Information Access Seminar

Data DAOs: Promises, Perils, and Privacy

Friday, January 27, 2023
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm

Nick Merrill and Jake Hartnell

Data cooperatives and data unions have long inspired dreams of cooperative ownership over individual- and community-level data. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), software that provisions cooperative ownership over shared data using cryptography, have brought these dreams closer to fruition in the form of Data DAOs. This talk discusses the promises and perils of Data DAOs. We draw on our experience "on the frontline," implementing Data DAOs on top of the open source DAO DAO contracts.

This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.

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Nick Merrill, Ph.D. 2018, directs the Daylight Lab at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. This lab produces tools for understanding and addressing critical issues in security. More at

Jake Hartnell, MIMS ’14, is a core contributor to DAO DAO, Juno, and Stargaze. For more on DAO DAO see

Nick Merrill
Nick Merrill
Jacob Hartnell
Jacob Hartnell


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January 13, 2023