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Doges on Trial: Kleros’ Launch on Mainnet

Testing the Cryptoeconomics of Decentralized Justice…

Federico Ast
Jul 24, 2018 · 7 min read

Curated Lists: Organizing Information in Decentralized Communities

Traditional Internet companies organize information with centralized rules and moderators. Yelp!, eBay and Google all have rules to determine what restaurants, products and websites should be accepted in their listings and in which positions they should be presented to consumers. Of course, they leverage user input (e.g., reviews, reports about violations of terms and conditions, etc.), but the company always has the final word.

  1. Item X remains visible for other users during a “challenge period”. During this time, the item can be challenged by users who think it shouldn’t be allowed in the list.
  2. User B, who thinks that Item X violates the rules, challenges User A’s submission. In order to challenge the item, User B also needs to deposit some funds.
  3. A dispute arises between User A (who claims that Item X should be allowed into the list) and User B (who claims Item X shouldn’t be allowed).
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“Thanks for participating in our cryptoeconomic experiment! Woof!”

A List of Doges

At Kleros, we love the Doge (who doesn’t, right?) and we want to use crowdsourcing to create a large list of Doge images. So we will pay people to contribute with Doges to the list. However, we fear malicious users might try to submit images different than Doges or that they will just submit the same image many times.

  1. Make sure that only Doge images make it into the list.
  2. Make sure that no duplicate Doge images enter the list.

Submitters

The role of submitters is to submit images into the list. For each submission, they will need to make a deposit in ETH. After the submission is made, funds stay locked during a “challenge period”.

  1. A prosecutor challenges the submission, in which case the image goes to dispute resolution.
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Uploader for submitting images.

Prosecutors

In traditional justice systems, prosecutors are in charge of starting legal proceedings against suspects. They “flag” suspects of having broken some community rule and then the case goes to trial.

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The home page of our Doges on Trial pilot. (Images will differ)
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If you see an image you don’t think is a doge. Send it to Trial!
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After the dispute is ruled, the losing party can appeal the jury decision and have it ruled again.

Jurors

Jurors decide whether a flagged image is a Doge or not. For each case it solves, a juror will receive a compensation in ETH that comes from the deposit of the losing party. In order to be randomly chosen to solve disputes, jurors need to deposit the PNK token (the token is important for Kleros’ incentive system to work correctly. To learn why, read this post).

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The final outcome of a case (Appeal still possible).
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What We Want to Test?

Kleros is based on the idea that economic incentives will make jurors vote honestly for the “true” answer. Our hypothesis is that “truth” will work as a Schelling Point for jurors voting independently under an incentive system such as the one in this experiment (to learn more about how the system works, read the white paper).

Want to Participate?

The experiment will launch on Tuesday July 31th. You have one week to make sure you have everything ready to participate. You will need:

  1. ETH in your Web3 browser.
  2. PNK (Kleros’ ERC20 token) in your browser.

Join Kleros!

Join the community chat on Telegram.

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Kleros

The Justice Protocol.

Thanks to Clément Lesaege

Federico Ast

Written by

Ph.D. Blockchain & Legaltech Entrepreneur. Singularity University Alumnus. Founder at Kleros. Building the Future of Law. @federicoast / federicoast.com

Kleros

Kleros

The Justice Protocol. A Dispute Resolution Layer for the decentralized age

Federico Ast

Written by

Ph.D. Blockchain & Legaltech Entrepreneur. Singularity University Alumnus. Founder at Kleros. Building the Future of Law. @federicoast / federicoast.com

Kleros

Kleros

The Justice Protocol. A Dispute Resolution Layer for the decentralized age

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