BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/04/2019 to 05/10/2019 — Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal (blog), Notice: An update on Brave Rewards UI, Brave reaches 1.95M DAU as of beginning of May

Welcome to this week’s BAT Community Update! Thank you to u/murphD for his contributions!

Brave’s Concerns with the Client-Hints Proposal

One of Brave’s main goals is to improve privacy on the Web, so that everyone can enjoy and interact with the Web while protecting their personal information.

The primary way Brave does this is by building a wide array of privacy protections that are on by default into our browsers, across all of our supported platforms.

A second way Brave works to improve privacy on the Web is through Web standards. For example, Brave advocates for privacy on several W3C committees, most significantly of which (for privacy) is PING, the Privacy Interest Group. As part of PING, Brave works to ensure that new Web standards don’t introduce new privacy risks, to Brave users or Web users in general.

This post discusses a new proposed Web standard, Client Hints, and why Brave is concerned that it harms Web privacy.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/brave-and-client-hints/

Notice: An update on Brave Rewards UI

Thanks for using Brave Rewards! At the end of every month, we have a claim process to make sure you are sent BAT for enabling Ads.

It has come to our attention that due to a timing difference our UI made some of you anxious that BAT were taken away. We want to assure you that this was not the case as the bug only affects the browser-side display of estimated value, not the real earnings you will receive. Any value that was deducted will appear automatically next cycle as part of next month’s claim process – and we’re fixing our UI accordingly.

Read the full bulletin here: https://community.brave.com/t/notice-an-update-on-brave-rewards-ui/59181  

GROWTH: Brave reaches 1.95M DAU as of beginning of May, 6.178M MAU as of end of April

https://mobile.twitter.com/BrendanEich/status/1126344850104696833

BRAVE ADS: Brendan Eich (CEO) confirms over 1300 advertisers are on the waiting list for Brave Ads

COMMUNITY: For the Chinese-speaking BAT fans, here is a Wechat group for you. We have close to 100 members now. You are welcome to join the gang. (Fanmade, unofficial)

COMMUNITY: Nananananananananana BAT CAKES! Yummy!

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

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!

Featured Creators

It’s official. Verified on Twitch. Even Added a Panel Banner. Over 1K Followers now asking about Brave/BAT.

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.66.59

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.66.59

Beta Channel v0.65.89

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.89

Release Channel v.0.63.55

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.63.55

Release Notes

  • Fixed display of Ad Rewards earnings in settings panel. (#4008)
  • Removed expiration date from the rewards UI for grants received from ads. (#4169)
  • Upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.131. (#4278)

Brave Team Tweets

How many ad accounts are on the waitlist?
100,000 Twitter followers!
Hmm… Facebook wants to make their own cryptocurrency payment system…
What’s the team up to with ad blocking?
Think of tracking as drones following you…
YouTube ads are showing ads for adult pics, but then linking to an app download?
Has Google authenticated you on Chrome yet? You should check. Or use Brave.
Vanity Metrics = No. Utility = Yes.
BAT in physical form? Not really. But Sampson is giving away some wonderful, limited-edition Brave coins!
Brave proxies things to keep you private.
Is Google telling the truth?
Is Quantcast in trouble with the Irish Data Protection Commission?
Brave offers up 5 BAT grant for a display issue problem.
Johnny sharing Brave’s insight at TransAtlantic Consumer Dialog
IAB is lawsuit bait.

BAT/Brave in the News

Johnny appears in The Register and speaks on Google’s cookie blocking feature.

Johnny Ryan, chief policy and industry relations officer at browser maker Brave, expressed disbelief that Google makes it sound as if it’s opposed to tracking.

“Google isn’t just the biggest tracker, it’s the biggest workaround actor of tracking prevention yet,” he said, pointing to the company’s efforts to bypass tracking protection in Apple’s Safari browser.

Read the full text here: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/08/google_cookie_diet_could_starve_competitors/

Brendan Eich speaks to Vox on Google’s privacy changes

“By not changing the default, by making it optional, Google is relying on people not changing it,” Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave, a privacy-oriented web browser and thus a Chrome competitor, told Recode. “Chrome users may never know this is an option.”

Eich estimates that people opting out would be in the “single digits.” Google declined to speculate or disclose the percentage of current Chrome users that change their browser settings on the world’s most popular web browser. Chrome has a more than 60 percent global market share.

