BAT Community Weekly Update: 05/24/2019 to 05/30/2019 — AMA with Dr. Johnny Ryan, interview with Ryan Watson, Luke Mulks to attend AdMonsters Ops NY, Etherscan.io now a Brave verified publisher!

AMA: Highlights from Dr. Johnny Ryan’s BAT Community AMA

The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and, as of recently, guests from projects that Brave partners or works with.

The latest AMA took place on May 31st and featured Dr. Johnny Ryan, Brave’s Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer. Johnny fielded both pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors on a number of topics, such as his appearance in front of the US Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month, the level of concern among legislators outside of Europe (e.g. in the United States) regarding web privacy, and whether he believes there will be real consequences—like fines—for tech giants known to mishandle sensitive user information. Johnny touched upon the inefficiency of real-time bidding (RTB), Ted Nelson’s Literary Machines, and the history of his (now famous!) colorful suit ties.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ama-with-dr-johnny-ryan/

BRAVE TEAM: Cayman Enterprise City Interview with BAT/Brave’s Ryan Watson, Director of IT & Infrastructure

Ryan shares how he made it to Brave, challenges facing the industry, and more.

ANDROID: Brave Ads UI preview

PARTNERS: DuckDuckGo promotes Brave in recent tweet!

PUBLISHERS & CREATORS: Etherscan.io is now verified with BAT/Brave and officially accepting BAT tips

PUBLISHERS & CREATORS: Largest Twitch streamer, Tfue, mentions needing to download Brave, live on stream to 100K+ viewers

PODCAST: Donny Dvorin of Never Stop Marketing Research gives a shoutout to BAT/Brave on The Bad Crypto Podcast

Talk of Brave & BAT begins at ~15:06.

Featured Creators

King McKay

Hey It’s King Mckay!

I discuss fantasy characters, themes and stories from popular TV shows / books! Though more importantly here we engage with theories, threads and discussions formed by the communities behind the shows! Currently this is consisting of reviews, breakdowns and analysis videos on HBO’s hit show Game Of Thrones and HISTORY’s Vikings.

Vancouver Poetry Slam

Poetry from the weekly Vancouver Poetry Slam. Every Monday at 8PM at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive in Vancouver BC.

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

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

  • Tuesday (Twitter): @Yashilou, @ConnorKing_
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Joel Steeves
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): u/addiscoin

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!

Client Updates

Beta Channel v0.66.80

Dev Channel v0.67.70

iOS v1.9.3

Release Notes:

  • This one is just a small housekeeping update with a couple internal optimizations. It also includes a fix for an issue that caused Brave to crash for a small number of people.

Brave Team Tweets

Luke Mulks at AdMonsters Ops NY!

BasicAttentionToken @AttentionToken If you’re in New York on June 4th, catch BAT’s @lukemulks at the @AdMonsters #OpsNY panel to hear more about “when blockchain stops being hype and starts getting real” with @linXdai. https://t.co/S0q3QKuMQX May 29 2019

Brave is working on being-your-own-wallet with KYC (know your customer).

BrendanEich @BrendanEich @littleboy0k Yes, with @UpholdInc as default and we are working on being-your-own-wallet with separate KYC option. May 24 2019

New Paper from Brave’s Chief Scientist — The Anatomy of a Cryptocurrency Pump-and-Dump Scheme

Ben Livshits‏ @convoluted_code Our paper “New: The Anatomy of a Cryptocurrency Pump-and-Dump Scheme” will appear at Usenix Security 2019 https://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~livshits/papers/pdf/usenixsec19b.pdf … 24 May 24 2019

Brave adding too many clicks to tip? Users make suggestions, Brave listens.

BrendanEich‏ @BrendanEich Replying to @agentofuser @2D3DUXD @davidtemkin

Will revisit with team right now, I did not catch this one. Thanks for pointing it out. May 27 2019

Google’s DoubleClick is making the news as a giant leakage of personal data.

Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan Google DoubleClick is on the front pages - even an editorial - of the Irish press since @DPCIreland investigation launched on Wed night, rightly calling it the largest leakage of personal data ever recorded. Now we wait for @ICOnews to take action. @mikarv @jimkillock @RaviNa1k https://t.co/1hfkk5E0PA May 27 2019

Brave’s Brian Bondy tweets about Brave’s multiple release channels, how long it takes for a new feature to be released, when they know a feature will happen, and more.

