The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 76 — BATProject surpasses 50K members, Ecosia now an official search engine option on Brave, new BAT/Brave infographics (include project stats & milestones)!

BATProject recently surpassed 50K members! It feels like just yesterday that we celebrated 25K. BAT Community, thank you for being part of this moment in BAT history with us. We are grateful for you.

We’d love to learn more about the BAT Community and where everybody is from! Leave a comment in the Reddit thread letting us know where you’re from, and what got you interested in BAT. 

Also check out this iconic 50K meme made by one of our community members, @batearn! (Featuring BAT/Brave team members!) 

Ecosia, green search engine that uses its advertising revenues to plant trees in areas affected by deforestation and that protects user privacy, is now an official search engine option on Brave

  • Users of the privacy browser Brave can now select Ecosia as their default search option, alongside DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Startpage, Bing, and Google
  • Ecosia is the world’s largest not-for-profit search engine with over 15 million users globally
  • The new browser partnership, announced on Data Privacy Day 2021, signals a new era of European and US tech companies collaborating to set the standard for ethical and responsible tech

January 28, 2021, Berlin, Germany – Ecosia, the green search engine that uses its advertising revenues to plant trees in areas affected by deforestation, is now integrated as a search engine option in Brave. Ecosia is available to Brave’s more than 24 million monthly active users on desktop and mobile. The partnership, announced on Data Privacy Day, underlines both companies’ shared commitment to advance the cause of ethical online browsing.

The inclusion of Ecosia in Brave marks the collaboration between tech companies of a new era, pushing for ethical tech across the whole privacy stack – from VPN, to browser and search engine, to a full suite of privacy tools. The ultimate goal is to put users in charge of their browsing experience and to provide them with a holistic digital environment that does not require tradeoffs between privacy and participation in the digital economy.

Read the full text here: https://brave.com/ecosia/ 


“Today is Data Privacy Day, and we’re thrilled to share that over 40 million users are utilizing a browser or extension with Global Privacy Control (GPC). All Brave browsers (desktop/Android/iOS) support GPC, and major publishers (such as NY Times) now honor GPC.”

We are Brian Bondy (co-founder and CTO of the Brave privacy browser), and Dietrich Ayala (IPFS Lead),  here to discuss the decentralized web and the new IPFS integration in Brave

On Friday, January 22nd, Brian Bondy from Brave and Dietrich Ayala from IPFS took part in what turned out to be a wildly successful AMA (4.5K upvotes!) on the  r/IAmA subreddit. 

The pair marathoned for several hours, responding to as many questions from the BAT/Brave & r/IAmA communities as possible. 

Read the full AMA here: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/l2tvx1/we_are_brian_bondy_cofounder_and_cto_of_the_brave/ 

@BAT_Community on Twitter: “Hello, everyone! It’s time for a rapid-fire round of @brave and @attentiontoken stats!” — Includes user/publisher/advertiser stats & project milestones

What do you think of stats in the form of infographics? Do they make it easier to share BAT/Brave info with friends and family? Would you like to help us translate our infographics into your language? Drop a comment in the thread below to let us know: 

Here’s what TAP Network (Brave partner) CEO, Lin Dai, had to say about the latest BAT/Brave stats:


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, SIMPLE Mobile joins Brave’s Sponsored Images rotation! In addition, Nexo, Gala Games, eToro, BlockFi, AAX, and Crypto.com all return to the New Tab Page following the success of their recent Sponsored Images campaigns.

Our ever-expanding list of New Tab Page sponsors includes: PayPal, Verizon, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, The Home Depot, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Coinbase, American Eagle, and more. 

To learn about how Sponsored Images can help promote your business, check out our Case Studies: https://brave.com/brave-ads/casestudies/ 


Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia

Gary Sims a.k.a. Gary Explains on YouTube

Author, tech blogger, and software engineer Gary Explains is known for his videos on mobile tech for Android Authority. Some of his content features discussions around topics like Snapdragon, the Raspberry Silicon, and Qualcomm. 

Learn more about Gary on Everipedia (And don’t forget to tip Everipedia if you like the article!): https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/gary-explains 

Subscribe to Gary Explains on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/GaryExplains/featured


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.21.25 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.21.33

Desktop Dev Channel v1.20.93 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.20.93

Desktop Beta Channel v1.20.92

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.20.92

Brave Release Channel v1.19.88

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.19.88

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

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

Peter Snyder, Sr Privacy Researcher
Brendan Eich, CEO
Des Martin, VP of Marketing
Yan Zhu, CISO
Luke Mulks, VP of Business Operations
Clayton Hartford, Director of Ads Sales
Peter Snyder, Senior Privacy Researcher
Ben Livshits, Chief Scientist

BAT/Brave in the News

Independent: Green search engine Ecosia partners with pro-privacy Brave browser

Ecosia, the search engine that uses its advertising revenue to plant trees, is now a default search option for privacy-focused browser Brave.