Read the full text here: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/9/18537250/google-privacy-tracking-cookies

Inventor of the ad exchange and former CEO of AppNexus Brian O’Kelley makes a Brave mention in his latest post.

“Here’s the thing, Sundar Pichai. We hear lots of talk from Silicon Valley CEOs about how they are going to address privacy and other ethical issues. Actions are what count. You have some of the smartest people in the world at your company. You build incredible, consumer-centric products that have changed the world. If you wanted to build a privacy-centric browser, you could (see  and their attempts to protect privacy and enable ads). You could refuse to let ads run on dangerous content that facilitates misinformation and hate (see Infowars and Breitbart).”

Read the full text here: https://www.quora.com/What-is-your-opinion-of-Googles-new-move-to-update-its-privacy-features-so-that-it-forces-users-to-take-over-the-responsibility-of-their-data/answer/Brian-OKelley?ch=99&share=079217bd&srid=n7Z

News You Should Know

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

This move has the “semblance” of a pro-privacy effort, because of course the importance of cookies has waned a bit in recent years, thanks in part to the impact of smartphones and mobile browsers on web activity. So it’s questionable how courageous and pro-privacy a move this really is.

Read the full text here: https://news.yahoo.com/google-now-wants-crack-down-220418566.html

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The lawsuits come after a Motherboard investigation showed AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile sold phone location data that ended up with bounty hunters, and The New York Times covered an instance of Verizon selling data.

Read the full text here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k3dv3/verizon-tmobile-sprint-att-class-action-lawsuit-selling-phone-location-data

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks protecting customers’ private data, limiting screen time: ‘You are not our product’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is worried – about the protection of personal data, kids’ relationships with their devices, and the amount of time consumers are spending on devices.

Read the full text here: https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/apple-ceo-tim-cook-talks-protecting-customers-private/story?id=62808679

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 04/26/2019 to 05/03/2019 — FAQ about Brave Rewards & Ads support, Brendan Eich at Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., Brave hiring a general counsel

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

IMPORTANT: FAQ about Brave Rewards & Ads Support

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.64.65

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.64.65

Dev Channel v0.65.78

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v0.65.78

Brave Team Tweets

With Brave, users remain anonymous to us.
Hooray for great ad partners!
When are rewards coming to Thailand?
Johnny comments on a California amendment that could impact people’s intimate details
Cryptomining against users is basically extinct.
Brave is hiring general counsel

BAT/Brave in the News

Johnny appears in the New York times and mentions voter profiling

“In the next election, I think it is inevitable that every single voter will have been profiled based on what they have been reading, watching and listening to for years online,” said Johnny Ryan, the chief policy officer at Brave, a private web browser that allows users to block ads and trackers.

Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/30/opinion/privacy-targeted-advertising.html

News You Should Know

Brendan Eich appearing at Global Privacy Summit in Washington D.C.

Our CEO @BrendanEich will be at @PrivacyPros Global Privacy Summit in D.C. this Thursday to discuss why companies no longer need to follow a surveillance model to succeed.

Read the full text here: https://iapp.org/conference/global-privacy-summit/

The Terrible Truth About Alexa

“I read through a history of everything I’ve said to Alexa, and it felt a little bit like reading an old diary. Until I remembered that the things I’ve told Alexa in private are stored on an Amazon server and have possibly been read by an Amazon employee.”

Read the full text here: https://gizmodo.com/the-terrible-truth-about-alexa-1834075404

One Country Blocks the World on Data Privacy

Data privacy experts and regulators in other countries are questioning Ireland’s commitment to policing imminent privacy concerns like Facebook’s reintroduction of facial recognition software and data-sharing with its recently purchased subsidiary WhatsApp, and Google’s sharing of information across its burgeoning number of platforms.

Read the full text here: https://www.politico.eu/interactive/ireland-blocks-the-world-on-data-privacy/

Roaring Fans

https://twitter.com/rynfrd/status/1123824743239618568

From Reddit:

Brave Ads officially launches for desktop, over 100K creators now verified with Brave Rewards, 24 Hours of BAT (global meetups event)

OFFICIAL: Brave Ads is officially here. Users can now earn BAT token rewards for seeing ads in Brave (desktop)

Starting today, users of Brave’s latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by opting into Brave Rewards. These users will receive 70% of the ad revenue share as a reward for their attention, which they can auto-contribute to publishers under default settings. Brave’s platform is a new path toward a better Internet, where users can browse the web, earn rewards, and support their favorite content creators while preserving their privacy.

