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.
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.
Vancouver Poetry Slam
Poetry from the weekly Vancouver Poetry Slam. Every Monday at 8PM at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive in Vancouver BC.
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!
Beta Channel v0.66.80
Dev Channel v0.67.70
- 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
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?
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/