Aragon: Lots of videos from AraCon 2019, Aragon comes back to the desktop, collaboration with Melon on The Council, Jorge stands out for development of Aragon chain

Biweekly update 29th January — 12th February

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During the last two weeks, Aragon team has two product announcements. First, with the release of Aragon 0.6.3 you can now create and manage decentralized organizations from your smartphone or tablet. Second, the release of the new Aragon desktop client, featuring an embedded IPFS node. The list of DAO is rapidly increasing: on February 12th, 2019 there are more than 300 Aragon DAOs on mainnet. As for social encounters, expected significant event for Aragon community — AraCon — The first Aragon Conference — took place in Berlin at the end of January. Also Jorge Izquierdo was speaking at Melonport M1 conference about deploying custom governance models with Aragon. Partnership with The Melon Council was announced, it will be powered by aragonOS. Aragon community continues to grow. There is a constant slight growth in Aragon social media, and during the last two weeks, the number of subscribers of Aragon One Team Twitter and Aragon DAC Twitter increased by about 10% and 20%. There is a stable increase in the number of token-holders. The last, but not the least — February 10th became The Fight For Freedom Day! Two years ago, Aragon.org was announced to the public and Aragon fight for freedom officially began.

Development

GitHub metrics
Developer activity (from Coinlib.io)

Aragon team has two product announcements:

  1. First, with the release of Aragon 0.6.3 you can now create and manage decentralized organizations from your smartphone or tablet. Try it out with your favorite mobile Web3 browser at https://app.aragon.org
  2. Second, Aragon comes back to the desktop:

Before being a web application, Aragon was born as a desktop app.

The line between a web and a desktop app is blurring and will eventually become invisible. Yet, as of today, web apps are still limited, especially in Aragon ecosystem since users need to run software not supported by browsers. For example an IPFS node with its native and fast implementation.

On a browser, users would have to conform with a slower implementation, if any.

That impacts user experience negatively. User experience is at the center of everything Aragon does.

Blazing fast app loading

Aragon apps are fully decentralized, including their frontend, which lives on IPFS.

The team has embedded a fully fledged IPFS node into Aragon Desktop. Experience app loading like never before. It’s an order of magnitude faster. It also intelligently caches the apps that you use the most, to provide even better load times.

This also means that you don’t need to use mainnet.aragon.org or any other centralized IPFS gateway.

And if you already have IPFS running or installed, don’t worry. Aragon Desktop will use it.

Frame support

Frame is the future of signing providers. It allows you to use your hardware wallets in the most secure way possible.

Frame runs directly on your operating system, so any apps can use it to sign transactions. This includes any web app inside a browser, any desktop app, or even a command line tool!

The future: light nodes and The Graph

Aragon Desktop allows us to improve user experience while driving decentralization forward.

In the future, Aragon Desktop could connect to, or embed, an Ethereum light node. This takes decentralization to the next level, not having to rely on trusted servers.

The team is also thinking about embedding The Graph. This would allow Aragon Desktop to skip a lot of the loading delays due to crunching raw blockchain data.

Source: Aragon blog.

Download Aragon Desktop now for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

Aragon Coop: In Person Meeting Notes, Membership requirements for the Aragon Cooperative?, How do we measure if the Coop is a success? and What is the Cooperative’s Boundaries? What is out of bounds? What is the scope? by Griff Green.

Why Aragon will change the world and Upgrading the Bug Bounty program — potential AGP by Yalda Mousavinia.

Long term funding of Aragon, Jurisdiction for Crypto Natives and AGP Proposals Incentive by Gustav Marwin.

Funding proposal: Platform Cooperativism Consortium by John Light.

Updates from Aragon chat (29th January 2019–12th February):

@luis (Luis Cuende, CEO at Aragon One Team):

- Goals freezing for Q1
- Help with ops
- Help with hiring
- Process AraCon

- AGP operations
- Q4/Q1 goals prep and wrap up
- Writing and refining a couple blog posts!

