How Much Do Cyber Attacks Cost The US?
The moment everyone has been waiting for is fast approaching. DPoS elections are almost underway. The Elastos Blockchain team has officially upgraded the mainnet nodes in preparation for DPoS voting. As always, we will have a newly updated list of Supernode candidates for the community to review, an important suggestion under discussion by Feng Zhang, one of the CR Interim Council members, DMA has more updates, and we are going to highlight an article written by the Chinese community about chatting on Elastos.
In this weeks Elastos Update https://news.elastos.org/elastos-weekly-updates-29-march-2019/
the ELA Blockchain team has announced major upgrades in preparation for DPoS voting. From the most recent Update:
“The Elastos Blockchain Team is upgrading the main net node from March 29th – 2:00AM UTC to March 30th – 10:00AM UTC (32 hours). Upon completion, the consensus mode on Elastos main net will be changed from AUXPoW that enables merge mining with BTC to AUXPoW+DPoS.”
There will soon be a true hybrid Consensus Mechanism on the Elastos Blockchain. All Cyber Republic community members now have the comfort of both merged mining on Bitcoin as well as the new DPoS.
Another thing to look forward to is from this official announcement: https://news.elastos.org/opening-the-entire-elastos-network-dpos-and-auxpow-consensus/
“First, as soon as DPoS consensus is live on the Elastos main chain, merged-mining will be open to the entirety of the general public. Along with the btc.com mining pool, all other mining pools and individual miners will have the opportunity to upgrade their BTC mining clients to begin merge-mining ELA in parallel to BTC. Secondly, it is anticipated that the hashpower of the Elastos blockchain will rise dramatically, thereby further securing the network. Thirdly, DPoS nodes add an additional layer of security in serving to provide Finality for solved blocks. “
Just under 3 weeks ago, Feng Zhang, Interim CR Council Member, created a post on an Option Incentivization Program for the Cyber Republic.
Zhang followed up on this proposition with Elastos Talk on March 17th. The goal of this program is to incentivize community members to contribute in three main areas: Brand Promotion, Code Development and Ecosystem integration. The community member would sign an agreement for an option and the price of ELA would be set either on the day of signing or on the average price of ELA in that month. If the price of ELA rises, this would be extra profitable to the community member and incentivize them to bolster their efforts for the CR. Feng Zhang also mentioned the topic of creating another fund for Institutional investors, but that plan hasn’t come to fruition yet. Read more in our detailed translation within this Newsletter.
DMA is back at it. The team has recently posted several tweets of their steady progress on the project. The DMA 1.0 Beta SDK is now completed. This gives prospective developers on the platform the ability to customize their own modules for their respective businesses. The team has also taken steps in their payment module to allow a crypto to fiat gateway which is a pertinent step in the pursuit of adoption. Keep up the good work, DMA!
Chinese CR community member, Qing Zhang, wrote an enlightening article regarding Instant Messaging services on the Elastos platform. He mentions that the IM phenomenon began when AOL came out with AIM. Fast forward 20 years and we have Wechat, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram as the household names of Instant Messaging.
Qing Zhang speaks about how these social IM platforms are centralized and far from private. All conversations are tracked, consolidated, and stored, especially in certain countries where freedom of speech isn’t a right. Chatting on dapps like Hyper.IM or Ela Chat allows true peer-to-peer communication without the background monitoring of centralized powers.
Zhang then discusses some of the major pillars of Elastos: Carrier, Runtime, DID, and Hive. Each one of these elements ensures privacy, protection, and pure decentralization without Big Brother in the background. Carrier allows peer-to-peer communication through DIDs instead of normal IP addresses. The Runtime ensures a protected sandboxed environment in which DDoS attacks are largely infeasible. Hive is Elastos’ customized version of IPFS for true decentralized storage solutions. We have the complete package.
Elastos has the proper infrastructure to compete against all centralized chat apps in the world and provide a purely decentralized and safe peer-to-peer alternative chat dapp.
Read the complete, translated article here:
-By Jeremy G.
Watch an update of the Last Week’s Update by Amos here:
Here is the latest Elastos Weekly Update:
We have a new Cyber Republic Documentation site with relevant introductory information about the Cyber Republic, including the constitution, voting and proposals, and leadership. Check it out here:
If you have any content you’d like to submit to our writing (or social media) team, please email us at our new contact email:
CR Forum: Quarter 1
Cyber Republic Website
- Main Project Repo: https://github.com/cyber-republic/CyberRepublic
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
If you are a developer interested in working with the CR or Elastos, here’s a form you can fill out: https://goo.gl/forms/pvzDYMsVEs10s6U72
ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT: ELA Options Incentive Plan
Translated by Cassie Z.
We are highlighting this article because of the large implications of this suggestion by CR Interim Council member, Feng Zhang. We highly encourage you read his forum thread, posted under his username “summer98”, here:
Elastos Talk | Elastos Community Governance and Ecosystem Development
On March 17th, the Elastos Talk was honored to host CR Preparatory Committee member Feng Zhang, who shared his ideas for Elastos community governance and ecosystem development with the friends of Elastos.
Feng Zhang is a member of the Elastos CR Preparatory Committee, founder of Digital Era Blockchain Service Alliance, co-founder of Byte University, and attorney at Beijing Jincheng Tongda (Shanghai) Law Office. Friends from the Chinese-speaking community will already be familiar with Feng Zhang, who has been on the Elastos journey from the very beginning. His suggestions and insight have been integral to the growth and development of Elastos, and it is an honor to have him on the Elastos CR Preparatory Committee. It is our hope that the CR will continue to undergo improvement through the hard work of our three council members.
The following is a transcript of Feng Zhang’s presentation:
“I am very glad to have the opportunity to talk about community governance and ecosystem development with you all today. My name is Feng Zhang. Actually, today’s main goal is to interact with everyone, but first, I have a few thoughts that I’d like to share with you all.
