Rong Chen Encourages Responsible Internet Practices, by Vegas Mike
This publication is packed with exciting information. We will be focusing on big up and coming projects in the Cyber Republic Ecosystem: DMA and Hyper Connect. Additionally, we have an informative interview with Sunny, co-founder of Elastos, and some new tech relationships revealed in the Chinese community, as well as educational pieces about Elastos Hive and Elastos Trinity.
Recently DMA (Decentralized Marketing Platform) did an AMA https://medium.com/@elastosdma/ask-dma-series-1-51f03343f13b on the current progress of the project. Three main topics were discussed: Metro dApp, Uptick dApp, and future implementation of a stable coin for fiat on-ramp.
Over the last couple of years, the DMA team leads have built real world applications that are currently used in China. One of those apps is called “Metro”. Metro has around 500,000 users in China. As stated in the AMA, this dapp “provides mapping, searching, routing, news, social elements, games, coupons, and shopping services to the end users. It covers all cities that have metro lines in China.” It already has a built-in wallet allowing users to earn points for riding the Metro, shopping, and watching advertisements. The team will transition “Metro” onto the Elastos DMA platform, but the first step is integrating DIDs for its users. Next will come the decentralized Merchant Services and Marketplace.
January 31st was a special day for DMA–the unveiling of their dApp, “Uptick”. Uptick is DMA’s E-Ticketing dapp that provides modifiable modules for businesses and venues for events. On traditional centralized platforms, the middle man charges anywhere from 5-20%, but Uptick charges a sub 1% fee which means more money for both the buyer and seller. Though DMA is tackling the Chinese markets first with its already established networks, the DMA team plans to expand Uptick globally and implement support in multiple languages. They encourage community members to explore business opportunities in local areas to utilize their DMA dapps and better monetize local events. DMA also hopes to convince prospective agencies to build custom dapps on Uptick to bring in more traffic. Uptick will be marketed more and more in the upcoming months.
There’s constant banter in the cryptocurrency community about fiat onramps to shepard the masses into crypto dapps. DMA is “in the process of evaluating and integrating DEX capabilities into DMA.” This includes adding fiat to token functions (if legally allowed in that region). The ultimate goal is to have users buy assets (such as tickets) by paying directly with fiat. All conversion between tokens to tickets will be invisible. Once these fiat onramp capabilities are built, the normal user can pay with their local currency without even knowing they’re using a cryptocurrency-based platform. Stable coins, thus, are also a part of DMA’s future. They see the importance incorporating stable coins in order to assimilate better with merchants. They are currently working on the modeling right now and they encourage everyone in the community to provide input.
Clearly, there’s a lot happening with DMA, so we’ll be keeping a sharp eye for our readers. And remember, members of the Cyber Republic can propose business plans that pair with Elastos and Elastos dapps; so if you have any ideas that can further DMA and Elastos, create a team and propose a plan through the Suggestions page on the CR.
We’ll also be talking about another framework called Hyper Connect. Sound familiar? Well, this project comes from the same team that created Hyper.IM Messenger, which just came out with updates of a new file transfer functionality including images, audio and video, and settings updates. As stated on the Cyber Republic Forum, “The goal of the project is to provide a modular, open-source and feature-rich framework that may be used in any IoT industry vertical as well as for personal use.”
Hyper Connect is currently a Suggestion in the Cyber Republic, so make sure to read up on the project and cast your vote.
-By Jeremy G.
Project Highlight: Hyper Connect
We live in world of big data. Businesses are constantly trying to gather data, categorize data, and analyze data in order to make better decisions for their organizations. The IoT space has become one of the next big industries that has huge ramifications to every individual’s business and personal life. We all know about the ioeX partnership with Elastos and the big savings (up to 70%) they are looking for provide towards M2M (Machine to Machine) data transmission costs. But there’s a new project emerging that could potentially be a big part of the IoT framework called Hyper Connect (HC).
HC is led by two Austrian developers and programmers named Peter Strauss and Artur Zsuuravely. How did they come up with HC and what’s their approach to the problems existing in the IoT space? What are potential use cases?
It all started with a company called XKI.Cloud. Started by the Hyper Connect founders Peter and Artur, as stated in the HC whitepaper, “XKI.CLoud is a cloud hosted IoT Management platform for Device, Event and User Management.” XKI.Cloud has been working with a Smart Home hardware manufacturer and has achieved full integration with the product. The project achieved beta last September.
