The Cyber Republic has been making great strides, but there’s still much ahead. We are currently undergoing the normal growing pains that come with jumpstarting a democratic, decentralized society, and we are searching for the individuals that will step up and lead us forward. Many have applied, but it is one thing to be first, and another to be best. It is one thing to be passionate, another to be disciplined.
This week, the Cyber Republic has taken additional strides toward building the framework that will attract the visionaries of the future. Tasks have been released that will clarify the purpose of CRcles and thus, the organization of the Cyber Republic. Feedback is still being sought out on the proposed constitution for the CR (CR Constitution).
The constitution will consist of the laws that we’ve agreed to abide by, and community feedback is paramount to a successful future.
If you’re unsure of how to participate, KP has put together a video walkthrough that details how to create and apply for teams and tasks.
On to the updates!
Past Meetup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYkdbBvIUPs
Upcoming Meetup: Friday, November 23rd 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Link to the meetup: https://elastos.zoom.us/j/467695121
Cyber Republic Website
Git Activity and Updates
- [Optimization] Introduced pagination(lazy loading) to all search screens (Task, Team, Project, Member)
- Introduced full text search to all search screens
- Introduced new User Profile option, skillsets
- Introduced search for skillsets in Member Search
- Reworked the Play Video component and unified the top nav bar across landing page and the rest of the product
- Bugfixes in the project
Elastos on React Native
- 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 On React Native Weekly Meeting – Nov 14th, 2018
Git Activity and Updates
- Created two new repos: one for Elastos Carrier and one for Elastos Wallet(including DID) and separated the code for rapid development
- Created an android bridge to support wallet features and functionalities for React Native
- Added more API functions to support generating mnemonic, public key and private key for iOS platform and created a demo app to showcase this
Check out the tasks below to see if there’s anything that you find intriguing, feel compelled to contribute to, or simply leave a comment with your thoughts. Participation is the key to the success of the Cyber Republic; your input has value and lasting impact and is the essence of our platform.
|Top New Tasks Without Owners||Top Tasks in Progress||Tasks in a Pending State (Not Yet Approved by the CRC)|
|Test the Cyber Republic Website||CR Weekly Report for November 19th||2019 Blockchain Connect Conference|
|Elastos / Cyber Republic One Pager||Michalis||Global Elastos Representative Team|
|Referral Bounty for Organizers||Translate the Article “Elastos Product List” to French||10 Comic Strips Explaining Elastos|
|Technical Article||Melbourne November Meetup|
|Redesign Task List||Cyber Republic Backdrop|
|Organize 1st Elastos Global Developer Competition||Elastos Pop Up Banner|
New Cyber Republic teams continue to pop up, seeking to manifest their visions. This week’s featured team is ela.chat:
ela.chat is the first open-source decentralized instant messaging app based on the Elastos Carrier. Led by Zheng Hao, this Chinese team has been working on ela.chat since the Elastos hacking marathon in Beijing, May 23, 2018.
Zheng was inspired by Elastos’ initiative to take down data theft and threats to user privacy, and began developing ela.chat to pay forward his contribution to the ecosystem. To Zheng, the Elastos Carrier is already “nearly perfect,” and the “best choice” as resource costs are extremely low. Still, Zheng has a grander vision: to transform ela.chat beyond its present function as a communication tool, so that it may serve as a window into the Elastos Ecosystem.
ela.chat has released its beta version. The project already has decentralized text and voice-based communication in sleek and simple UI. Ela.chat also has access to the Elastos DID sidechain and wallet SPV. After binding their unique DIDs(Decentralized Identification), users can access their Elastos digital assets through ela.chat. Zheng also hopes to integrate all tokens and sidechains into ela.chat, and is considering the integration of DEX for members to trade freely as well.
As Dapp development on Elastos flourishes, ela.chat will be well-positioned to connect users with Elastos Dapps. Similarly, the number of Dapps emerging on Elastos will bring huge value to users of ela.chat, as people begin to recognize the diverse services Elastos offers, as paralleled by Wechat’s ubiquitous use-cases in China.