Brave Ads also provides brands with direct opportunities to highlight offers and engage with users as they browse the web. Since Brave Ads are opt-in, brands know with certainty that when their campaigns run with Brave, their ads are viewed by people who welcome advertising. Brave’s anonymous-but-accountable campaigns ensure that advertisers are connecting with the users they are seeking, removing the excessive costs, privacy, security, and fraud risks currently associated with middlemen in digital advertising.

Read the full post here.

OFFICIAL: Check out the shiny, new Brave Rewards page!

CLEAN—in our humble opinion. 😉

Check it out here.

CREATORS: Brave Rewards now has over 100K Brave browser publishers and creators!

This is a milestone worth celebrating! Extending a warm welcome to all of the publishers and creators who recently joined us.

See the post here.

In addition, if you’re a recently verified publisher or creator, be sure to introduce yourself over on r/BATProjectCreators!

COMMUNITY: 24 Hours of BAT, a BAT Community global meetups event, was a huge success!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world held BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. The goal was to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

The event was a huge success, with participation from 16 regional groups around the globe. Meetups were held in San Francisco (CA), Media (PA), Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal (Canada), Bogota (Colombia), Juiz de Fora (Brazil), Vigo (Spain), Perth (Australia), Tondano, Manado, Salatiga, Bali and Bekasi (Indonesia) + two virtual meetups hosted by BAT France and BAT China!

For tweets and pics from the event, see below (more to come in next week’s recap blog post):


Find out how to get involved as a BAT Community volunteer or Regional Leader here.

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit):  JustinBilyj
  • Tuesday (Twitter): m4tchB0X3r
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Christian De Guzman
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): coladh_samh

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!

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!

Client Updates

Dev Channel v0.65.74

Beta Channel v0.64.60

Release Channel v0.63.48
In this latest release, we’ve added the ability to opt-in to user private Brave ads (#4209), fixed not being able to auto-contribute even though the required BAT is available. (#3897), fixed bookmark and pin buttons under the New Tab Page for top site tiles. (#3347), upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.108. (#4192), and much, much more! See the release notes for full details.

Brave Team Tweets


Luke outlines the first regions for ads… then… the rest of the planet.
Luke comments on launch partners.
Bye bye duopoly…
Brave doesn’t censor. And, “Can’t be evil” is much better than… “Don’t be evil.”
Luke praises Uphold!

BAT/Brave in the News

Brave was in the news… A lot!

Brave rolls out its own ads that pay users a 70% cut

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

https://www.wired.com/story/brave-browser-will-pay-surf-we

View Ads, Get BAT: Brave Delivers on ICO Promise of Paid Web Browsing

Brave’s privacy-first browser ads arrive with promised payout for you

https://www.cnet.com/news/braves-privacy-first-browser-ads-arrive-with-promised-payout-for-you/

Privacy-centric browser Brave launches its twist on display ads

https://marketingland.com/privacy-centric-browser-brave-launches-its-twist-on-display-ads-259895

Brave browser lets you see opt-in ads in exchange for rewards

https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/24/brave-ads/

The Brave browser launches ads that reward users for viewing

Brave Launches Ad And Rewards Platform, Pitting The Browser Against Ad Tech

Brave will pay web browsers to watch ads with novel digital revenue model

https://www.thedrum.com/news/2019/04/25/brave-will-pay-web-browsers-watch-ads-with-novel-digital-revenue-model

Blockchain-Based Brave Launches Digital Advertising Model For Desktop

https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/334979/blockchain-based-brave-launches-digital-advertisin.html

News You Should Know

Canada group sues government over Google’s Sidewalk Labs

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is suing three levels of government over a Google-backed plan to build a smart neighbourhood in Toronto. The association says the project is “invalid and needs to be reset”. Privacy advocates are concerned the project will increase surveillance and outsource government responsibilities to a private corporation.

Read the full text here:https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47956760

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Facebook after it was reported last week that the company had scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent.

“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”

Read the full text here:https://thehill.com/policy/technology/440731-ny-ag-opens-investigation-into-facebook-for-harvesting-user-email-contacts

Roaring Fans

https://twitter.com/SmashBrando/status/1120900189043093504

From Reddit:

BAT Community Weekly Update: 04/12/2019 to 04/18/2019 — Brave Rewards (opt-in BAT tipping) now live on Android, A worrying adtech exemption to California’s new privacy law (blog), upcoming 24 Hours of BAT event (global meetups)

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

Brave Rewards (opt-in BAT tipping) now live for millions of users on Android!