I’d like to handle the relationship between community governance and ecosystem development. Ecosystem development is what we are all after. But only when there is good community governance, can there be effective promotion of the ecosystem. The main goal of community governance is to mobilize both community members and people outside the community to promote the whole of Elastos. That is to say, we want to mobilize all positive factors to powerfully coordinate internal and external connections to serve Elastos ecosystem development. With this basic theory, community members—regardless how great their abilities—should all contribute what they can to Elastos, such as code development, advertising, community events, and DApp ecosystem project integrations.
Here, let me propose a idea: an ELA incentive option plan. Currently, everyone contributing to the community is rewarded directly, sent ELA for offline meetups, promotional articles, and code contributions. But this plan is different. It would aim to incentivize contributions by community members through options. This mainly encompasses three aspects:
The first is brand promotion. Through online and offline events, the goal of brand promotion is to show industry outsiders what Elastos does, the specialties of its technology, project development milestones, and more.
The second is code development. Chinese and English-speaking community developers can obtain certain incentives by contributing code.
The third is ecosystem integrations. With so many people in our community, each person has their own resources. For example, if your friends are developing a project that is well-suited to using Elastos as the base-level, they might be sufficiently incentivized to integrate their project onto the Elastos platform as a DApp. This way, I hope that everyone can express their talents by integrating these kinds of projects and, through everyone’s efforts, Elastos will certainly be more and more prosperous.
Imagine we started signing option incentive partnership agreements. The price is something that could be discussed, set either as the price on the day of signing or the average price over the past month. Then a time could be determined—three months, six months, or one year, for example—since options can only be exercised after a certain amount of time has passed. Then we tailor different incentive plans according to the brand promotion, code development, and ecosystem integrations that we just mentioned, according to different circumstances. After a period of time, based on your contributions, as well as the price on the day of signing or prior month’s average, you could sell your options. After three, six, or twelve months, the price may exceed the price on the day of signing, which would be very profitable for the contributor. The benefits of this kind of plan rests in its ability to make the contributor work to promote the project’s overall advancement. Another aspect is that it can filter out naked opportunists, as options may not have value to them.
I have already made a thread for this specific plan on the CR forum, and I hope everyone can go there to express their opinions, and discuss its suitability, operational details, and other ideas. I hope that everyone can provide their opinions, because this is an innovative world, the blockchain industry, and we hope to make it dependable rather than hurriedly proposed. Not only would that fail to produce the effect of incentivisation, but would instead hurt morale in the community and actually have the opposite effect. This is why we want to make sure to listen to everyone’s opinions. Overall, I hope that the incentive plan will motivate everyone’s earnest involvement in and contributions to the community.
There is an additional plan for institutional partners. Previously, we learned that EOS had a community fund, and of course, we discussed the CR fund. Now, looking at the EOS plan, the project side and the investing institution formed a fund with a 1:1 ratio. This fund was operated by a professional investment institution, but under the condition that it could only be invested into the EOS ecosystem. I’ve also had this idea, but at present, I haven’t yet proposed it.
My idea is to see whether the CR could also be like this. Imagine if we proposed a similar plan in the future, where the CR partnered with a professional institution, and each party invested in a part of the fund according to a certain ratio, and the professional investment was responsible for its operation. But it could only be used for investment in the Elastos Ecosystem. That way, the investment institution would have a certain level of independence, while also bringing certain resources to the ecosystem. So the joint fund is aimed at professional investment institutions, whereas option incentives are targeted for community contributors.
In sum, everyone can consider these two plans. The last plan hasn’t been raised yet. I still need to talk to all parties involved to see if it is appropriate. If they are launched, we have a principle that tells us to promote all positive factors, to use all our power, to use all our money, to contribute all available knowledge, and together, we can promote development of the entire Elastos ecosystem.
These are the two plans that I wanted to share with everyone. The option incentive plan has already been proposed and everyone can read about it and raise their opinions. I hope everyone will regularly visit the CR forum to give their thoughts, so the CR preparatory committee members can hear everyone’s ideas for the development of the CR.”
CR Official Website:
By Kenneth K.
As there are many terms to such a large project like Elastos and Cyber Republic, we’ve decided to build a growing glossary of terms that can help the less technically acquainted better understand what the tech means and the impact it could have. This week we’re focusing on Elastos DID.
Term: Decentralized Identifier
“Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) are a new type of identifier for verifiable, “self-sovereign” digital identity. DIDs are fully under the control of the DID subject, independent from any centralized registry, identity provider, or certificate authority. DIDs are URLs that relate a DID subject to a means for trustable interactions with that subject. DIDs resolve to DID Documents — simple documents that describe how to use that specific DID. Each DID Document may contain at least three things: proof purposes, verification methods, and service endpoints. Proof purposes are combined with verification methods to provide mechanisms for proving things. For example, a DID Document can specify that a particular verification method, such as a cryptographic public key or pseudonymous biometric protocol, can be used to verify a proof that was created for the purpose of authentication. Service endpoints enable trusted interactions with the DID controller.”
A DID is pretty much a unique ID attached to a wallet. It’s like a drivers license, but digital, encrypted, secure, and impossible to forge. In Elastos’ case, a user’s DID–recorded on the DID sidechain–could be accessed by any other sidechain on Elastos as well. This means that one DID could be used for the entire Elastos services ecosystem.
Elastos DID is kind of how Facebook login can be integrated everywhere, except this version is secure and decentralized. Of course, a single user could have multiple DIDs, and in certain cases, a user may choose to use a trusted 3rd party to go through KYC so that various apps on Elastos can trust the user; this is valuable for Cyber Republic governance and voting, or any legal affairs that require public identity. Lastly, Elastos DID also lets you store data to your DID on the DID sidechain, which is then merged mined with Elastos (merged mined with Bitcoin), making it ultra secure.
