ARC : Listing due diligence with the Kleros T2CR

Following the expressed need of decentralized risk teams evaluating assets to be listed as collateral, here is an Aave Request for Comments (ARC) on a proposal to use the Token² Curated Registry as part of a due diligence process before listing new assets.

We propose to create two Aave badges (one for listing assets and another for listing them as collateral) on the Token² Curated Registry. This registry will validate that assets requesting a listing satisfy Aave risk criteria. Assets getting an Aave badge can be put to vote on Aave governance for listing.

Abstract

Listing assets on Aave and in particular assets as collateral is an important part of protocol governance:

  • Assets which can be borrowed on Aave. Those need to have smart contracts compatible with Aave and be of relative interest in order not to clutter the UI and use gas for nothing. They should also have enough liquidity to avoid huge price increases (drops are fine) in a short time period which would make some positions undercollateralized.
  • Assets which can also act as collateral. Those are particularly critical to Aave. In case of rapid price change of the asset, some loans could end up undercollateralized which would lead to staked AAVE being auctioned to reimburse outstanding protocol debt. Even worse, in case the asset is compromised (either due to a smart contract bug or a misbehavior of an actor managing the system), all the money in Aave could be stolen.

The Aave team used to handle the listing process and had set up a risk team to do due diligence on assets to be listed on the protocol. With the value in Aave increasing and the listing process being transferred to the decentralized governance system, additional due diligence tools are needed to keep the system at the highest safety standards.

We propose to create two Aave badges on the Token² Curated Registry as an additional due diligence tool for token listing. Anyone will be able request an Aave badge for an asset by putting a deposit. Anyone would be able to challenge an Aave badge explaining why the asset risks exceed the acceptable risks as defined by the Aave risk methodology. In this case a Kleros dispute would be created. Unchallenged assets and assets who won their disputes can be put to vote for listing on Aave governance.

See full proposal:

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In order to comply with the new ARC process, I’ve added the community poll.

Do you support the “Listing due diligence with the Kleros T2CR” proposal?
  • Yes
  • No

0 voters

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For a good time, I’d like to refer a case that demonstrates the lengths challengers and jurors went through in the past when doing due diligence for the Ethfinex (now DeversiFi) badge: The BaerChain case.

Kleros · Court → Open the evidence section

Below is a link to just one evidence submitted by an anonymous detective that found several potential violations of the acceptance criteria, but the most interesting part was the investigation on the members of the project themselves:

The final statement about being a senior researcher of Blockchain Research Laboratories in Oxford is not consistent with the facts following:

  • There is no entity called “Blockchain Research Laboratories” in Oxford

  • I contacted the director of the closest entity by name called “Blockchain Research Center” and this person is not known there.

  • There is no scientific publication written by Scott Bingley neither we can find his name mentioned as a contributor on the topic of “blockchain” or “cryptocurrency”. It’s highly unlikely for a senior research scientist.

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Feel free to ask any questions about how the protocol works.

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