To celebrate this new release, Brave will be allocating 100,000 BAT grants (each grant is the BAT equivalent of approximately $5) to our Android users. Grants can be received by clicking on the “accept” button in Brave Rewards.

Brave Rewards is now available in the latest version of Brave for Android (1.0.91). To download it on your device, please visit the Google Play Store.

Read the full text here.

BLOG: “A worrying adtech exemption to California’s new privacy law”

Brave writes to the California Senate Judiciary Committee, opposing a new adtech exemption in the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). Brave also co-signs today’s letter from 28 technology companies supporting the Privacy For All amendment to fix loopholes in the CCPA.

Read the full post:https://brave.com/brave-ccpa-april-2019/

ARTICLE: “Back to Advertising Basics with Web3 Powered by Blockchain” on AdMonsters by Luke Mulks (BAT Team)

The explosion in the blockchain-based marketing landscape over the past 18 months has brought an interesting dynamic to the already complex world of digital advertising. There has been a lot of hype, a lot of hot air, a lot of learning, and a few solutions showing early promise around this new and emerging technology.

Read the full article here: https://www.admonsters.com/web3-advertising-basics-blockchain/

COMMUNITY: Join us on April 24, 2019, for 24 Hours of BAT, a global meetups event for BAT & Brave fans around the world!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world will hold BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. Scroll down to find one in your area!

The goal is to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

Check out the full post to find out if there’s a meetup happening near you!:

BROWSER: Check out the new, totally redesigned Settings panel in Brave!

Featured Creators

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.63.45
Dev Channel v0.64.56

Brave Team Tweets

Brave Rewards is live on Android!
The Internet Archive has earned the equivalent of $2500 USD in BAT!
It’s time to take your own steps with privacy.
Brave VPN coming…
Ready to be creeped out? Check out this video by Brave’s Johnny Ryan.
Quick video on how to tip and support sites!
Luke writes an Op-Ed (see tweet for the article!)
Johnny outlines Senate Bill 753, which proposes exceptions for servicing and auditing of ads. Read his series of tweets starting here
Brave co-signs Privacy for All
Johnny returns a keyboard… due to privacy.

BAT/Brave in the News

The web pioneer taking on Google with a private browser and a loyalty club

Brendan Eich’s Brave browser is designed to make browsing faster and more private—and though it blocks ads, it has a plan for paying publishers.

Read the full text here:https://www.fastcompany.com/90332739/this-web-pioneer-is-taking-on-google-with-a-privacy-first-browser

News You Should Know

Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million people’s email contacts without their consent

Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

Since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network, Business Insider can reveal. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was “unintentionally uploaded to Facebook,” and it is now deleting them.

Read the full text here: https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-uploaded-1-5-million-users-email-contacts-without-permission-2019-4

Back to Advertising Basics with Web3 Powered by Blockchain

The explosion in the blockchain-based marketing landscape over the past 18 months has brought an interesting dynamic to the already complex world of digital advertising. There has been a lot of hype, a lot of hot air, a lot of learning, and a few solutions showing early promise around this new and emerging technology. Blockchain-based advertising solutions have presented bold visions that aim to prove that they can disintermediate, bring transparency to the supply chain, reduce fraud, and bring new opportunities to market. With much focus on the immediate problems that this technology aims to remedy, there’s a more fundamental shift taking place in the evolution of the web toward a new, user-controlled web3 Internet.

Read the full text here: https://www.admonsters.com/web3-advertising-basics-blockchain/

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

24 Hours of BAT 3.0: A day of Global Meetups

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world will hold BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. Scroll down to find one in your area!

The goal is to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

Hosted by our BAT Community Regional Leaders, each meetup can have its own focus (e.g., online privacy, content creation, developers, etc.). Meetups can range from casual gatherings to more formal presentations, and are held at cafes, bars, or booked venues like conference halls or university auditoriums. But one thing remains constant across all meetups: anyone with a keen interest is welcome to attend!

Previous Events: Past 24 Hours of BAT events in 2018 and early 2019 saw participation from volunteers in Indonesia, Canada, United States, Colombia, Spain, France, Indonesia, and Australia. This round, we expect an even higher participation rate among our Regional Leaders and volunteers! For the complete list of meetups coming up next week (April 24th, 2019) please see below.

See the #24HoursOfBAT hashtag on Twitter for more photos from our past events.

