The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 54 — Brave surpasses 16.7M MAU & 5.7M DAU in July, Johnny Ryan takes a new role with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Partner AMA w/ Guardian (tech powering Brave Firewall + VPN for iOS)

Johnny Ryan takes a new role with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, after two years as Brave’s Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer

Thursday, August 6th, 2020 — Brave today announced that Dr Johnny Ryan, FRHistS, Brave’s Chief Policy and Industry Relations Officer, is departing from Brave to join the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. He will also take up a Senior Fellow position at the Open Markets Institute.

“During Johnny’s time at Brave since 2018, he has been instrumental in bringing Brave’s privacy by default approach to the forefront of US and European policy arenas, relentlessly advocating for users’ and publishers’ control over their data. He triggered regulatory investigations of Google’s advertising business in the EU, and pressed for stronger privacy laws in the US,” said Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave. “Just as Brave challenges the technology status quo for the better, the regulatory and policy status quo must be challenged too. I am excited to see what Johnny does, now that he will be focusing all of his energy on making sure the GDPR is enforced as it should be. I am grateful for his contribution at Brave.”

Brave also announced today that Pat Walshe will take up part of Dr Ryan’s duties, as Brave’s Data Protection Officer. Mr Walshe was previously Director of Privacy at the GSMA, and runs a consultancy called Privacy Matters.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ryan-takes-new-role/ 

Farewell, Johnny. Thank you for all your great work at Brave.

Welcome, Pat!

Growth milestone: Brave surpasses 16.7M monthly active users (MAU) & 5.7M daily active users (DAU) in July 2020!

A warm welcome to all of our new users! 

You can now track user growth stats, as well as other platform stats and token activity, on Brave’s Transparency page

PARTNER AMA: We’re Chirayu Patel (COO) & Constantin Jacob (Software Developer) from Guardian, makers of Guardian App, the technology powering the new Brave Firewall + VPN for iOS. Ask us anything! (Bonus: Win a promo code to try Brave Firewall + VPN for free!)

Guardian is a research company founded on the belief that personal privacy and transparency into network-connected devices are fundamental consumer rights. Guardian is building the world’s most powerful data privacy tools to change the paradigm of your technology owning you, to you owning your technology. Guardian Firewall + VPN blocks attempts by apps on iPhones to track the location of, and take data from, unsuspecting users. Well known for its ability to reverse engineer almost any app and device, Guardian’s mission is to expose what’s happening under the hood, to protect people from the dangers lurking – often unknowingly – in the digitized world.

Read the full AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/i5hbg1/were_chirayu_patel_coo_constantin_jacob_software/

Bonus: If you submitted a question for this AMA (either in advance or during the event), your name was automatically entered in a draw for a chance to win a promo code to try the new Brave Firewall + VPN for free OR official BAT/Brave swag from the Brave Swag Store!

And the winners are….*drumroll please*…..

1. /u/SuperSiayuan
2. /u/fabiotongson 
3. /u/TheRFnoob 
4. /u/TechnicalJuggernaut2
5. /u/Nil18 

Congrats winners! Keep an eye on your Reddit inboxes for a message from /u/CryptpJennie about how to claim your prize! 🙂

Thank you to everyone who tuned in for the AMA and to those who submitted questions for the Guardian team!

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

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

Koodo, BlockFi, ByBit and Nexo return to Brave’s New Tab Page this week following the success of their recent Sponsored Images campaigns! 

Koodo Mobile is a Canadian mobile flanker brand launched by Telus in 2008 and is oriented toward a younger customer base. Koodo offers a flexible service that doesn’t require fixed contracts, so customers can get the phone they want the terms that are right for them.

koodomobile.com 

BlockFi is a crypto-financial services company evolving the digital asset ecosystem by building traditional financial products for holders of cryptocurrencies. The company services customers worldwide, and in all 50 U.S. states, with offerings including interest-earning accounts and low-cost USD loans secured with crypto. BlockFi is backed by leading institutional investors and operates with a focus on compliance with U.S. laws and regulations. 

