The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 12 (Oct. 18, 2019) — Brave reaches 8M MAU and delivers nearly 400 privacy-preserving BAT ad campaigns (blog), BAT/Brave an official sponsor of ETH Global’s ETH Waterloo, Luke Mulks interview on The Bad Crypto podcast

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! 

Blog: Brave reaches 8 million MAU and delivers nearly 400 privacy-preserving BAT ad campaigns (14% clickthrough rate vs. industry 2%)

Brave is growing on the user front, with daily active users passing the 2.8 million mark recently, and monthly active users now at 8 million. There are also over 290,000 Brave Verified Publishers. 200,000 of those are YouTube creators, 33,000 are website publishers or creators, 15,000 are Twitch streamers, and since we announced our support for Twitter tipping on August 1st, 28,000 Twitter accounts have joined to receive Basic Attention Tokens (BAT).  

Since Brave launched opt-in Brave Ads just over six months ago, we have seen a huge surge in partnerships. In the wake of privacy scandals, as well as GDPR and CCPA requirements becoming clear, leading agencies and brands want to transition to relevant, brand-safe, and privacy-friendly advertising. Brave Ads preserve users’ privacy, and reward them with 70% of the ad revenue.

See the full post here: https://brave.com/brave-reaches-8-million-monthly-active-users-and-delivers-nearly-400-privacy-preserving-ad-campaigns/

Interview: Joel Comm & Travis Wright interview Brave’s Luke Mulks (Director of Business Development) on The Bad Crypto Podcast

The episode is titled, “Delete Google Chrome. Install the Brave Browser”; you don’t want to miss it. 

Listen here: https://overcast.fm/+JlWBtT-hc

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 11 (Oct. 11, 2019) — Brave R&D Team unveils zkSense, a novel privacy-preserving mechanism for bot detection in smartphones (blog), Dr Johnny Ryan makes a submission to the UK Competition & Markets Authority (blog), Brave now supports IPFS!

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions! 

Blog: Brave’s R&D team unveils zkSense, a novel privacy-preserving mechanism for bot detection in smartphones 

In this blogpost, we present zkSENSE: a novel privacy-preserving mechanism for bot detection in smartphones. zkSENSE leverages device sensors, such as the gyroscope and accelerometer, to measure the device’s moving patterns, while either a human or a bot is interacting with an app on the device. This way, zkSENSE can infer whether specific actions in an app (e.g., click/type events) were carried out by a human or a bot with high accuracy even when there are artificial device movements (i.e., device placed on a swinging cradle). To preserve the privacy of the user, zkSENSE does not transfer potentially sensitive sensor data to a remote server. Instead, zkSENSE uses zero-knowledge proofs to demonstrate to a remote server that an action was carried out by a human without revealing any additional information.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/zksense-a-privacy-preserving-mechanism-for-bot-detection-in-mobile-devices/

Blog: Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave & Dr Orla Lynskey of the London School of Economics make a submission to the UK Competition & Markets Authority outlining significant digital market problems

The UK Government Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is examining online platforms and the digital advertising market. Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, and Dr Orla Lynskey of the London School of Economics have made a submission to the CMA that outlines significant market problems.

Dominant digital companies use their position of market power to create “cascading monopolies”. They do this in part by cross-using data for purposes beyond what the data was initially collected for.  This offensive leveraging of data avoids the need to compete in each new domain on the merits.

These firms also use their position to extract amounts of data from individuals beyond what might be considered a fair or reasonable exchange. The digital industry’s data excess norm is similar to the banking industry’s credit excess norm that precipitated the financial crisis. It incentivizes a shadow economy based on unnecessary and insecure data processing. 

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/uk-cma/

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 10 (Oct. 4, 2019) — Official release: 2-way wallets are here! BAT Rewards (ad earnings) can now be transferred into users’ Uphold accounts, Brave’s R&D team publishes “VPN-0” (blog), Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) wins latest Brave Ads Grant

Release: 2-way wallets are here! BAT Rewards (ad earnings) can now be transferred into users’ Uphold accounts!

With today’s updated Brave browser for desktop (0.69), Brave users can choose to transfer Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) out of their Brave Rewards wallet and convert the tokens to many digital assets and fiat currencies, after completing a verification process with digital money platform Uphold. Previously, the Brave browser wallet was unidirectional, and its sole purpose was to anonymously and securely contribute to online publishers of the user’s choosing.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/brave-partners-with-uphold-to-launch-wallet-that-rewards-users-for-browsing/

R&D: Brave’s R&D team publishes “VPN-0”, the first distributed virtual private network (dVPN) that offers a privacy preserving traffic authorization & validation mechanism

Distributed virtual private networks (dVPNs) are a new form of VPN with no central authority. In a dVPN, users are both VPN clients and relay/exit nodes as in a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network. While dVPNs make strong privacy claims, they also carry the risk that a user will inadvertently have their machine used to transmit potentially harmful or illegal network traffic. Several incidents have been reported [2] where unaware dVPN users have been (ab)used as exit nodes.

We have integrated VPN⁰ with BitTorrent’s DHT (Mainline) and ProtonVPN, a popular VPN provider. We demonstrate the feasibility of VPN⁰ and also benchmark its performance with respect to DHT lookup, VPN tunnel setup, and zero-knowledge traffic attestation.

This research was conducted by Dr. Matteo Varvello (Performance Researcher at Brave), Iñigo Querejeta-Azurmendi (intern at Brave), Dr. Panagiotis Papadopoulos (Security Researcher at Brave), Gonçalo Pestana (Research Engineer at Brave) and Dr. Ben Livshits (Brave’s Chief Scientist).

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/vpn0-a-privacy-preserving-distributed-virtual-private-network/

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 9 (Sep. 27, 2019) — Why marketers must conduct GDPR Data Protection Impact Assessments of RTB (blog), Brendan Eich (Brave CEO) speaks at World Blockchain Forum NYC, BAT/Brave meetup in Montreal

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to Dan Murphy for his contributions! 

Blog: Why marketers must conduct GDPR Data Protection Impact Assessments of RTB

Read Johnny Ryan’s note examining the GDPR requirement that marketers conduct data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) when buying digital media using “real-time bidding” advertising.

Event today: Brendan Eich (Brave CEO) to participate in fireside chat, “A Brave New Advertising World,” at World Blockchain Forum in NYC alongside Lin Dai (CEO of TAP Network). Moderated by John Biggs of CoinDesk.

Check out the Eventbrite event page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wbf-technology-conference-new-york-2019-world-blockchain-awards-global-tickets-58053316031

Community: Chris & Jennie from the BAT team hosted a successful BAT/Brave meetup in Montreal, CA earlier this week! 

Thank you to everyone that came out! We looooved meeting other BAT/Brave fans who are as passionate about the project as we are! 

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