“Gandhi” at the Elastos Anniversary Event in Thailand. Photo by Kenneth Kao.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the new magazine-style format option of the weekly updates. This has been an exciting week for the Cyber Republic. We have a major DMA update with the demo of a new E-ticketing app and a little write-up on how to use the forum and what tools it has that you may not know about. And Nicola Zimmerman, AKA Gandhi in Telegram, has been promoted to Official Community Manager. He will serve as a bridge between the Cyber Republic and the Elastos Foundation. Any inquiries from the community about Elastos Foundation should first be submitted through him.
Read the full update here: https://news.elastos.org/elastos-welcomes-community-manager/
Gandhi has also contributed a very interesting article to this week’s update on the power of Elastos’ DIDs in the interoperability between apps, using the new Hyper chat app and ela.chat app as examples.
Rong Chen, Founder of Elastos, answered several questions from the community to provide some clarity about the future of the Cyber Republic. On the topic of Marketing, Rong states that, “Teams will form in Cyber Republic that we [the Foundation] will be able to help fund,” and the CR will be seen as “filling the role of a city council board where we will need to go to them for oversight and management and funding to allow our utility to succeed.” In other words, Rong is describing something of a change in structure in which the CR and CR teams will serve as the oversight and management of ELA utility in order to market the ecosystem to the best of its capabilities.
Rong then addressed the topic of merged-mining with the Bitcoin chain. He explained that once the twelve CRC Supernodes are live in March, merged-mining will be open to the public. Here is the timeline of the selection/election process of these Cyber Republic Supernodes on the verge of public Merged Mining:
? April: All 108 Supernodes and DPoS will go live. The 12 Cyber Republic Supernodes will be managed internally at this stage, as we prepare for Cyber Republic Supernode Elections.
? June: Cyber Republic Supernode Elections for Council members and Secretariats begins.
? August: The Cyber Republic will go live.
U.S. operations have been a discussion point in the community. Though Elastos and the Cyber Republic began in China, they are global projects. Even teams employed by Elastos or the CR may not have any official office; they will consist of networks of people with varying skill sets without a geographic center.
August 2019 marks the date when the reserved 16 million ELA will be transferred to the Cyber Republic’s account, and the Elastos Foundation’s role will decline. This, as Rong explains, will pave the way for true decentralization for the ecosystem.
Rong then finishes with assurances that the Elastos Foundation has more than enough funds for the next two years which coincides with the growing leadership and direction of the Cyber Republic. By the year 2021, Mr. Chen states, “The community will shape the ecosystem in a distributed fashion from within Cyber Republic.”
Read the full AMA here: https://news.elastos.org/rong-chen-answers-community-questions/
The latest Elastos Weekly Update can be read here: https://news.elastos.org/elastos-weekly-updates-18-january-2019/
Reminder: take a look and share feedback on these two particularly important topics:
Elastos DPoS Proposal: https://news.elastos.org/elastos-dpos-consensus-mechanism-supernodes-and-election/
CR constitution: https://www.cyberrepublic.org/council
Cyber Republic Website
- Main Project Repo: https://github.com/cyber-republic/CyberRepublic
Git Activity and Updates
- Preparing for “Relaunch of Cyber Republic Website – New Information Pages, Suggestions”. Please refer to the timeline described on this article for more info: https://blog.cyberrepublic.org/2018/12/27/important-cyber-republic-announcement
Elastos on React Native
- Project Roadmap for Alpha Release: https://github.com/orgs/cyber-republic/projects/1
- Main Project Repo: https://github.com/cyber-republic/elastos-ReactNative-framework
- Elastos Wallet Core Repo: https://github.com/cyber-republic/react-native-elastos-wallet-core
- Elastos Wallet Core Demo Repo: https://github.com/cyber-republic/react-native-elastos-wallet-core-demo
- Elastos Carrier Repo: https://github.com/cyber-republic/react-native-elastos-carrier
- Elastos Carrier Demo Repo: https://github.com/cyber-republic/react-native-elastos-carrier-demo
Git Activity and Updates
- Project Whitepaper: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vF39PN7xf74gFEgnxuBjLj8FVi06YA0msRafAIibUIw/edit
- Alpha is scheduled for release in the next two weeks
- Video describing the project and demo will be published along with the alpha
- There is no beta planned for this project and instead may be later proposed as one of the Cyber Republic projects to the council whenever the new council and new Cyber Republic website is fully live
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
HIGHLIGHT: DMA Progress Update
By Jeremy G
The main concept for Elastos and the Cyber Republic is to “own your own data”. DMA (Decentralized Marketing) is an Elastos service that provides a platform for marketing and commerce. DMA gives developers customizable modules in which to monetize their respective businesses. This digital asset/services arena allows its users to truly own their own data and sell it whenever they want. Imagine a world in which the users and the merchants don’t have to rely on a middle man and each can earn more on each transaction. The two primary markets DMA is targeting first are E-Tickets and Digital Copyrighted Content. Let’s dive deep into each category!