@jorge (Jorge Izquierdo, CTO at Aragon One):
- Concierge: Melon wrap project
- ANv1: polish and publish scope document (hopefully with public roadmap 🙏 @delfi @owisixseven )

- Supporting Melon’s Concierge project, now open source: https://github.com/aragon/concierge

- Actor app: polishing solidity code, adding support in CLI (https://github.com/aragon/aragon-cli/pull/356) and Radspec for describing actions (https://github.com/aragon/radspec/pull/55)

- Talk at Melon’s conference

- Some days off trying to chill after AraCon (not super successful trying to vacation this time)

- Release Agent app and assist Melon’s deployment (https://medium.com/melonport-blog/melon-will-run-its-decentralized-governance-on-aragon-9f7935693720)

- AN v1: review @bingen’s report on Kleros for the Aragon Court v1 fork and start my own analysis.

- Research: tons of writing, specially want to push out forum posts and start the discussion on the new Voting v2 architecture and the Aragon Chain.

@light (John Light, Community at Aragon One):

- Was off most of the week, last couple of days were spent catching up after AraCon and preparing for this week

- Reviewing a couple of blog posts
- Communications documentation
- GitHub organization documentation
- Q1+Q2 events planning

@tatu (Tatu Kärki, Communications at Aragon One):

- AraCon videos, presentations and panels will be coming soon

- Did a Team Interview with @aquigorka, http://blog.aragon.one/team-interviews-gorka-front-end-developer-at-aragon-one/

- More work on AraCon videos
- More blog posts

@bingen (Bingen Eguzkitza, Solidity Engineer):

- Reviewed Nest milestones
- Some devops help
- Fixed Payroll bug (issue #649)
- Reviewed SafeERC20 changes
- Added tests for Melon concierge kit

- Single Delegation Voting technical spec and dev
- Iterate over Staking app after comments and merge it
- Iterate over Kleros integration and review Jorge’s analysis

@sohkai (Brett Sun, Lead Developer at Aragon One):

- AraCon!
- Released 0.6.3
- Released Aragon Desktop
- Lots of product prioritization as well as exploratory discussions with A1 and other community members

- Finalize Actor app
- Review Staking app
- Begin development of Aragon 0.6.4

- Updated SafeERC20 changes, ready to be merged 💪 
- Polishing the Actor app, have a few items left to decide on before finalizing it

- Finalize a number of changes and ready a smart contract upgrade for Aragon 0.6
- Support release of Agent (Actor) app
- Review Staking
- Test, modernize, and re-release Survey app

@jounih (Jouni Helminen, Design at Aragon One):

This week: Responsive app store design, agent app design, release Lorikeet figma base components

@bpierre (Pierre Bertet, UI & Interaction Developer):

- Get to 0 PRs opened on aragonUI. 🤞
- App Center: begin implementing the first version.
- App Center: review with design on the missing parts.

- Built a tool to help the Aragon One team reviewing our goals.
- Merged #306 (`Main` component) and #303 (Viewport) into aragonUI.
- Started migrating to `Viewport` in our different apps.
- Review aragonUI PRs + release a new version.
- Finish migrating our apps to `Viewport`.
- Start implementing the App Center v1.

@delfi (Delfina Polito, Web Development):

- AraCon!
- Last minute changes on AraCon website
- Livestream
- Polish new design for developer portal
- Public roadmap for project’s website

- Polish new design for developer portal
- Design for fight for freedom day on the website
- Public roadmap implementation
- Start with forum redesign

@aquigorka (Gorka Ludlow, Frontend Developer):

