Aragon Court used a developer’s private data in a pilot test without his authorization. Following the developer’s complaint, Aragon apologized for the incident.
It was reported that Yaz Khoury, a developer from the Ethereum Classic Cooperative (ECC), denounced that Aragon had used his name without his consent in a pilot trial held at Aragon Court, a protocol designed to resolve real legal disputes.
The Aragon Court pilot test also included evidence and other elements inspired by real events. This caused excitement and confusion among the community, raising doubts about his reputation and integrity.
The developer said a version of the sequence of events that was supported by the Aragon Foundation. The latter also issued a statement apologizing for what happened and explaining the measures to vindicate those affected.
Source of Dispute
The case discussed in the simulated trial refers to Khoury’s participation in the Gitcoin platform, where he organized last January a fundraising campaign under the CLR (Capital-constrained Liberal Radicalism) format, a scheme described in the white paper published by Vitalik Buterin and Glen Weil.
It should be mentioned that this scheme allows the organizers to receive more funds from the Ethereum Foundation and Consensys for each donor contributing to the campaign. This system also allows placing funds strategically to benefit different public interest projects within the platform.
Khoury explained that the fact that he was approved to conduct his fundraising round did not please some members of the Ethereum community, who initiated a debate on which people should be authorized to participate in the platform.
He Ethereum developer claimed to have been advised by a legal team to file defamation complaints, upon receiving hundreds of messages and comments making false assumptions. Some even thought that Gitcoin had begun proceedings against Khoury in Aragon.
The developer said that seeing his name involved in this type of controversy compromised all his work and reputation within the community.
Response and Proposed Solutions
Aragon apologized, acknowledging that they had made several mistakes including not having the consent of the parties involved (Yaz Khoury and Gitcoin) in the virtual trial. They also apologized to the jury and other participants for the inconvenience caused when discussing this issue without authorization.
They also affirmed that this discussion scenario interested them because they discussed key aspects regarding fund-raising rounds and other activities done by the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization), the organizational structure of Aragon Court.
After talking to the parties involved, Aragon informed that it was decided that this pilot test will never be considered as a case study or practical example of the functions of the platform, thus not establishing such a confusing precedent.
It was also decided to erase the entire content of the dispute, which Aragon One considers challenging as the information is distributed in various nodes with which a consensus must be reached. Similarly, it was indicated that the funds invested or spent by the parties in this process will be returned. This situation has been a valuable learning experience for Aragon to avoid making similar mistakes in the future.
By Alexander Salazar