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Data Snack: DAOs are gaining traction with consumers as well as regulators

  • The number of DAOs has increased by 8.8 times, reaching 6000.
  • A leaked draft of an upcoming bill shows that regulators may soon call for founders and users of all DAOs to disclose their identity to the government.

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Data Snack: DAOs are gaining traction with consumers as well as regulators


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