- Aracon!
- Work on fixes and final features for the pre-release of `responsive`
- Workshop with A1 team
- Plan and work on next iteration of `responsive`
- Catch up with open PRs (review and pending work)
- Continued work on `responsive`:
- swipe to open/close menu panel PR
- menu panel fix animation positioning.
- Continue work on swipe to open/close
- Work on smoothing the animation dragging feel
- Work on potential fix to make it work for iframe apps
- Catch up with Frame’s roadmap
- Catch up with pending open PRs

@monica (Monica, HR Lead at Aragon One):
- AraCon

- Trial Week
- Final version new contracts model 🙏
- Usual hiring tasks
- New job opening and postings on job boards
- My team interview

- Edit and send new contracts model
- Internal team re-structuring
- Candidates screening, team coaching
- Team Interview
- New job opening
- Migrate shared hiring inbox
- Candidates screening and team coaching

@danielconstantin (Daniel Constantin):
This week I will be working on aragonCLI v5.4.0 with @gabi

It’s mostly focused on e2e tests and improvements to calculating and pricing gas and whatever time is left to reviewing open PRs

If you’d like us to prioritize some other issues please comment here

@dizzypaty (Patricia Davila):

– Reviewed discussions & action items from last week (AraCon)
– Worked on the tag system (local identity)
– Created research plan & library with @maria

– Test the concepts we have for local identity and finalize design 
– Refine Agent app scope 
– Usual product planning & calls

@LorenaGM (Lorena, Ops Assistant at Aragon One):

  • Alignment calls: A1 internal proceedings and accounting
    - Agenda management & travel logistics
    - Office A1 HQ: suppliers and utilities
    - Miscellaneous administrative tasks, legal and tax follow-ups

Social encounters

Open source sustainability panel. Source: @sshshln.

Videos:

Other on AraCon 2019: 
Thoughts from Aracon on Token Economy.

Cryptogovernance Is Alive and Well at AraCon 2019 on BTC Manager.

Evolving Web3 Infrastructure, Governance (And Maybe Even Religion) on EthNews.

Bringing DAOs to life: Updates on Aragon on Crypto Insider.

What’s wrong with the decentralized technology space: reflections on Laura Kalbag’s AraCon talk.

Twitter thread about AraCon by Lane Rettig.

AraCon 2019: Aragon wants to decentralize the planet and AraCon 2019: Autark wants to decentralize space exploration on Chainrift Research.

The Best of AraCon 2019 by Yanay Prop.

AraCon from a volunteer’s perspective by Kobe van Reppelen.

To celebrate this special day, Aragon project co-founder Luis Cuende wrote AGP-12, an Aragon Governance Proposal to establish the first official Aragon holiday. In Aragon Network Vote #1, ANT holders voted to approve AGP-12 and create Fight For Freedom Day.

  • Jorge Izquierdo was speaking at Melonport M1 conference about deploying custom governance models with Aragon (February 8th, 2019)
“We didn’t start out as a governance project, but we kept getting asked if we could adapt to support many different uses cases” — Jorge Izquierdo. Source: @EAThomson.

Upcoming events:

Twitter: DGOV Foundation‏ @dgovearth (on December 26th 2018): “We are very happy to announce the participation of some of the brightest from the the Aragon team at the DGOV Council. We are grateful for additional sponsorship from Aragon to allow us more active facilitation as well as a video team on site. Thank‘s @AragonProject”.

Finance

Token holders and the number of transactions dynamics (from Etherscan.io)

Roadmap

The Network Release

  • Basic network-wide governance
    Which power the network will have over organizations, governance votings to decide on service providers, payouts functionality.
  • App center
    The App center will allow third party apps to be installed in Aragon in order to enable different organizations to address different needs. Any aragonOS-compatible app will be able to be installed, and recommendations will be given to users.
  • ANT token minting
    The network will be responsible for the minting policy of ANT, it will be decided through the governance of the network. Some of its responsibilities will be to decide the minting rate, the price and how companies pay for the subscription to the network.
  • Integrate upgradeability
    Provide upgradeability as a network service for all Aragon Network organizations.
  • Release Calendar
    Alpha: November 2018
    Bug bounty (mainnet): December 2018
    Production deploy (mainnet): January 2019

@monica (HR Lead at Aragon One, in Aragon chat, 19th November, 2018): “We’re working on the new roadmap these weeks, we hope to be able to publish it soon after and have a more detailed one early 2019”.

