- CIP-1694, named after Voltaire’s birth year, is set to initiate the governance framework for Cardano’s Voltaire era.
- The proposal aims to grant ADA holders a voice in Cardano’s future direction, making it the first decentralized blockchain protocol controlled by its community.
Cardano, a blockchain that has grown significantly in both users and applications, is now spotlighting its decentralized governance policies to safeguard its future resilience. As a decentralized network, Cardano was always designed to be steered by its community of ADA token holders. The first organized step towards realizing this vision is embodied in CIP-1694, a proposal that could define Cardano’s future and bring a significant update to its community.
CIP-1694 is a discussion proposal for the Cardano community about on-chain governance to shape a sustainable future for Cardano and bring another major upgrade to the network.
— EMURGO (@emurgo_io) June 1, 2023
So, what exactly is CIP-1694? This specific Cardano Improvement Proposal (CIP) is a formal document from the Cardano community that outlines specifications and organizational details related to on-chain governance for Cardano. It covers various aspects, including Cardano native tokens, new standards for on-chain improvements, and proposed changes to the Cardano protocol.
Borrowing from an earlier internet protocol known as a Request for Comment (RFC), the CIP process starts with an initial draft, crafted by an individual or group, and subsequently reviewed and refined by the Cardano community. Aiming for inclusivity, anyone worldwide can volunteer to peruse draft CIPs. The Cardano Foundation then records and publishes summaries of bi-weekly CIP review meetings on a dedicated GitHub and a YouTube channel.
CIP-1694, currently gaining considerable attention, is poised to shape Cardano’s Voltaire era, the final development phase. Named after Voltaire’s birth year, CIP-1694 will begin structuring the governing bodies of the Cardano protocol, which include a Constitutional Committee, Delegated Representatives (dReps), and SPOs. The proposal will also establish voting policies and other governance details.
However, this transformative governance approach is experimental and subject to extensive community discussions, leading to an iterative rollout. Initially, changes will be trialed, evaluated, and adjusted if necessary. The proposed governance structures, particularly the Constitutional Committee, will ensure adherence to the Cardano Constitution, which is still under discussion.
Workshops to explore CIP-1694 further are planned throughout the year in multiple locations, including Tokyo, Japan; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Zug, Switzerland. These will be hosted by EMURGO, IOG, and CF.
So, what does CIP-1694 mean for Cardano ADA holders? This proposal will enable every ADA holder to vote on-chain, affecting Cardano’s future direction. Additionally, governance roles will open to the public, allowing Cardano enthusiasts globally to participate actively in the network’s administration.
Upon successful implementation, CIP-1694 will place Cardano firmly in the hands of its community, marking a significant milestone in the blockchain’s journey. With decisions made collectively by the Constitutional Committee, Dreps, SPOs, and ADA holders, Cardano will truly become the first decentralized blockchain protocol directed by its users, turning its vision of a decentralized ecosystem run on open-source blockchain technology into reality.
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