Coming January 31st, DMA is demoing a new E-Ticketing dapp. This demo will demonstrate the functionality of the DMA service along with providing modules for businesses and developers to use in order to make more money. Venues and people can generate their own e-tickets and sell them in an online store. The main areas of focus are entertainment and sporting events. There will be a marketplace to buy and sell tickets and users can gift these e-tickets to friends and family. In February and March, DMA will be marketing this E-Ticketing Dapp to the community and business partners in pursuit of developing real business dapps that get adopted.
The second main realm DMA is tackling is Digital Copyrighted Content. DMA has an Internal IPFS environment ready to house assets on the network – Digital content like e-books, music, photos, and docs will be managed by DMA and will have sophisticated smart contracts defining rights and profit distribution mechanisms. DMA will be a place where users can buy, sell, and trade various digital assets without having to deal with that pricey middle man. Future areas of focus for the DMA ecosystem is Digital Advertising and Social Commerce.
Along with Asset Management, Data Management is the second largest piece of the DMA Infrastructure. Ultimately, each user will have a profile that consists of data they can monetize. Modules such as the pulser and appraiser give the user the information and valuation of the data in their profile. Each user can then determine whether they wants to sell their data. DMA is concentrating on the Asset side first but the Data aspect of the operation is paramount; a proper data management module will be in the works sometime in Q2. DMA will be providing the public with an estimated timeline of DMA 2.0 (which focuses more on the data side) in February.
Currently, DMA is using the Ethereum chain to manage its ERC-20 and ERC-721 assets (fungible and non-fungible coins). Once DMA is compatible with Elastos’ Ethereum Side Chain in March, they will evaluate it and switch to it. The native token is called “DMA” and can be used to buy things and pay transaction costs. The team is still devising the tokenomics of the ecosystem and will provide more details soon.
January 31st is when the E-Ticketing Dapp is to be presented, along with DMA 1.0 beta. Demo and documentation will be provided. The DMA 1.0 beta includes tokenized asset management, asset exchange protocol, store, marketplace, asset wallet, user profile (DID), etc. These are the components that DApp developers can use to build asset management related DApps. Brian from DMA remains confident that the E-Ticketing Dapp will be fully operating by 3/15, as stated in the roadmap.
DMA is adding another amazing cog to the Elastos and Cyber Republic ecosystem. It will provide another level of value to B to C and C to C daily commerce. Vendors get more money and consumers pay less for their goods and services–just another revolutionary community-driven project housed in the great place we call the Cyber Republic.
CR Forum Topic Highlights
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
- Elastos DMA: The Future of Decentralised Commerce
- Elastos Explained – Educational video series
- Internet Censorship
- Carrier Node testing on KODI
- Rong Chen Answers Community Questions
- The first global recession that crypto is going to experience?
Most 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
- Elastos Killer Dapps (1m+ active users / devices in first year)
- What is your new EOY prediction? https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/what-is-your-new-eoy-prediction/190/3
Community Shout Out:
Chris Parker’s “Elastos and a Tale of the Great Scaling Fallacy” has a great voice in this write up on scaling and how the hype of crypto met harsh reality.