Partnerships and team members

Source: Aragon blog.

The Melon Council is responsible for overseeing the future developments of the Melon protocol. aragonOS is a Solidity framework on the Ethereum blockchain, which allows anyone to create, manage and participate in complex decentralised organisations. This collaboration shows the incredible potential for synergies and integration between different projects on the Ethereum blockchain. Both Aragon and Melon are champions of the principles of openness, decentralisation and transparency. This is the first time Aragon will be used to power a decentralized asset management protocol.

The Melon Council DAO will allow decision making within the Melon Council to remain secure and transparent to the community. The members of the Melon Council will be able to vote on-chain on matters such as inviting new members (MEB/MTC) into the Council, adjusting the amgu price, updating the melonprotocol.eth ENS subdomains, and updating protocol parameters. The Melon Council will also be able to use Aragon tools to make their decisions about inflation spending transparent.

“The Melon Council organization constitutes a perfect use case for Aragon. The aragonOS framework will enable the Melon Council to vote on-chain on important matters such as modifying protocol parameters, deciding on inflation spendings, or expanding the Council itself. We are thrilled to collaborate with the Aragon team, and to pioneer the era of organizations powered by Aragon.” — Jenna Zenk (Melonport CTO)

“We are really thrilled that Melon decided to use Aragon as their tool to govern the project now that they are shutting down the founding company. The Council will be able to transparently make decisions to move the project forward, instead of decisions being made behind closed doors like most crypto projects nowadays.” — Jorge Izquierdo (AragonOne CTO)

How will it work?

Each Melon Council member will be issued a token that represents their membership into the Melon Council (MGM for Melon Council General Membership and MTC for The Melon Technical Council). They will then be able to use that token to make proposals and vote on key issues including:

  1. Adding new members to the Melon Council
  2. Protocol upgrades
  3. Network parameter adjustments
  4. Resource allocation

Twitter:

Source: @polkadotnetwork.

Rumors

  • Aragon DAO Deployments:
New Aragon DAOs Deployed per day. Source.
  • Daolist: A list of all Aragon DAOs on mainnet on February 12th, 2019:
Source: Daolist.io.

Twitter:

  • Luis Iván Cuende @licuende (on February 6th, 2019): A blockchain uses algorithmic governance to reach consensus to create valid blocks. Its governance is formal and based on objective rules that nodes agree upon. Then why does it makes sense to introduce messy governance for protocol upgrades, but not for producing blocks as well?

See whole thread with Vitalik response.

Source: @licuende.
Source: @izqui9.
Source: @izqui9.

Active Reddit discussions:

First living DAO art piece powered by Aragon and Breaker ecosystem.

Cryptoeconomic model of ANT.

Aragon on Substrate/Polkadot?

Other:

AraCon 2019 featured in The Ethereum Report #3 in Ethex blog.

ETH Startup Aragon Wants To Launch Second Network on Chainbits.com.

Twitter thread about the first round of AGP voting by Richard Red.

Social media metrics

Social media activity
Social media dynamics
Social media dynamics

Twitter— average number of retweets is 10–15 for one post.

The number of Reddit threads’ comments are: 1–15.

There is a slight growth in Aragon community over time. The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Aragon Reddit subscribers and Twitter followers. Aragon project has no Facebook page. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.

Aragon chat — active discussions on development and development help.

The Aragon Chat channels are now also available through Matrix.org / Riot.im, bridged with the Rocket Chat channels so you can choose which client / interface you prefer to use to chat with the community. The Aragon community in Matrix / Riot.

Forum.aragon.org— Popular topics:


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