BAT Community Weekly Update: 06/07/2019 to 06/13/2019 — Guest AMA with Daniel Gouldman (CEO) and Ian Kane (COO) of Ternio, Supporting the Web Privacy Community (blog), Brendan Eich (CEO) featured in Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends report

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

AMA RECAP: Special Guest AMA with Daniel Gouldman (CEO), and Ian Kane (COO), Founders and Co-owners of Ternio

BLOG: Brave recruits Ryan ‘FanBoy’ Brown, top maintainer of EasyList & EasyPrivacy, FanBoy Adblock Lists, to help support growth of ad blocking/tracker filter lists and web privacy community

Brave will be supporting the Web privacy community by funding and supporting the growth and maintenance of tracking and advertising blocking filter lists. Brave uses many such lists, some of which Brave maintains, some developed through online communities (EasyList and EasyPrivacy), and some generated by other terrific Web privacy activists.  Filter lists help prevent websites from sharing your information with advertisers and trackers, make websites load faster, and save you data.

Brave will be contracting with Ryan Brown (aka “FanBoy” of “Fanboy Adblock Lists”) to support his work maintaining EasyList and EasyPrivacy.  Ryan is currently the top committer to these lists, and has been maintaining them as a volunteer.

Featured Creators

Inside America on YouTube

My name is Anas Ebraheem I show my life as an Iraqi-American in the United States.

Check out Anas’ channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv-VTkoSzcPcbE2cDkatw1A/videos

Thansis1997 on YouTube

Hello Friends, I’m Thanasis!

Welcome to my channel, where my goal is to provide you with the highest quality, most informative and mind-blowing top 10 & list videos on YouTube.

My videos will feed your mind with interesting information about topics such as new technology, future transportation, tech news, cars, motorcycles, concept vehicles, autonomous driving, science, gadgets, innovations, luxury vehicles and many more!

All my videos are created with the purpose to entertain & educate you. I would greatly appreciate it if you could give me some feedback about the topics I cover and also letting me know which videos you’d like me to make next. I really enjoy reading your comments.

To stay up to date with my latest videos, make sure to subscribe to this YouTube channel by clicking the Subscribe Button above.

Subscribe to Thanasis’ channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3QR34uMm1pxfkZyUMeLhXw

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit): dk_weekinmemes
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Fred Flores
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): the_behrouz

This week, we also held an another, extra special giveaway where we decided to award merch to users with the most upvoted questions from Daniel Goldman and Ian Kane’s Guest AMA earlier this week! And the winners are:

1. u/bananablocks
2. u/Jeu154
3. u/SleepShadow
4. u/LegitLaz
5. u/xcommit

Congrats all! Be sure to check your PMs for a message from u/CryptoJennie about your prize!

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.66.88

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.88

Dev Channel v0.67.79

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.67.79

Android Channel v1.0.97

https://github.com/brave/browser-android-tabs/releases/tag/v1.0.97

Brave Team Tweets

Yan Zhu showing up at E3!
Brendan comments on Google’s “cleanest” ad model, and possibly blocking it.
Can YouTube demonetize a Brave Creator?
Ads coming to Android “very soon” and then iOS.
Vimeo is on the list of creators to support!
Does Brave censor?
Brave Extensions on… A Brave Web Store?
Three MILLION ads blocked.
So, Brave’s an ad blocker that pays you to unblock ads? No. Sampson explains how Brave works in detailed series of tweets.
Brave is tending.

BAT/Brave in the News

Brendan shows up in Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report

Security and regulation such as GDPR and California’s Consumer Privacy Act are also playing a role in the slow down. “Privacy consciousness is rising and the tech industry is making changes on that front, but privacy by default is increasingly required by lead users,” Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave, says. “As users become more aware of surveillance capitalism, solutions that put the user first will reshape the landscape.” Check this quote out as well as the rest of the article here:

Read the full text here: https://adage.com/article/digital/mary-meekers-2019-internet-trends-report-11-highlights-and-lots-industry-insight/2177626

News You Should Know

Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome’s anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase

Despite sharing a common Chromium codebase, browser makers like Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi don’t have plans on crippling support for ad blocker extensions in their products — as Google is currently planning on doing within Chrome.

Read the full text here:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/opera-brave-vivaldi-to-ignore-chromes-anti-ad-blocker-changes-despite-shared-codebase/

Google: We’re not killing ad blockers. Translation: We made them too powerful, we’ll cram this genie back in its bottle

Google’s extension team makes a more general claim that one aspect of a powerful API in particular, the content filtering capability of webRequest, poses potential security and privacy problems. This interface is used by blockers to inspect requests for page content so they can kill off any unwanted stuff in real-time. However, it is proposed that this API will in future be off-limits to extensions for the likes of you and me, to prevent plugins from turning against their users to spy on them or tamper with page data.

Yet Google will allow this capability to stand for enterprise-managed extensions “because of the deep integrations that enterprises may have between their software suites and Chrome.” Google fails to explain why enterprise administrators using Chrome can be trusted to make their own security decisions but ordinary folks using Chrome cannot.

Read the full text here: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/13/google_chrome_ad_blockers/

Internal emails suggest Zuckerberg was aware of Facebook privacy issues: report

Facebook has turned over internal emails to regulators that appear to show that CEO Mark Zuckerberg was at least partially aware of third parties amassing user data from the social network, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the emails, said that documents handed over to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) show Zuckerberg’s close involvement in addressing third-party data collection on Facebook’s platform.

Read the full text here: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/448234-internal-emails-suggest-zuckerberg-was-aware-of-facebook-privacy-issues

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/31/2019 to 06/06/2019 — Guest AMA with Daniel Gouldman (CEO) and Ian Kane (COO) of Ternio, AMA with Jimmy Secretan (highlights), #BRAVESTATS giveaway winners!

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

BLOG: Highlights from Jimmy Secretan’s BAT Community AMA

I grew up in and around Orlando, Florida. Some of my earliest memories were of taking household items and using them to try and build interesting machines. And after several early visits to EPCOT, I knew I wanted to spend my life thinking about what the future could be like. See, back then, it wasn’t all just movie tie-ins, it was a bold statement that we should all think about how life could be completely different and much better if we are willing to work to make it happen.

AMA: Upcoming Guest AMA with Daniel Gouldman (CEO), and Ian Kane (COO), Founders and Co-owners of Ternio: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 @ 9:30 – 10:30am PT on r/BATProject

Ternio provides white-label technology to enterprise customers giving blockchain and cryptocurrency real-world application. Ternio solved the issues related to blockchain scalability and payment utility of cryptocurrency to demonstrate how companies will become better, faster, and more efficient.  

You can submit questions for Daniel and Ian early, here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/bwc6b0/upcoming_guest_ama_with_daniel_gouldman_ceo_and/

BROWSER: The latest Brave browser desktop update (v0.65.118) has redesigned Settings, as well as new sidebar navigation for the Settings page

Featured Creators

Never Another Now on YouTube

Follow this family’s adventures as they cruise around the United States in their RV!

