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The Anatomy of the DAO: A key component of Web3

As the internet has evolved from web1.0 to web3.0, it has achieved what previous generations of the web have failed to achieve by adopting decentralized protocols over centralized applications controlled by technology giants. Web3 offers the foundations for trusted peer-to-peer communication. Web3 provides a decentralized, democratic, and user-owned internet. Blockchain products, projects, and protocols all adhere to the decentralization principle. Without decentralization, a decentralized financial system and tokenized assets such as NFTs and blockchains would not be possible. Decentralization in Web3 projects/protocols is achieved through DAOs. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are a concept of simplifying business functions/ processes by taking advantage of smart contracts with defined, transparent rules. These organizations provide you with a platform for decentralized ownership and also participate in decision-making and voting.  

What are DAOs?

DAOs are blockchain-based, internet-native organizations that provide a democratized way to manage businesses, projects, and communities, with each member having the right to vote on organizational decisions. 

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) are owned and controlled by the community, and there is no central authority. It is carried out with smart contracts on the blockchain. It is considered fully transparent – the smart contracts contain the rules for the DOA, which also means that the proposals, decisions, and voting are publicly accessible. The organization allows each member to have voting rights. 

The main aim behind DOA was to compress the complex businesses and turn the support towards forward-looking digital interactions with no involvement of third parties and encourage faster and more transparent processing.  The DAO emerged as digital intermediaries providing transparency and status of an organization without the traditional organization methods of management, groups, and other entities.  

How does DAO Works in any project?

Through smart contracts, the DAO’s rules are established by a core team of community members. The DAO operates according to these smart contracts. Every step of the protocol is transparent, verifiable, and publicly auditable, ensuring that anyone can fully comprehend how it functions. 

Within a DAO, a coin is created by the DAO founders, commonly referred to as a governance token. These tokens are then distributed to users, backers, and other stakeholders. Within an organization, each token carries a certain amount of voting power. The secondary market also determines the token price, which can be bought and sold as needed.

Despite DAOs being described as decentralized, governance token data indicates that DAO ownership is highly concentrated.

Also read: What is investment DAOs?

Role of DAOs in Web3 Economy

An essential element of web3 is the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). Web3 has led to the creation of entirely new economic organizations – DAOs. The interaction across Web3 is facilitated by these decentralized autonomous organizations.

DAOs and blockchain constitute the structure of a governance network for boundless online participation and collaboration on crypto-projects by digital natives. The traditional organization with principles can take advantage of it, and the issues for regulatory clarity and protection of investors surfaced. The government measures were inadequate, but ongoing trials were made for innovation and development changes to enable the participation of the willing community.  

Summing-up 

There is still quite a distance to travel before we reach a complete and mature Web3 space, and no one has any idea what the exact structure of Web3 will be like in the future. People will be fully responsible for their personal data and crypto activities due to the Web3 infrastructure’s decentralized nature and peer-to-peer networks that eliminate intermediaries. 

It is important to note that, even though blockchain networks and DAOs are decentralized, a large number of Web3 services are currently controlled by a small number of private companies. That being said, DAO’s are still in their early phase and there’s a long way to go.

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