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AssangeDAO & Pak NFT Auction
The primary mission of AssangeDAO is to raise capital for the legal fees of Julian Assange. We are cypherpunks seeking to free Assange from the legacy justice system. To achieve this goal, AssangeDAO will gather funds to bid in the upcoming NFT auction of an artwork made in collaboration between Julian Assange and Pak.
AssangeDAO first banded together on December 10th, 2021, the day that the U.S. government won its appeal of a British court ruling that barred Assange’s extradition to the US. Assange is facing up to 175 years in prison in US if found guilty of all charges. It is our beliefs that DAOs are a powerful coordination mechanism that cypherpunks can wield to free Assange.
Assange was an early crypto and free software developer having created the original rubberhouse encryption system, the forerunner to nmap, numerous UNIX tools and contributed to major free software projects such as postgres. The Assange DAO represents a line in the sand where cypherpunks stand up for the original cypherpunk who helped make all this possible.
Censored NFT Collection: Assange x Pak
Censored is an NFT collection in collaboration with Assange and renowned digital artist Pak that is set to be auctioned on February 7th 2022. The collection consists of a 1/1 dynamic NFT and a dynamic open edition in which anyone can participate.
AssangeDAO aims to raise ETH to purchase the 1/1 dynamic NFT. Proceeds raised from the NFT sale will benefit the Assange Defense fund for legal fees and campaigning to raise awareness about the Julian extradition trial. We aim to form a dedicated community and network that can aid in the fight for the liberation of Julian Assange.
JuiceBox Raise & JUSTICE Token
Following the footsteps of ConstitutionDAO, AssangeDAO will be raising ETH via JuiceBox in which each participate will donate ETH and in return receive a proportional share of a governance token, $JUSTICE. JuiceBox is a tried and tested platform for DAOs with a clear mission statement.
$JUSTICE will be the token that governs the AssangeDAO. If the auction is won by the DAO the NFT will be held in a multi-sig. The community will decide via governance what to do with the NFT and the future roadmap of the DAO. If the DAO loses the auction for the NFT, the Gnosis Guild Zodiac Exit Module will be added to the Gnosis Safe by the Safe signers. The ETH in the Gnosis Safe will then be redeemable for $JUSTICE tokens. This module will only be added to the Safe if the auction for the NFT is lost, to provide a way for:
1. The DAO to continue to live on regardless of if we win the auction.
2. People to easily exit the DAO with all contributions they made if they only participated because of the NFT.
Initially, as many other DAOs in the space, the DAOs governance mechanism will involve a Gnosis Safe multi-sig wallet with trusted individuals in the crypto space as signers. $JUSTICE holders will be able to vote on governance proposals via a snapshot governance page which will dictate the future direction of the DAO. Refer to the assangedao.org website for more details on an initial DAO governance model.
Assange has spent 1000 days in Belmarsh prison - the UK's equivalent of Guantanamo - where the hardest criminals and terrorists are detained. He suffers major health related issues and stress, having recently had a stroke while awaiting trial."
The DAO aims to ensure Assange has proper legal funding in perpetuity to fight the injustices imposed by the failing legal justice system.
We, the cypherpunks, are rallying to the cause of a fellow cypherpunk in distress.
‘One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.’
— Julian Assange