Subscribe to Never Another Now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH5c9PzEOG_XJurxO-KuRqg

Follow Never Another Now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/neveranothernow

Basscornbread on Twitch

Hi everyone and welcome to the Cornbread Kingdom!

I am entertainer who sings, raps and dances.

I enjoy real talks and helping people. I am a romanticist and somebody who respects all people. I stream freestyle rap, Singing and gaming of a variety of genres.

Check out basscornbread on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/basscornbread

@SKINNYLEGENDS on Twitter

They’re a BTS fan account. Enough said.

Micode Talks [FR]

Vous n’avez pas beaucoup de temps à consacrer à l’Informatique ? Moi si. Autant vous faire profiter des petites choses que peu de gens savent ! Je n’ai pas la prétention de vouloir vous former, mais si j’ai éveillé votre curiosité en vous apprenant quelque chose, alors j’ai atteint mon objectif !

Abonnez-vous à Micode Talks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYnvxJ-PKiGXo_tYXpWAC-w/about

Richard Keelin on YouTube

Solo guitarist – www.richardkeelin.com for booking shows/studio and more. For funding, please visit https://www.patreon.com/richardkeelin

Subscribe to Richard Keelin on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd2-1mnkc0QLPDOV2P64iNg

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit): u/bananablocks
  • Tuesday (Twitter): @TarantuloTV
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Amber Boroff
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): u/BAT4Lyfe1

And the winner’s of last weekend’s #BRAVESTATS giveaway are:

Twitter: @intj_atx, @dualisticplanet, @thedailyjuiceAU, @CryptoBarber85, @scorpii_io

Reddit: u/canadagram, u/TeckneeKaleeti, u/Psocoptera451, u/Vitamin_33, u/mcgooz

Congratulations! You’ve each won a Brave hoodie + beanie! Big thank you to everyone who shared their stats! Rock on & stay Brave!

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Client Updates

Release Channel v0.65.118

In this latest release, we’ve added sidebar navigation for brave://settings (#958), updated design for brave://settings (#955), fixed publishers not being displayed as verified in certain cases (#3780), upgraded Chromium to 75.0.3770.80 (#4724), and much more!

See the full release notes here: https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.118

Beta Channel v0.66.83

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.83

Dev Channel v0.67.73

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.67.73

Brave Team Tweets

Brave page transition is coming to nightly/dev/beta channels.
ETH wallet is coming too.  
Withdrawing tokens? Working on it. (With appropriate Know Your Customer protections, of course!)
Why isn’t Brave Rewards online in Ireland? It’s coming, and Luke is on the case.
Herrrre’s Johnny! (In DC.)
A user had questions on Brave referral codes. Sampson explains why Brave uses the method they do
Who wouldn’t want a GDPR pillow?

BAT/Brave in the News

While a year old, this was just published on London Web Standards. Check out Dr. Ben Livshits talking about Web 3.0!

Brave is a browser that aims to disrupt online advertising, while simultaneously protecting the privacy of the user. Brave tends to also be quite a bit faster than the competition.

In this talk I will describe some of the novel browser features, such as a cryptocurrency wallet, an ad system, and our push to enable interesting interactions with what some people call Web 3.0.

News You Should Know

Department of Justice reportedly preparing Google antitrust investigation

The US Department of Justice is preparing to kick off an antitrust investigation of Google, according to a report late Friday by The Wall Street Journal.

The department is expected to examine Google’s search practices, as well as its other businesses, the report said. Though the Federal Trade Commission investigated Google several years ago, this time it’ll step aside for the DOJ to conduct the inquiry.

https://www.cnet.com/news/department-of-justice-reportedly-preparing-google-antitrust-investigation/

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/24/2019 to 05/30/2019 — AMA with Dr. Johnny Ryan, interview with Ryan Watson, Luke Mulks to attend AdMonsters Ops NY, Etherscan.io now a Brave verified publisher!

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

AMA: Highlights from Dr. Johnny Ryan’s BAT Community AMA

The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects that Brave partners or works with.

The latest AMA took place on May 31st and featured Dr. Johnny Ryan, Brave’s Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer. Johnny fielded both pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors on a number of topics, such as his appearance in front of the US Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month, the level of concern among legislators outside of Europe (e.g. in the United States) regarding web privacy, and whether he believes there will be real consequences—like fines—for tech giants known to mishandle sensitive user information. Johnny touched upon the inefficiency of real-time bidding (RTB), Ted Nelson’s Literary Machines, and the history of his (now famous!) colorful suit ties.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ama-with-dr-johnny-ryan/

BRAVE TEAM: Cayman Enterprise City Interview with BAT/Brave’s Ryan Watson, Director of IT & Infrastructure

Ryan shares how he made it to Brave, challenges facing the industry, and more.

Read the article here: https://www.caymanenterprisecity.com/blog/ryan-watson-brave

ANDROID: Brave Ads UI preview

PARTNERS: DuckDuckGo promotes Brave in recent tweet!

PUBLISHERS & CREATORS: Etherscan.io is now verified with BAT/Brave and officially accepting BAT tips

PUBLISHERS & CREATORS: Largest Twitch streamer, Tfue, mentions needing to download Brave, live on stream to 100K+ viewers

PODCAST: Donny Dvorin of Never Stop Marketing Research gives a shoutout to BAT/Brave on The Bad Crypto Podcast

Talk of Brave & BAT begins at ~15:06.

Featured Creators

King McKay on YouTube

Hey It’s King Mckay!

I discuss fantasy characters, themes and stories from popular TV shows / books! Though more importantly here we engage with theories, threads and discussions formed by the communities behind the shows! Currently this is consisting of reviews, breakdowns and analysis videos on HBO’s hit show Game Of Thrones and HISTORY’s Vikings.

https://www.youtube.com/user/twkingmckay/videos

Vancouver Poetry Slam

Poetry from the weekly Vancouver Poetry Slam.  Every Monday at 8PM at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive in Vancouver BC.

https://www.youtube.com/user/PoetrySlamVancouver/featured

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Tuesday (Twitter): @Yashilou, @ConnorKing_
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Joel Steeves
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): u/addiscoin

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.66.80

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.80

Dev Channel v0.67.70

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.67.70

iOS v1.9.3

https://github.com/brave/brave-ios/releases/tag/v1.9.3

Release Notes:

  • This one is just a small housekeeping update with a couple internal optimizations. It also includes a fix for an issue that caused Brave to crash for a small number of people.

Brave Team Tweets

Luke Mulks at AdMonsters Ops NY!
Brave is working on being-your-own-wallet with KYC (know your customer).
New Paper from Brave’s Chief Scientist — The Anatomy of a Cryptocurrency Pump-and-Dump Scheme
Brave adding too many clicks to tip? Users make suggestions, Brave listens.
Google’s DoubleClick is making the news as a giant leakage of personal data.
Brave’s Brian Bondy tweets about Brave’s multiple release channels, how long it takes for a new feature to be released, when they know a feature will happen, and more.

