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November 13, 2019

Brave Browser & Colony


At our next edition of Coinscrum_presents we look at two of the more interesting use-cases that have framed part of the future-of-blockchain discussion over the past two years.
The Attention Economy & new forms of organisations on the internet
The Brave Browser – Towards decentralisation in BAT ecosystem
After all of the hype over crypto and blockchain over the past few years, the questions that seems to arise most often is “who’s actually using and how useful is this stuff”.
Outside the world of crypto exchanges, active use-cases that are gaining actual traction are still quite rare.
One project that did launch amongst some fanfare during the fabled ICO bubble was Brave Browser. Founded by Brendan Eich of Mozilla fame, their goal was do develop a new web browser with crypto at its heart and, more importantly, start to delve into the Attention Economy where users and advertisers or content producers would start to interact directly between each other. Content consumers would, rather than the likes of Google or Facebook, be directly rewarded for sparing some of their attention. Attention as a marketable commodity.
With over 8 million active monthly users, Brave is rapidly gaining popularity. It could, in fact, be the most widely-used product in the crypto sphere.
It gives us great pleasure, therefore, to welcome Ben Livshits, Brave’s Chief Scientist, to Coinscrum on November 13th.
His talk will cover some recent strides with the Brave browser and its native Basic Attention Token (BAT) which is used as part of their novel advertising ecosystem.
Ben will cover some of the recent developments, both technical and strategic.
Colony – Organisations for the Internet
A colony is a new kind of internet-native digital company where rules are enforced by software instead of hierarchy. The Colony Network is a suite of smart contracts, running on Ethereum. It provides a general purpose framework for the essential functions organisations require, such as ownership, structure, authority, and financial management.
Colony is inspired by complex adaptive systems like ant colonies: dynamic networks of agents which react and adapt to stimuli from each other and their environment. From simple rules emerges collective behaviour and self-organisation of the system as a whole. Colony applies these principles to human organisations—effecting simple rules between people to help them self-organise by aligning incentives around a shared goal.
We welcome back Jack du Rose, founder & CEO at Colony. Before falling down a Bitcoin mine in 2012, Jack was a creative technologist in the jewellery industry, pioneering advanced 3D printing techniques to create ultra high end baubles like Damien Hirst’s $100m diamond skull.
Jack will be giving an overview of the Colony protocol as well as a discussion of the nature of the firm, the future of work, and the changing relationships between the firm and the workforce.
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Presentations begin at 6:30pm
Followed by networking
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Paul Gordon
Following a 20+ year career in financial markets, Paul first became interested in Bitcoin in 2011 and helped to establish one of the world's first Bitcoin meetup groups, Coinscrum, in 2012 since when he has grown the community to over 6,500 members, hosting over 250 events and introducing many of the leading projects and thought leaders in the industry.  Paul currently produces the weekly Coinscrum Markets video podcast series and is an active investor and advisor to a number of crypto and blockchain related projects.

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