Enter Hyper Connect. On Elastos, with a GUI edge client and a built-in Python compiler, IoT devices can easily be authenticated. It requires no special coding while being able to process specific data locally, right on IoT sensor devices.
Peter explains what HC is trying to achieve: “The goal of HyperConnect is to allow all the functionalities that a centralized IoT Platform, such as XKI.Cloud, can provide, but in a decentralized manner. HyperConnect is therefore not an extension, but an entirely open-source solution that serves as an alternative to centralized IoT services.”
Any project needs to have a solid approach and clear solutions in order to separate themselves from the pack. Hyper Connect has a crystal clear vision of how they will execute. First, they see the problems in the existing IoT space: there’s so much data being transferred that it is prone to clogging networks. Performance of IoT devices is limited to the hardware being used which also costs money to implement and upgrade. Reliable communication between devices is a significant challenge. And perhaps most importantly, the identity of the individual is commonly compromised which is both a security and a privacy issue.
Hyper Connect’s utilization of Elastos’ peer-to-peer carrier network and Decentralized ID’s (DID) will shield the individual’s privacy. Smart contracts will be incorporated to create a secure method of exchanging value. Users will have access to a decentralized control panel that overviews the network performance, data, and device status in which they can adjust sensor, device, and event settings.
Diving deeper in the technical aspects of the Hyper Connect Framework, there are two main IoT software components: Edge Client and Remote Controller. The Edge Client runs on an IoT device and can be used with a GUI or a Command line. This component allows the IoT device to connect to the Carrier network, set up administrative tasks, manage sensors and events, along with other features.
As stated in the White Paper, the Remote Controller (RC) is “the software component that runs on the mobile phone or computer of a user and allows an overview of the connected Edge Clients via a Graphical User Interface (GUI).” Important features of the RC is providing local storage of sensor reading histories, distributed file storage and database capabilities, offline messaging, and other functions.
Practical examples of the Edge Client and Remote Controller was explained by Peter Strauss in the Cyber Republic Suggestion page: “As an example, you install the Edge Client onto a Raspberry Pi. The Edge Client comes with a GUI, so when you start it, you can add custom scripts for sensors or use templates for well known sensors. Once the sensor script is added and validated in the built-in compiler, it will start reading data and you can follow the readings also locally on the GUI with relevant graphs. Then, you have the option to connect a Remote Controller (mobile app) by reading a QR code of the Edge Client, the same way as on Hyper.im. Both the Edge Client as well as the Remote Controller communicate via the carrier network. You can then follow all sensor data readings remotely from your phone. In addition, you can also set custom events such as, ‘if the reading goes above 30 celsius on sensor A, then create an action, for example turn on a red LED’ (just a simple example).”
In terms of development, the Hyper Connect team has already developed a Minimal Viable Product with over 6 months of research and development completed with the more complex Edge Client. If the team gets funded through the CR process, they will take a month for each component in order to provide additional features, simplify certain procedures, and release extensive documentation.
After being asked about potential use-cases for Hyper Connect, Co-Founder Peter Strauss brought up the goal of achieving true “anonymous data collection.” This is an area that profoundly affects commercial businesses all over the world. While manufacturers want to know more about their own products after they’ve been purchased by their customers, the current system greatly compromises the privacy of the users. With the Elastos peer-to-peer carrier network, it “provides a layer of privacy by having the node addresses randomly generated. The node addresses are not tied to any central authority and are impossible to guess or predict.”
Hyper Connect envisions themselves able to collect data within three big guidelines: 1. Do not identify the user, 2. Provide the user with an overview of what data is being sent with an ability to manage or remove data manually before transmission, and, 3. Have a reward system in place for submitting data to manufacturers.
HC believes they can achieve this goal and have it be a win-win for users (rewards and privacy), while manufacturers can receive important and accurate data they need from specific products.
Ultimately, the Hyper Connect project is an intriguing and aspiring IoT framework that could become a game changer in the Elastos and Cyber Republic ecosystem. The team has already laid the groundwork from their current company (XKI.Cloud), and they plan to swiftly transition their real life product onto the Elastos Ecosystem.