BAT/Brave in the News

Want a Cut of the $39B Facebook Makes Off Your Data? That’s About $5 a Month

For many years, platforms such as Facebook and Google have tracked user data — from browsing history to email addresses — and deployed that to offer companies targeted advertisements. In 2017, Facebook earned $20.21 per user this way, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission — its 1.94 billion monthly active users at the time would have brought in $39 billion in revenue. But none of that money was shared with users.

Now, a host of startups are threatening to challenge that model and force Facebook and Google to adapt—or suffer—with an alternative approach that gives consumers the option to both control their own data and to profit from it.

Read the full text here: https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/want-a-cut-of-the-39b-facebook-makes-off-your-data-thats-about-5-a-month/94103

Is GDPR working? Brave’s Johnny Ryan says it’s starting to, and marketers must heed the risks

Since being implemented last May, GDPR has impacted privacy debates around the world. It has also been an influence on California’s forthcoming CCPA, set to take effect next January. But has GDPR accomplished what it set out to do; is it working?

Read the full text here: https://marketingland.com/is-gdpr-working-braves-johnny-ryan-says-its-starting-to-and-marketers-must-heed-the-risks-261606

Google’s Chrome Becomes Web ‘Gatekeeper’ and Rivals Complain

Google won by offering consumers a fast, customizable browser for free, while embracing open web standards. Now that Chrome is the clear leader, it controls how the standards are set. That’s sparking concern Google is using the browser and its Chromium open-source underpinnings to elbow out online competitors and tilt entire industries in its favor.

That dominance means Google sets the standard for what the internet is supposed to be. And in that vision, advertising and user data collection are the defaults

Read the full text here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-28/google-s-chrome-becomes-web-gatekeeper-and-rivals-complain

News You Should Know

Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution For the Web

A typical website is made of numerous components coming from a wide variety of sources. Many of the sources that make up a website are opaque to the user, and some third-party resources are designed to identify and track users as they browse the web, often in order to retarget ads and measure ad campaign effectiveness.

The combination of third-party web tracking and ad campaign measurement has led many to conflate web privacy with a web free of advertisements. We think that’s a misunderstanding. Online ads and measurement of their effectiveness do not require Site A, where you clicked an ad, to learn that you purchased something on Site B. The only data needed for measurement is that someone who clicked an ad on Site A made a purchase on Site B.

Today we are presenting a new technology to allow attribution of ad clicks on the web while preserving user privacy.

Google holds firm on Chrome changes that may break ad blockers

When it comes to concerns over new ad-blocking limits planned for Chrome, Google has budged but so far hasn’t moved very far. The company is responding to criticism of proposed changes to its Chrome web browser that may cripple ad-blocking tools. Though Google revealed it’s lifting some limits and plans an exemption for enterprise users, it doesn’t look like the search giant has been fundamentally persuaded by critics.

Read the full text here: https://www.cnet.com/news/google-holds-firm-on-chrome-changes-that-may-break-ad-blockers/

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/17/2019 to 05/23/2019 — Dr. Johnny Ryan’s testimony at the US Senate Judiciary Committee (video), Brave R&D: dVPNs (blog), Twitter tips now available for testing in Brave Nightly (desktop)

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

BLOG: Google faces first investigation by its European lead authority for “suspected infringement of the GDPR, following formal complaint from Brave

Today, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a major GDPR probe into “suspected infringement” by Google’s “DoubleClick/Authorized Buyers” advertising business. The probe was triggered by a formal complaint from Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy Officer at Brave, the private web browser.

The Irish Data Protection Commission has just announced that “a statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited’s processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange”

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/dpc-google/

BLOG: Dr. Johnny Ryan’s testimony at the US Senate Judiciary Committee

Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave testified on Tuesday, 21 May at the US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem and the Impact of Data Privacy and Competition Policy”. The other panelists are Brian O’Kelley, founder of AppNexus; Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto; Fiona M. Scott Morton, Yale School of Management; and Jan M. Rybnicek, Freshfields.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ryan-testimony-may-2019/

Watch the video here: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/understanding-the-digital-advertising-ecosystem-and-the-impact-of-data-privacy-and-competition-policy

AMA: Highlights from our very first partner AMA with Lin Dai, CEO & CO-Founder of TAP Network

Brave’s most recent AMA took place on May 20th and featured Lin Dai, CEO & Co-Founder of Hooch App and TAP Network, the first advertising and data network that connects brands to reward consumers directly using blockchain. Brave’s partnership with TAP, announced back in February of 2019, will allow Brave users to redeem Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) for real-world rewards offered by over 250,000 top brand partners in the TAP Network.

Read the full text here: https://brave.com/ama-with-lin-dai/

BRAVE R&D: Requirement Analysis of Decentralized Virtual Private Networks (dVPNs)

In this blogpost we explore the ecosystem of decentralized Virtual Private Networks (dVPNs), a new form of VPNs with no central authority. DVPNs are fairly recent VPN solutions  where the users are both client and server, in the sense that when they join a dVPN they also offer a portion of their upload bandwidth to carry traffic for other users. We first overview existing user-hosted dVPNs, both commercial and research solutions, and highlight their strengths and weaknesses. Next, we derive a set of requirements for deploying a trusted and reliable dVPN. We finally benchmark each existing dVPN against such requirements based on available public information. It is interesting to notice that these requirements should be a good starting point for classic/centralized VPNs, and this is not always the case today.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/analysis-of-dvpns/

BRAVE REWARDS: Twitter tips now available for testing in Brave Nightly (desktop). Reward users directly for great tweets!  

For users of our Nightly desktop version, we’re testing a new feature for tipping tweets with Brave Rewards. Tips are sent instantly for those verified via creators.brave.com. Tips to unverified users are held in your browser. Your feedback is welcome at https://community.brave.com/

Check out the new Tips landing page: https://brave.com/tips

Note: There will be no user grants for Brave users testing the Nightly build. Users who wish to test Twitter tipping in the first 30 days must self-fund their Brave Rewards wallet.

EVENT: Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist, to speak about Brave at Crypto Valley Conference 2019 in Zug, Switzerland (Jun. 24-26)

Professionals and experts from all around the world will gather together in order to discuss important topics such as blockchain and use of it in the industry.

Learn more + buy tickets here: https://blockference.com/blockchain-conferences/crypto-valley-conference-2019-zug-644

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit): Mooks79
  • Tuesday (Twitter): @TimTannian
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Jocelyn Cabillan  
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): terabyter9000

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Featured Creators

Punjabi Cooking on YouTube

“Hello Friends,
My name is Manjeet Kaur. I am the host of this channel Punjabi Cooking here I share all recipes direct from my Kitchen. Punjabi Cooking is about tasty delicious and Yummy food recipes that can be made easily at home. My cooking videos are simple and show how to cook with the ingredients commonly available in every Kitchen.”

Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMdK9x0i5JDfOyAYc7KePKA/featured

Everything Science on YouTube

Welcome to my channel! What you will find here are science videos. Mainly physics, technology, chemistry, and biology (and specific branches of these topics).

Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeLdtIbVMCVl7sIeuHchwMA/featured

LearningFrenchFree.com

Bonjour! Are you ready to spend a few minutes or hours to learn or review some French? Good! you’ll find on this website 350+ audio files to listen to and repeat, all given to you here for FREE!

Client Updates

Android v1.0.94-rc.3

https://github.com/brave/browser-android-tabs/releases/tag/v1.0.94-rc.3

Dev Channel v.0.66.75

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.75

Beta Channel v0.65.110

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.110

iOS v1.9.3

Release notes:

  • This one is just a small housekeeping update with a couple internal optimizations. It also includes a fix for an issue that caused Brave to crash for a small number of people.

Release Channel v.0.64.77

Release notes:

  • Upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.169. (#4526)

Brave Team Tweets

What if we could partially pay for our subscriptions services with BAT?
Can Brave see what’s syncing?
Publisher model… coming soon?
Brave ads coming to Italy!

News You Should Know

Percival: Making In-Browser Perceptual Ad Blocking Practical With Deep Learning

Check out this new paper published by Zain ul Abi Din, Panagiotis Tigas, Samuel T. King, and Benjamin Livshits. In this paper, they present PERCIVAL, a browser-embedded, lightweight, deep learning-powered ad blocker. PERCIVALembeds itself within the browser’s image rendering pipeline, which makes it possible to intercept every image obtained during page execution and to perform blocking based on applying machine learning for image classification to flag potential ads.

Read more here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.07444

Advertising Fraud Losses to Reach $42 Billion in 2019, Driven by Evolving Tactics by Fraudsters

A new study from Juniper Research forecasts that advertisers will lose $42 billion of ad spend globally this year to fraudulent activities committed via online, mobile and in-app advertising. This is a 21% increase from the $35 billion lost to advertising fraud in 2018. This growth will be driven by increasingly sophisticated techniques being implemented by fraudsters.

Read more here: https://www.juniperresearch.com/press/press-releases/advertising-fraud-losses-to-reach-$42-billion

GDPR adtech complaints keep stacking up in Europe

The latest clutch of GDPR complaints aimed at the real-time bidding (RTB) system have been filed in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Spain.

All the complaints argue that RTB entails “wide-scale and systemic” breaches of Europe’s data protection regime, as personal date harvested to profile Internet users for ad-targeting purposes is broadcast widely to bidders in the adtech chain. The complaints have implications for key adtech players, Google and the Internet Advertising Bureau, which set RTB standards used by other in the online adverting pipeline.

Click the post to read the full text

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/11/2019 to 05/17/2019 — Partner AMA with Lin Dai (CEO of TAP Network), Refreshing the Verified Publishers List in Brave (video tutorial), NPR now a Brave verified publisher!

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

Upcoming Partner AMA with Lin Dai, Co-Founder & CEO of Hooch App and TAP Network: Monday, May 20th, 2019 @ 9:30-10:30am PT on r/BATProject!

Brave in late February, Brave announced a partnership with TAP Network, the first advertising and data network that connects brands to reward consumers directly using blockchain. Thanks to the partnership, Brave users will be able to redeem Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) for real-world rewards offered by over 250,000 top brand partners in the TAP Network. Very exciting stuff!

Today, we are thrilled to announce our first ever partner AMA with Lin Dai, the CEO and Co-founder of TAP Network!:

CREATORS: NPR (npr.org) is now verified with BAT/Brave and accepting BAT token contributions!

COMMUNITY: Refreshing the Verified Publishers List in Brave (Video tutorial by Dan Murphy)

There’s a new feature in Brave v0.64.76 to help you refresh the verified publishers list.

This is useful if you’ve recently verified a site and it’s not showing as verified. Or, if you know of a site that is verified is not showing as verified, try refreshing the list.

Check out the tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he1ZYz7C10c

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit): Mooks79
  • Tuesday (Twitter): @TimTannian
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Dave Berei
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): terabyter9000

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Featured Creators

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.66.66

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.66

Beta Channel v0.65.95

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.95

Release Channel v0.64.75

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.64.75

Release notes:

  • Added a manual refresh button to fetch new version of the verified publishers list. (#3339)
  • Fixed theme under Brave Shields not being changed when switching themes. (#3870)
  • Fixed “Reset settings” feature under brave://settings. (#2708)
  • Fixed notifications not being dismissible under reward panel in certain cases causing performance
  • more!

Brave Team Tweets

New partner AMAs are coming up!
Different types of ads are coming in the future.
More advertising variety coming soon.
Did you see what Luke was up to with The Giving Block? Imagine if we could do more charitable giving this way.
Sampson is now talking about Brave making a VPN…
Evidence that Google and Facebook are collaborating with data sharing? Luke weighs in.
Johnny comments on complaints against Quantcast’s “suspected infringement.”
Got what it takes to be Brave’s Director of Marketing?

BAT/Brave in the News

National Public Radio (NPR) becomes a Brave verified publisher, now accepting Basic Attention Token for donations

https://cryptoslate.com/national-public-radio-npr-becomes-a-brave-verified-publisher-now-accepting-basic-attention-token-for-donations/

Guiding Tech features Brave in “Top 9 Safari Alternatives for iPhone”

https://www.guidingtech.com/safari-alternatives-iphone/

Start taking back your online privacy by making these 4 easy changes

https://www.fastcompany.com/90346476/the-4-fastest-ways-to-protect-your-online-privacy-starting-right-now

News You Should Know

It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

“Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive. The company’s mistakes — the sloppy privacy practices that dropped tens of millions of users’ data into a political consulting firm’s lap; the slow response to Russian agents, violent rhetoric and fake news; and the unbounded drive to capture ever more of our time and attention — dominate the headlines. It’s been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven’t worked at the company in a decade. But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility.”

Read the full text here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html

Google is about to have a lot more ads on phones

Google searches on mobile will soon include “gallery” ads that allow advertisers to display multiple images for users to swipe through. You’ll also begin to see ads in Google’s discover feed — the feed of news stories that you find built into many Android home screens, inside the Google app, and on Google’s mobile homepage — though they’ll only appear in select locations for now.

Read the full text here: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/14/18623541/google-gallery-discovery-mobile-ads-announced

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies.

Read the full text here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/facial-recognition-ban-san-francisco.html

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

Upcoming Partner AMA with Lin Dai, Co-Founder & CEO of Hooch App and TAP Network: Monday, May 20th, 2019 @ 9:30-10:30am PT on r/BATProject

Hello, I’m Lin!

I’m Lin Dai, CEO, and Co-founder of TAP Network. I was born in Shanghai, China, and moved with my family to Arizona when I was 12 years old. My father was a quantum chemistry professor at ASU at the forefront of developing computational models and simulations using the Craig Super Computer, so naturally, I gravitated towards computer science at a young age.