Current Events: Facebook Left Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords Stored in Plain Text,
The Value of Digital “Condoms”
By Kenneth K
Facebook has been battling privacy and security concerns for quite some time, and in yet another event, it turns out that they’ve been storing millions of user passwords in plain text.
Now, in Facebook’s defense, you can’t control the actions of all your employees, and humans will be humans–but this was their public response to the incident: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/03/keeping-passwords-secure/
Here’s a recap of their response:
- They found a problem: “As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable [plain text] format within our internal data storage systems. “
- ‘Some user passwords,’ means: “We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.”
- And to help your confidence: “To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them.”
- Please be aware that: “There is nothing more important to us than protecting people’s information.”
- Their suggestion is that users change their passwords and implement 2 Factor Authentication.
A meme (or several memes) has become quite popular in the Elastos community in which Rong Chen explains Elastos, simply, as something of an “Internet Condom” that prevents viruses and…other unintended consequences. While humorous, it is actually quite a “fitting” example.
Any crypto enthusiast would immediately recognize how crypto could have prevented such a problem. Any crypto project with DIDs (Decentralized Identifiers) would be able to say that a DID used as a login would’ve made sure that no one, not even Facebook, had access to the user’s account except the user themself.
But any Elastos fan would’ve recognized that the DID sidechain paired with Elastos Carrier and Runtime would be the answer to much more than Facebook’s security issues, because any time there is a human involved, or an institution with access to centralized and unencrypted data, there is a much higher chance of infection and long-term consequence–in fact, it’s essentially inevitable as we’ve seen from the near-daily hacks of major institutions that have leaked incredibly sensitive information and have cost trillions of dollars in damages, annually.
Some estimate that annual damages to the US may be as high as 100 billion, and this infographic tells it all:
Another CyberSecurity report estimates that total damages worldwide will be in the range of 6 trillion dollars by 2021, up from 3 trillion in 2015. This is more than the global trade of all illegal drugs combined, and more than all damage inflicted by natural disasters, annually.
Elastos is a so-called “condom” for the entire Internet, and not just for a single database like Facebook’s. With Carrier and DID sidechains, Elastos Runtime and Hive, all (most) data could be protected across all (most) operating systems and all (most) devices could be supported. I say, “most” because there’s always that human element that decreases the security of good design; after all, that’s why condoms are only 98% effective when used correctly, and 85% when used in general (if you missed Sex Ed, here’s your round two).
In Facebook’s case this time, it was human error and maybe they did get lucky, but their answer isn’t good enough and we’ll never actually know if amongst the hundreds of millions of users affected, were some people actually harmed? The number of individuals affected is so high that it’s arguably impossible to know, confidently, that every individual is safe.
It is my opinion that Facebook’s formal response might be likened to teenage lovers excusing each other’s mistake of having unprotected sex. There is “no evidence to date” that anyone got pregnant or picked up a disease (yet). There is “nothing more important” to them than being responsible. If a teenager said these things, and yet continued on without changing their ways to a much safer method, we would all roll our eyes in disbelief.
If user information could be protected to 98% effectiveness with a .01 mm Okamoto (Elastos) condom (I should get a referral link for this product placement), why wouldn’t it be adopted?
The answer is this: awareness and education.
People just aren’t aware that they are engaging in unprotected Internet practices, and there is a safer way without any compromise to user experience. Thus, it’s up to us–the CR–to educate them about how to use the Elastos digital condom for a safer internet experience.
Do you have a suggestion on how we could increase awareness? What is your idea for an educational campaign on safer internet practices?
“Drug store condom sales grew slowly from 1984 to 1988 except for a 20 percent increase between 1986 and 1987 (Table 1). Sales of some styles grew more rapidly than others. Between 1986 and 1988, sales of all latex condoms increased 25 percent (226.1 to 283.4 million). The biggest percentage growth was in latex condoms with spermicide which increased 116 percent (23.2 to 50.1 million). Latex condoms without spermicide increased 15 percent (202.9 to 233.3 million). Natural membrane condom sales increased 7.8 percent (14.4 to 15.6 million). Sales increased both in areas with a high incidence of AIDS and in the remaining US between 1986 and 1988 (Figure 1). Sales in the high incidence areas were growing throughout 17 of the 18 two-month periods. In contrast, sales were not growing in the remaining US until the beginning of 1987, and sales stopped increasing in July-August 1988. In both areas, condom sales grew rapidly throughout 1987 and early 1988 following the release of the Surgeon General’s report in November 1986. Media attention to condoms also increased. Condoms were rarely mentioned before the report, but were increasingly cited in articles, editorials, and cartoons thereafter, reaching a peak in February 1987, when 182 items appeared in the 19 newspapers indexed by Newspaper Abstracts.”
-Increase in Condom Sales following AIDS Education and Publicity, United States JOHN S. MORAN, MD, HARLAN R. JANES, THOMAS A. PETERMAN, MD, MSC, AND KATHERINE M. STONE, MD
By Jeremy G
International Decentralized Elastos Alliance (IDEA) *New Alliance*
A number of supernode candidates have come together to form the International Decentralized Elastos Alliance. Due to concerns about over-centralization by the “Chinese Alliance”, they hope to be an example of full decentralization. At the moment, the countries represented are: Scandinavia (Elastos Scandinavia), France (Orion), Russia (Northern Lights), US (Houston and Starfish), Italy (Vitruvian Node), Austria-US-Morocco-New Zealand-England-Germany-Belgium (Enter Elastos Node), and France-US-Canada (Wild Strawberries Node). They believe that the perfect DPoS network is when there is distribution of nodes in at least five continents and twenty countries, which they will try to guarantee as an alliance. They want to establish that they have nothing against the Chinese. Any node, Chinese or otherwise, that is against centralization is also welcome to join.
