Foundations for Grassroots Democratic Metaverse

Ehud Shapiro, Nimrod Talmon

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Abstract

While the physical lives of many of us are in democracies (one person, one vote - e.g., the EU and the US), our digital lives are mostly in autocracies (one person, all votes - e.g., Facebook). Cryptocurrencies promise liberation but stop short, at plutocracy (one coin, one vote). What would it take for us to live in a digital democracy? This paper offers a vision, a theoretical framework, and an architecture for a grassroots network of autonomous, people-owned, people-operated, and people-governed digital communities, namely a grassroots democratic metaverse. It also charts a roadmap towards realizing it, and identifies unexplored territory for MAS research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2022
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS)
Pages1814-1818
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781713854333
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Event21st International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2022 - Auckland, Virtual, New Zealand
Duration: 9 May 202213 May 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1548-8403
ISSN (Electronic)1558-2914

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2022
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland, Virtual
Period9/05/2213/05/22

Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • Democratic DAO
  • Digital Democracy
  • Digital Social Contracts
  • Grassroots Cryptoeconomy
  • Grassroots Protocol Stack
  • On-Chain Governance
  • Personal & Community Cryptocurrency
  • Social Choice
  • Sybil Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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