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Weekly Report – April 8th, 2019

Introduction

There are several developments for Cyber Republic and Elastos this week:

And that’s not all. 

In this Weekly we have an article on a new Elastos Foundation team called, “The Developer Experience Team”, a unique reward system called the “Sword Method” proposed by Supernode Candidate Enter Elastos, a Suggestions Highlight for a project called “Arkane”, several more Supernode candidates, an interview with an exciting team called “AllianceBlock”, and updates from our family in the Philippines.  Phew! Without further ado, let’s get into it.

The consensus protocol has officially changed for Elastos. The ecosystem boasts a unique hybrid consensus mechanism: AuxPOW and DPoS. Now that merged mining is officially open to the public, two prominent BTC mining pools have started merged mining ELA: BTC.TOP and ViaBTC. Along with BTC.com, they make up three of the top 10 Bitcoin mining pools securing Elastos. The next major event was the incorporation of the CRC Supernodes. These 12 CRC nodes have officially started signing the blocks created by miners to ensure finality of Consensus. Once Participant Node elections conclude, there will be an additional 24 Supernodes helping the CRC Supernodes confirm and sign blocks. Merged Mining on Bitcoin and the 36 Active DPoS Supernodes, governed by the Cyber Republic community, creates a wholly dynamic and unique Consensus Mechanism.

KP has come out with another Spotlight Series speaking about this brand new Consensus Mechanism with many interesting details about the process. KP discusses the history of the Bitcoin’s Proof of Work model followed by other Consensus mechanisms such as PoS, DPoS, PBFT, DAG, and Ethereum’s new Dual Consensus method, Casper Friendly Finality Gadget (FFG). He shares how Elastos’ AuxPOW and DPoS Consensus, each block packaged by Miners, signed by the DPoS Supernodes, creates true finality which prevents any sort of forking of the network.  “Beneath the simplicity of Elastos’ hybrid consensus mechanism,” KP continues, “lies a highly sophisticated multi-stakeholder solution which provides maximum security and optimal network decentralization.”

Elastos’ Consensus is different and more intuitive than all the other DPoS models. He goes on to explain, “On most blockchain platforms that employ DPoS consensus, the supernodes both package blocks and sign them. On Elastos, however, the job of a supernode is to sign and verify the blocks. Consequently, DPoS supernodes can collectively choose to reject malicious blocks packaged by merged-miners and also provide the final stamp of validation for solved blocks – called ‘finality.’”

The issue of potential forking and malicious activity is very serious.  When an arbitrator decides to sign two different blocks with the same height and view number–“This scenario would produce a fork because arbitrators should not be signing two different blocks at the same height and the same view number. This may be done with malicious intent in the hopes of producing a fork of the blockchain and all its sidechains. If one does this, evidence can be detected by every node in the network and the guilty arbitrator would be punished to the tune of 5,000 ELA, as this is a very serious issue.” The 5,000 ELA would not be returned to the Supernode and ideas such as burning the ELA or giving it to the CRC Fund are under consideration. There are also penalties for failed activity from an Arbitrator.  If an on-duty arbitrator doesn’t send a block proposal for 1440 blocks (roughly 48 hours), the Supernode will be penalized 10% of their 5000 ELA. They will also be unable to participate in Supernode Elections for 7 days. If it happens again after their ban is lifted (7 days of ban plus 24 hours of a waiting period), there will be another 10% deducted until it reaches 4,000 and it will need to add an additional 1,000 to participate in Supernode Elections. The Elastos and CR Consensus Method’s strict rules ensure balanced and disciplined transaction flow that prevents Double Spending.

KP’s article also talks about Elastos Sidechains and Arbitrators. Make sure to read it!

Aside from his article, KP is always educating.  He’s uploaded a Youtube video on the Elastos Private Net that explains how the Private Net has updated due to the new CRC Supernodes. KP points out the CRC Nodes on the Main Chain, Arbitrator Nodes, Side Chain Nodes, and others. He goes over the Main Chain Code and explains how each block is mined and how rewards are distributed in two minute intervals. There’s lots of content in the video about different sidechains and he also brings up a new Developer’s Workshop that he will be conducting bimonthly. These workshops will focus on interacting with the different Elastos components such as Elastos Carrier, Elastos Hive, main chain, DID sidechain, token sidechain and importantly, writing simple smart contracts on Ethereum and NEO sidechain. These workshops can be referred to as “Elastos Hello World” workshops because they are very beginner friendly so anyone who wants to start developing Apps in the future on the Elastos ecosystem is welcome to join as everything will be taught from scratch. The format of these workshops will be similar to a livestream and may be held on the Cyber Republic YouTube channel so developers are encouraged to join these workshops if they would like to start learning developing DApps on elastos from scratch.