Alliance Block Supernode *New*
Introducing the Alliance Block Supernode. Alliance Block is a decentralized, smart, and sustainable platform for the new age of Investment Banking. In order to learn more about their company and updates on their Supernode status, please visit:
Their ICOPC community channel has more than 500 private members with high profiles, most of which are CR and Elastos supporters. Alliance Block with be hosting their Supernode via AWS Cloud. The team is composed of four people, three of which have experience working at companies such as Barclays, JP Morgan, and PostNP. Here is a statement by the team regarding their mission statement of hosting a Supernode in the Cyber Republic ecosystem: “AllianceBlock is an ecosystem of investment. We want to build the foundation of investment banking 2.0 through decentralization. We can bring more awareness about Elastos and the CR, onboard partners to our ecosystem, bring new investors, decentralize social networks, even create an E-learning platform with podcasts and streaming video that the CR could participate in to educate others about Elastos, too.”
Elate.CH is a group from Switzerland made up of inspired enthusiasts of the Cyber Republic and Elastos. You can follow them on their website: Elate.CH or on their Telegram: @Elatech.
The following is a statement written by the group which covers what they are offering: “Elate.ch was established as an enthusiastic pool of people sharing their common vision of a new Internet: the Internet we deserve. We’ve been enchanted by Elastos since its establishment, and we fully support the vision brought forward by the Elastos Foundation and the CR. We want to offer our contribution by running a DPoS supernode within the rising Elastos ecosystem.
“We’ll be hosting our node from Switzerland. We are fine-tuning our reward formula, but voters can anticipate a better reward to early voters. We aim to position ourselves amongst other leaders in regards to revenue shared with our voting community. Let’s connect! I’m Gabriele, founder of Elate.ch and an enthusiastic entrepreneur that co-founded Dexlab.io, a blockchain venture with the mission to make the decentralised economy accessible to anyone. Be Elated to see the Elastos ecosystem blossom before your eyes!”
Elaphant Supernode *New*
Meet Wiktor, the brains behind the Elaphant Supernode. Wiktor’s been involved with Elastos for about a year now. He was the lead developer on the Cyber Republic website until recently. His Supernode will be located in the EU along with a second one in North America. Initially, the Supernode will be cloud-based, but Wiktor plans to migrate quickly to other solutions when needed.
He has experience in running servers as well as support from a friend who’s also an experienced developer. Wiktor is planning to adopt a shared profit model, but the details are still being worked out. The Webpage is in beta, but it is operational at: elaphant.org. Wiktor believes that the logical function of the node is to actively contribute to the ecosystem. Here’s Elaphant’s philosophy on helping the CR grow: “Contribution to the ecosystem, and the ultimate (inevitable) success of Elastos is–and will always be–the driving force behind our decisions.”
Northern Lights *New* *IDEA Member*
The Northern Lights Supernode has three members from the Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. Northern Lights plans on hosting its Supernode on their own high-efficiency server based in Belarus. Here is a written statement by the team: “We are active people in social media and some of us manage well-known telegram groups such as bit.game, fishchain, and of course the Elastos Russia telegram group. Having the advantage of being heard, we can disseminate information easily and help the Elastos ecosystem grow faster and become more decentralized.
“We are going to create social media resources in Russian such as Twitter, Medium, our own website in order to promote the Supernode, bring the huge Russian-speaking audience together, and shed more light on the future of Elastos. In addition to social activity, we have a strong technical background with an enthusiastic and experienced sysadmin on our team. As for sharing rewards with voters, we are not going to stand out amongst others; we want to be fair with the community and we will abide by the average rewards. We call ourselves Northern Lights because everyone who has ever seen this unique nature phenomenon would never forget it. We believe in love at first sight because of the unique phenomenon of technology that Elastos is. Northern Lights – once seen, never forgotten.”
Tyro Lee *Updated*
Tyro Lee, the creator of the Elastos English and Chinese Telegram groups, will be running his own Supernode. Tyro has been an active community member from day 1. He’s already created a website to promote his Supernode.
He will also be promoting his SN on Wechat (breathinsmog (Little Black Wolf Tyro Lee)) and Twitter (@elastos_news (Just a Fan of Elastos)). Tyro plans to host his node on the Huawei Cloud. Tyro is still figuring out the rewards for voters. Regarding his logo, it represents a wolf that is “shouting to the sky of Elastos”. Tyro views this as a sign that we as a community are invincible and successful. Here’s an excerpt of what Tyro says to the community on his website, “I joined the Elastos community since August 2017, and I’ve been through so much with this project, I believe in Elastos and I will continuously support it. I hope you can vote my Elastos super node “TYROLEE”. Thanks for your vote!”
The great Elastos Telegram moderators have formed a Supernode group for the Elastos Ecosystem. They will be creating a dedicated website to promote their Supernode and have plans to create a separate Telegram group as well. The two Supernodes will be hosted on the cloud. Please visit:
Telegram group (https://t.me/ElastosNoderators)
Here is a statement from the group about their plans. “We are the Elastos Noderators! We are a diverse group consisting of Elastos moderators and team members, and with your help, we plan to run at least one supernode. Our team members include: Gandhi, T.I., C00mbsie, Pmhee555, Austrader, Murph, Multastoy, and of course KP. We are spread all around the world in countries such as Finland, South Africa, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Indonesia. If you have been active in the community, you likely know and have interacted with all of us in many instances. As many of you know, we are some of the biggest Elastos fans out there, and we have been extremely devoted to this community for a long time. We absolutely love interacting with this amazing community each and every day. Whether it be with problems, concerns, or just dreaming of a new internet, we are committed to servicing this community in any way possible. We feel that our strong belief and long term devoutness to the Elastos project, along with our dedication to the Cyber Republic, is enough to guarantee that we have the Elastos community’s best interests in mind when it comes to running a supernode. The Noderators will uphold a pledge to run our supernodes with decentralization, fairness, and the betterment of the Smart-Web in mind. By supporting us, you also support various initiatives funded by the rewards that will directly benefit the Elastos ecosystem. A more detailed plan and website will be revealed at a later date. We hope to run one supernode in Europe/Africa and another supernode in North America.”
