Brave R&D: THEMIS: Progressive Decentralization with Smart Contracts and Sidechains (Part 2)
In the first blog post of this series, we presented a straw-man version (StrawTHEMIS) of THEMIS. THEMIS is a decentralized ad platform designed by the Brave Research team. We described (i) how a user is rewarded for the interactions with ads, and (ii) how an advertiser can verify the integrity of the billing and performance reporting of their ad campaigns.
However, StrawTHEMIS does not provide all the properties we aim to achieve, particularly in terms of trust. The design of StrawTHEMIS requires a centralized entity (called the campaign manager) which is entrusted with the task of orchestrating the running of the underlying protocol. Moreover, there are no mechanisms to enforce or verify the integrity and validity of how the campaign manager orchestrates the protocol. Thus, users and advertisers alike need to take it on trust that their policies are respected when the payouts are calculated, a deficiency we tackle as the next stage of progressive decentralization.
In this blog post we present the full version of THEMIS. We explain how the problems mentioned above are addressed and how THEMIS could be used in the context of BAT. First, we introduce the technical concepts required to reason about the protocol. Next, we outline the full THEMIS protocol and each of its phases. We then discuss how BAT could be used to incentivize participants to perform useful work to the network and how misbehaving participants are challenged. In addition, we present an open-source implementation of both client-side and smart contract logic for THEMIS. Finally, we discuss the scalability and performance of the protocol, based on both client-side and end-to-end measurements in production-like environments.
Read the full post here: https://brave.com/themis-smart-contracts-and-sidechains/
Video: Brendan Eich (BAT/Brave CEO) interviewed on Thinking Crypto
WIN: Intel and Brave join forces to promote Intel® Gamer Days 2020 & give away prizes from Brave/Intel all month long!
Intel & Brave have come together again this year to promote Intel Gamer Days—an annual promotion to celebrate PC gaming with great deals & experiences from over 40 top retailers, technology providers, and game publishers—following the success of the Intel Gamer Days 2019 campaign that ran via Brave Ads through August of 2019.
From now through the end of August 2020, Brave users in the United States will see Brave Ads promoting Intel’s annual Gamer Days promotion.
Brave users are invited to take part in the fun by clicking on Intel Gamer Days ad notifications they receive while browsing, and following the steps to publish a pre-canned tweet about the campaign. Each published tweet about Intel Gamer Days through a Brave Ad counts as an automatic entry for a giveaway to win 1 of 5 daily swag bag prizes from Intel & Brave!
See @BAT_Community’s tweet thread for more information about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/BAT_Community/status/1294371377458290688
Prize kit winners are announced daily on the @BAT_Community Twitter along with instructions for winners on how to claim their prize. All of the previous week’s winners are also included here in The Weekly BAT blog post.
See below for winners of Day 1 through 7 of the giveaway:
Congratulations winners! Please send @BAT_Community a direct message on Twitter to claim your prize.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Intel Gamer Days campaign so far! There are more prizes to be won from now through the end of August, so keep tweeting any #IntelGamerDays ads you see!
Good luck and happy gaming!
Last year’s Intel x Brave swag bag: https://twitter.com/BAT_Community/status/1295715852424302592
Community: BAT Indonesia turns 3 this week!
We cannot even begin to express our gratitude to the BAT Indonesia crew for their incredible contribution to our community over the past 3 years. From meetups local & abroad, to workshops, school visits, talks, events, campaigns, podcasts—BAT Indonesia does it all in the name of Basic Attention Token & Brave, and shows no sign of slowing down!
Thank you for encouraging people everywhere to #BeBrave and to dare greatly as they join us on the journey toward a better web.
A very special ‘thank you’ goes out to Viking Karwur and Eljuno Kasih for leading the BAT Indonesia community. Through your hard work, support, and undying passion for the BAT/Brave mission, our global network of BAT/Brave believers grows stronger every day!
Onward with the power of 1000 suns!
Join BAT Indonesia’s virtual meetup! (August 27)
Meetup.com event link: https://www.meetup.com/BasicAttentionToken/events/272738242/
For more from BAT Indonesia:
BAT Indonesia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BAT_Indonesia
Brave Indonesia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IndoBrave
Tune in to the BAT Indonesia podcast: https://anchor.fm/bat-indonesia
Viking Karwur on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vikingkarwur
Eljuno Kasih on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eljuno_
Some highlights from the past 3 years of BAT Indonesia:
WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods Pro!
Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes with BAT for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods Pro!
Other sweepstakes offerings include digital gift cards of your choice from hundreds of retailers including amazing brands like Amazon, Walmart, Gamestop, Nintendo and more!
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 less than 1 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.
Noah Harless — Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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
This week, Gemini, Purple, and AAX join the list of brands to run Sponsored Images in Brave’s New Tab Page.
