The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 52 (Jul 27, 2020) — Brave & Code for Everyone partner to create a new way to support NPOs w/ Brave Rewards, “What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately?” Ep. 5: “Grab Bag” (Brave R&D), FREE webinar w/ Brave (Brendan Eich) & Dentsu: Future-Proof Your Marketing

Announcement: Brave and Code for Everyone partner to create a new way to support nonprofit organizations via Brave Rewards

Brave has partnered with “Minna no Code” (Code for Everyone),  an educational nonprofit organization in Japan. Our partnership introduces new forms of support for NPOs using the next generation Brave browser and the Brave Rewards ecosystem.

Code for Everyone is a non-profit organization in Japan with a mission to make Japan the country where all children can enjoy programming. Code for Everyone provides programming materials for schools, case studies of programming education for teachers, and holds various events.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/code-for-everyone/ 

Brave R&D: “What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately” #5: Grab Bag

Note: This is the fifth in an ongoing, regular series of blog posts, describing new privacy-related features in Brave. This post describes work done by Senior Product Security Engineer François Marier (@fmarier), Senior Security Engineer Pranjal Jumde (@pjumde), Senior Software Engineer Ivan Efremov, and Senior Privacy Researcher Peter Snyder (@pes10k).

In order to stay one step ahead of online trackers, Brave regularly releases new privacy features and improvements.  This post discusses three recent changes in Brave that each help make the web a more privacy, and person, respecting platform.  All of these are tweaks, subtle changes, or first-steps of a new approach to a more private, more compatible Web.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/whats-brave-done-for-my-privacy-lately-episode5/ 

FREE webinar: Join Brave + Dentsu’s free online event, “Future-Proof Your Marketing: Advertising in a Cookieless World”, w/ Brendan Eich (Brave CEO) & other Brave team (Jul 29, 2020)

Event date & time: Wed, Jul 29, 2020 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

You’re invited to join Amy from Dentsu and Brendan, Johnny and Donny from Brave for a virtual event on how ad agencies, in-house brand marketers and publishers can prepare to shift their advertising strategies as privacy regulations like GDPR and CPPA become more important than ever. As consumers take more control of their digital privacy, our speakers will talk through tangible advertising solutions and provide key takeaways that marketers can immediately implement.

Register today, for free: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6702363806341781517?source=CM 

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT and instantly win a limited-edition Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons

This just in: Brave users with  Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes to win a Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons! This limited-edition product is completely sold out online. Don’t miss your chance to snag this awesome prize!

Other sweepstakes offerings include digital gift cards for Walmart or Amazon! (More brands and prizes to come.) 

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Sweepstakes page choose the sweepstakes you want to enter, and enter as many times as you desire—it costs just 10 cents in BAT per entry! 

Winners are chosen by TAP at random through a digital sweepstakes drawing system, and will receive their digital gift card prize via email.

If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet, the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes and to support causes. 


This Week in Sponsored Images

Spot Popeye’s and Koodo’s ongoing Sponsored Images campaigns in the New Tab Page this week. Nexo, Crypto.com, eToro, BlockFi, and ByBit all return to the NTP this week following the success of their recent campaigns! 

Finally, did you catch Brave’s user survey image featuring a cute furry duo? Hey, who’s that lurking in the back?!

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Tezos, Upland, and more. 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia)

Gavin Andresen

Gavin Andresen is an American software developer best known for his work in Bitcoin. Originally a developer of 3D graphics and virtual reality software, Gavin began developing products for the Bitcoin market in 2010. By 2011, he was designated by Satoshi Nakamoto—the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin—as lead dev on Bitcoin Core, the reference implementation for Bitcoin client software. In 2012 he founded the Bitcoin Foundation to support and nurture the development of the Bitcoin currency, and by 2014 left his software development role to focus on his work with the Foundation. 

Follow Gavin’s journey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavinandresen 

Read Everipedia’s article on Gavin: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Gavin_Andresen 

Codee Yount

Codee is a former YouTuber and Internet personality who has since moved to flippin’ phones full-time. He hasn’t abandoned his loyal fans, though: Codee keeps them entertained with phone-flipping tutorials via his Twitter page, and shares regular updates on Instagram. 

Into phone flipping? Check out Codee’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/endure

Codee’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/codeejyount/?hl=en 

Oldies but still goodies. Subscribe to Codee on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CodeeYountVlogs/featured 

Read Everipedia’s article on Codee: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/codee-yount 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.13.43

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.43

Desktop Dev Channel v1.12.100

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.100

Desktop Beta Channel v1.12.98

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.98

Android Release Channel v1.11.100

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.11.100

Stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes by keeping your Brave browser updated to the latest version! 

