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Structural Governance Within structural governance, we consider the question of insider fraud, the theft of both digital value within the Financial Cryptography system and of any physical value that underlies the virtual value managed by the system.
With any payment system, there is an ability to create new assets, or misdirect existing assets, all with no more work than a few button pushes. To address this, we use the approach of separation of concerns to address the agency problem of holding owners' assets, but protecting them from internal attack.
This problem is normally handled by separating out management of day-to-day assets with the creation of assets in the system, and increasing the work required for any fraudulent transactions.
The general schema that is advised to Issuers is as follows [ 50 ]. In order to limit the creation of value, for each issuance, a special account is designated as the mint, or the creator of value.
This account is placed in the hands of a reliable professional source such as an accountant or lawyer, who will hopefully only have an interest in using the account under the probity of the governance regime.
Then, a manager account is designated that receives any new float from the mint, and also returns any redemptions. It thus becomes the Issuer's responsibility to ensure that the mint account is rarely used, and then with full authorisation and wide scrutiny. Meanwhile, the manager's account is regularly used, but holds only limited amounts of value for day to day requirements.
The above are general techniques that are supported within the Ricardo system, but are as applicable elsewhere.
Certain features get specific support, such as value caps on accounts and target account limitatons. Note how these protection techniques that we use are partly outside the domain of the technical system. Rather than being outside scope, their discussion here is simply a reflection of the claims that the total security of the system is a holistic issue, and governance is the layer where we solve the security challenges that remain after we have attempted to solve as many as possible in the lower layers.
Finally, in dynamic governance, we provide for monitoring of key values by the user community, and thus share the auditing burden. These values can be audited in an issued currency within the Ricardo system: Total value of digital float: Amount currently held in the issuance manager's account.
From this account is drawn new value to be sold, or into this account, old user value is redeemed.
The balance sheet of the currency, which is effectively the above numbers, and the total of user value outstanding. As a balance sheet, the total float, minus the manager's account, should equal the outstanding users' total value.
With some limitations, it is useful to provide summaries of movements such as bought and sold values through the manager's account, the mint account, and number of user accounts.
Mirroring the Governance Model It is also worth noting that when a currency is reserved by an underlying asset for example, if a gold-denominated currency had physical metal escrowed to reserve it then the above governance features should be mirrored for the reserves.
That is, to continue the example of gold, there should be separate parties responsible for the ingress and egress of metal into storage, and there should be independent verification of the number of bars currently placed in escrow.
Accounting In order to meet the conflicting objectives of privacy and flexibility, Ricardo uses a conventional accounting model with some additional features: Accounts are units of allocation of ownership, and are not identities. A user may create these on demand, and likewise dispose of them.
Lower layers must provide some mechanism for these accounts. Sub-accounts manage a particular form of value within an account. The sub-account is simply the intersection of ownership authentication the account with the value description the contract.
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