HC even has aspirations to create their own Marketplace where services like a subscription to rent storage, machine learning capabilities, or any other service developed within the Elastos ecosystem can be bought and sold. The team envisions this marketplace to be one of the final pillars of the Hyper Connect framework that would be ready near the end of 2020 or early 2021.
If you believe that this project should be funded, please visit their Suggestion page and like it:
Thank you to Peter Strauss with Hyper Connect for taking time to answer some questions about the project.
With Chinese New Years, the Elastos Weekly Update team has taken a break.
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/constitution/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
CR Forum Topic Highlights
Roles of Cyber Republic (Consensus/Nodes/Council)
If you read our EOY report, you may encounter the letters CRC for both Cyber Republic Consensus and Council, depending on context. Our enthusiastic forum user, “benchan”, has sought clarification regarding this issue as well as CRC Nodes with regard to DPoS election. His questions were responded to in detail by our Elastos Lead Evangelist, Clarence Liu. Remember, questions are always welcome and posting in the forum is a good way to get answers and also increase the amount of information the new and the curious can access.
When do we get a Team-page?
Some community members are concerned about the missing team page on the Elastos official website. The webpage could take minimum time and effort and should be prioritised, which in turn would help alleviate attacks against Elastos ecosystem. Clarence has clarified that the postponement is due to ongoing website revamps, and given the current situation of targeted attacks against specific team members of Elastos, it is necessary to strike a balance between transparency and placing more scrutiny on team members. What do you think?
HyperConnect – Open-source, modular Internet-of-Things Framework
As in our highlight, following the successful beta launch of Hyper Messenger, the man behind this project, Peter Strauss, has come up with a new development proposal under the name “HyperConnect” which utilises Elastos blockchain and Elastos carrier network to provide modular, open source and feature-rich framework that may be used in any IoT industry vertical as well as for personal use. Peter has published a whitepaper and detailed roadmap with funding required for this new project. If you are interested in this topic, please take a look at the following link:
Do you need to be a coder to run a node?
It is an accomplishment to setup and run a node by yourself. However, not everyone is willing to attempt it if they believe only coders can do so. Do you really need to be a coder to run an Elastos carrier node? Check out the following articles which we have covered in our previous CR weekly reports, and you may find that you definitely do not be a coder to set up a carrier node!
Dapp idea thread?
Innovation and growth is essential to mass adoption. This topic is about contributing ideas for dapp creation and with the right amount of community support, it can be funded. Some ideas are: live auctions for digital assets, betting and gambling, virtual reality, task managers, sandbox cameras, etc. If you would like to comment on existing ideas or if you have any new ideas for dapps, please visit this topic in our forum.
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
- My dapp Suggestions For Start
- When do we get a Team-page?
- Elastos Runtime Github Activity
- Effect.ai Partnership
- Decentralisation of Elastos Foundation as simply just a part of Cyber Republic to circumvent “scammers” legal tactics to secure development fund?
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
- 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:
We’ve a couple Shout Outs this week.
Crypto Candor did a follow up on Elastos that has a great overview of recent progress:
Chris M had a skype conversation with Rong and he reflects on it in these two thoughtful and meditative videos:
Part 1, Speaking with Rong
Part 2, the Christmas Tree Metaphor
By Kenneth K.
As there are many terms to such a large project like Elastos and the Cyber Republic, we’ve decided to build a growing glossary of terms that can help the less technical understand better what the tech means and the impact it could have. We’re starting with a much-anticipated technical advancement: the Elastos Hive Cluster.
Term: Elastos Hive Cluster
“Elastos Hive Cluster is a decentralized File Storage Service that based on IPFS cluster. Hive Cluster use IPFS and IPFS-cluster as the base infrastructure to save Elastos data. Hive Cluster is also a stand-alone application as same as IPFS Cluster.
The typical IPFS peer is a resource hunger program. If you install IPFS daemon to your mobile device, it will take up resources and slow down your device. We are creating Hive project, which uses IPFS cluster as the Elastos App storage backend, and can be used in a low resources consumption scenario.
The project distils from the IPFS Cluster, but it will have many differences with the IPFS Cluster.
Elastos Hive Cluster maintains a big IPFS pinset for sharing. It can serve numerous virtual IPFS peers with only one IPFS peer instance running.