List of upcoming 24 Hours of BAT meetups on April 24, 2019

San Francisco, California (April 23, 2019)

Hosted by Steven Hollon from the Brave Team

Media, Pennsylvania

Hosted by Dan Murphy from the BAT Team

Vancouver, Canada

Hosted by Daniel James of BAT Vancouver

Toronto, Canada

Hosted by Mark of BAT Toronto

Montreal, Canada

Hosted by Jennie and Chris from the BAT Team

Bogotá, Colombia

Hosted by Wilfredo from BAT Colombia

Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Hosted by Lucas of BAT Brazil

Vigo, Spain

Hosted by Salva of BAT Spain

French-speaking community (virtual meetup)

Hosted by Arnaud C. of BAT France

Perth, Australia

Hosted by Stephen from the BAT Team

Tondano, Indonesia

Hosted by Kiel Nayoan of BAT Indonesia

Manado, Indonesia

Hosted by Jethro Kapantow of BAT Indonesia

Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia

Hosted by Martin Immanuel (Kiki) of BAT Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Hosted by Youth C. of BAT Indonesia

Bekasi, Indonesia

Hosted by Viking Karwur and Eljuno Kasih of BAT Indonesia

Be sure to follow BAT Community on Meetup to be notified when one of our regional groups hosts a meetup near you. If you don’t see your city or town on the list but would like to host BAT & Brave meetups in your area, you can sign up to become a BAT Regional Leader.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetups!


The BATProject Subreddit Hits 25K Subscribers!

Hurray! Hurrah!

We are pleased to announce that the BATProject subreddit has reached 25,000 subscribers! We could not be more thrilled!

We would like to thank each and every one of you for being a part of the BAT community. Your contributions, from discussions to posts and comments, to upvotes, shares, photos, videos, etc., are all part of what makes r/BATProject such a great place to be!

Thank you. For everything.

😊

BAT Community Weekly Update: 04/05/2019 to 04/11/2019 — AMA with Jan Piotrowski, Des Martin, and Brad Flora, LA Times & MyCrypto now Brave verified publishers, new French BAT Telegram (official)

AMA: Highlights from Jan Piotrowski, Brad Flora and Des Martin’s BAT Community AMA

The ongoing AMA series on Reddit is an eight-month-long event that features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams. The goal of the series is twofold: to give fans of the project an opportunity to interact directly with team members, and to give team members—especially those who operate largely behind the scenes—a chance to share their insights and offer the community a window into their work.

See the highlights and find the full AMA here.

CREATORS: The BAT & Brave Rewards Creators dashboard gets a fresh new design!

Lookin’ cleaner than your church shoes, ah!
Check it out here.

INTERVIEW: Des Martin, Business Development at Brave, discusses Brave & why privacy matters in digital advertising at TVrise 2019 (video)

Watch the interview here.

COMMUNITY: Groupe officiel (Telegram) de BAT pour la communauté francophone / New French BAT Telegram (official)

Rejoignez-nous: https://t.me/BasicAttentionToken_FR

CREATORS: The LA Times (latimes.com, one of the largest newspapers in the US) has verified with BAT/Brave Rewards and is now accepting Basic Attention Token tips (BAT)


CREATORS: MyCrypto.com (main MyEtherWallet fork) is now verified with BAT/Brave Rewards and accepting BAT tips!


BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit): u/Qurro
  • Tuesday (Twitter): @ericaltm
  • Wednesday (Facebook): David Sorge
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): u/Custom

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!

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!

Client Updates

Desktop v0.62.51

Beta Channel v0.63.35

Dev Channel v.64.40

Brave Team Tweets

Payouts will be spread over time.
Great things take time: Ads can take up to 45 minutes to display.
Like working Japan time? Brave is hiring!
Real-time bidding = Big brother?
Hmm… Are ads coming to the release version of Brave?
Luke does a tweet thread on ads, starting here:
Something similar to on-page ads is coming later this year.
BAT transactions are adding up.
Soon, brands will create their best campaigns with Brave and BAT.
Johnny on elections and sabotage using ads.
Luke starts a tweetstream about a recent test to use ads as Social Drivers.

BAT/Brave in the News

Major Browsers to Prevent Disabling of Click Tracking Privacy Risk

Going forward, if privacy is important to you and you want to reduce the risk of being tracked online, then you will need to use Firefox or Brave.

Read the full article here.