ELA Chat *Updated*
The team behind the peer-to-peer chat dApp, “ELA Chat” has formed their own Supernode group. Please check out their website (https://ela.chat/) and Telegram (@elachat) for any updates on the project and their Supernode. Here is their statement: “The infrastructure of ElaChat was powered by Elastos, and therefore we would like to have greater contribution to the development of Elastos. We hope to become one of the 36 nodes and contribute to the long-term development of Elastos. There are currently 4 members in the team and we want to recruit more members for ElaChat R&D. ElaChat is an open-source project and everyone can contribute to its development via GitHub. At present, ElaChat has integrated the DID, Carrier and SPV functions, allow authorization of necessary information for the use of third-party applications. Third-party application can be embedded in the ElaChat, just like mini programs of WeChat public accounts. We want a node to support the projects built on ElaChat ecosystem, provide node DID service and smart contract service. We are considering the reward for members who have voted for us and more details will be released in the coming future. There are always obstacles and hardship in a development of new technology, and Elastos is of no exception. At present, Elastos has been exploring its own way to realize its own value, and we believe that there will be more breakthroughs in the near future.”
Bitett is a Chinese media outlet for blockchain. Check out their website here: (www.bitett.com). Here is a written statement by the team, “As one of the earliest partners of Elastos, Bitett believes in the vision of Elastos and the community governance model it introduces. In this DPoS node election, we hope to be elected as one of the 36 active nodes, to contribute ourselves in maintaining the fairness of network security and consensus mechanisms, as well as steady growth of Elastos in the long-run. Currently there are 4 major members in Bitett node, including operation and development. In the later stage of the DPoS node election, we will recruit community operating members when needed. We have considered rewarding the members who have voted for us and more details will be released in the coming future. The vision of Elastos has gradually been recognized by an increasing number of people. If you are a fan of Elastos, and if you want to contribute to the development of Elastos, join us and vote for us so that we can witness the great moment together.”
“BIT.GAME is an important entrance to the blockchain game field for the Elastos. Through participating in this DPoS election, BIT.GAME hopes that more community members can recognize the benefits that blockchain games bring to the Elastos ecosystem. If we are elected, the node rewards will mainly be used to provide various ELA blockchain games with liquidity through the Higgs network, and the rest is allocated to voting supporters. The members of the BIT.GAME node are composed of the core teams of BIT.GAME, including: Ding Wang, Co-founder of BIT.GAME, current CEO of GAEX.com and Co-founder of Higgs Network; Yundong Sun, Co-founder of BIT.GAME, now CEO of a game distribution platform (haowanba.com); Sally Gong, Former Business Partner of Ontology (USA), currently co-founder of Higgs Network.
Thanks to the community members for their support of BIT.GAME. In the past year, GAEX.com, the world’s first blockchain game asset-trading platform, has successfully launched and achieved a steady development with some in-depth cooperation with a number of excellent blockchain games, which are in turn brought onto the Elastos ecosystem. I hope that everyone can pay more attention to these game projects, both in terms of investment potential and game content, as their qualities are of leading position in the field.”
“Elastos community should not be unfamiliar with ELAfish, or FishChain, as it is one of the very first blockchain games that enables ELA mining.”
“Eye worm”: Graduated from Peking University Life Science Academy, the major planner of “Bubble Fish”, senior game system and numerical planning.
“Bear Crow”: Art Partner, graduated from Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and French MJM Art and Design Institute, the artistic director of “Bubble Fish”.
“Butterfly”: Technical Partner, obtained Master Degree from the Department of Mathematics, Peking University, Senior Architect, proficient in blockchain technology and traditional Internet technology.
“Jacky Cheung”: Executive Director, “Bubble Fish” Business and Public Relations Officer, years of experience in gaming product operations.
“Light”: Director of Operations, responsible for the operation of “Bubble Fish”, many years of experience in media operations.
“Hong16”: Art Director, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University, the creator of “Bubble Fish”.
“Whitehead Scholar”: Technical Director, Server and Blockchain, with many years of experience in large-scale online game development and artificial intelligence development.
“Jelly”: Product Director, chief programmer of client side, with many years of experience in web mobile game and securities trading software client development.”
Recently, the Elastos ecosystem partner, ioeX, has announced that they will be running a Supernode as a part of the Elastos DPoS Consensus.
Wefilmchain is an ecosystem partner of Elastos that seeks to provide a decentralized media production and distribution channel for small producers. Their plan is to host the SN via a cloud service like AWS or GCP per Elastos Supernode specs recommendation. They are still in discussions about hosting two nodes: one in the U.S.A and one in Canada. The following is a statement made by the team:
“Wefilmchain, a developer within the Elastos Community, intends to support a supernode with their qualified development team. Rewards will be shareable with contributors on a regular basis. The team plans on utilizing and contributing toward an open source solution that the whole community can use so contributors are properly incentivized and can view data in a simple way. Future enhancements might include rewards for participants hosting music or video files for the Dapp that we are creating. We value transparency, creativity, and education. We have strong ties to entertainment and content creation communities and look forward to educating and reaching out to those groups to spread the word about the Elastos Ecosystem and the profound value and potential that it holds for ever-growing global market.”
The creators of Hyper.IM and Hyper Connect will be running their own supernode. It will be hosted on AWS cloud servers in Germany. As far as divvying up rewards, the Hyper team looks to align with the average of other nodes and also, “As CR tasks have been paused, we plan to bring them back by sharing rewards with contributors and keeping voters updated about achievements by community members. By sharing rewards with voters as well as to contributors to the Elastos ecosystem, we hope to grow with the community. The rest will be invested toward marketing Hyper Messenger.” They will market their supernode through a dedicated website and their various social media outlets.
