ENS Name: cory.eth
My reasons for wanting to be a delegate
Personal Identity is a fundamental human right. In the digital world, our personal identity will be our web3 identity. It is critical that the technology underpinning personal identity on the Internet is governed through fair, open, transparent principles.
I believe I possess those principles and the perspective to make, execute, and champion good, thoughtful decisions for the future of ENS. In my free time, I have written about ENS on social media many times. I was one of the first people on Twitter to make my name my ENS domain.
I have the time to engage with the DAO, thoughtfully research and question proposals, and vote with both intent and forethought.
My view on each section of the Proposed ENS Constitution
- Name ownership is an absolute right
Personal Identity is a human right. All human beings should have the inalienable right to choose their name. No individual or entity should be able to restrict another’s ability to choose their name in the digital namespace.
In the case of exceptional and unpredictable scenarios which I presume to be malicious or harmful to ENS or humanity, I will reflect on history and philosophy to guide my choice.
- Registration fees exist as an incentive mechanism
Registration fees and expiration are critical to the mechanics of ENS. Registration fees disincentivize squatting by putting recurring capital risk on domain holders. Expiration allows people to claim names which are abandoned.
Anecdotally, my preferred username on Twitter, Xbox, and Instagram are all squatted by abandoned accounts with no activity. At scale, this is a loss of human value by preventing humans from expressing their identity how they prefer.
I am a mathematician and can analyze the pricing and incentives based on a goal framework. The primary concern to consider is ensuring personal identity is not restricted by capital burden in developing communities, while balancing for squatting, first-mover advantages, and other downsides.
- Income funds ENS and other public goods
ENS is a public good and all funds should go towards development of ENS or ENS-aligned projects.
Funds should first go to ENS. When there are additional funds, they may be used to fund other public goods.
I am weary but open to ideas around a treasury which utilizes DeFi tooling to generate yield. While it feels sketchy and risky today, the rapid experimentation in web3 will likely surface better ideas than simple holding.
- ENS integrates with the global namespace
This feels particularly obvious. The global namespace shall include ENS and ENS shall integrate with it.
My web3 qualifications / skills
- Experienced crypto Investor, passionately involved since 2013.
- Work in web3 full-time as independent polymath
- Mathematician and Computer Scientist. Intense self-study in Economics.
- Tens of thousands of pro-crypto social media comments over last 8 years.
- Onboarded all my friends, family, and even a coworker who became a core dev. Lost count of how many.
- Creator @ethburnbot on Twitter
- Developer for 12 years
- Solidity/web3/JS full stack
- Five years in Big Tech, two years at Seed->B startup as Employee #2 / Principal Engineer
- Bachelors of Science in Honors Mathematics and Computer Science (double major)