Brian R. Bondy @brianbondy Did you know that @brave has 4 different releases? After a feature is developed… Within 24h it is avail on Nightly. Within 0-3 weeks it’s avail on Dev. 3 weeks later on Beta. 3 weeks later to Release. https://t.co/dtHX88dryA https://t.co/TbEIdb0L6a https://t.co/pGMgEWqnHK May 29 2019

Brian R. Bondy @brianbondy The latency of any particular feature to get to Release for @brave is 6-9 weeks, but because we’re always landing code, our throughput is that of releasing features every 3 weeks on Release channel. Our Nightly channels give us a 0-24h latency for feedback from core users. May 29 2019

Brian R. Bondy @brianbondy We also reliably know within ~1 day, even a year in advance, when each individual feature release will happen. May 29 2019

Brian R. Bondy @brianbondy Shipping beats perfection at @brave, and we aim to build things iteratively in small chunks when possible. Things are developed in the open by default. Not only open source, but open process. May 29 2019

BAT/Brave in the News

Want a Cut of the $39B Facebook Makes Off Your Data? That’s About $5 a Month

For many years, platforms such as Facebook and Google have tracked user data — from browsing history to email addresses — and deployed that to offer companies targeted advertisements. In 2017, Facebook earned $20.21 per user this way, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission — its 1.94 billion monthly active users at the time would have brought in $39 billion in revenue. But none of that money was shared with users.

Now, a host of startups are threatening to challenge that model and force Facebook and Google to adapt — or suffer — with an alternative approach that gives consumers the option to both control their own data and to profit from it.

Is GDPR working? Brave’s Johnny Ryan says it’s starting to, and marketers must heed the risks

Since being implemented last May, GDPR has impacted privacy debates around the world. It has also been an influence on California’s forthcoming CCPA, set to take effect next January. But has GDPR accomplished what it set out to do; is it working?

Google’s Chrome Becomes Web ‘Gatekeeper’ and Rivals Complain

Google won by offering consumers a fast, customizable browser for free, while embracing open web standards. Now that Chrome is the clear leader, it controls how the standards are set. That’s sparking concern Google is using the browser and its Chromium open-source underpinnings to elbow out online competitors and tilt entire industries in its favor.

That dominance means Google sets the standard for what the internet is supposed to be. And in that vision, advertising and user data collection are the defaults.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-28/google-s-chrome-becomes-web-gatekeeper-and-rivals-complain

News You Should Know

Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution For the Web

A typical website is made of numerous components coming from a wide variety of sources. Many of the sources that make up a website are opaque to the user, and some third-party resources are designed to identify and track users as they browse the web, often in order to retarget ads and measure ad campaign effectiveness.

The combination of third-party web tracking and ad campaign measurement has led many to conflate web privacy with a web free of advertisements. We think that’s a misunderstanding. Online ads and measurement of their effectiveness do not require Site A, where you clicked an ad, to learn that you purchased something on Site B. The only data needed for measurement is that someone who clicked an ad on Site A made a purchase on Site B.

Today we are presenting a new technology to allow attribution of ad clicks on the web while preserving user privacy.

Google holds firm on Chrome changes that may break ad blockers

When it comes to concerns over new ad-blocking limits planned for Chrome, Google has budged but so far hasn’t moved very far. The company is responding to criticism of proposed changes to its Chrome web browser that may cripple ad-blocking tools. Though Google revealed it’s lifting some limits and plans an exemption for enterprise users, it doesn’t look like the search giant has been fundamentally persuaded by critics.

Roaring Fans

Fly On The Wall :eyes:‏ @LadyDi0723 Just downloaded the Brave browser app. Wow, what a great browser! It blocks ads, trackers, and your info is secure! It’s really fast too, I would highly recommend it. @SGTreport @andweknow May 28, 2019

S0n1c‏ @ItsS0n1c So far with @Brave.

May 27 2019

Jen Zhu‏ @jenzhuscott Not surprised @google sticks to its gun on ad blocking restrictions, because - you are the product after all. So glad I’ve switched to @brave a few months ago. Much faster and I’ve forgotten those annoying ads. @BrendanEich - great work. Best browser. May 30 2019

From Reddit:

100,000 Ads Blocked, Thank you Brave Team!

Saw a VICE ad just now.

2000+ Twitter Brave publishers signed up already