The Cyber Republic website has revamped its image and has a sleek new look. Before, the overall layout was a bit too focused on education without the design and style appeal to the average visitor. Now, it welcomes first time visitors first with the CR and Elastos logos.  Beneath those are the tenets of Core Blockchain Development, Application SDKs/Developer APIs, Sidechain Integrations, Ecosystem Fund/Project Funding, Community Governance and DPoS Supernodes. These are the aspects of the CR Ecosystem that truly separates the CR from other projects. Through graphics and words, the Suggestion Process and how the community can contribute is explained, going through the CRC process of Suggestions into Proposals, which if accepted, is voted on again for Funding. The Suggestions layout has increased functionality as well, such as autotranslation options.  The home page clearly explains what the Cyber Republic, CR Temporary Council, and its Constitution is all about. Developers, fans, investors and all other interested parties can now learn and participate in the CR Ecosystem even easier.

Rong Chen recently interviewed with Crypto Insider and proved to be great content. Rong lays out the important features Elastos brings to the world: Security and Consumer/Enterprise dApps and creating a true Digital Asset economy.

He speaks about the flexibility and adaptability of Elastos, able to port any existing sidechain onto the network. Rong states that its infrastructure, like Carrier, is completely autonomous and runs in a peer-to-peer manner. He then speaks on the framework of the Cyber Republic: “It’s here that any member in the community can submit a proposal to make certain changes to the core infrastructure if it’s accepted by the majority of the council members.  If there are enough approvals from the wider Cyber Republic community members, the proposal is implemented in the Elastos base code and is pushed throughout the network.”

Rong also comments on porting Ethereum dApps, the new Dual AuxPOW and DPoS Consensus mechanism and Cyber Republic going live in August of this year. He ends the article with a very encouraging quote to all of Elastos and CR’s fans out there: “In 2020, the vision of the Elastos Smart Web will truly take off and it’ll be a new era of the internet where every person controls their own property and rights protected by the blockchain and thereby have a chance to take part in the Web 3.0 revolution.”

We all are believers in the new and smart web and look forward to its power, security, and endless possibilities.

-By Jeremy G.

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New Supernodes Candidates!

ElastosNodes.com is led by David Schwartz, a full stack engineer at Nash Exchange and City of Zion contributor.  David has degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University and is a big fan of Elastos!

While David’s work is at Nash, the management of the nodes is not related to Nash in any professional capacity.

ElastosNodes.com’s first initiative in the Elastos ecosystem will be to host up to 5 supernodes. While the initial goal of ElastosNodes.com is supporting the signing of blocks packaged by miners, down the line, they will be evaluating other opportunities to support and develop the Elastos ecosystem.

For further information or questions, please visit www.elastosnodes.com or connect via email at elastosnodes@gmail.com

ViewChain announced its participation in the Elastos DPoS Node Election. ViewChain is one of the world’s largest decentralized storage networks with nearly 600 million users worldwide. Its management team highly recognizes the unique concept of the future development of the next generation Internet by Elastos, as well as its ability in R&D of peer-to-peer distributed trusted Internet operating system. Therefore, ViewChain became one of the first ecological partners of Elastos at the beginning of 2018.

By the end of 2018, ViewChain began to implement ELA commercialization for its own users in Myanmar. Users can obtain ELA by completing various tasks in the digital wallet, and can also use the acquired ELA to participate in the lottery and get mobile phone airtime. 150,000 users received ELA within a month. In March 2019, the mobile game with the built-in ELA wallet has also been available. Users can exchange the ELA in the wallet for the game currency, leading to faster growth of the user base. At present, there are already accumulated 500,000 Myanmar mobile phone users who have registered ELA wallets and own ELA. The daily active ELA transactions have exceeded 15,000.

