Welcome to the latest Cyber Republic Biweekly Newsletter. Over the last couple weeks:
- Ecosystem partner DMA moved into Beta for their awaited iOS Uptick e-Ticketing dApp, and, the team has come out with their first e-commerce dApp, Choosit. DMA is currently docking with ETH side chain on ELA’s testnet. They will be conducting an AMA for all community members.
- On exchanges, ELA has been listed on the XT exchange and Vietnamese based exchange Coinhe created a suggestion to list ELA and market Elastos/CR in the SE Asia Region, and a community member has launched a suggestion to get early listing on NASH.
- Sunny Feng Han’s Manhattan Project Fund has released a new suggestion to expand partnerships and business relationships for the Elastos ecosystem. Sunny also had an in-depth conversation with the VP of Alibaba about Elastos and the new Facebook coin Libra.
- Rong Chen stopped by the ELA Republic telegram channel for an AMA.
- Representatives of the Elastos Foundation attended SBHack19 and came away with a first place win.
- A member of Elastos’ SBHack19 team and Elastos Unity Project, Adem, did an interview with CR Press.
- Elastos Foundation officially joined forces with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF). Elastos Foundation also released their Biweekly update for the community with information about Ethereum and NEO sidechains released on testnet in preparation for full Main Net deployment in July.
- CR Press’ own, Famous Amos, released a few new videos covering Runtime, voting and our Biweekly update.
- And in addition to some articles about the topics already listed, we’ve included an exciting feature about how Elastos has already solved Ethereum’s scaling issues, and an explanation to how 30+ Supernodes went offline at once, and yet DPoS continued without a hitch.
DMA, the decentralized marketing arm on top of the Elastos infrastructure, has made many strides as of late. The team has come out with the beta iOS version of their e-ticketing dApp “Uptick”:
The goal of Uptick is to manage and confirm the rights of tickets on the blockchain while combating the counterfeiting of those tickets. DMA has added two new features on Uptick: Message Function and Fiat Payment function. Buyers and sellers can utilize the message function to chat online and set up a transaction for tickets. The fiat payment function enables normal users to pay with their native fiat currency while ELA will be used for all transactions under the hood. Check out the medium article on Uptick in order to download the new iOS beta dApp and learn more about it.
DMA also came out with another DApp on top of their infrastructure called “Choosit”.
Choosit is the first decentralized e-commerce store on Elastos. Developed by Starry Media, the first merchant setting up shop on Choosit will be a t-shirt and apparel store. DMA welcomes more merchants to join and sell their merchandise and goods. Please join the DMA telegram (@ElastosDMAcommunity) in order to download the Choosit dApp and start shopping with your ELA!
The DMA team will also be conducting their own AMA for the community.
Utilize the #AskDMA tag to get your questions answered straight from the DMA team.
The community has sought out new exchanges to list ELA. On June 25th, ELA was listed on XT.com exchange.
In other exchange related news, Vietnamese exchange Coinhe has unleashed an expansive suggestion on Cyberrepublic.org.
This suggestion not only entails the listing of ELA on its exchange but they are offering their services to promote and marketing Elastos to the SE Asia region. Like the suggestion if you’d like to propel it into the Proposal phase.
Finally, a community member has started a suggestion for much long-awaited and highly anticipated NASH exchange.
Voting and the community’s voice is the best way to gain attention by the CR Council.
Manhattan Project Fund, led by Elastos Foundation member Sunny Feng Han, has come up with a new suggestion laying out its strategy moving forward:
The motivation of the Manhattan Project Fund is to serve as a professional investment institution that helps build and construct the ecology of CR and Elastos. The group will look to cooperate with industry leaders and help fund development of the ecosystem. Manhattan Project also looks to enhance the liquidity of ELA, develop mainstream DApps, and collaborate with the World Bank. The team looks to introduce 10 strategic ecological projects to partner with Elastos.
Sunny Feng Han met with the VP of Alibaba on June 23rd. https://twitter.com/SunnyFengHan/status/1142799450873556993?s=20
They both discussed the Elastos ecosystem, data privacy, as well as the new cryptocurrency Facebook will be coming out with in 2020 named “Libra” which we wrote on here:
Elastos Founder Rong Chen stopped by the unofficial Elastos Telegram group, “ELA Republic”, and discussed the progress of the project and his vision for the future. We’ve included a full written summary of the AMA in this Biweekly Update.