Peter Strauss of Hyper has also decided to help create a script for all Supernodes in order to automate the distribution of rewards to voters and team members. Read more about his work here:
Elastos Scandinavia *Updated* *IDEA Member*
This group is from the Scandinavian region. Check out their Telegram (@elascand) with their website coming soon at Elastosscandinavia.org. A group member has provided a mission statement:
“We are looking to provide Elastos with increased stability, diversity, and speed by operating the supernode with highly skilled people, physically located in a country with stable infrastructure with our own servers in Sweden. We have an experienced sysadmin hopefully joining our team shortly. Elastos Scandinavia plans to hold our cost as low as possible without any loss of quality. In this way we can stay solvent longer, keeping the SN alive and giving back higher rewards to the community. First, the reward will go to paying for the cost of running the SN. Next, to prove our quality, we plan to give most–if not all of our rewards–to the community in the beginning. In this way, we are giving away our labor until the Elastos community has built up trust and belief in Elastos Scandinavia as a quality SN.”
The team is mainly composed of developers and a member with a background in Electronics, Embedded Systems, and Measurement/Controlling Systems.
Enter Elastos *Updated* *IDEA Member*
Enter Elastos is a supernode group created by dedicated members of the Cyber Republic like Michael S., Chris Mac, Chinicci, Dexter, Max, Adem, KenNinja, and Jeremy G who are well-known throughout the community. What started as five members quickly grew into twelve because, “With a few more heads put together, we found that we could build something really great.”
Their mission is to run three Supernodes (SN) with a very fair reward and highly competitive distribution that’s primary purpose is to contribute to the ecosystem in a sustainable way. They are excited to unveil this sharing model soon.
The three SN’s will be named Callisto, Ganymede, and Titan, after the biggest moons in the Solar System, and each node would be run in a different continent as the team is composed of members from several countries: U.S.A., Morocco, New Zealand, England, Germany, Austria, and Belgium. This will ensure diverse distribution of the Supernodes. In terms of developing a script to streamline the payouts, there are experienced coders and programmers in the pool that will take care of this code and ensure that it’s 100% conducted through smart contracts and scripts. They are also considering using the open-sourced script by Strauss after its development. Also, prominent CR member Michael S. has a personal Supernode called the Houston Node (TIDA Member) that he’s hoping to run from his hometown in Houston, Texas, and he looks forward to contributing to the DPoS Consensus.
DPoS Node Rights Alliance
This ambitious Supernode pool has been covered extensively in previous issues of the CR Weekly Newsletter.
Their Alliance communicates and plans their strategies in the Wechat group called “League_of_Elastos”. They are recruiting 36 node candidates and others as voters. If any of the candidates are elected as active nodes, the profit shared among each member will be significantly increase. There are two types of members in this Alliance: Node Committee Members (NCMs) and Voting Members (VMs). There are 36 NCMs that will lock up 5,000 to participate in the Elections. VMs place their votes toward the 36 NCMs. If any NCM is elected, the profit minus the running costs is distributed to members at a weight of 2 for NCMs and 1 for VMs. This Alliance is a not for profit organization with the philosophy to benefit token holders directly and prevent the collusion of whales. Their ultimate goal is to distribute as much profit as possible to voters. The Alliance looks to be one of the leading Supernodes in the East as a part of the entire Elastos DPoS Supernode ecosystem.
Vitruvian Node *Updated* *IDEA Member*
A team of 10 Elastos enthusiasts are looking to run a Supernode based out of Italy. The Supernode will be run by one of the team member’s in-house servers. Team member Damiano explains how the team plans to divvying up rewards to voters: “Our pool has 10 participants, all with different quotas. Therefore, every decision will be divided according to the percentage of entry. Our strategy will vary a lot. The focal point will always be to reward voters in the most appropriate way possible.”
The team plans on utilizing an open source solution that the whole community can use when it becomes available. Damiano is very active on social media as he manages several groups with around 20k members; he is the admin of Elastos Italia. With his active channels and social outreach, the team feels very confident that they will promote their supernode effectively. This group prioritizes transparency and communication with the community and looks to act in the best interests of the Cyber Republic ecosystem. Please check out the Vitruvian Supernode’s Twitter here: https://twitter.com/VitruvianNode
The Wild Strawberries Node *Updated* *IDEA Member*
This is a diversified group of 12 members who are looking to run three nodes in the U.S.A. The members are geographically decentralized, you can find them in U.S.A, Canada, France, Netherlands, the United Kingdom & Australia. The team states, “We intend to set up cloud servers and transition into our own dedicated servers. Their incentives or as they like to call them (Berry Rewards) will be very generous at start for voters and will follow an inflationary model like Elastos. The Wild Strawberry Super-Nodes have the primary objective to secure the network at all costs. Their secondary objective is to develop and connect the Elastos Ecosystem through various means. Like wild strawberries, we intend to grow and develop everywhere, technical or social, because we consider the two elements necessary for a working elastic & evolving network. Our vision is wild, like us.
The 6 values The Strawberry Super Nodes stands for:
Empathy – Genuine human interaction
Grit – Results come from mistakes
Patience – Because fast and good don’t coexist in perfection
Community – Only together could we create something great
Stability – A secure network a strong team
Openness – Because transparency builds trust
Follow the Strawberry SuperNodes on their official social media channels:
Website : https://strawberrysupernodes.com/
E-mail : Strawberrysupernodes@gmail.com
TI’s ELA News Supernode
The community’s very own Telegram administrator “T.I.” will be running his own Supernode. It will be run on a cloud service system like AWS. T.I. is the sole contributor to the ELA News website and is very passionate about dedicating his time to the community.
T.I. says this about rewards: “ELA News has been run and maintained solely by myself without any funding. I wish to expand ELA News with more content through funding from the supernode rewards as I do not have so much time on my hands. However, I hope to distribute rewards according to market expenses, or perhaps slightly under that to cover running the node and expanding ELA News at the same time. ELA News has a dedicated readership, and I hope readers will support my vision”.