ViewChain plans to introduce ELA as a user incentive and payment method in more Internet applications in addition to lottery, win-loss, and mobile games, and they will help Elastos to jointly build the next generation Internet.

Details on their Supernode rewards and setup are yet to be released.

The Orion supernode is composed of two brothers from the country of France. Here is the dedicated statement they’ve made for the community:

“We are two brothers who fell in love with the vision of Rong Chen. We discovered Elastos with the first video of Blockchain Brad and we never quit following the project since then. 

Our mission is to run a node in France and we’ve decided to call it Orion for three reasons :

1. When we were young, we used to live on a boat with our family.  The boat was named “Orion”.

2. Orion is a prominent constellation located on the Celestial Equator and visible throughout the world. This symbolizes our vision of decentralization.

3. Orion in mythology is a hunter who can defeat anything. This is our vision of a ELA Supernode that’s here to protect.

We will use a French cloud called OVH. We plan to stay in France in order to be the most decentralized solution we can offer for the time being. We do not look for enormous profit and we are attached to the idea of rewarding the community and participating in the ecosystem in a sustainable way. Therefore we are part of the International Decentralized Elastos Alliance (IDEA).

Concerning communications, we will put in place an email address with Medium. You can use the email address to contact us. We will publish an article on Medium two times a year on Elastos and the developments in France. We have no democratic power as a node but we can use that exposure to talk about the developments of Elastos in France. We hope this exposure can be useful in order to make the French information available to the world. We also think turnover is necessary in the DPoS supernode area. We would like to think with Elastonians about how we can work towards more decentralization. We believe everybody should own ELA.”

Meet the Starfish Supernode. They are comprised of eager members of the Cyber Republic from North America and Europe. The following is a message from the team: 

“The Starfish Supernode is a group of 5 members from the U.S. and the U.K. who support the vision of Elastos and are eager to be a cog in the upcoming smart web. Our pool members have backgrounds in information technology, engineering, product innovation and management, system administration, and digital forensics. Over time, we hope to mature into a trusted entity within the Elastos ecosystem.  

“We chose the starfish as our logo as it embodies a decentralized network. Much like the open system proposed by the Cyber Republic, a starfish has no head and therefore no central point of control. Instead, a starfish’s organs are duplicated in each arm. If a starfish is bisected, it will regenerate into two starfish. 

“The system can be altered, but not destroyed.  It is in this manner that we believe Elastos can survive and thrive. Much like the starfish, our slogan, ‘Strength in distribution’, encapsulates all we stand for. Accordingly, the members of the pool have agreed to limit our organization to a single supernode in an effort to spread the network consensus duties amongst as many independent parties as possible. The team plans to run a two to three server configuration on a major cloud provider (AWS, Azure, Vultr, etc.) with a migration plan in place in the event of extraordinary circumstances such as corporate or government censorship.

“We intend to provide percentage-based voter incentives competitive with market rates and we will reward voter loyalty. In the early stages, any profits awarded to us will be used to pay operational expenses and reinvested into future projects that we have planned to support the Elastos ecosystem and the Cyber Republic. The goal is to make the Starfish organization more than just a supernode pool. We hope to be able to market ourselves through these projects in addition to our website (under construction) and social media outlets (t.me/starfish_supernode).”

ElastosNodes.com is led by David Schwartz, a full stack engineer at Nash Exchange and City of Zion contributor.  David has degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University and is a big fan of Elastos!

While David’s work is at Nash, the management of the nodes is not related to Nash in any professional capacity.

ElastosNodes.com’s first initiative in the Elastos ecosystem will be to host up to 5 supernodes. While the initial goal of ElastosNodes.com is supporting the signing of blocks packaged by miners, down the line, they will be evaluating other opportunities to support and develop the Elastos ecosystem.

For further information or questions, please visit www.elastosnodes.com or connect via email at elastosnodes@gmail.com

ViewChain announced its participation in the Elastos DPoS Node Election. ViewChain is one of the world’s largest decentralized storage networks with nearly 600 million users worldwide. Its management team highly recognizes the unique concept of the future development of the next generation Internet by Elastos, as well as its ability in R&D of peer-to-peer distributed trusted Internet operating system. Therefore, ViewChain became one of the first ecological partners of Elastos at the beginning of 2018.