To update your Brave browser on desktop, go to brave://help;

On mobile, if you don’t receive updates automatically, you can manually update your Brave browser app from the Play and iOS app stores.


Brave Team Tweets

Brendan Eich. Brave CEO
Brendan Eich. Brave CEO
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Brendan Eich. Brave CEO
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Luke Mulks, Director of BizDev
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Brian Bondy, Brave CTO
Brendan Eich. Brave CEO

BAT/Brave in the News

The Chain Bulletin: Brave Browser Integrates Gemini’s Trading Widget

On July 15, one of the major global cryptocurrency exchanges, Gemini, announced its partnership with Brave, a next-generation open-source browser. According to the official statement, the Gemini Trading Widget is now available on the testing and development versions of Brave. Users can easily add their Gemini card to the browser’s New Tab, allowing them to view their Gemini account balances, access their deposit addresses, and trade digital assets listed on the exchange.

“This is a deep integration spanning multiple product features, and our teams have been in lockstep to ensure that Brave Rewards works seamlessly with Gemini,” said Jason Mintz, Principal of product management at Gemini. “This includes building additional functionality (like OAuth) into the Gemini platform so customers can interact with us wherever they are – like trading in TradingView, browsing the web in Brave, or using their Samsung phone.”

Read the full text here: https://chainbulletin.com/brave-browser-integrates-geminis-trading-widget/ 


News You Should Know

[Week in Ethereum News]: The #TwitterHack Postmortem (via MyCrypto blog on Medium)

Hundreds of millions of users were exposed to crypto scam tweets from compromised Twitter accounts. What happened?

Note: This is a high-level overview of the events that occurred. To see a detailed timeline of every single account and tweet, view this spreadsheet.

On July 15, around 40 (possibly more) Twitter accounts — with hundreds of millions of combined followers — were compromised and began tweeting out forms of trust-trading scams.

These scams netted more than $100,000 in cryptocurrency and the actions made waves throughout the internet.

Read the full post here: https://medium.com/mycrypto/the-twitterhack-postmortem-423510de54a1 

The Tatiana Show (TTS #262): Peeling Back the Layers with Isabela Bagueros of the Tor Project

Josh and Tatiana are spending this episode of The Tatiana Show focused on privacy and they welcome Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director of the Tor Project to explain why privacy on the internet is important.

Isabela recounts how she first came to use the Tor browser and then began working for the Tor Project, eventually becoming its Executive Director. She also, very simply, likens the layers of encryption applied when connected to Tor to the layers of an onion… hence, the Onion Router.

Previously, Tor users were able to use the browser to visit the web anonymously. The latest Tor project,  the open-source OnionShare, now allows users to offer and exchange content with the same encrypted protection.

Isabela also addresses the term “dark web,” and explains that there is no such thing…at least, not as it exists in the imagination of people who are not familiar with how internet infrastructure works. What most people think of is the “dark web” is really just the “unindexed web.”  What Tor offers is not a doorway to some secret part of the internet, but privacy, security, and a way to circumvent censorship across the entire public internet and the network of unindexed sites and Onion servers.

This is a must-hear episode for a concise explanation of how Tor works, why you need it, and how far it has come in providing security and privacy and where it goes from here.

Remember: there is no dark web. There is only Tor.

Listen here: https://thetatianashow.com/tts-262-peeling-back-the-layers-with-isabela-bagueros-of-the-tor-project/ 

TechCrunch: Data from Dutch public broadcaster shows the value of ditching creepy ads

For anyone interested in the contested question of how much ‘value’ — or, well, how little — publishers derive from the privacy-hostile practice of tracking web users to behaviorally target them with ads, pro-privacy browser Brave has published some interesting data, obtained (with permission) from the Netherland’s public broadcaster, NPO.

The data shows the NPO grew ad revenue after ditching trackers to target ads in the first half of this year — and did so despite the coronavirus pandemic landing in March and dealing a heavy blow to digital advertising globally (contributing, for example, to Twitter reporting Q2 ad revenues down nearly a quarter).

[…]

Here’s Brave’s chief policy & industry relations officer, Dr Johnny Ryan,  who writes, “NPO and its sales house, Ster, invested in contextual targeting and testing, and produced vast sales increases even with sites that do not appear to dominate their categories. This may be a tribute to Ster’s ability to sell inventory across NPO’s media group as a collective, but this benefit would have applied in 2019 and does not account for the revenue jump in 2020. A publisher does not therefore need to have market dominance to abandon 3rd party tracking and reproduce NPO’s vast revenue increase.”

Read the full text here: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/24/data-from-dutch-public-broadcaster-shows-the-value-of-ditching-creepy-ads/?guccounter=1


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