T.I will be looking for an open source script that all community members can use for distributing rewards to voters. He will have a dedicated page on ELA News for DPoS, and his Supernode will be marketed through the ELA News Twitter account.
T.I. has these final words, “I hope for ELA News to be the best resource for the community to be kept abreast of everything Elastos. Make sure to follow us on our Twitter page: twitter.com/elanewsnet and continue reading elanews.net.
Another prominent community member looking to run a Participant Supernode is Brian from the DMA project. He shares his thought process in hosting a node and what their prerogative will be for the community: “This is clearly a very important step for the Elastos infrastructure and community, so we decided to have an internal discussion of the qualifications needed to run an elected Supernode.
“We feel it is very important to have the technical background or have very strong tech support. It looks like the hardware requirement isn’t too complicated, but the quality of service is very important to keep the node up and running at a good level. My team members feel they are more than capable of doing it because they are working on our cloud services anyway, and are able to quickly monitor and fix problems in a timely manner. This convinced me that maybe we could, in fact, run one with confidence.
“We don’t want to just run the elected node and profit by ourselves. It must be shareable. So the plan is simple and direct: Share the earnings with all contributors on a regular basis. To make the sharing completely fair, we can write the script to put the incentive plan in the code, and have people put their trust in the code, not the human.
“We also need to create some tools to let each contributor view the data easily. The incentive model can be designed based on multiple factors. Since we are the team that built DMA, we have a very strong technical background to build such a script and run it in a fair way. Otherwise, we will not only lose the node, but also lose the reputation of one of the important ecosystem contributors.
“Last but not least, the node service should be expandable. We can put more add-value services on to the servers behind the node. For example, there might be a personal cloud disk service, DMA-powered extended business-stub service, etc. It can be continuously working along the basic node service the team can offer. All these services can be hosted by any elected node if they want. The earnings can be combined with the basic node service income. Thus, the earning of running such value-added services will be the additional share to the node supporters and contributors.
“Of course, the profit share program will be placed in the code. This is the way to bring in more services around the node and let the ecosystem application grow, letting every supporter benefit from such economic growth. I’d like to share these thoughts with the community. I believe this can also be points for other participants to consider.”
The team is reaching out to the community through all relevant social media outlets and is considering the creation of a website for the group’s candidacy. If interested, they invite community members to join their node. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
CR Forum Topic Highlights
We’ve summarized some of the popular topics of this week:
Beware Money Grabs in the Suggestions
This week, KenNinja has created a topic discussing his concerns about seeing more and more “money grab” suggestions popping up. Some of the questions that he urged every CR community member to consider before placing a vote for suggestions are:
Who is actually benefiting from the project / suggestion?
Why does the project need funding in the first place?
Why should we pay for something that is only to another product’s advantage or for another person’s personal profit?
Does the proposed numbers (e.g. costs) make sense?
He truly hopes that community members will ask critical questions instead of becoming a passive cheering squad as the ELA funding should be spent wisely for the benefit Elastos system. Any “money grab” projects could crash the ELA price if they are not genuine suggestions. If you agree with KenNinja, please bear in mind what he has outlined in the following topic:
New suggestion: Register in Messari Disclosures Registry
A CR community member Emmanuel Omoruyi (also known as “omoemm”) has created a topic regarding his suggestion to register Elastos and Cyber Republic for Messari Disclosures Registry, an open source disclosures database which aims to become a central repository for project information that can be freely accessed industry-wide. The information will provide a level of transparency to project stakeholders that is nonexistent today, facilitating the diligence process for exchanges, wallets, investors, regulators and developers. This will benefit the Elastos ecosystem in several ways because it proves our desire for transparency and brings visibility to the outside world for free. If you find this suggestion is important to you as well, please like this topic to show your support:
SUPERNODES is now a series on Medium
Elastos DPoS supernode election is around the corner and we have featured numerous supernodes candidacy in our CR weekly reports for the past few weeks. To reach a broader audience on this inaugural election process, you can now follow all the candidates more closely as we keep them up to date at the following Medium link:
There are 16 candidates that took time to speak with us, at the moment. Please keep a lookout for the latest update since much of this information is subject to change. We encourage readers to be proactive about researching who you are voting for and who may control our consensus. Please remember, a high voter reward may not always be the best choice.
AnyPeer Beta is Coming
AnyChat, the team responsible for Elastos-powered chat app, AnyPeer, has created a topic to announce that AnyPeer Beta version was released. Aside from the google play store, you can go to Github to download it:
If you are interested in this topic or have any questions, please leave a message at the following link:
Elastos DID as the Center for Confirmation Rights of Personal Values
A CR Chinese community member “focusyo” has created a topic discussing about whether Elastos DID confirmation (KYC?) rights should be further developed in order to realise personal values. The following are the two points raised by focusyo:
Elastos DID which is protected by the laws should be established in the confirmation rights mechanism. Any dispute on blockchain can be created by “one-click litigation: the underlying Elastos infrastructure should have a smart contract based legal litigation sample.
The Elastos DID is too long and is not easy to remember. It could have a nickname, similar to a QQ number which is unique but does have the intended functionality.”
If you are interested in this topic, please feel free to leave your comments at the following link:
Check out these hot topics to see if there is anything that you can contribute to, or simply express your thoughts to help make the forum a truly vibrant community.
Top new topics
Beware Money Grabs in the Suggestions
New suggestion: Register in Messari Disclosures Registry
SUPERNODES is now a series on Medium
AnyPeer Beta is Coming
Elastos DID as the Center for Confirmation Rights of Personal Values
Top active topics (in terms of number of views and replies)
Hyper.im – Peer-to-Peer Instant Messenger
Marketing & awareness of Elastos & The Cyber Republic https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/marketing-awareness-of-elastos-the-cyber-republic/102/8
Bi-weekly livestream with Rong Chen
Supernode Pool Recruitment and Q & A
Hyber.im – Beta now available
dApp idea thread
Voter Reward Payout Script for DPoS Nodes
Community Shout Out:
Vegas Mike at it again with his amazing artwork for the CR.