I attended Carnegie Mellon University and studied both computer science and business, and launched my first company out of my dorm, the first ever social network for teens, 4 years before MySpace. At the same time I developed the first ever credited course on Web Publishing for Carnegie Mellon, and upon graduation, became the youngest adjunct professor at CMU teaching the course I’ve designed.

My company was taken public and gave me the opportunity to move to NY, the media and advertising capital of the world, where I spent time at MTV/Viacom, and was eventually recruited by Alloy Media + Marketing, the parent company of Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries etc. to build out the company’s digital business. We successfully built the largest young adult advertising network at the time, reaching over 100M audiences, and over $200M in revenue. After Alloy, wanting to get back into the startup environment, I was excited about the mobile video space and joined a Canadian startup Keek as its CMO, and grew its audience to 75M users worldwide. The company was taken public on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

I returned to NY 3 years ago looking to start a new venture. I was dismayed at the state of the digital advertising industry and how major internet giants were unfairly exploiting consumer data. Combining my personal passion for rewards (I’m a bit of a travel rewards nerd), I saw the opportunity to disrupt the space by envisioning a universal rewards program where consumers earn rewards for sharing their data with permission. Around the same time, I fell in love with blockchain technology and its potential to usher in a new internet where consumers take control of their own data. Today we’ve built a network where consumers can delegate permission to their purchase data securely in exchange for rewards from 250,000+ top merchants and brand partners around the world, in travel, dining, entertainment, and e-commerce. Today our technology powers rewards for some of the biggest companies in media, entertainment, and blockchain, and we are just getting started!

Ask me anything!

For more from Lin, Hooch & the TAP Network:

Hooch official website: https://hoochrewards.com/

TAP Network official website: https://www.tapcoin.net/

Breakdown of Hooch and Tap from SkrillaKing 📷 https://youtu.be/E-V4S-z1G3sp

Follow Lin Dai on Twitter: @linXdai

Follow Hooch on Twitter: @HoochApp

TAP Network Telegram: https://t.me/tapcoinofficial

Hooch/TAP on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/TapcoinHooch

Official Brave blog post announcing Brave + TAP Network partnership: https://brave.com/brave-tap-blockchain/

The AMA will be held on r/BATProject, Monday, May 20th, 2019 from 9:30-10:30am Pacific time.

Please leave your questions for Lin in the comments of the official AMA thread, here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/bon1pn/upcoming_partner_ama_with_lin_dai_cofounder_ceo/

Questions will be collected, vetted and posted by your host, u/CryptoJennie, while the event is live (with credit to the OP). Questions that come in on the day of as comments in the live AMA thread will be of second priority.

See you there!

See our latest AMA with Jan Piotrowski, Des Martin and Brad Flora from April 10th, 2019 here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/bbnqew/were_jan_piotrowski_brad_flora_and_des_martin/

BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/04/2019 to 05/10/2019 — Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal (blog), Notice: An update on Brave Rewards UI, Brave reaches 1.95M DAU as of beginning of May

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to u/murphD for his contributions!

Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal

One of Brave’s main goals is to improve privacy on the Web, so that everyone can enjoy and interact with the Web while protecting their personal information.

The primary way Brave does this is by building a wide array of privacy protections that are on by default into our browsers, across all of our supported platforms.

A second way Brave works to improve privacy on the Web is through Web standards. For example, Brave advocates for privacy on several W3C committees, most significantly of which (for privacy) is PING, the Privacy Interest Group. As part of PING, Brave works to ensure that new Web standards don’t introduce new privacy risks, to Brave users or Web users in general.

This post discusses a new proposed Web standard, Client Hints, and why Brave is concerned that it harms Web privacy.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/brave-and-client-hints/

Notice: An update on Brave Rewards UI

Thanks for using Brave Rewards! At the end of every month, we have a claim process to make sure you are sent BAT for enabling Ads.

It has come to our attention that due to a timing difference our UI made some of you anxious that BAT were taken away. We want to assure you that this was not the case as the bug only affects the browser-side display of estimated value, not the real earnings you will receive. Any value that was deducted will appear automatically next cycle as part of next month’s claim process – and we’re fixing our UI accordingly.

Read the full bulletin here: https://community.brave.com/t/notice-an-update-on-brave-rewards-ui/59181  

GROWTH: Brave reaches 1.95M DAU as of beginning of May, 6.178M MAU as of end of April

https://mobile.twitter.com/BrendanEich/status/1126344850104696833

BRAVE ADS: Brendan Eich (CEO) confirms over 1300 advertisers are on the waiting list for Brave Ads

COMMUNITY: For the Chinese-speaking BAT fans, here is a Wechat group for you. We have close to 100 members now. You are welcome to join the gang. (Fanmade, unofficial)

COMMUNITY: Nananananananananana BAT CAKES! Yummy!

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Featured Creators

It’s official. Verified on Twitch. Even Added a Panel Banner. Over 1K Followers now asking about Brave/BAT.

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.66.59

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.59

Beta Channel v0.65.89

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.89

Release Channel v.0.63.55

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.63.55

Release Notes

  • Fixed display of Ad Rewards earnings in settings panel. (#4008)
  • Removed expiration date from the rewards UI for grants received from ads. (#4169)
  • Upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.131. (#4278)

Brave Team Tweets

How many ad accounts are on the waitlist?
100,000 Twitter followers!
Hmm… Facebook wants to make their own cryptocurrency payment system…
What’s the team up to with ad blocking?
Think of tracking as drones following you…
YouTube ads are showing ads for adult pics, but then linking to an app download?
Has Google authenticated you on Chrome yet? You should check. Or use Brave.
Vanity Metrics = No. Utility = Yes.
BAT in physical form? Not really. But Sampson is giving away some wonderful, limited-edition Brave coins!
Brave proxies things to keep you private.
Is Google telling the truth?
Is Quantcast in trouble with the Irish Data Protection Commission?
Brave offers up 5 BAT grant for a display issue problem.
Johnny sharing Brave’s insight at TransAtlantic Consumer Dialog
IAB is lawsuit bait.

BAT/Brave in the News

Johnny appears in The Register and speaks on Google’s cookie blocking feature.

Johnny Ryan, chief policy and industry relations officer at browser maker Brave, expressed disbelief that Google makes it sound as if it’s opposed to tracking.

“Google isn’t just the biggest tracker, it’s the biggest workaround actor of tracking prevention yet,” he said, pointing to the company’s efforts to bypass tracking protection in Apple’s Safari browser.

Read the full text here: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/08/google_cookie_diet_could_starve_competitors/

Brendan Eich speaks to Vox on Google’s privacy changes

“By not changing the default, by making it optional, Google is relying on people not changing it,” Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave, a privacy-oriented web browser and thus a Chrome competitor, told Recode. “Chrome users may never know this is an option.”

Eich estimates that people opting out would be in the “single digits.” Google declined to speculate or disclose the percentage of current Chrome users that change their browser settings on the world’s most popular web browser. Chrome has a more than 60 percent global market share.

