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EB134 - Emin Gün Sirer And Vlad Zamfir: On A Rocky DAO

Published on June 6th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin

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Raising $150m+ through its toke sale, 'The DAO' has become the most notable decentralized application to date. The ambitious goal of the project is to form an decentralized organizations that efficiently makes investment decisions and generates a return for the token holders.

Computer Science professor Emin Gün Sirer and researcher Vlad Zamfir joined us to discuss the various security issues with the daring project and why they've called for a temporary moratorium on funding proposals.

Topics covered included:

  • How the DAO works
  • What the role of the curators is
  • What splits are and how they became a way to withdraw funds
  • Why the DAO has a bias towards approving proposals
  • How attackers could 'stalk' token holders when withdrawing their funds
  • How the DAO can be upgraded

Links mentioned in this episode:


  • GTEC: Blockchain Innovation Award epicenterbitcoin.com/gtec
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Epicenter Bitcoin is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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