH) $ 3,593.04
  • fasttokenFasttoken (FTN) $ 2.21
  • lido-staked-solLido Staked SOL (STSOL) $ 176.11
  • safeSafe (SAFE) $ 1.59
  • pancakeswap-tokenPancakeSwap (CAKE) $ 2.52
  • aioz-networkAIOZ Network (AIOZ) $ 0.616467
  • apecoinApeCoin (APE) $ 1.07
  • klay-tokenKlaytn (KLAY) $ 0.179419
  • coinbase-wrapped-staked-ethCoinbase Wrapped Staked ETH (CBETH) $ 3,857.92
  • fraxFrax (FRAX) $ 0.998105
  • swethSwell Ethereum (SWETH) $ 3,798.86
  • iotaIOTA (IOTA) $ 0.190567
  • mantra-daoMANTRA (OM) $ 0.750757
  • kavaKava (KAVA) $ 0.557673
  • rocket-poolRocket Pool (RPL) $ 28.77
  • nervos-networkNervos Network (CKB) $ 0.013123
  • tether-goldTether Gold (XAUT) $ 2,333.14
  • terra-lunaTerra Luna Classic (LUNC) $ 0.000104
  • heliumHelium (HNT) $ 3.42
  • staked-frax-etherStaked Frax Ether (SFRXETH) $ 3,909.11
  • constitutiondaoConstitutionDAO (PEOPLE) $ 0.109533
  • magaMAGA (TRUMP) $ 11.85
  • axelarAxelar (AXL) $ 0.780956
  • theta-fuelTheta Fuel (TFUEL) $ 0.081578
  • aevo-exchangeAevo (AEVO) $ 0.626272
  • 1inch1inch (1INCH) $ 0.420710
  • illuviumIlluvium (ILV) $ 79.72
  • blurBlur (BLUR) $ 0.309198
  • ioio.net (IO) $ 5.43
  • xdce-crowd-saleXDC Network (XDC) $ 0.034128
  • bitcoin-goldBitcoin Gold (BTG) $ 28.27
  • true-usdTrueUSD (TUSD) $ 0.998046
  • iotexIoTeX (IOTX) $ 0.050340
  • corgiaiCorgiAI (CORGIAI) $ 0.001370
  • woo-networkWOO (WOO) $ 0.248388
  • stader-ethxStader ETHx (ETHX) $ 3,703.76
  • trust-wallet-tokenTrust Wallet (TWT) $ 1.11
  • ether-fiEther.fi (ETHFI) $ 4.02
  • raydiumRaydium (RAY) $ 1.74
  • sats-ordinalsSATS (Ordinals) (SATS) $ 0.00000022
  • astarAstar (ASTR) $ 0.078445
  • arkhamArkham (ARKM) $ 1.89
  • pax-goldPAX Gold (PAXG) $ 2,329.75
  • memecoin-2Memecoin (MEME) $ 0.021291
  • apenftAPENFT (NFT) $ 0.00000043
  • golemGolem (GLM) $ 0.427755
  • polymeshPolymesh (POLYX) $ 0.398826
  • aerodrome-financeAerodrome Finance (AERO) $ 0.850547
  • paypal-usdPayPal USD (PYUSD) $ 0.998273
  • manta-networkManta Network (MANTA) $ 1.28
  • curve-dao-tokenCurve DAO (CRV) $ 0.332777
  • stepnGMT (GMT) $ 0.193883
  • ocean-protocolOcean Protocol (OCEAN) $ 0.627366
  • dydxdYdX (ETHDYDX) $ 1.52
  • compound-ethercETH (CETH) $ 72.24
  • echelon-primeEchelon Prime (PRIME) $ 9.90
  • usdbUSDB (USDB) $ 0.999878
  • osmosisOsmosis (OSMO) $ 0.608269
  • kusamaKusama (KSM) $ 26.64
  • wemix-tokenWEMIX (WEMIX) $ 1.09
  • pepecoin-2PepeCoin (PEPECOIN) $ 3.31
  • biconomyBiconomy (BICO) $ 0.472119
  • mx-tokenMX (MX) $ 3.83
  • cat-in-a-dogs-worldcat in a dogs world (MEW) $ 0.004266
  • safepalSafePal (SFP) $ 0.811958
  • aragonAragon (ANT) $ 9.21
  • compound-governance-tokenCompound (COMP) $ 53.79
  • radixRadix (XRD) $ 0.034857
  • zilliqaZilliqa (ZIL) $ 0.019693
  • holotokenHolo (HOT) $ 0.002052
  • superfarmSuperVerse (SUPER) $ 0.800476
  • dymensionDymension (DYM) $ 2.04
  • celoCelo (CELO) $ 0.665369
  • terra-luna-2Terra (LUNA) $ 0.518848
  • jito-governance-tokenJito (JTO) $ 2.89
  • ankrAnkr Network (ANKR) $ 0.034826
  • altlayerAltLayer (ALT) $ 0.229080
  • 0x0x Protocol (ZRX) $ 0.413600

