Kelsie Nabben is a Researcher at RMIT University’s Blockchain Innovation Hub, a scholarship recipient from the Centre for Automated Decision Making & Society and a member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre.
She recently sat down with Chainlink Labs to discuss her paper on algorithmic governance in DAOs entitled “Is a DAO a Panopticon? Algorithmic governance as creating and mitigating vulnerabilities in ‘Decentralised Autonomous Organisations’”.
She has offered to answer questions about her paper here for a limited time so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have!
This interview is a recent episode from the Chainlink Research Report series which features short presentations of working papers by blockchain scholars in computer science, economics, and related fields.
In this episode, RMIT University researcher Kelsie Nabben discusses her latest paper exploring some of the challenges and risks associated with algorithmic governance in DAOs.
- Algorithmic governance, which frequently uses machine learning, solves many security issues inherent in DAOs.
- At the same time, algorithmic governance creates monitoring systems that change DAOs in fundamental ways, increasing the risk that they will function as panopticons.
- To strike a balance between security and privacy with algorithmic governance in DAOs, it is essential that the DAO community participate in shaping DAO governance.
Kelsie Nabben is a Researcher at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She conducts ethnographic research on decentralized technology communities, digital infrastructure, blockchain community culture, and algorithmic governance. Kelsie is a recipient of a PhD scholarship at the RMIT University Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society, and a researcher in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and Blockchain Innovation Hub.
- Nabben, K., 2020. Trustless Approaches to Digital Infrastructure in the Crisis of COVID-19: Australia’s Newest COVID App, Home-Grown Surveillance Technologies and What to Do About It.
- Nabben, K., 2021. Blockchain Security as “People Security”: Applying Sociotechnical Security to Blockchain Technology. Frontiers in Computer Science, 2, p.62.
- Nabben, K., 2021. Resilient Future-Making: How Cryptocurrency & Transhumanism Overlap for Immutable, Decentralised, Autonomous Futures.
- Nabben, K., 2021. Is a DAO a Panopticon? Algorithmic governance as creating and mitigating vulnerabilities in. Algorithmic governance as creating and mitigating vulnerabilities in ‘Decentralised Autonomous Organisations’.
- Nabben, K., 2021. A Provocation on Privacy & Ethics in Blockchain-Based Systems: An Invitation..
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- Is a DAO a Panopticon?. August 31, 2021.
- DAO Vulnerabilities: A multi-scale DAO ecosystem mapping tool towards computer-aided governance. August, 13, 2021.
- Experiments in algorithmic governance continue. July 29, 2021.
- Towards a model of resilience in decentralised socio-technical infrastructure. July 7, 2021