Read the full text here: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/9/18537250/google-privacy-tracking-cookies

Inventor of the ad exchange and former CEO of AppNexus Brian O’Kelley makes a Brave mention in his latest post.

“Here’s the thing, Sundar Pichai. We hear lots of talk from Silicon Valley CEOs about how they are going to address privacy and other ethical issues. Actions are what count. You have some of the smartest people in the world at your company. You build incredible, consumer-centric products that have changed the world. If you wanted to build a privacy-centric browser, you could (see  and their attempts to protect privacy and enable ads). You could refuse to let ads run on dangerous content that facilitates misinformation and hate (see Infowars and Breitbart).”

Read the full text here: https://www.quora.com/What-is-your-opinion-of-Googles-new-move-to-update-its-privacy-features-so-that-it-forces-users-to-take-over-the-responsibility-of-their-data/answer/Brian-OKelley?ch=99&share=079217bd&srid=n7Z

News You Should Know

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

This move has the “semblance” of a pro-privacy effort, because of course the importance of cookies has waned a bit in recent years, thanks in part to the impact of smartphones and mobile browsers on web activity. So it’s questionable how courageous and pro-privacy a move this really is.

Read the full text here: https://news.yahoo.com/google-now-wants-crack-down-220418566.html

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The lawsuits come after a Motherboard investigation showed AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile sold phone location data that ended up with bounty hunters, and The New York Times covered an instance of Verizon selling data.

Read the full text here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k3dv3/verizon-tmobile-sprint-att-class-action-lawsuit-selling-phone-location-data

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks protecting customers’ private data, limiting screen time: ‘You are not our product’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is worried – about the protection of personal data, kids’ relationships with their devices, and the amount of time consumers are spending on devices.

Read the full text here: https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/apple-ceo-tim-cook-talks-protecting-customers-private/story?id=62808679

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 04/12/2019 to 04/18/2019 — Brave Rewards (opt-in BAT tipping) now live on Android, A worrying adtech exemption to California’s new privacy law (blog), upcoming 24 Hours of BAT event (global meetups)

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

Brave Rewards (opt-in BAT tipping) now live for millions of users on Android!

To celebrate this new release, Brave will be allocating 100,000 BAT grants (each grant is the BAT equivalent of approximately $5) to our Android users. Grants can be received by clicking on the “accept” button in Brave Rewards.

Brave Rewards is now available in the latest version of Brave for Android (1.0.91). To download it on your device, please visit the Google Play Store.

Read the full text here.

BLOG: “A worrying adtech exemption to California’s new privacy law”

Brave writes to the California Senate Judiciary Committee, opposing a new adtech exemption in the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). Brave also co-signs today’s letter from 28 technology companies supporting the Privacy For All amendment to fix loopholes in the CCPA.

Read the full post:https://brave.com/brave-ccpa-april-2019/

ARTICLE: “Back to Advertising Basics with Web3 Powered by Blockchain” on AdMonsters by Luke Mulks (BAT Team)

The explosion in the blockchain-based marketing landscape over the past 18 months has brought an interesting dynamic to the already complex world of digital advertising. There has been a lot of hype, a lot of hot air, a lot of learning, and a few solutions showing early promise around this new and emerging technology.

Read the full article here: https://www.admonsters.com/web3-advertising-basics-blockchain/

COMMUNITY: Join us on April 24, 2019, for 24 Hours of BAT, a global meetups event for BAT & Brave fans around the world!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world will hold BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. Scroll down to find one in your area!

The goal is to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

Check out the full post to find out if there’s a meetup happening near you!:

BROWSER: Check out the new, totally redesigned Settings panel in Brave!

Featured Creators

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.63.45
Dev Channel v0.64.56

Brave Team Tweets

Brave Rewards is live on Android!
The Internet Archive has earned the equivalent of $2500 USD in BAT!
It’s time to take your own steps with privacy.
Brave VPN coming…
Ready to be creeped out? Check out this video by Brave’s Johnny Ryan.
Quick video on how to tip and support sites!
Luke writes an Op-Ed (see tweet for the article!)
Johnny outlines Senate Bill 753, which proposes exceptions for servicing and auditing of ads. Read his series of tweets starting here
Brave co-signs Privacy for All
Johnny returns a keyboard… due to privacy.

BAT/Brave in the News

The web pioneer taking on Google with a private browser and a loyalty club

Brendan Eich’s Brave browser is designed to make browsing faster and more private—and though it blocks ads, it has a plan for paying publishers.

Read the full text here:https://www.fastcompany.com/90332739/this-web-pioneer-is-taking-on-google-with-a-privacy-first-browser

News You Should Know

Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million people’s email contacts without their consent

Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

Since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network, Business Insider can reveal. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was “unintentionally uploaded to Facebook,” and it is now deleting them.

Read the full text here: https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-uploaded-1-5-million-users-email-contacts-without-permission-2019-4

Back to Advertising Basics with Web3 Powered by Blockchain

The explosion in the blockchain-based marketing landscape over the past 18 months has brought an interesting dynamic to the already complex world of digital advertising. There has been a lot of hype, a lot of hot air, a lot of learning, and a few solutions showing early promise around this new and emerging technology. Blockchain-based advertising solutions have presented bold visions that aim to prove that they can disintermediate, bring transparency to the supply chain, reduce fraud, and bring new opportunities to market. With much focus on the immediate problems that this technology aims to remedy, there’s a more fundamental shift taking place in the evolution of the web toward a new, user-controlled web3 Internet.

Read the full text here: https://www.admonsters.com/web3-advertising-basics-blockchain/

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

24 Hours of BAT 3.0: A day of Global Meetups

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world will hold BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. Scroll down to find one in your area!

The goal is to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

Hosted by our BAT Community Regional Leaders, each meetup can have its own focus (e.g., online privacy, content creation, developers, etc.). Meetups can range from casual gatherings to more formal presentations, and are held at cafes, bars, or booked venues like conference halls or university auditoriums. But one thing remains constant across all meetups: anyone with a keen interest is welcome to attend!

Previous Events: Past 24 Hours of BAT events in 2018 and early 2019 saw participation from volunteers in Indonesia, Canada, United States, Colombia, Spain, France, Indonesia, and Australia. This round, we expect an even higher participation rate among our Regional Leaders and volunteers! For the complete list of meetups coming up next week (April 24th, 2019) please see below.

See the #24HoursOfBAT hashtag on Twitter for more photos from our past events.