DAOs will prevent another FTX

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Plenty of people have shared differing opinions on what the FTX debacle means for crypto, for the good or the bad. Still, few have suggested how crypto might help to prevent future, similar events down the road.

Enter the DAO.

No, I don’t mean the Ethereum-based organization that was hacked in 2016, but the organizational framework that consists of a shared cryptocurrency wallet, a vision and a group of people who believe in working together to see that vision through.

Prosecutors in the criminal trial of Sam Bankman-Fried are trying to show that FTX failed because of the greed of a few individuals who held the keys to all user funds. What if that didn’t have to be the case? Can’t exchanges be profitable and protect the user at the same time?

Fraud predates the rise of the crypto industry by many years. You don’t need to use crypto to steal other peoples’ money. But a DAO, as a structure, gives us a unique set of tools with which to fight fraud.

Many may think that a DAO works by just using a token to vote on all major decisions. In reality, however, DAOs and token-based governance are much more complicated than they seem. And as we’ve seen across many DAOs, token-based voting can end up concentrating the bulk of power with only a few, a problem exacerbated by far lower participation across the board than in traditional elections.

We need better safeguards, both for ensuring DAOs don’t turn into plutocracies and for ensuring that one person can’t abscond with any on-chain organization’s funds. That includes exchanges — whether they’re run by a leadership team or run by their community.

Imagine if any movement of user funds was locked at the smart contract or software level, without any backdoor. Mix in a third-party audit that proves that user funds are locked as early as pre-launch. Throw in a safeguard that any changes to code related to user funds have to be approved via a vote involving all users.

Read more from our opinion section: Swipe right? SBF’s ‘Love is Blind’ approach to politics was never real

An aspirational analogy for this hypothetical DAO structure is Coinbase, except that this exchange would be run by its users, who even elect the executive team. These executives’ terms would be limited by yearly performance metrics. If the elected executives of this DAO exchange engaged in activity that goes against the exchange’s rules, they would lose their office early. By rules, think about something like a mix between a DAO’s manifesto and a traditional exchange’s terms of service.

This type of DAO would put users’ rights directly in its code of conduct, with something as simple as the following in its rules — “User funds will never be used as liquidity for trading with other institutions.”

Because no one’s really done this before, we’d be bridging the gap between traditional and decentralized financial services by turning an exchange to a DAO. An exchange both led and not led by the people. The basic building blocks would be a matching engine, an order book, a token and carefully embedded logic to slash token stake under certain conditions. The key differentiator would be true user leadership. DEXes are not run that way now. The bulk of DAOs are not either.

If a majority vote from users can always oust members of the core team when they go against user interests, then the core team has a mandate to always put those interests first or face the consequences.

In other words, before another FTX happens, the community would stop it short.

Is that too much to hope for?

I don’t think so.

This is the future we’re all moving toward, one in which exchanges answer to their users, all the time. Isn’t it time for skin-in-the-game to rule?

Kushagra Agarwal is the Co-Founder of Samudai, a DAO project management platform that enables collaboration and bounty management for admins, project managers, and contributors. In addition, Kushagra serves as a Kernel Block III Member at Gitcoin, where he successfully created a tokenization platform that enables content creators to conveniently generate and distribute social tokens to their dedicated community members. Since 2019, Kushagra has actively driven innovation in social platforms using blockchain technology, aiming to support the creator economy with enhanced community participation and engagement. Kushagra was previously part of IBM’s Digital Transformation Labs where he developed an eLearning portal that allowed B2B clients to collect valuable analytical insights for effective marketing strategies. Additionally, Kushagra devised an authentication solution that automated OTP authentication through a chatbot. Kushagra holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from Vellore Institute of Technology.

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