Zheng hopes the Elastos and Cyber Republic communities will migrate from Telegram and Discord to ela.chat, providing feedback and support to advance toward the critical mass necessary for adoption, thus, boosting the entire Elastos ecosystem. The ela.chat team is currently looking for excellent UI designers, but all community developers are, of course, welcome.
You can access the latest version of ela.chat here: ela.chat github
New teams seeking members are:
|TOP TEAMS ON CYBER REPUBLIC THIS WEEK|
|“Elated – App & Product Design Team” by David West||“We’re a team of UI/UX & product people, app designers & developers, providing design and development resource to projects in the Elastos ecosystem. Sound like something you could contribute to? How about a team you’d like to use for your own Elastos project? Definitely ELATED to talk to you!”|
|“Elastos merchandise dApp” by Nicola Zimmermann||“This team will be developing a solution for a worldwide, decentralized merchandise distribution framework for Elastos/Cyber Republic. They are looking for developers, designers and any others who can contribute to the development of a dApp for Trinity.”|
|“Spreading Awareness of Elastos Online” by Grant Mandell||“Looking for passionate Elastos enthusiasts to ignite awareness as to Elastos’ vision for the digital economy IoT era ahead. Team members will have the opportunity to speak on cryptofuture’s Youtube channel, and will have access to Facebook and Telegram communities. The central focus of such groups will hone in on strategic growth initiatives as they relate to Elastos’ online presence.”|
|“Cyber Republic JS developers Hiring” by Mike Hou||“This group is building a Cyber Republic platform, and are seeking out additional JS developers. Chinese developers are preferred, but the group is open to all.”|
|“DApp Analysts” by Matthew Lee||“The goal of the DApp Analyst team is to review, assess, and progress CR100 applications. Applications will be evaluated based on the unique use-case of the DApp, and its Killer App potential, and it how effectively it can add value to the Elastos ecosystem. The Analyst Team is developing evaluation criteria that will filter out unsuitable applications, offer guidance to applications with potential, and accept merit-able applications. In order to achieve this, we’ll develop an initial scoring system to filter out unsuitable applications, suggest modifications to projects with potential, and of course progress deserving applications. The team will also conduct due diligence and assist in extensive background checks for the most promising applications, and create clear lines of communication with other related CRcles.”|
Join them and get involved, or create your own, here: Team Lookup
Our community has been extremely active this week, releasing amazing content that continues to share Elastos and the Cyber Republic with the wider world.
Here are a few featured community contributions from this past week:
Interview with a Cyber Republic Community Member
This week we’re interviewing our much-loved Telegram admin “Gandhi” to learn more about his background and vision.
1) Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Nicola Zimmermann. I’m 30 years old and I’m born and raised in Switzerland. You may know me as “Gandhi” from Telegram and Discord or “chue-li” from Reddit. I was self-employed for the last 7 years, running a catering business and a restaurant with a good friend of mine.
Ever since we closed our restaurant, I became focused on blockchain technology and building a new career in this field. This meant I needed to understand the technology behind Bitcoin and other blockchain projects, which was time-consuming for someone without a professional background in the tech industry. However, I’ve always been very interested in computers and technology. I assembled my first computer when I was 13 years old because I wanted to know how a computer works, beyond just using it. What I learned in those days and further helped me understand Elastos and its impact on the whole industry.
Now, I’m completely focused on the Cyber Republic and the Elastos community as a whole. My goal is to become one of the first community members able to live off my work in the Cyber Republic.
2) Did Elastos find you or did you find Elastos?
The first time I heard about Elastos was a year ago when Elastos held their first meetup in San Francisco, together with Stellar and Neo. I was fascinated by Rong Chen’s presentation. I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of this, so I searched for everything Elastos related to understanding the vision and the scope of the project, which at that time wasn’t too available for non-Chinese speakers.