Representatives of Elastos attended the largest blockchain hackathon in Switzerland, “SBHACK19”.
Representing Elastos were Peter Strauss and Artur Zsuravely of Hyperconnect, Adem Bilican of Elastos Unity, Mehmet A. Dogan from the CR Community, Nicola Zimmermann–CR Community Manager and Co-Founder of Elastos Orchard. The team came away with a 1st place performance in the Supply Chain challenge. Congratulations on the victory and successfully spreading the word about the innovative and game-changing technology Elastos provides.
Elastos Foundation officially created a partnership with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF).
A main reason for this collaboration is to advance the standardization of Elastos DID and enable better interaction with other members in the ecosystem. Both the W3C and DIF have hundreds of partners and industry pioneers that Elastos will join with to build a newer, safer and smarter internet of the future.
Last week the Elastos Foundation updated the community with technical updates regarding many facets of the Elastos Infrastructure. The Foundation also released information about the new website “Elastos Academy”, headed by the Elastos DX team. Updates on meeting Feng Han were detailed in the Biweekly report. Please check out all the details here: https://news.elastos.org/elastos-bi-weekly-update-21-june-2019/
Ethereum and NEO sidechains have officially been deployed on the Elastos testnet. Next month both ETH and NEO sidechains will be fully deployed on the Elastos Main Net. Developers and coders will be able to build and scale their ETH and NEO dApps on top of Elastos.
Famous Amos, from the CR Press team, has released a number of videos well worth watching:
On Manhattan Fund: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo5wbDKTBZY
How to Vote on Elephant Wallet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ7jrO2WOrg
Elastos Runtime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv7UKimtlZY
Biweekly Report Summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0zHB70tFvs
Last Week's Review Video
Watch Amos review the New Cyber Republic Website!
HowtoElastos.com made by Community Moderator Pmhee that provides resources to frequently asked questions all in one place.
Cyber Republic Website
Git Activity and Updates
Please refer to the timeline described on this article for more info: https://blog.cyberrepublic.org/2018/12/27/important-cyber-republic-announcement
Note: If you are a developer interested in working with the CR or Elastos, here’s a form you can fill out: elastos.org/developer
Elastos has joined two organizations, W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) and the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF). This is something significant and Ruolan and Dingning have written an article to discuss the importance of these initiatives.
(original source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/zjNMrmvSQOnL9QLayaGyXA)
Elastos joined the W3C organization, and will actively explore the application of blockchain technology in the Web – qukuaiwang.com.cn
Elastos joined DIF and will explore the development of decentralized ID with Microsoft, IBM and other enterprises – elabaike.com
- Data privatization is a trend
The incident of Facebook user data leakage is alarming. People find that the original Internet is very insecure, and a centralized platform can also be evil. Personal information is an important property. Facebook has realized how serious the problem is and that data privatization will be the future trend, so Zuckerberg began to bet on the blockchain and launched a data privatization campaign. (Read more: Facebook is involved in blockchain technology, user information will be better protected! http://www.yidianzixun.com/article/0J0xqmD2)
On March 12, 2019, the eve of the 30th anniversary of the birth of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee posted an open letter in that he re-examined his views on the Internet. Although the Internet has brought countless conveniences to mankind, the “Father of the World Wide Web” only wants to save the Internet and even subvert the current form of it. Tim Berners-Lee believes that using blockchains can clean up the existing Internet and protect user data. https://www.iqhdw.com/block/11379.html
Microsoft has disbanded the Windows workgroup and turned to the DID system. In order to better protect user privacy and realize data privatization, Microsoft is working hard to create a decentralized identity system based on blockchain. https://www.wanlianzhijia.com/News/show/id/23584.html
Data privatization is a historic trend. The world’s top giant companies and the father of the Internet have been making efforts to meet the needs of the future. DID will be an important starting point for the transformation of the Information Internet to the Value. As Microsoft has said: The future has come.
