Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions!
AMA: Upcoming guest AMA with Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation (July 31, 2019)
The AMA will take place on r/BATProject on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 from 9-30 – 10:30 am PST.
About the Human Rights Foundation:
The Human Rights Foundation is a New York-based non-profit that promotes and protects human rights and civil liberties in closed societies around the world. HRF specifically focuses its energy and resources on supporting rights advocates, dissidents, journalists, and social entrepreneurs living under authoritarian governments. Today, there are more than 4 billion people living under some type of authoritarian regime across 90 countries. HRF’s priorities include legal advocacy, direct support for NGOs at risk, public education about democracy and dictatorship, and a focus on technology as a liberation tool for those living under political repression.
Ps. You may have seen HRF ads while browsing with Brave!
Read Alex’s bio and submit questions for the AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/ci4tph/upcoming_guest_ama_with_alex_gladstein_chief/
EVENT: BAT & Brave are an official gold sponsor of the Blockchain Futurist Conference 2019 (08/12-14) in Toronto, Canada (Get 50% off your ticket with code “BRAVE50”)!
Untraceable’s Futurist Conference is the largest and most high profile blockchain event in Canada. It brings together over 2300 attendees from around the globe to discuss the future of technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, and other emerging tech that will disrupt our future.
The event will be held at the Rebel Arena and will have 3 stages, 2 levels of exhibitor booths and a Cabana VIP area for networking and deal-making. Brave’s very own Christopher Nguyen, Technical Operations Coordinator on the BAT Team, will be a panelist on the Future of Privacy talk, taking place on August 13 at 2pm. Futurist will be one of the most immersive, experiential, and highly engaging technology events you will ever attend and Brave is proud to be a sponsor.
Get your tickets here: https://www.futurist19.com/
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Brendan Eich (Brave CEO) appears on Privacy Now
BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!
The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:
- Monday (Reddit): HitchhikingToNirvana
- Tuesday (Twitter): @lairdb990
- Wednesday (Facebook): Jhon Paul Bautista
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!
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Brave Team Tweets
BAT/Brave in the News
This is the browser you’ll want if you really care about online privacy
Out of the box, Brave browser blocks trackers and third-party cookies that monitor your activity as you travel across the web. But the browser gives you control over what you do and don’t want to be blocked — from ads and cookies to Facebook and Google login buttons.
Read the full text here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/this-is-the-browser-youll-want-if-you-really-care-about-online-privacy/
Brave, the Crypto-Powered Browser Making the Headlines
A crypto-powered browser is making big strides this year. With growing public attention on data protection, it seems as if Brave Browser arrived at the right time. And they are seemingly unstoppable.
USA Today and Wired magazine, which featured Brave Browser for their series of launches and milestones achieved. These include the launch of a privacy-centric ad platform, a “Twitter tipping” feature, and marking the seven million monthly active users and 60,000 publishers milestone.
Is Web 3.0 the next lifestyle brand?
I am starting to wonder if choosing a blockchain or a Web 3.0 approach is as much a lifestyle choice as a technological choice. Leaving aside the naming challenge (are we calling this blockchain, crypto, or Web 3.0?), I think it represents a movement of people who want to live with intention, self-discipline, and personal agency.
If THAT message can get refined and promoted, and not the one about all the virtues and downsides of the tech, maybe more groups of people would be open to hearing the larger story and engaging?
News You Should Know
Read this before installing extensions to your web browser
When Amazon offered recently to pay Prime members $10 to download its Assistant browser extension, Jeremy Tillman, who runs the ad-blocking software Ghostery, took notice. He likened it to that sweetheart deal when the Dutch bought Manhattan island for $24.
A consumer chump deal, enabling Amazon to “watch everything you do on your browser,” specifically your online shopping habits, in exchange for that $10 discount.
Read the full text here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/07/22/beware-browser-extensions-chrome-safari-and-other-web-browsers/1782753001/
From Fitbits to Rokus, Hedge Funds Mine Data for Consumer Habits
When it comes to gaining that elusive trading edge, data is fast becoming the new frontier whether it comes from Fitbits, Rokus and Teslas or employment websites like Glassdoor.com.
That’s why some of the world’s biggest hedge funds, from Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management to Ken Griffin’s Citadel, have been snapping up large swaths of alternative data. Many are paying big money for it.
Read the full text here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-24/from-fitbits-to-rokus-hedge-funds-mine-data-for-consumer-habits
Facebook settles with FTC: $5 billion and new privacy guarantees
Following more than a year of speculation since the Federal Trade Commission said it was investigating Facebook over privacy lapses, the regulator has officially announced the terms of its settlement with the beleaguered social network: $5 billion (as previously rumored) and improved privacy oversight within the company.