Synereo is hosting its very first conference on decentralized governance! We will look at the transition of control from the LTD company to the community through the Synereo platform and discuss issues of governance. We’ll examine consensus models, discuss education, get a retrospective on past decisions, explore best practices, and more. Additionally, we will preview the alpha bits! If you want some handholding in setting up your own Synereo node, this will be the place.

 

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The event will take place at Red Gate Arts Society, 855 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Y1, Canada. The conference will start on Friday, September 9, at 5:00 PM and conclude on Sunday, September 11, at 12:00 PM. Tickets are available for a donation and there are a limited number of spots. Sign up for the event at Eventbrite.

We have three main objectives. We want the event to be about you, the community, and for you to give feedback. There will be open discussion on the Synereo governance model.  You will also be able to get support from the Synereo team, who will be available to help you set up a node for the alpha phase, as this will be the first public participation.  

The event schedule:  Time
Friday, September 9
Registration opens 5:00-6:00pm
Opening keynote address 6:00–7:00pm
 Meet and greet  7:00-8:00pm
Saturday, September 10
Registration, breakfast, coffee 8:00–8:30am
Opening session 8:30–9:00am
Governance lab/round table 9:00–11:00am
Coffee break 11:00–11:15am
Round table debrief session 11:15–12:15pm
Lunch break 12:15–1:30pm
Group discussion/Q&A 1:30–2:45pm
Coffee break 2:45–3:00pm
Project presentations 3:00–4:15pm
Coffee break 4:15–4:30pm
Keynote (Vlad Zamfir) 4:30–5:15pm
Dinner 5:15–6:30pm
Live entertainment 8:00–10:00pm
Sunday, September 11
Breakfast and coffee 8:00–8:30am
Technical update and overview 8:30–9:00am
Technical preview 9:00–11:00am
Break 11:00–11:15am
Closing remarks 11:15–12:00pm

 

The event will be live streamed for everyone to watch. We will post a link before the stream goes live. We will also add all videos to our Youtube channel to be viewed later.

If you’re interested in attending the conference, but are unable to for financial reasons, please send us an email at hello@synereo.com with details of why you would like to come and how you want to contribute to the event. We are able to support a limited number of requests.

We are closer than ever to a decentralized Internet. Your support will make this a reality.  


We appreciate your attention,

— The Synereo Team  

 

  1. At the conference in Vancouver, Canada on 9, 10 and 11 of September there’s limited seating available. Synereo can sponsor those people who have contributed (or will present) to the project. This means there will be some form of ranking based on length of time involved, and level of participation. Just in case there are more applicants for this than we can accommodate.

    You can apply for the Airfare Reimbursement in AMP with this form:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZQaqlX2zrXSBndGjYPRIaD9Cc_paUwLeQK3DEWjKBnMqUWg/viewform

    • Greetings to all Synereoids. Before launching into what may be interpreted as a critical question, I want to stress that I am a strong believer in the potential for Synereo to scale globally to grow collective intelligence throughout the planet. At the risk of over stating things, I believe that Synereo represents the potential for a grand global awakening for humanity as we have now entered the anthropocene era. I believe that a decentralized global social network is inevitable, and I am thrilled to have learned that a transition from the LTD to the community is being implemented! It is keeping in line with Synereo’s original intention of building a network owned by the people who use it. So my concerns and criticisms below are earnest in my hope that we will build something that can truly scale across all borders and cultures.

      With that said, here goes:

      #1 –

      My first question involves that of what appears to be an apparent contradiction. In the last hangout, I believe if I understood it correctly, Greg stated that the goal of Synereo LTD. is to gather funds via transaction fees whose ENTIRE purpose is strictly to maintain the network, and NOT for any sort of profit.

      If this is the case, then I propose that the notion of seeking investors from this angle is skewed, seeing that the stated purpose is in fact non-profit based.

      If we are to carry through this thought, that the function of any funds derived from transaction fees is strictly to be used to keep the network alive as opposed to feeding shareholders pockets, then perhaps it is logical to set it up as a non-profit or not for profit society that provides complete transparency in use of funds.

      Another potential angle might be that of “platform cooperativism”, whereupon the owners are all the participants. This would resonate with the stated goal of building a network owned by the people who use it. Speaking of resonate, I have a friend who has structured a blockchain based music service this way and it is called Res()nate. https://resonate.is It might be too short notice, but if anyone is interested in exploring the possibility of platform cooperativism, he may be available via Zoom to speak about it over the next few days. Please let me know. I will wait to see if anyone responds to this before I contact him. He has some great insights as to how to structure a platform coop.

      #2 – Should Synereo even charge transaction fees at all?

      Now having said all this, I would like to carry the thought even further.

      Has anyone out there objected to the wisdom of even using transaction fees at all? It is a common understanding by many that the reason why the web was able to scale across the planet was due to the fact that Tim Berners Lee had the vision to maintain it’s neutrality by making sure that no one profited directly from the system itself. In fact, he argues in the following video that the very fact that the web maintained no transaction or royalty fees was the reason why it surpassed the popularity of the competing system “Gopher” and was eventually able to scale globally.

      If you have the time, please check out this video, his Gopher talk starts at 14:40: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/nov/27/tim-berners-lee-net-neutrality

      Perhaps there is another way to derive funding for network maintenance and perhaps looking to the structure of the W3C may be a guide of sorts.

      I have to run now, but will try to fire off more questions / concerns later if anyone shows interest in these ones. I wish I was there!!!!! With warm regards to all in the community!

  2. Synereo LTD Transaction Fees
    I hope to see an rChain core that is agnostic as to what tokens are transacted (AMP, Ethereum, etc.). The network layer should meter the usage of node resources (bandwidth, compute, storage) and apply a GAS type fee to include the reasonable costs of maintain and growing the network. The rChain governance structure should be transparent and non-profit. Most decisions should be made collectively by an educated and elected group.

    Further up the stack, toward the application layer, there could be an additional LAYER of metered transactions for the Synereo “Social Layer”. This is where I expect to see a lot of tension. Users and DAPS (Decentralized Applications) may have to pay Synereo LTD for the privilege of using this layer. Greg has said that rChain can be like an insurance policy against profiteers taking over Synereo LTD. If the LTD becomes dysfunctional, the “Social Layer” could be forked.

    I, personally, would like Synereo LTD to refrain from metering the “Social Layer”, and leave transaction fees solely to the underlying network (rChain). Malthus observed that perhaps the LTD could adopt a “freemium” model, by which the LTD could collect a portion of fees taken by DAPs (Decentralized Applications) running on top of the “Social Layer”. What do you suggest ?

    Ultimately “social layer” fees will be decided by the Synereo LTD equity shareholders who own the company. The rest of us “USERS”, such as myself, can either buy voting shares of the LTD, or make convincing arguments regarding the levying of fees and how fee revenues should be spent. I’d like Synereo stick to their slogan:

    “fully decentralized and distributed social platform OWNED BY THE PEOPLE WHO USE IT”.

    Ownership implies some power over how transaction fees are collected and spent.

    • Loving the detail Ian! Curious to hear exactly how profiteer prevention can occur. The idea of purchasable voting shares seems dubious to me.

      One thought – if transaction fees are deemed necessary by the community, perhaps leaving an opt out option for fees with those Dapps that are non profit based?

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