International Community Events
|Chinese Community Activities|
|Elastos will not be absent In the era of the Internet of Things (IOT)||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/kmmIXicdla8-Rd3vTQ5O5w|
|The sidechain technology of Elastos is the right direction for blockchain applications||http://www.elastoshome.com/news/8486.html|
|The crank call issue became the focus of 3.15 (World Consumer Rights Day) again; Elastos would be the solution||http://www.maiyaotop.com/block/elastos/42270.html|
|Open the entire network ? Elastos consensus mechanism: AuxPoW+DPoS||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/5PlsHqHUBsN_cLzAFUYTpw|
|Feng Han: Blockchain has opened up Wall Street’s imagination?||https://m.ximalaya.com/share/sound/170901355?uid=34505591|
Official DPoS election banners in WeChat groups
We need no more reminder that the DPoS elections are about to begin. While the technical progress has advanced rapidly, as you can see from the Elastos Weekly Update, the heat is ramping up along with new promotional materials being released and rapid discussions firing in all Chinese and International chat channels.
There is a community called, “ELA Discussion”, and the topic of this week is, “Why Does DPoS Stand Out?” Community members can share their views in Huobi Chat, WeChat, Telegram, and QQ groups. Quality contribution will be rewarded with ELA.
ELA Discussion: Why Does DPoS Stand Out?
Interview: WeFilmChain’s Paula Li (Founder, Strategic Partner) and Garnet Campbell (Founder)
By Jeremy G.
1. What is WeFilmchain and what are its goals for the future?
The three main pillars we are built on are:
1) a decentralized, secure, and scalable content distribution network.
2) a marketplace to buy and sell video content.
3) incentives where consumers, content creators, and advertisers are motivated to
join and prosper within the ecosystem.
2. Please introduce the team members. How did you all meet? Which companies have you worked with in the past?
Please see the website:
3. How did the idea of WeFilmchain come about?
A catalyst was when Michael Shi invested in a WWII feature film called, “Beyond
the Line”, directed by Jason Mills. Garnet Campbell was one of the producers on that
film. A team quickly formed to explore solutions that blockchain could bring to various
financing problems encountered in the film Industry. The first ideas were put into action
almost immediately and the team grew. Eventually, the team connected with Han Feng
of Elastos at a blockchain conference that he was attending in Vancouver, Canada.
4. You are currently working on a new whitepaper? When will this be ready for the
community to read? Can you speak on the teams roadmap for 2019 and specific
milestones you are trying to achieve? When does the team expect WeFilmchain’s MVP
for video content distribution and transaction to be fully released?
We are focused on streaming video over the Elastos carrier signal. It’s in early stages,
We will be giving more specific timetables and milestones as advances are made in the
5. How does WeFilmchain plan on competing with the many blockchain projects focused on film and media. What makes WeFilmchain unique? How are you modifying your business model to outdo your competitors in the space?
Competition in this space is huge but we welcome it; competition fuels innovation. In this phase, our heads are down and we are hard at work, but we are keeping an eye on other leaders in the decentralized streaming space. WeFilmchain is unique in its strong connections to content creators and the filmmaking community in the West, combined with our blockchain development community out of Asia. We have the technical skills to solve complex problems and the storytelling and marketing skills to present them in simple ways to consumers.
6. What is WeFilmchain’s strategy in providing decentralized media production and
distribution channels for small producers?
A key strategic element is in the Elastos Carrier network itself. There is nothing else like
it. There is a phrase that goes back to the 70’s that says, “Content is King”. The idea is
that without content, we can’t impress people or force them to trust our services.
We believe there is a window of opportunity to incentivise creators, viewers, and
advertisers in a new way. Our thoughts were influenced by early meetings
with Han Feng, Chen Rong, and their thoughts on ‘data ownership’ on the internet.
7. In the Elastos End of Year Report, under WeFilmchain it is stated, “The project will also
work with Elastos implementation to explore the application of copyright protection and
digital content trading in film content”. Where is the team in that exploration process
regarding copyright protection and digital content trading?
This is a question to be addressed once our MVP is completed.
8. How do you plan on streaming videos with WeFilmchain? Will they be working with Titan network?
This will be addressed in a longer form technical breakdown from the dev team at
a later date. It is our intention to collaborate with them, but at the moment our work is
9. Does WeFilmchain have or plan to have partnerships outside of Elastos in order to
support the project’s goals?
We are always in talks with future partners and working with the growing community.
Keep an eye on our social media feeds and you’ll have some hints at them before
official announcements are made.
10. How does WeFilmchain plan on incorporating with the Cyber Republic? Are there any
community-focused projects the team will engage the community with?
When the time is right, there will be beta tests with video streaming that we will be
wanting to conduct in various geographical regions. We hope to find some volunteers
from the community to help with that.
Elastos Hive Cluster: a decentralized File Storage Service that based on IPFS cluster. For more information: https://blog.cyberrepublic.org/2019/02/19/weekly-report-february-18-2019/
Elastos Sidechain: a scaling solution that utilizes parallel blockchains to the main chain in order decrease transaction congestion on the main chain. For more information:
Elastos Private Net: a private developer environment for local app testing on the Elastos Blockchain and Sidechains.
Elastos Runtime: the environment that code can run on, like an encyclopedia or a library about a new world in which digital assets are run under the blockchain.
DPoS: Delegate Proof of Stake is a method of finding blockchain consensus in which specific machines (delegates) are trusted and given the power to verify transactions. These delegates are voted in by the community.
Elastos DID: An Elastos sidechain that can integrate with any other sidechain on Elastos. Its function is to provide a unique identity to a user, and to store that user’s data in a secure, decentralized, and provable way.
Feel free to leave a comment with your concerns, questions, and suggestions (or praises), for the Cyber Republic.