I joined the Elastos telegram group and subreddit. At first, I just wanted to join the crowd sale and be an investor since, at that time, I didn’t see how else I could contribute to the project. It didn’t take long to realize I was terribly wrong; there were plenty of ways, not only for me but for everyone to help Elastos achieve its goals.
One of the telegram admins proposed that Fay add KP, T I, Marcus, N^2, and myself as admins. That’s how the story began, so I guess you could say that I found Elastos as an investment, but Elastos found me as a contributor.
3) How have you contributed to the Cyber Republic community thus far? What CRcles are you currently part of?
I started contributing as an administrator for the official Elastos Telegram group, followed by moderating Reddit and Discord. When I heard Elastos core team members—Rong Chen, Kevin Zhang, and Kiran Pachhai to be specific—were coming to Europe for a tour of Meetups, I organized an event and some meetings for them in Zurich.
I am part of the Support and dApp Analyst CRcles in the Cyber Republic. I think these are the fields I can be of most use in the community.
4) Do you have any upcoming projects or proposals you’d like to submit to the Cyber Republic? If so, can you provide us with a teaser and speak briefly about how it’s going to benefit the community?
What we want to achieve with our dApp is a place for the community to have a say in the official Elastos and Cyber Republic merchandise. This involves design submissions by the community as well as votings on submitted designs. Currently, we are awaiting approval of our proposal and have already started working on a proof-of-concept. If everything works out as planned, the dApp will be ready to be released in late Q1 2019.
My experience in the community has shown that this is something many people are eagerly waiting for. We have several professional clothing designers in our groups, so I expect some very good designs to be submitted. Apart from that, we will make everything open source and we will document our journey closely so that other developers can benefit from this dApp as a learning experience on how to use DID, smart contracts, etc.
For anyone wanting to get their hands on some Elastos merch now, no worries, we have a temporary solution ready. More details to come soon.
5) What is the personal vision you have for the Cyber Republic, and what excites you the most about this vision?
The Cyber Republic is a completely new approach to governing and running an open source software project. The community is empowered not only to contribute code but they can also contribute abilities in other fields relevant to the success of Elastos. There are plenty of resources to reward every contributor; I have never seen any organization like this before.
Of course, we have many hurdles to overcome before the CR is truly decentralized and governed by the community, but we are on the right path. We must not forget that the CR is only a few months old and what we have achieved as a community is already beyond great; the picture is becoming clearer every day:
The entire CR website is made by the community. More and more people are joining the various CRcles. Applications for the CR100 are pouring in. The virtual meetups are now being co-hosted by community members and people who hadn’t known each other a couple months ago are forming teams to apply for tasks together.
I truly believe that the Cyber Republic will become a self-governing, independent body responsible for the Elastos project; we’re sowing the seeds now, and if we nurture them together, we will have quite a rich harvest.
6) In what areas do you think the Cyber Republic needs the most active growth right now? What can the community do to support this? Which leaders are most needed?
The most important thing is to get the CRcles going. The numbers of sign-ups are good so far, but we need to make solid plans on what CRcles can do to help Elastos succeed. Currently, they are merely concepts with people signing up, but these people need to get together and define their roles.
When we say the Cyber Republic is decentralized and independent, we really do mean it. There is no CEO or executive board giving directions and tasks. It’s up to the CRcle members themselves to do this.
My advice for everyone is to step up and start creating and applying for tasks. Join our Discord and get in touch with the other community members in their respective CRcles.
Make the vision of the CR a reality.
When we take a look at www.cyberrepublic.org, we can see that there are still some CRcles with only a handful of members such as Security, Legal, HR, Operations, or QA. I think these are the ones which need more members as soon as possible, which also means they are the easiest to become a known leader.
7) And lastly, for people who know you, what are you most famous for? 😉
I’m just going to avoid this question by leaving a Mahatma Gandhi quote here: “To lose patience is to lose the battle.”
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