By the end of 2018, ViewChain began to implement ELA commercialization for its own users in Myanmar. Users can obtain ELA by completing various tasks in the digital wallet, and can also use the acquired ELA to participate in the lottery and get mobile phone airtime. 150,000 users received ELA within a month. In March 2019, the mobile game with the built-in ELA wallet has also been available. Users can exchange the ELA in the wallet for the game currency, leading to faster growth of the user base. At present, there are already accumulated 500,000 Myanmar mobile phone users who have registered ELA wallets and own ELA. The daily active ELA transactions have exceeded 15,000.

ViewChain plans to introduce ELA as a user incentive and payment method in more Internet applications in addition to lottery, win-loss, and mobile games, and they will help Elastos to jointly build the next generation Internet.

Details on their Supernode rewards and setup are yet to be released.

The Orion supernode is composed of two brothers from the country of France. Here is the dedicated statement they’ve made for the community:

“We are two brothers who fell in love with the vision of Rong Chen. We discovered Elastos with the first video of Blockchain Brad and we never quit following the project since then. 

Our mission is to run a node in France and we’ve decided to call it Orion for three reasons :

1. When we were young, we used to live on a boat with our family.  The boat was named “Orion”.

2. Orion is a prominent constellation located on the Celestial Equator and visible throughout the world. This symbolizes our vision of decentralization.

3. Orion in mythology is a hunter who can defeat anything. This is our vision of a ELA Supernode that’s here to protect.

We will use a French cloud called OVH. We plan to stay in France in order to be the most decentralized solution we can offer for the time being. We do not look for enormous profit and we are attached to the idea of rewarding the community and participating in the ecosystem in a sustainable way. Therefore we are part of the International Decentralized Elastos Alliance (IDEA).

Concerning communications, we will put in place an email address with Medium. You can use the email address to contact us. We will publish an article on Medium two times a year on Elastos and the developments in France. We have no democratic power as a node but we can use that exposure to talk about the developments of Elastos in France. We hope this exposure can be useful in order to make the French information available to the world. We also think turnover is necessary in the DPoS supernode area. We would like to think with Elastonians about how we can work towards more decentralization. We believe everybody should own ELA.”

Meet the Starfish Supernode. They are comprised of eager members of the Cyber Republic from North America and Europe. The following is a message from the team: 

“The Starfish Supernode is a group of 5 members from the U.S. and the U.K. who support the vision of Elastos and are eager to be a cog in the upcoming smart web. Our pool members have backgrounds in information technology, engineering, product innovation and management, system administration, and digital forensics. Over time, we hope to mature into a trusted entity within the Elastos ecosystem.  

“We chose the starfish as our logo as it embodies a decentralized network. Much like the open system proposed by the Cyber Republic, a starfish has no head and therefore no central point of control. Instead, a starfish’s organs are duplicated in each arm. If a starfish is bisected, it will regenerate into two starfish. 

“The system can be altered, but not destroyed.  It is in this manner that we believe Elastos can survive and thrive. Much like the starfish, our slogan, ‘Strength in distribution’, encapsulates all we stand for. Accordingly, the members of the pool have agreed to limit our organization to a single supernode in an effort to spread the network consensus duties amongst as many independent parties as possible. The team plans to run a two to three server configuration on a major cloud provider (AWS, Azure, Vultr, etc.) with a migration plan in place in the event of extraordinary circumstances such as corporate or government censorship.

“We intend to provide percentage-based voter incentives competitive with market rates and we will reward voter loyalty. In the early stages, any profits awarded to us will be used to pay operational expenses and reinvested into future projects that we have planned to support the Elastos ecosystem and the Cyber Republic. The goal is to make the Starfish organization more than just a supernode pool. We hope to be able to market ourselves through these projects in addition to our website (under construction) and social media outlets (t.me/starfish_supernode).”

Additional Information

Project Updates

Featured Articles

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


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Amos Thomas
Amos Thomas was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago. He migrated to the US at a young age. He obtained degrees from Springfield Technical Community College and Western New England University in IT. - Cyber Republic Social Media Strategist & CR Press Web Administrator