Gemini is a simple, elegant, and secure platform to build your crypto portfolio.
Brave announced a partnership with Gemini in July to bring Gemini trading and wallet support to the Brave browser. Read the announcement here: https://brave.com/gemini/
Purple is an American comfort technology company based in Utah. It specializes in the direct-to-consumer sale of mattresses, seat cushions, back cushions, pillows and platform bases.
In addition, Crypto.com & BlockFi return to the New Tab page after the success of their previous Sponsored Images campaigns.
Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes Verizon, PayPal, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Koodo Mobile, Tezos, 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)
Lark Davis is New Zealand’s most popular investing and bitcoin personality. He grew up on a small organic homestead, reading Mad magazine, dreaming of space travel and pretending to be Indiana Jones. Known for his articulate, entertaining style, Lark combines his political science background, critical thinking skills and bright sense of humor to produce content that explores solutions to the corrupted world.
Subscribe to Lark’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCryptoLark/featured
Read about Lark David on Everipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/lark-davis
For over 5 years now Michael McCrudden and his team have produced Before They Were Famous, The RICH Life, AFTER They Were Famous & other various series on the world’s most famous YouTubers, Rappers, Actors, Models, Comedians, Athletes and more.
The Before They Were Famous YouTube channel has clocked in over 3 Million Subscribers and over 850 Million channel views. The channel works off suggestions from audience members for who to feature next.
Subscribe to Before They Were Famous on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MichaelMcCrudden/featured
Read about Michael McCrudden on Wikipedia: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/michael-mccrudden
Desktop Nightly Channel v1.14.57
Desktop Dev Channel v1.13.79
Desktop Beta Channel v1.13.78
Desktop Release Channel v1.12.114
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 or iOS app stores.
Brave Team Tweets
BAT/Brave in the News
Bitboy Crypto: Brave Launches New Sync Functionality for Android and Desktop
Brave has launched version 1.12 of its browser, improving the syncing functionality for the Android and desktop browsers
The browser allows users to regain control over their browsing experience by block all kinds of tracking functionalities used by websites and companies, bringing privacy and improved performance. To learn more about brave and take your browsing to a new level, click here.
With the introduction of Brave browser’s version 1.12 comes the improvement of one of the main features to offer better sync functionality on all supported platforms.
Brave is expecting that this improvement over Sync V1 will be useful for users who use its browser in multiple platforms and allow them to be more efficient when it comes to their browsing, improving their experience overall.
Read the full text here: https://bitboycrypto.com/brave-launches-new-sync-functionality-for-android-and-desktop/
News You Should Know
[Bankless] Investing in DeFi Paradigms | Charlie Noyes
What are the paradigms for investing in DeFi?
Charlie is an exceptionally bright & thoughtful investor in crypto assets at Paradigm…one of the leading investment firms in the crypto space. We talk institutions, yield farming, and DeFi protocols…and then we get into one of our favorite subjects.
Is ETH money?
Or rather, does ETH need to be money in order to secure itself?
What is the dirty little secret many Ethereans and Bitcoiners don’t admit? Why is moneyness and security two sides of the same coin? Why won’t transaction fees secure Bitcoin?
This episode goes from great…to amazing. You won’t find this depth of discussion anywhere else. Stay tuned to the very end to catch the conversation on economic security.
Read the full post & listen to the episode here: https://bankless.substack.com/p/investing-in-defi-paradigms-charlie
The Tatiana Show Ep. 271 – All Things Blockchain With Bruce Fenton
Financial expert and crypto evangelist Bruce Fenton joins Tatiana to talk a variety of subjects, from life under lockdown in the “Live Free or Die” state of New Hampshire to how technology is changing the face of the workplace, and the challenges of being an event organizer during the pandemic
Bruce discusses why current securities laws are a double-edged sword for investors, and what blockchain solutions currently exist that could make some regulations unnecessary and open up security trading to a wider business and investor audience. He explains why the current securities and exchange system is outdated and how cryptocurrency can help modernize it.
Bruce also talks about how regulation and bureaucracy is destabilizing the economy and why the system may need to get worse before it can get better, why prepping is more important now than ever, and more!
Listen here: https://thetatianashow.com/the-tatiana-show-ep-271-all-things-blockchain-with-bruce-fenton/
[Publish0x] Crypto Ramble: Privacy in the Time of Corona
Looking for something else to worry about in this time of quarantine? Here’s a discussion on the erosion of privacy in the face of a pandemic, possible privacy-preserving solutions being thought up for issues such as HIPAA and contact tracing, and looking at the possible long term consequences of reactive law enforcement.
Privacy-preserving mechanisms include the use of public-private key cryptography to have pseudonymity, where health care data can be decrypted at the source, but anonymized for other viewers.
See the full post here: https://www.publish0x.com/crypto-ramble/privacy-in-the-time-of-corona-xlmgnx