The search engine will be available to Brave’s 24 million users, on both mobile and desktop, alongside competitors DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Startpage, Bing, and Google, in the hopes that the company can expand its user base.  

Ecosia donates 80 per cent of the profits it makes from this to tree-planting charities, while Brave automatically blocks ads and other trackers.

Read the full text here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/ecosia-brave-default-tree-privacy-b1792985.htm

The Verge: Global Privacy Control wants to succeed where Do Not Track failed

On today’s internet, information is nearly impossible to control. It’s become commonplace for a single website visit to spill over into targeted ads (often for something you’ve already bought) or unexpectedly canny spam emails. It’s assumed that information from your browsing history will be available to target your Instagram ads, and despite nominal commitments to privacy, tech companies have mostly given up trying to stop those data flows.

[…] 

Global Privacy Control is meant to automate that opt out, letting users click a single button on their browser instead of hunting for the opt out on every website they visit. Starting today, browsers from Brave and DuckDuckGo will send the GPC signal by default, and DuckDuckGo plugins will let you bring the same signal to Firefox and Chrome. Privacy Badger, Abine, and Disconnect.me have made similar moves to build the standard into their products. All told, project organizers estimate that 40 million users worldwide will be sending out the GPC signal through one product or another, giving them surprising political muscle when future privacy rules are written.

Read the full text here: https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/28/22252935/global-privacy-control-personal-data-tracking-ccpa-cpra-gdpr-duckduckgo l 

EU-Startups: Ecosia and Brave partner to offer most private and ethical search/browser combination

Berlin-based Ecosia, the green search engine that uses its advertising revenues to plant trees in areas affected by deforestation, is now integrated as a secondary search engine option in Brave, a US-based fast, privacy-oriented browser. Ecosia is available to Brave’s more than 24 million monthly active users on desktop and mobile. The partnership, announced on World Privacy Day, underlines both companies’ shared commitment to advance the cause of ethical online browsing. 

The inclusion of Ecosia in Brave marks the collaboration between tech companies of a new era, pushing for ethical tech across the whole privacy stack – from VPN, to browser and search engine, to a full suite of privacy tools. The ultimate goal is to put users in charge of their browsing experience and to provide them with a holistic digital environment that does not require tradeoffs between privacy and participation in the digital economy.

Read the full text here: https://www.eu-startups.com/2021/01/ecosia-and-brave-partner-to-offer-most-private-and-ethical-search-browser-combination/ 


News From Our Partners


News You Should Know

Bankless: DeFi will eat corporate debt

Credit markets are essential fuel for innovation. But today, they don’t exist in DeFi.

If you’re a long time reader, you may remember this piece from Jake Chervinsky in August. He argues that there’s no lending protocols in DeFi—at least not yet.

Instead, popular lending protocols like Compound and Aave are more like interest rate protocols. They provide rates on capital (aka collateral) for borrowers and suppliers.

They don’t rely on the promise of future payments, trust, or reputation. They remain solvent by requiring borrowers to always over-collateralize their positions.

Over-collateralized DeFi loans are trust-minimized. But they’re also capital inefficient. A large portion of the global market for loans can’t operate under this architecture—they need actual credit lines.

That’s where decentralized credit markets come into play.

If successful, these markets could make their way into the traditional world someday—just as BTC has crept into corporate treasuries.

Here’s how.

Read the full text here: https://newsletter.banklesshq.com/p/defi-will-eat-corporate-debt 

Hashoshi: Bitcoin Double Spend: Fact or FUD? // Crypto Over Coffee Ep. 50

In this episode of Crypto Over Coffee, Hashoshi breaks down the Bitcoin double spend drama and explains what happened. Also in this episode is news about Enjin, Grayscale, and more!

Tune in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-veMMKiJyg 

Bankless: 🎙️ Moon Math: The Bull Case for Cryptography | Justin Drake

Justin Drake is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation and is leading the charge of applied cryptography to the Ethereum network. Listen to our conversation as we break down the principles of cryptography and moon math!

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Justin speaks about how far we’ve come in the cryptocurrency industry, with only two extremely primitive tools: cryptographic hashes and signatures; the fire and wheel of applied cryptography.

Justin leads us through a cryptographic-enabled world, where more recent breakthroughs in applied cryptography supplement hashes and signatures. Multi-party computation, fully-homomorphic encryption, SNARKs, verifiable-delay functions, these are all cryptographic tools that are yet-to-be harnessed by the Ethereum blockchain.

Read the full post & listen to the episode: https://shows.banklesshq.com/p/-moon-math-the-bull-case-for-cryptography 


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