List of upcoming 24 Hours of BAT meetups on April 24, 2019

San Francisco, California (April 23, 2019)

Hosted by Steven Hollon from the Brave Team

Media, Pennsylvania

Hosted by Dan Murphy from the BAT Team

Vancouver, Canada

Hosted by Daniel James of BAT Vancouver

Toronto, Canada

Hosted by Mark of BAT Toronto

Montreal, Canada

Hosted by Jennie and Chris from the BAT Team

Bogotá, Colombia

Hosted by Wilfredo from BAT Colombia

Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Hosted by Lucas of BAT Brazil

Vigo, Spain

Hosted by Salva of BAT Spain

French-speaking community (virtual meetup)

Hosted by Arnaud C. of BAT France

Perth, Australia

Hosted by Stephen from the BAT Team

Tondano, Indonesia

Hosted by Kiel Nayoan of BAT Indonesia

Manado, Indonesia

Hosted by Jethro Kapantow of BAT Indonesia

Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia

Hosted by Martin Immanuel (Kiki) of BAT Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Hosted by Youth C. of BAT Indonesia

Bekasi, Indonesia

Hosted by Viking Karwur and Eljuno Kasih of BAT Indonesia

Be sure to follow BAT Community on Meetup to be notified when one of our regional groups hosts a meetup near you. If you don’t see your city or town on the list but would like to host BAT & Brave meetups in your area, you can sign up to become a BAT Regional Leader.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetups!


BAT Community Weekly Update: 03/29/2019 to 04/05/2019 — Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta, Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads, Luke Mulks presents at the Never Stop Marketing webinar (video)

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Big thanks to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta!

Our beta channel now features Brave Ads for testing. Users can opt-in to view private ads via Brave Rewards, and will be able to claim BAT accumulated for having viewed ads.

Download Brave Beta here.

If you’re an advertiser that’s interested in joining our Brave Ads Wait List.

For more information about testing in our Brave Ads Preview, click here.

Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads!

Brave Sync is now available in today’s Brave for iOS release (version 1.9). Already a feature in the Brave desktop browser and Brave for Android app, Brave Sync for iOS enables users to automatically sync browsing data between devices running the Brave browser.Brave Sync currently supports bookmarks. Other data such as tabs, history, passwords, autofill, as well as Brave Rewards, will be available in the coming months.

Read the full post here.

BLOG: Formal GDPR complaint against IAB Europe’s “cookie wall” and GDPR consent guidance

A formal complaint has been filed with the Irish Data Protection Commission against IAB Europe, the tracking industry’s primary lobbying organization.Dr Johnny Ryan filed the formal complaint with the Irish privacy watchdog against IAB Europe’s use of an unlawful “cookie wall” on its website. Dr Ryan is the Chief Policy & Industry Officer of Brave, the privacy web browser co-founded by Brendan Eich, the inventor of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla and Firefox.

Visitors to IAB Europe’s website, www.iabeurope.eu, are confronted with a “cookie wall” that forces them to accept tracking by Google, Facebook, and others, which may then monitor them. Dr. Ryan has complained to the Irish Data Protection Commission that this is a breach of the GDPR, which protects people in Europe from being forced to accept processing for their data for any purpose other than the provision of the requested service.

Read the full post here.

COMMUNITY: Pledge your support to your favorite sites and creators with BAT!

In the past, members of the community have leveraged social media to gain the attention of creators for whom they had pledged their support. Leon Lush, a popular YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers, is one example of a creator who verified with Brave after being tweeted by a fan about the Brave browser, BAT, and how they could benefit him.

If one person was able to get Leon’s attention by tweeting him, imagine what the BAT community could accomplish by banding together!

Read the full post here.

VIDEO: Luke Mulks discusses how BAT & Brave are reducing ad fraud at the Never Stop Marketing Research webinar (April 3, 2019)

Luke’s presentation begins around 14:30. 😉


Client Updates

New Brave client releases:

Release Channel v0.62.50

In this release, we’ve added Widevine support for Linux (#413), added social media blocking for Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook (#3489), fixed issue where users couldn’t create Brave wallet (#3046), fixed monthly tips not being displayed in summary when accessing from tip panel (#3177) and much more!

For the complete list of additions and fixes, click here.

Beta Channel v0.63.31

Dev Channel v0.64.36

iOS release v1.9.1, now with Brave Sync! Brave Sync now lets you sync your bookmarks — with total privacy, even from Brave. We’ve also made a whole bunch of smaller improvements all over the place.

Android release v1.0.89-rc.2
Upgraded to Chromium 73.0.3683.90.
Added menu to disable bottom toolbar.

Brave Team Tweets

Brave Beta: Now with Private Ads!


Self-serve buying in the platform in the works.


Sampson tipping the content he loves.


Brave, BAT, and a bat.


Woot woot! 100,000 addresses


Zuck is a little late.


Check out Johnny’s article in The Register.


Now it’s easy to block those sneaky social media logins and embeds.


New additions in v0.62.50!


When are new geographic areas coming to Brave Ads?


The Irish Times talks about Johnny’s filed complaint against the IAB


BAT/Brave in the News

BAT Q1 2019 Partnerships That Puts It Ahead Of Its Competitors

BAT growth experienced notable growth in 2018, with the Brave browser surpassing 5.5 million monthly active users at the end of 2018 compared to 1 million monthly active users at the start of the year. The speed of the desktop app was increased by 22%, and the platform grew the number of verified users to 7 times what it was at the beginning of the year. The project also developed new partnerships such as Dow Jones Media Group, Townsquare, Civic, Qwant and HTC.

In 2019, the project has begun on a good foot with the Brave browser reaching 20 million downloads on Android. The project also secured new partnerships in 2019 with Tap Network and Cheddar.

Read the full text here.


Fortune favours the Brave: Privacy browser chap takes gripes over adtech body’s website to Irish data watchdog

Adtech industry body IAB Europe is facing down another data protection complaint from Brave browser bod Johnny Ryan, this time over the all-encompassing cookie wall stalking its site.

The complaint, filed today in Ryan’s home nation of Ireland, seeks to win a long-running argument between privacy activists and the tracking industry over methods employed to force users to choose between cookies and accessing a website.

Read the full text here.

News You Should Know

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more than 540 million records — including comments, likes, reactions, account names and more — stored on the Amazon S3 storage server without a password, allowing anyone to access the data.

Read the full text here.

Roaring Fans


From Reddit:

The Brave Browser is a safer and faster Chrome alternative

10 Days as the default browser and already saved 10 minutes of my life. Thank you, Brave.

24 Hours of BAT 3.0: Event Recap

On April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world held BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT 3.0, the third installment of a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave.

The goal of 24 Hours of BAT is to promote virality—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

24 Hours of BAT 3.0 saw participation from 16 regional groups across the globe, including San Francisco, California; Media, Pennsylvania; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Bogotá, Colombia; Juiz de Fora, Brazil; Vigo, Spain; French-speaking community (virtual meetup); Perth, Australia; Tondano, Indonesia; Manado, Indonesia; Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia; Bali, Indonesia, and Bekasi, Indonesia.

Here are a few snapshots from the event:

24 Hours of BAT in Juiz de Fora, Brazil
24 Hours of BAT in Toronto, Canada

Hosted by our BAT Community Regional Leaders, each meetup can have its own focus (e.g., online privacy, content creation, developers, etc.). Meetups can range from casual gatherings to more formal presentations, and are held at cafes, bars, or booked venues like conference halls or university auditoriums. But one thing remains constant across all meetups: anyone with a keen interest is welcome to attend!

