ENS name: chrisberg.eth
My reasons for wanting to be a delegate: ENS an incredibly interesting frontier project bringing identity to the blockchain space. There is a major opportunity to create persistent identities across the crypto ecosystem and ENS DAO is in a unique position to capture that opportunity. I would love to be involved and bring my deep academic and practice expertise to bear on what is one of the most important problems in the crypto space.
My view on each section of the proposed ENS Constitution:
Name ownership is an absolute right: Agree. This is an underappreciated feature of the cryptoeconomy - the need for concrete pseudonymity.
Registration fees exist as an incentive mechanism: Agree. Registration fees are an important part of product pricing and managing congestion but incentive mechanisms are a cryptoeconomic design question and need to be tied into models of value flow and capture. A fee can be a way of paying for marginal costs and if necessary preventing spam-like behaviour but we should be thinking more broadly about incentive structures.
Income funds ENS and other public goods: Agree. This is critical - what we call public goods (or more precisely ‘local public goods’) in the blockchain space is actually a conversation about the deployment of DAO resources for investment and growth. ‘Public good’ provision is talked about a lot these days in crypto but needs to be talked about a lot more.
ENS Integrates with the global namespace: Agree. This needs to be a priority for the ENS DAO. It does not mean that ENS ought to be simply subsuming itself into the existing institutions of the global namespace but where possibly creating a decentralised, parallel but consistent alternative.
My web3 qualifications / skills: I am an academic cryptoeconomist and research team leader with extensive experience in research, teaching and advising large and small crypto businesses and DAOs. In 2017 I cofounded one of the leading cryptocurrency research centres in the world, the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub. RMIT is now the second top university for blockchain research and education on the Coindesk university ranking. I am the co-author of a major economic text in blockchain studies, Understanding the Blockchain Economy: An Introduction to Institutional Cryptoeconomics, and am deeply engaged in public policy work
I can bring a lot of experience, research knowledge, and governance expertise to the ENS DAO. I have worked with numerous projects working on cryptoeconomic design, tokenomics, and DAO governance, and have published extensively on treasury management, grant program design, voting and social choice in DAOs, some of which you can see at my website. In addition, I have worked on a number of identity projects of potential relevance to ENS, including chairing credentials working group of the Australia Government’s National Blockchain Roadmap.