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Distributed Digest: Monday, February 25, 2019




Aragon One releases its Aragon Agent beta, ETHBerlin comes back in August, and Gitcoin sees possible collusion in its liberal radical donation-matching experiment.

Your daily distillation of crypto news for Monday, February 25, 2019:

Aragon Agent for ETH Accounts

Jorge Izquierdo, co-founder of the Aragon project and CTO of Aragon One, recently announced the release of the Aragon Agent beta, a multisig Ethereum account that can be owned by an Aragon organization. Organizations can use their accounts to engage in various activities, from trading tokens on 0x to breeding digital cats on CryptoKitties.

Prior to Aragon Agent, an organization would need to withdraw funds to send to a trusted operator, which would then interact with external contracts on behalf of the organization. With the recently released beta, however, an organization no longer needs to rely on such an operator.

Further, organizations can use Aragon Agent to interact with other organizations. Izquierdo said this capability opens "up an incredible amount of experimentation with inter-organization interactions."

One case study for the beta is the watermelon Council, which is using two instances of Aragon Agent.

ETHBerlin, a Reprise

The Department of Decentralization (DoD) tweeted yesterday that ETHBerlin returns this August between the 23-25. The hackathon is also teaming up with the global developer conference DappCon Berlin for some workshops and talks from August 21-22. ETHBerlin will be part of an overarching Berlin Blockchain Week, taking place from August 20-28.

The DoD maintains that ETHBerlin will be "THE WEIRDEST HACKATHON OF THEM ALL."

Results from Gitcoin's LR Experiment

With its "first formal experiment" with a liberal radical donation-matching system in the rearview mirror, Gitcoin has relayed some results and lessons learned from the experiment. The top three projects to receive funding were Prysmatic Labs, Moloch DAO, and Uniswap, as these were the projects to receive the highest amount of unique contributions. In total, $13,242 was donated by 132 different contributors.

The experiment was supposed to conclude on February 15, but it was extended to February 17. Gitcoin believes, however, that the donations received during this extended two-day period were the result of collusion, as they were "skewed towards one project." Because of this suspected collusion, the team unilaterally decided to only retain results through the original deadline of February 15, though Gitcoin does admit that its decision-making process "could be more transparent & decentralized in future rounds."

Dani Putney

Dani is a full-time writer for ETHNews. They received their bachelor's degree in English writing from the University of Nevada, Reno, where they also studied journalism and queer theory. In their free time, they write poetry, play the piano, and fangirl over fictional characters. They live with their partner, three dogs, and two cats in the middle of nowhere, Nevada.

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