“Interoperability Between Different Chat Apps Using Elastos Carrier”
By Nicola Zimmermann (Gandhi)
In just this last week, Hyper, a new chat app using the Elastos carrier and DID, was released as a Beta version for Android. This allows us to explore a very cool feature of DID: interoperability between different chat apps.
For a better understanding, let’s take a look at how another existing p2p chat app works: Telegram.
Every Telegram user is automatically assigned a user ID by Telegram which never changes and the user sets up a display name and a username themself (the one with @ in the beginning). This setup has 2 problems:
- The user ID is given out by a central authority (Telegram), and they can block any ID at any given time.
- The user ID can only be used inside Telegram, so the user would have to create a new ID for every chat app they use.
Elastos solves both of these problems with DID’s (decentralized ID), issued by an Elastos sidechain which is merge mined with the ELA main chain and BTC.
- This completely decentralizes the issuance of IDs, making it impossible for anyone to block an ID and exclude it from participating in an app. In other words, a DID can’t be censored.
- The DID is a universal ID for the Elasos ecosystem and can be used for every Elastos dApp.
The second point is what we are highlighting in this article. In the case of chat apps, this allows for interoperability between different chat applications. Let’s showcase this with two of the existing chat apps using Elastos carrier and DID: ELAchat and Hyper.
In the left screenshot, you can see the Hyper app, and on the right hand side is ELAchat. Since both apps are using the same DID system, any message can be sent from Hyper to ELAchat and vice versa. This feature opens up completely new opportunities for businesses and end consumers as well. Today, consumers are forced to use the same chat app as their social environment, independent of personal preferences regarding privacy, user interface, and other app functions.
Elastos gives back freedom of choice to individual users.
Businesses and open source devs also benefit greatly from this since the barrier for entry is way lower than today. If a chat app wants to be successful today, it needs a very large user base to create the network effect, but with Elastos and DID, every DID using any chat app can receive and answer their messages, no matter which app they are using.
Of course this is not limited to chat apps. The same interoperability can be achieved for almost any app you can think of. Take social media, for example: a social network could grow much faster, and a user would need only a single DID to access the full range of social networking platforms that populate the internet.
In the gaming arena, there could be the ability to tie all your achievements and reputation to your DID and even carry over your game abilities when a new episode of your favourite game series is released.
These are a few examples of the usefulness and power of a trustless, decentralized issuance of ID’s in the Elastos ecosystem. Every dApp developer can make use of it to power their dApps with some simple API calls instead of having to set up their own ID issuance system which needs to be protected against all kinds of attacks without the financial burden that could prevent the successful launch of an app, especially for small independent developer teams.
New CR Forum
Following the important announcement on December 26, 2018, one of the key changes was the introduction of a new Cyber Republic forum. Launched on December 31, 2018, it is live at https://forum.cyberrepublic.org. This forum is a place where community members can voice their concerns, as well as openly promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
As the new forum is accessible by all community from all countries, we encourage and welcome everyone to join and participate in the new forum.
This week, we’d like to introduce you to two features on our new forum: the FAQ section and Badges.
On the top right hand corner is the FAQ. It provides simple community guidelines which help build a safe, fun, and sustainable community. Here is a summary of major points:
- Search old topics before creating a new topic.
- Be respectful. Remember: you can be critical of ideas, but don’t criticize the person. Avoid unhealthy responses and conversations such as name-calling, knee-jerk reactions, and ad hominem attacks.
- Participate in discussions that are beneficial to the community. Be sure to make full use of the tools in the forum (like flags, replies, etc.) that improve the user experience.
- Bad behavior should be flagged instead of replied to. Accruing enough flags will trigger automatic removal or moderator intervention. Moderators have the right to remove any content and any user’s account for any reason at any time.
- Keep the forum clean. Avoid posting anything obscene or sexually explicit, and avoid spamming.
- Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like Button. It keeps the forum uncluttered. Rather than taking an existing topic into a radically different direction, use “Reply as a Linked Topic.”
- Post your own stuff. Don’t put yourself at the risk of stealing someone’s intellectual property (e.g. software, vidoe, audio, images).