Hive Cluster is not only a pinset manager but also a backend for multiple IPFS clients.”
Elastos Hive is Elastos’ version of IPFS, or “Interplanetary File System”. It’s a file system that stores files and tracks different versions over time; it defines how files move over a network. Whereas HTTP, Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, does this for the web with a location-based centralized system, IPFS is a content-address system using an encrypted hash on a file to create the addresses. This allows for the system to take advantage of physical proximity by allowing a closest peer to provide needed content rather than all information going through a central server.
Elastos Hive is based on IPFS, but built on Elastos. Additionally, it answers the problem of IPFS’s resource hungry nature; Elastos Hive will significantly reduce resource consumption issues related to IPFS.
Reference Article: https://medium.com/wolverineblockchain/what-is-ipfs-b83277597da5
Trinity Article Highlight
By KP Woods
KP has written a very informative article, the first of a series about the Elastos Technology. Here he introduces Trinity:
“In examining all the moving parts and distinct components that make up Elastos, it is easy to lose touch with just how massive this project is and how it ought to be defined. Elastos is first and foremost a DApp infrastructure, secondly a blockchain-based technology, and thirdly a decentralized ecosystem. But among its many components and forms – the Elastos blockchain, DID Sidechain, Token Sidechain, Ethereum Sidechain, NEO Sidechain, the peer-to-peer network of Elastos Carrier, and the storage network of Elastos Hive, to name a few – the most important of all may very well be Elastos Runtime – also known as the Trinity project or Elastos Browser. Until now, there have been very few articles and little documentation outlining Elastos Runtime, and this article intends to describe its utility, highlight what separates it from the pre-established browsers already in use, and carefully explain how it is an amalgamation of all Elastos infrastructure services wrapped up in a framework that developers can utilize to seamlessly build out their applications on Elastos…”
Read the entire article here:
|Chinese Community Activities|
|The Future of Decentralised Commerce (Translation)||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/5JFM6P4PuIXoraRYD1u-BQ|
|An interview with Brian Xin, founder of Elastos DMA (Translation)||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/eQFIeCC5Gw7_BNeO48MBMA|
|Money is in our DMA (Translation)||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Yd7OF7U68sEXCkXrk8ylnA|
|Community managers give New Year greetings||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/f51FjNObpnUxndsKlHe1rA|
|Titan, DataProX, DataQin, Egretia give New Year greetings||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/NcF6XwBxLGnIIHilYgM6nA|
|BiShiJie, LianShiJie, QulvQuDong give New Year greetings||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/cr1aoJNzCcJKBPPbBA-CYQ|
|Community managers give New Year greetings||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/xR6wllw2YtQ5CbGqX2TYPw|
Recently, as featured in these newsletters, Chris Parker has written several articles about Elastos DMA. The articles have now been translated into Chinese and readers can find the translations linked above. This week we still have different parties in the Elastos ecosystem (including tech relationships, blockchain media, and community managers) sending New Years greetings to community members.
We’d like to introduce some tech relationships that might appear to readers for the first time. The details to the extent of these relationships have not been officially announced.
DataProX (www.dataprox.com.cn/) focuses on business statistics, data analysis, big data mining, and overall solutions for big data platform construction. Their core product is information analysis systems, offering professional version software for financial industry companies. They also offer custom products for industry customers and applications. DataQin (en.dataqin.com) has realized that blockchain crosses many fields such as finance, justice, government affairs, and transportation. Their own public blockchain, SimpleChain, empowers the economy through effective data exchange between industries to encourage various economies. Set up by Egret Technology, Egretia is a blockchain lab joined by experts from Adobe, Qualcomm, etc. Egretia (egretia.io) aims to become the world’s first HTML5 blockchain engine and platform. Its SDK will allow all HTML5 games powered by the Egretia engine to easily access the blockchain. Developers can quickly create HTML5 games and applications that provide blockchain capabilities such as digital wallets, smart contracts, trading, etc.
Interview: Sunny, Feng Han
1. In your own words, how would you describe the Cyber Republic to people and how has progress been?
The establishment of Cyber Republic Consensus (CRC) is to ensure Elastos can be run as an open, public, democratic, and transparent platform. Sitting on top of Cyber Republic (CR), CRC is a mechanism to solve potential conflicts with the use of blockchain. The establishment of CRC takes time and therefore the Interim Council is in place to facilitate the work. All in all, the progress of CR development is sticking to plan and roadmap.