News You Should Know

Here’s The Shocking Reality Of Completely Blocking Google From Your Life

How deeply does Google penetrate both your internet life and your real life? Maybe you’ve been considering ditching Google search for Duck Duck Go, or trading in Google Chrome for a privacy-respecting browser like Brave? Perhaps you want to separate yourself from Gmail and Google Maps? Those are all worthwhile endeavors, but what happens when you actively block all of your devices from even pinging Google’s servers? Apparently, nothing short of nightmare fuel.

Read the full text here.

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening. Sometimes, someone is.

Read the full text here.

Roaring Fans

From Reddit:

AMA: Jan Piotrowski, Des Martin and Brad Flora, Business Development at Brave — Apr. 10, 2019

Hello, I’m Jan!

Grew up outside NY and blindly came to California for college, assuming that all of the state was a beach (I’d never visited before) and everyone listened to the Beach Boys (my favorite band at the time). Neither turned out to be true. Became the only Stanford freshman (that year) to enroll in a Gregorian chanting seminar and seriously consider a career in chant (ever). Made the hard transition from Medieval Studies to Industrial Engineering and tearfully abandoned the aforementioned chanting aspirations. Graduated with some engineering credentials to my name…only to try my hand at media planning…and then investment banking…and then — proving I had no direction in life — VC. Met the Brave team while investing, loved the story, and joined a year ago.

At Brave, I mostly help chase, close, and build partnerships with publishers and tech platforms of all types. I play a lot in Excel and PowerPoint, but get antsy using them on a Mac. Gregorian Chanting was easier.

Hello, I’m Des!

Hailing from Dublin Ireland, but now living in London.

I guess I have always been somewhat entrepreneurial. When I was a kid I turned our back garden into an amusement park and charged all the local kids entrance. A seminal moment of my childhood was unwrapping a ZX Spectrum one Christmas. This started a love affair with technology and later a fascination with the Web. These days, I am excited to be part of a team that is building a more equitable web.

Before joining Brave my experience was mostly in digital marketing. I founded The Search Mill, a digital agency. I then went on to be the Head of Marketing for Qualtrics EMEA, CMO at nearForm and Marketing Director at Perkbox. I oversaw sizeable ad spend. This gave me a marketers perspective on privacy and digital advertising. The average web user would be shocked by how much of their personal data is available online.

My role at Brave is as a Director of Business Development for EMEA. At present, most of my time is spent developing partnerships with publishers in Europe and

meeting and growing the Brave and BAT community. Also helping to communicate the value of Brave and BAT to businesses and the mainstream.

Brad is on the business development team at Brave where he helps companies learn about Brave and build partnerships that put Brave in front of their customers. Prior to this he co-founded Perfect Audience, an ad retargeting platform for SaaS companies and online retailers acquired by Marin Software in 2014. Brad’s experience running a behavioral advertising company opened his eyes to how privacy-invasive much of the digital ad industry is. He believes Brave is one of the few startups actually able to and trying to make a dent in the surveillance economy. Brad is an active startup Angel Investor and lives in San Francisco with his wife and 5-month old son.

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AMA: Holli Bohren, Brave’s Chief Financial Officer — Mar. 27, 2019

Holli Bohren is Brave’s CFO, with over 20 years’ experience heading up finance in a full time or consulting CFO capacity for over 50 venture-backed startups. She supports the management team and board to transform the business vision into reality and successful exits.

At Brave, Holli oversees the development of the company’s accounting systems foreign and domestic, financial planning, cash forecasting, controls, and HR processes.

Successful growth, fund raising, and exits she has supported cover a wide range of early stage companies, from the scale of rapidly growing Series C+ companies with tens of millions in revenue to brand-new ventures being born and exiting within 2 years on early revenue traction.

She holds a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and MBA from the MIT Sloan School. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA, inactive).

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AMA: Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist — Feb. 20, 2019

Ben Livshits is Chief Scientist for Brave Software (https://brave.com/), the company behind the Brave browser, a fast, open source, privacy-focused browser that blocks intrusive ads and trackers. He is also a Reader at Imperial College London and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. Previously, he was a research scientist at Microsoft Research. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2006. Ben’s research interests include application of sophisticated static and dynamic analysis techniques to finding errors in programs. Ben has published papers at PLDI, POPL, Oakland Security, Usenix Security, CCS, SOSP, ICSE, FSE, and many other venues. He is the author of over 100 academic papers, dozens of patents, and multiple tech transfer awards for bringing research into practice.

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