We would like to thank each of our incredible Regional Leaders for helping us pull off this event! Together, we are building a better web.

If you would like to become a BAT Regional Leader or volunteer, please see this thread about how to sign up.

Follow us on Meetup to be notified when one of our regional groups hosts a meetup near you!

BAT Community Weekly Update: 04/26/2019 to 05/03/2019 — FAQ about Brave Rewards & Ads support, Brendan Eich at Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., Brave hiring a general counsel

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!

IMPORTANT: FAQ about Brave Rewards & Ads Support

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.64.65

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.64.65

Dev Channel v0.65.78

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.78

Brave Team Tweets

With Brave, users remain anonymous to us.
Hooray for great ad partners!
When are rewards coming to Thailand?
Johnny comments on a California amendment that could impact people’s intimate details
Cryptomining against users is basically extinct.
Brave is hiring general counsel

BAT/Brave in the News

Johnny appears in the New York times and mentions voter profiling

“In the next election, I think it is inevitable that every single voter will have been profiled based on what they have been reading, watching and listening to for years online,” said Johnny Ryan, the chief policy officer at Brave, a private web browser that allows users to block ads and trackers.

Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/30/opinion/privacy-targeted-advertising.html

News You Should Know

Brendan Eich appearing at Global Privacy Summit in Washington D.C.

Our CEO @BrendanEich will be at @PrivacyPros Global Privacy Summit in D.C. this Thursday to discuss why companies no longer need to follow a surveillance model to succeed.

Read the full text here: https://iapp.org/conference/global-privacy-summit/

The Terrible Truth About Alexa

“I read through a history of everything I’ve said to Alexa, and it felt a little bit like reading an old diary. Until I remembered that the things I’ve told Alexa in private are stored on an Amazon server and have possibly been read by an Amazon employee.”

Read the full text here: https://gizmodo.com/the-terrible-truth-about-alexa-1834075404

One Country Blocks the World on Data Privacy

Data privacy experts and regulators in other countries are questioning Ireland’s commitment to policing imminent privacy concerns like Facebook’s reintroduction of facial recognition software and data-sharing with its recently purchased subsidiary WhatsApp, and Google’s sharing of information across its burgeoning number of platforms.

Read the full text here: https://www.politico.eu/interactive/ireland-blocks-the-world-on-data-privacy/

Roaring Fans

https://twitter.com/rynfrd/status/1123824743239618568

From Reddit:

Brave Ads officially launches for desktop, over 100K creators now verified with Brave Rewards, 24 Hours of BAT (global meetups event)

OFFICIAL: Brave Ads is officially here. Users can now earn BAT token rewards for seeing ads in Brave (desktop)

Starting today, users of Brave’s latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by opting into Brave Rewards. These users will receive 70% of the ad revenue share as a reward for their attention, which they can auto-contribute to publishers under default settings. Brave’s platform is a new path toward a better Internet, where users can browse the web, earn rewards, and support their favorite content creators while preserving their privacy.

Brave Ads also provides brands with direct opportunities to highlight offers and engage with users as they browse the web. Since Brave Ads are opt-in, brands know with certainty that when their campaigns run with Brave, their ads are viewed by people who welcome advertising. Brave’s anonymous-but-accountable campaigns ensure that advertisers are connecting with the users they are seeking, removing the excessive costs, privacy, security, and fraud risks currently associated with middlemen in digital advertising.

Read the full post here.

OFFICIAL: Check out the shiny, new Brave Rewards page!

CLEAN—in our humble opinion. 😉

Check it out here.

CREATORS: Brave Rewards now has over 100K Brave browser publishers and creators!

This is a milestone worth celebrating! Extending a warm welcome to all of the publishers and creators who recently joined us.

See the post here.

In addition, if you’re a recently verified publisher or creator, be sure to introduce yourself over on r/BATProjectCreators!

COMMUNITY: 24 Hours of BAT, a BAT Community global meetups event, was a huge success!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world held BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. The goal was to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

The event was a huge success, with participation from 16 regional groups around the globe. Meetups were held in San Francisco (CA), Media (PA), Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal (Canada), Bogota (Colombia), Juiz de Fora (Brazil), Vigo (Spain), Perth (Australia), Tondano, Manado, Salatiga, Bali and Bekasi (Indonesia) + two virtual meetups hosted by BAT France and BAT China!

For tweets and pics from the event, see below (more to come in next week’s recap blog post):


Find out how to get involved as a BAT Community volunteer or Regional Leader here.

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit):  JustinBilyj
  • Tuesday (Twitter): m4tchB0X3r
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Christian De Guzman
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): coladh_samh

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.65.74

Beta Channel v0.64.60

Release Channel v0.63.48
In this latest release, we’ve added the ability to opt-in to user private Brave ads (#4209), fixed not being able to auto-contribute even though the required BAT is available. (#3897), fixed bookmark and pin buttons under the New Tab Page for top site tiles. (#3347), upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.108. (#4192), and much, much more! See the release notes for full details.

Brave Team Tweets


Luke outlines the first regions for ads… then… the rest of the planet.
Luke comments on launch partners.
Bye bye duopoly…
Brave doesn’t censor. And, “Can’t be evil” is much better than… “Don’t be evil.”
Luke praises Uphold!

BAT/Brave in the News

Brave was in the news… A lot!

Brave rolls out its own ads that pay users a 70% cut

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

https://www.wired.com/story/brave-browser-will-pay-surf-we

View Ads, Get BAT: Brave Delivers on ICO Promise of Paid Web Browsing

Brave’s privacy-first browser ads arrive with promised payout for you

https://www.cnet.com/news/braves-privacy-first-browser-ads-arrive-with-promised-payout-for-you/

Privacy-centric browser Brave launches its twist on display ads

https://marketingland.com/privacy-centric-browser-brave-launches-its-twist-on-display-ads-259895

Brave browser lets you see opt-in ads in exchange for rewards

https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/24/brave-ads/

The Brave browser launches ads that reward users for viewing

Brave Launches Ad And Rewards Platform, Pitting The Browser Against Ad Tech

Brave will pay web browsers to watch ads with novel digital revenue model

https://www.thedrum.com/news/2019/04/25/brave-will-pay-web-browsers-watch-ads-with-novel-digital-revenue-model

Blockchain-Based Brave Launches Digital Advertising Model For Desktop

https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/334979/blockchain-based-brave-launches-digital-advertisin.html

News You Should Know

Canada group sues government over Google’s Sidewalk Labs

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is suing three levels of government over a Google-backed plan to build a smart neighbourhood in Toronto. The association says the project is “invalid and needs to be reset”. Privacy advocates are concerned the project will increase surveillance and outsource government responsibilities to a private corporation.

Read the full text here:https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47956760

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Facebook after it was reported last week that the company had scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent.

“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”

Read the full text here:https://thehill.com/policy/technology/440731-ny-ag-opens-investigation-into-facebook-for-harvesting-user-email-contacts

Roaring Fans

https://twitter.com/SmashBrando/status/1120900189043093504

From Reddit: