Using DAOs to Prepare for Integral Hard Forks

Last Modified:20 Jun 2023 12:33:51
Using DAOs to Prepare for Integral Hard Forks
In the decentralized blockchain world, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) have become a new model of business organization and management. Despite their enormous potential, DAOs are still vulnerable to certain risks, including the threat of being taken over by malicious actors. One of the basic defense strategies in this situation is to prepare for a "hard fork".
The purpose of this article is to provide guidance to DAOs on how to effectively plan and manage potential hard forks. A "hard fork" in the context of blockchain technology refers to a major change from an existing protocol that creates a new version of the blockchain with a different set of rules. In the DAO world, hard forks are a tool for communities to protect themselves from existential threats.


Hard fork planning
Hard forks should not be an afterthought, but should be part of the DAO's initial strategic planning. It is very important to create a procedural framework that outlines the conditions and process for initiating a hard fork. This framework should define what constitutes a significant threat to the DAO and provide the necessary steps to create a new DAO to address those threats.


Consensus building and public engagement
A hard fork would essentially create a new DAO and leave the original chain in the hands of malicious actors. The success of the new DAO is highly dependent on achieving community consensus and securing participation in the new chain. It is therefore imperative that the public be informed and involved throughout the process. Before starting a discussion, a transparent voting mechanism must be established to gain community approval.


Technical preparations
From a technical perspective, the team needs to have the necessary expertise to handle the complexities of launching a hard fork. This can include preparing and testing new code, coordinating the transition to the new blockchain, and smoothly transferring all necessary functionality to the new DAO.


Legal and Regulatory Considerations
Depending on the jurisdiction, hard forks can also have legal and regulatory implications. It would be best to use a lawyer to help the DAO avoid potential legal complications and ensure that the hard fork does not violate any laws or regulations.


Post Hard Fork Strategy
Strategic planning after a hard fork is just as important. This may include strategies for attracting new users to a new DAO, rebuilding partnerships and collaborations, and rebuilding the DAO's reputation. Remember that a hard fork is not a one-size-fits-all solution.


It can be a destructive procedure and should be considered a last resort when all other protective measures have failed. However, by properly preparing for such an eventuality, DAOs can ensure their continuity, protect the interests of their communities, and maintain the integrity of their operations in the face of potential threats. 

Author: Pooyan Ghamari, Swiss Economist and Specialist in Blockchain Technology

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