2. Rong has mentioned that the more mature the project, the less involved he will have to be. Even as soon as April, he may be reducing his involvement. What’s your view on the leadership of Elastos and CR?
Rong and I and all team members are also members of community. According to the voting mechanism of the CR, different members can exert their influence and community leaders will emerge. For instance, Rong initiated the development of the new internet and has been committed to it for 20 years. It is not hard to see his opinions on building the system will be highly valued and he will continue to be an important part of the community. Under the current mechanism, voting power is granted by ELA.
3. The community has been curious about the Manhattan Project. Could you shed some light on the progress and definition of the project?
Manhattan Project was funded by several entities including Huobi, Tony Tao, Jizhe Xu etc. The investment should be regarded as a community initiative and not related to the Elastos Foundation. Overall, the progress is very good and even beyond what was planned in many aspects. Top Network was the first project discovered by the Manhattan Project and the cooperation with Elastos was well-explained in the EOY report.
4. You have mentioned that the donation to MIT was dedicated to researches in 3 aspects: food safety, blockchain industry reporting ,and the application of quantum mechanics on blockchain. How would they benefit the ecosystem of Elastos and what is the progress?
The food safety research in MIT will use blockchain technology, and we will promote its integration with Elastos. However, the nature of a business and research is fundamentally different, with the latter taking much more time to develop. We are still at the strategic level and we have to be patient before seeing fruition.
5. You have mentioned that on Feb 1 there was a meeting between Elastos and World Bank about building the next generation of Internet. What specific issues have you spoken about and is there any progress that can be released to the community at this stage?
The chief security architect of the World Bank invited us for a meet up, and the discussion went well. There is a potential meetup in Silicon Valley in March to further discuss technical aspects. We have to see how the process goes and whether there will be strategic cooperation remains unknown until then.
6. You have made a tweet showing the photo of you and Xiao, a supporter of Newton and once Elastos, who fudded Elastos at the critical moment. What messages did you want to deliver by that tweet and how should the community perceive it?
Xiao is an active person who shares information on public channels and we are aware of his behaviour. He has published information about Elastos, both good ones and bad ones. At the start of the current bear market, he charged me for dumping ELA for profit based on the information he got from chat groups, which was wrong.
However, it is understandable that the batch of early investors, including Xiao, experienced such a bear market for the first time and they’ve made stories up to rationalize their losses. When I met Xiao in Macau, I told him what he did was wrong and inappropriate. I believe that there is no clear cut line to tell whether a person a good guy or a bad guy, as things change in different circumstances. The essence of business developing is cooperation, and it is harmful to treat people as enemies. While we recognize what Xiao has done to the community, I would rather treat each community member as a friend so I took the picture with him.
7. How do you spend your life in Boston these days and what are the goals you want to achieve there?
In Boston I’m focused on research with MIT. My last successful experience in blockchain investments came from my research in Tsinghua University and being an evangelist of the technology. In the last bull run, I met a lot of key people in the industry, including Vitalik, Da Hongfei, and Shen Bo. They all shed light on my road of investing and the return has been huge. I am writing a new book. The title of the book is “The Era of Quantum Wealth” (《量子财富时代》). It systematically sets forth core concepts of the digital economy, computational concepts, and blockchain. I believe that a well-described theory is the prerequisite of a gigantic movement. I wish to extend my success in China to the world, and as such, I can make the greatest contribution to Elastos.
8. What are your words of wisdom towards the current CR?
I truly appreciate the support towards Elastos from the community. Their understanding of the technology and belief in Rong’s vision is carrying them through the bear market. Elastos is relatively new project compared with Bitcoin, Ethereum, and even Neo. The foundation is not as robust as other mature platforms and thus the price fluctuation is greater comparatively. Nevertheless, compared with the last bear market when most people felt desperate, the current situation is much better as many of us still pay close attention to bitcoin and blockchain technology. In this particular moment, Elastos is the project without any staff layoffs, with progress advancing normally and even beyond expectations.
Thank you for your time and answers, Sunny!
Feel free to leave a comment with your concerns, questions, and suggestions (or praises), for the Cyber Republic.
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