blockfi.com  

ByBit is a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform established in March 2018 and registered in the BVI. It has users from all over the world including North America, Europe, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia, and are focused on serving everyone from individual retail clients to professional derivatives traders.

bybit.com  

Nexo is the world’s largest and most trusted lending institution in the digital finance industry. Since 2018 Nexo has strived to bring professional banking services to the world of digital assets. Leveraging the best of the team’s 13 years of experience in FinTech along with the power of blockchain technology, Nexo empowers thousands of people to harness the value behind their crypto assets, shaping a new, better financial system.

nexo.io

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

To learn more about becoming a Brave New Tab Page sponsor visit https://brave.com/brave-ads-waitlist


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia) 

Trevor Timm

Follow Trevor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/trevortimm

Read Everipedia’s article on Trevor: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/trevor-timm


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.14.25

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.14.25

Desktop Dev Channel v1.13.63

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.63

Desktop Beta Channel v1.13.61

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.13.61

Android Release Channel v1.12.109

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.12.109

Brave for iOS v1.19

https://github.com/brave/brave-ios/releases/tag/v1.19

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

Jon Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Brendan Eich, CEO
Johnny Ryan, Chief of Policy
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Des Martin, Head of Marketing
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer

BAT/Brave in the News

ZDNet: Firefox adds protections against redirect tracking

With the release of Firefox 79 last week, Mozilla silently added a new feature to Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) — Firefox’s internal component that blocks invasive user-tracking techniques.

According to Mozilla, Firefox 79 can now block a new technique called “redirect tracking.”

Online advertisers and web analytics companies have recently begun adopting this new technique after Firefox, Chrome, Brave, and other browsers have recently included privacy protections inside their code to block user tracking and user fingerprinting scripts.

More specifically, this technique was developed to circumvent browsers that prevent advertisers from using third-party cookies to track users.

Read the full text here: https://www.zdnet.com/article/firefox-adds-protections-against-redirect-tracking/ 


News You Should Know

[Week in Ethereum News] Tampa Bay Times: Tampa teen arrested in hack of Twitter accounts of Obama, Bill Gates, Kanye West and others

TAMPA — A 17-year-old from Tampa is at the center of a Twitter hack scheme which gave him and two others access to the high-profile accounts of Bill Gates, Barack Obama and many other celebrities with millions of followers, authorities say.

Graham Ivan Clark was arrested Friday at his home in Greater Northdale, according to the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office. The two others charged Friday are 22-year-old Nima Fazeli of Orlando and 19-year-old Mason Sheppard of the United Kingdom, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in California.

Clark faces state charges and will be tried in Hillsborough County because he is a juvenile, federal authorities said. The other two men face federal charges in the Northern District of California.

Read the full text here: https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2020/07/31/17-year-old-in-tampa-arrested-for-hack-of-prominent-twitter-accounts/ 

Reuters: Japan lawmakers to urge government to put curbs on TikTok use: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) – Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have decided to push for steps to restrict the use of Chinese-owned video app TikTok, concerned that user data may end up in the hands of the Chinese government, public broadcaster NHK said.

A group of lawmakers led by former economy minister Akira Amari made the decision at a meeting on Tuesday and plans to submit a proposal to the government as early as September, NHK reported on Tuesday evening.

Amari’s office didn’t respond to a request for confirmation of the report.

TikTok, owned by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co, is facing scrutiny in the United States over concerns that China could force the company to turn over its user data. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said this month action was imminent to address national security risks posed by TikTok.

Read the full text here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-tiktok-idUSKCN24U0UA 

[Publish0x] Dapp.com: 2 Blockchain Games To Recall Your Childhood Happiness – Cute Pet, Fierce Fight

Today we want to introduce you to 2 nostalgia and interesting blockchain games that take you back to childhood when you enjoy the happiness of raising cute pets and unique adventures, like Pokemon.

The game mode is similar: collect your unique pets, raise them, battle/race to win rewards, and you can earn from trading pets.

Have you been dreaming of going bankless? Let our friends, Ryan Adams & David Hoffman at Bankless HQ be your guides…


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