- Decentralized ID is a prerequisite for data privatization
In the traditional digital world, Google, Facebook, Tencent, and Alibaba have all assigned their own IDs to their users. This ID is the identity card on their platform. These big platforms may close your account but you can’t do anything. However, with DID, they couldn’t revoke access to tools, as in the current case when dealing with the large platforms. In addition, all personal photos, documents, audio and video data on these large platforms would belong to the user, i.e. the holder of the DID. In other words, with DID you don’t have to worry about IDs being revoked; the content in the third-party software account and in the original account will still belong to you.
Microsoft is launching its first decentralized infrastructure directly built on the Bitcoin blockchain with a large technology company. This open source project, ION, covers the underlying mechanisms of how networks communicate with each other. For example, if you use Facebook to sign in to Airbnb, the agreement will allow the personal information in the social profile to be sent to the external software. In this case, ION processes decentralized identifiers that prove that the user is eligible to own the data key. Christopher Allen, co-founder of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) decentralized identity (DID) solution working group, believes Microsoft’s move may affect the entire technology industry.
It is in the genes of large companies that they make various systems incompatible with each other. Large companies create the game rules. It is for this reason that although ION technology can help with the situation, whether major social media will follow remains unknown. Allegedly, although Facebook has been invited to participate in Microsoft’s DID project and community work, the company has refused the invitation and continues its own approach with user data.
To cope with the problem that every company maximizes their own interests and does not work together for a common interest, the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF) was established last year to promote interoperability of blockchain-based ID systems. The members of DIF including Microsoft, IBM, Accenture and other well-known companies jointly explore the development of DID systems.
It can also be said that Microsoft and other large companies have developed their own systems on decentralized IDs in line with the trend of data privatization. However, these studies are only working at the “Internet+” level, not revolutionizing the Internet architecture.
- The realization of data privatization also requires the redesign of the Internet architecture
In the traditional digital world, each of Google, Facebook, Tencent, and Alibaba has assigned their own IDs to their users. This ID is the identity card on their platform. If they close down, the ID will be useless, and all the accumulated data that are associated with the ID will be lost. The wave of data privatization requires a decentralized way of accessing the Internet system. Google, Facebook, Tencent, and Alibaba are all separate network operation entities. Data privatization requires to get rid of these network operation entities and to reconstruct the Internet architecture.
How do various participants without mutual trust, such as Google, Tencent, Alibaba, Amazon and Facebook, use a blockchain that everyone trusts to uniformly issue IDs and create a big network? This is the essence of decentralization and the world needs an “altruistic” mindset for a better Internet. Only “open source, open, and self-running,” can be trusted by the world.
The Internet is a public network. It is not appropriate for any country or centralized organization to manage. Just as China’s rise in 5G, the United States will inevitably suppress it.
What should we do? Only by building an open source, trusted, self-running and decentralized service provider to manage the network, everyone (China, the United States, the European Union, etc.) will be treated fairly, so that the original intention of the Internet can better be implemented. Tim Berners-Lee believes that the most valuable part of the Internet is to give people equal access to information.
From the perspective of Elastos, to achieve a Smartweb without a website, a decentralized peer-to-peer network operator (like a mobile phone carrier operator) is needed. Elastos Carrier is an example. Carrier can realize direct communication between any two points without using the self-built central server to transfer data.
In a carrier network, connection and communication authorization are established based on identity. In a decentralized network, users also need an ID to identify themselves. Using carrier for communication requires ID for authorization and for adding friends. This ID is not issued by any organization and is generated by the blockchain. It’s like a bitcoin wallet, anyone can create it for free and it is always valid.
Individuals can add friends based on this ID, because IDs, like Bitcoin wallets, can be verified by certificates and signatures. They are very secure and anti-counterfeiting. We call the ID based on the blockchain DID (Decentralized ID). DID can be for not only a person, but also a website, a DApp, or an IoT device. Everything has an identity, and everything can be interconnected. A new trusted Internet was built based on DID and Carrier. There is no need to worry about DDoS attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, identity fraud, and data leakage. This is the basis of the Value Internet.
Elastos was invited to join the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF) to explore the decentralized ID development with companies such as Microsoft and IBM. Elastos joined the W3C organization and will actively explore the application of blockchain technology in the Web. These two things are a connected whole, and the goal is to create a new, safe, trusted and decentralized Internet.