💥 Another Fork Bites the Dust: The Looming Fall of Fortress DAO and the Perils of Off-Chain Governance

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⚛️ Cosmos Ecosystem Quietly Surges to $17B in TVL in Challenge to Ethereum Layer 2s

TVL This was supposed to be the Cosmos’ ecosystem banner year. And in a way, it already is. By itself Terra, a blockchain built using the Cosmos SDK (software development kit), is the No. 3 ranking chain in total value locked (TVL) terms at $17.32B as of Feb. 16, according to DeFi Llama.

PROXY TVL is a metric which represents the assets locked in a blockchain’s smart contracts and is an approximate proxy for a chain’s usefulness. Terra trails Avalanche by just $40M in TVL and Ethereum by a whopping $144.08B.

ECOSYSTEM But looking at other leading Cosmos chains like Osmosis, Cosmos, and Crypto.com’s Cronos chain, all of which were built using Cosmos’ SDK and are connected via the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol, it’s clear the entire ecosystem is actually the second ranked in TVL terms by over $3B as of Feb. 17.



Winners in Second Round of Polkadot Parachains Poised to Add Mojo to Expanding DOT Ecosystem

NEWS Bidding for Polkadot’s tenth parachain lease auction has begun, with teams competing for an early seat at the table in building out Polkadot’s burgeoning ecosystem.

VISION Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood founded Polkadot in 2016 to realize his vision for a sharded Proof-of-Stake blockchain ecosystem. While Polkadot’s relay chain completed its mainnet launch during May 2020, the chain wasn’t able to support DOT transfers and staking functionality until its first parachains went live at the end of December.

COMPUTATION Polkadot’s interconnected parachains will be tasked with handling specialized computation for the network, including smart contracts. Parachain slots are allocated to projects that compete to lock up large sums of crowdsourced DOT through auctions, with the DOT returned to holders at the end of the lease’s duration (typically two years).


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🛡 DEX Takes Aim at Protecting Blockchains from Manipulation and ‘Slippage’

PROTECTION Hashflow, a decentralized exchange offering protection from MEV, has launched on Ethereum’s leading Layer 2, Arbitrum. The rise of decentralized finance brought with it the unsavory practice of Maximal Extractable Value (MEV). MEV is when miners and other validators manipulate the order of transactions in a network’s blockchain to extract profits.

EXTRACTED As much as $25M worth of MEV has been extracted from the Ethereum network in the past 30 days, bringing the all-time total to $592.2M, according to the MEV-focused research team Flashbots.

LAYER 2 Hashflow launched to Arbitrum on Feb. 17. The protocol previously completed its private alpha launch on Ethereum in late April 2021, before opening up to the public in August. Hashflow also launched on rival Layer 2 scaling solution Polygon last month.


Weekend Read: DAOs Governance

💥 Another Fork Bites the Dust: The Looming Fall of Fortress DAO and the Perils of Off-Chain Governance

Brady Dale goes deep into the travails of Fortress DAO, a small project with outsized implications for DAO governance and the Olympus DAO ecosystem.

DOOM Fortress DAO is doomed. The question is how it dies. The crux of the matter is that this particular decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) isn’t really decentralized at all, and its investors are paying the price for getting in on a governance token, FORT, that has power in rhetoric only.

SHADOW Fortress is an also-ran fork of Olympus DAO running on the Avalanche blockchain with a mere $14M in its treasury (a shadow of the more than $500M+ still backing Olympus’s OHM), but feelings are running very high right now over what should happen with that money.

CONTROL The problem is that the $14M isn’t really in its treasury anyway. It’s in a separate project, one that was funded by the Fortress DAO treasury, but is now completely in control of its chief technical officer, Avraham Eisenberg, who has shown no interest in giving it back.

CODE Community members that spoke to The Defiant predicted the matter could very well find its way to court. But for now, code is very much law and that particular law is not on the Fortress DAO community’s side.


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