The purpose of the badges is to acknowledge and encourage certain desired behaviours. There are some restrictions on what new users can do on the forum. Restrictions will be lifted and more functions are granted once a user achieves higher levels of trust from the badges. Currently, there are 4 categories of badges with a total of 50 badges to be awarded!
The badges here are mainly to guide a new user on how to use the basic functions and tools in the forum. When they first post, edit, use an emoji, flag, or reply by email, they are awarded with a badge. Once they have mastered advanced tools of discussion, they get a badge called, “Licensed” representing the successful completion of the interactive user tutorial.
These are the badges that reflect the level of your participation in the forum. The more you visit the forum and like posts, the more unique the badges get. For instance, using 50 likes in a day, 20 times, gets the “Crazy in Love” badge.
These badges recognize how popular and valuable an external link is when posted in the forum. More clicks, more badges.
These are the badges that acknowledge the level of trust and respect you’ve gained. If you have read the FAQ section, you will be awarded the “Read Guidelines” badge. As of today, we have 196 users registered, but only a handful of users (i.e. 20) have achieved this badge. Hopefully, now that you know, you’ll pick up your new badge soon.
The series of badges that allow access to more functions of the forum is when your trust level is higher. There are 4 levels of trust: Basic, Member, Regular, and Leader.
- Basic – Reach trust level 1. Granted all essential community abilities such as personal messaging, flagging, wiki editing, and the ability to post multiple images and links.
- Member – Reach trust level 2. Granted for participating over a period of weeks. You can send invitations from user pages or individual topics, create group personal messages and have more likes per day.
- Regular – Reach trust level 3. Granted for being one of the most active readers and reliable contributors. You can now recategorize and rename topics, take advantage of more powerful spam flags, access a private lounge area and give more likes per day.
- Leader – Reach trust level 4. Granted for being a leader in the community as selected by the staff. Set a positive example for the rest of the community with your words and actions and you’ll surely reach this level. You have the ability to edit all posts, take common topic moderator actions such as pin, close, unlist, archive, split, and merge.
|CHINESE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES|
|ZH / EN||“Mini Lectures on Elastos”: What is Elastos?||https://v.qq.com/x/page/d0824emkjdg.html?|
|ZH / EN||“Mini Lectures on Elastos”: Safe and reliable Elastos Blockchain||https://v.qq.com/x/page/u0825lh4mqg.html|
|ZH / EN||“Mini Lectures on Elastos”: Self-running Elastos Carrier||https://v.qq.com/x/page/x08252c8xdd.html|
|ZH / EN||“Mini Lectures on Elastos”: Elastos Runtime||https://v.qq.com/x/page/q08253ng1x0.html|
|ZH / EN||“Mini Lectures on Elastos”: Elastos Services||https://v.qq.com/x/page/m08250nkdls.html|
|ZH||Privacy security is at stake. How to maintain a network with low entropy?||https://www.7234.cn/elastoss/85857|
|ZH||Study DMA together||http://www.wenkulian.com/blockchain/ela/12232?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0|
Summary of Chinese Community Activities
While Elastos has continued its rapid development, the Chinese community has continuously published educational materials to help the public grasp this new technology with more ease. There have been several videos explaining Elastos, from what it is achieving to how it functions.
This week, we had an interview with Bob, a developer on the Chinese core team (https://www.weibo.com/ttarticle/p/show?id=2309404329904186488946). He’s worked in cyber security and research management. Like many of us, he’s eagerly awaiting a finished product from Elastos, especially as he works from home and could use the tech himself.
ELA talk invited two ecosystem partners to virtual meetups with the Chinese telegram members. Richard Jin, co-founder of BiRise multi-chain digital wallet, shared that the integrated wallet now supports Elastos and they have intentions to support DIDs and DApps (https://www.7234.cn/elastosnew/85918). The other session was given by Aryan Hung, CEO of ioeX, who shared its goals, tech, and business model. He invited the community to download and try out the test app soon to be released on Google Play by the end of January. Rewards will be given out to those who make contributions (https://www.weibo.com/ttarticle/p/show?id=2309404328792247147200).
Feel free to leave a comment with your concerns, questions, and suggestions (or praises), for the Cyber Republic.
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