Posted 12 months ago | by Catoshi Nakamoto

Blockchain projects involve diverse kinds of stakeholders, all of which live across multiple jurisdictions. Their interests have to be constantly evaluated and conciliated through well-designed communication and power-sharing processes that are accessible, effective, and compliant. To these processes, we give the name of governance.

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Cartesi is a project that is contributing to the evolution of blockchain into a tool that is powerful, efficient, low-cost, fast, flexible and easy to use. At the foundation of Cartesi’s offering lies a commitment to the tenets of blockchain: decentralization and security.

We believe that to securely decentralize power in Cartesi is to secure the future of the system itself. To that end, we will build governance processes for the Cartesi ecosystem that will be progressively more decentralized, and all of them are and will be built, deployed, and operated with the utmost care. The more we decentralize Cartesi governance, the more we secure the future of the Cartesi ecosystem.

The Cartesi Improvement Proposal (CIP) System

To that end, Cartesi has established its first formal governance system, the Cartesi Improvement Proposal (CIP) system. It is heavily derived from the Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) system, with a few changes designed to turn it into a more accessible process that was inspired by Polygon’s PIP process.

The CIP fulfills the same role in the Cartesi ecosystem as other such technical standardization systems do for their own respective systems. The CIP itself is formalized in the CIP-1 document, and the project team’s commitment towards the implementation of finalized standards is communicated in CIP-2.

How to Contribute and Create CIP’s

Once the community feels the initial discussion around an improvement is sufficiently mature, one or more volunteer authors can draft a candidate CIP standards document that follows the specifications stated in the CIP-1 document and submit it in a pull request to the CIP repository. From there on, the process is similar to that of the Ethereum Improvement Proposal process. Additional discussion around the issue will take place while the CIP candidate moves through the process into acceptance. The project team will assist authors in their goal to complete the process successfully.

Looking Forward

Technical governance processes, such as the CIP, allow any and all changes to a governed system to be openly debated by the community at large and to advance to the implementation and deployment of improvement proposals by technical merit. As the project expands and matures, we plan to develop additional governance mechanisms that will cover more of the non-technical aspects of power decentralization. For example, we are studying secure ways to allow for CTSI, that is, token holders, to govern the project through their stakes. As with all things we do, we will continue to expand our governance system towards more decentralization and security.

If you would like to talk about the Cartesi Governance System, Cartesi Improvement Proposals (CIP) or ask any questions, we have recently opened up a new channel for discussion on our Discord server. See you there!

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About Catoshi Nakamoto

c6ea0c3794492f30883e516d39b2597a?s=90&d=blank&r=g Introducing Cartesi GovernanceActivist/Journalist, former writer - We Are Change, The Mind Unleashed, Coinivore, others. Currently writing for - Activist Post and Bitboy Crypto. Not Right or Left Apolitical. I Care About Truths (CATS.) Cryptocurrency enthusiast, I mined and lost 100+ BTC in 2010-2011. I work with - Bitboy, SoMee, CEEK, Presearch, and W3BT aka FMW Media Group. Friend of mostly everyone who isn't a dick. Just A Cool Cat.