Weekly Report – April 22, 2019

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Elections Have Begun!

Welcome to one of the most exciting weeks in the Cyber Republic’s history.  Voting commenced on Friday, April 19th, 2019, and DPoS Supernode Candidates can now register their nodes.

These events officially mark the beginning of DPoS Elections.

It’s important to mention that this round of elections will probably go on for at least a month. Once the first round of election finalizes in a few weeks, DPoS Nodes will begin fulfilling their duties in confirming blocks from miners and voters will begin receiving rewards from their voted-in Supernodes.

If you’re not caught up, this update will bring you up to speed about the new mobile Elastos Wallet and how you can use it to vote and register nodes.

There’s a brand new wallet just released onto iOS and Android simply named, “The Elastos Wallet”. Here’s an excerpt about the new wallet from KP: “This is a type of  SPV (Simple Payment Verification) wallet, so it’s decentralized and open source. Both the Elastos wallet and previous iteration of this SPV wallet (which was only released for android via github) use the same backend infrastructure, however, the UI for Elastos Wallet is more consumer friendly and provides more features meant for direct use by consumers. This is the official wallet dedicated only to ELA. In the future, if there are any new features that are supported by the Elastos blockchain, this wallet will be the first one to receive updates…”

In other words, the EF’s time and resources will go to this new Elastos Wallet first.  Other ELA wallets such as the elephant wallet can integrate features of registration and voting if they so choose as the code is open source.  As for one of the most common question about ledger integration and voting through ledger? It’s possible and discussions are underway with the already submitted Coranos ledger integration, but it ends up being up to community contributors.

KP has also given a grand Youtube tour of the Elastos Wallet, creating a delegates list out of a pool of supernode candidates and voting for them with his Testnet ELA. KP also shows how to register for a Supernode by filling out the following categories: Node Name, Public Key for Node, Node Country and the Node’s URL/Website. Once this is filled out, anyone can register for the elections.  Check out the whole video here:

The latest article about what stage Elastos is in of DPoS Consensus development is here: https://news.elastos.org/dpos-phase-3-complete-election-and-voting-commence-on-new-elastos-wallet/

Every member of the CR Community should be downloading the new Elastos Wallet and participating in elections. Here are the links to get started:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elastos-wallet/id1453348077?mt=8

Android: https://download.elastos.org/app/elastoswallet/elastos_wallet.apk

KP has provided some additional important information about the Supernode Elections:

  1. You can already register for a supernode without setting up your supernode.
  2. The instructional video, “How to Run a Supernode,” will be released in the near future. It presents an example demonstration and actual configurations may vary when setting up your own supernode.
  3. At the moment, community elected supernodes will not take part in the DPoS consensus of the Elastos Blockchain; only the 12 CRC supernodes are currently contributing to DPoS consensus.
  4. Community elected DPoS supernodes will take part in consensus after phase 5 is complete.
  5. You can link your node public key to your wallet public key when setting up a supernode. Consequently, it does not matter if you setup a supernode now or in the near future. This is why you can already register and vote for a supernode.
  6. The first round of elections will be complete after Phase 5 is complete. After that, each round will occur every 36 blocks, at approximately 72 minute intervals.
  7. The first round of elections will span a few weeks. As such, there is plenty of time to setup a supernode and begin receiving votes.
  8. The new wallet will have multi-sig capabilities in the near future.
  9. If you have an existing 12 word mnemonic phrase registered at wallet.elastos.org, you can use them to import onto the new wallet.  However, the synchronization time may be longer. Hence, it’s recommended that you create a new 12 word mnemonic phrase on the new wallet if you want your synchronization time to be faster. This is only a recommendation. The 12 word mnemonic phrase registered on this new mobile wallet cannot be used to import your wallet onto wallet.elastos.org.
  10. Web wallet at wallet.elastos.org is an HD wallet and thus has multiple addresses associated with the same mnemonic phrase so when you import the 12 word mnemonic of web wallet on the new mobile wallet, make sure the box “Single-address” is unchecked.
  11. Elephant wallet is a single address wallet so when you import the 12 word mnemonic of elephant wallet on the new mobile wallet, make sure the box “Single-address” is checked.
  12. The new mnemonics created on the new mobile wallet will not work on web wallet.

Though there isn’t an exact timeline on multi-sig capabilities for the new Elastos Wallet, it will likely be implemented soon.

Lastly, there’s been a website set up to track Supernode Candidates https://elanodes.com. The Starfish Node, interviewed at the end of this Weekly Update, built the website to help voters find and quickly compare between Supernode Candidates.  Our news team has long had a medium series to easily browse the supernode candidates: https://medium.com/series/supernodes-39936b014bc0 and The Wild Strawberry Nodes has created a subreddit for ELA Supernodes: https://www.reddit.com/r/Elastos_SuperNodes

Additionally, our team has a big surprise to share with the community that you’ll have to read on for.

Intro

Alongside DPoS Elections, KP hosted a Developer Workshop on Youtube, Famous Amos reviewed the latest CR Weekly Report, Anypeer came out with cool new features on its app, and our CR News team has just finished building an exciting website devoted to CR News and Education that will be a major portal to the main CR website!

Michael S, Elastos Telegram Admin has helped recap the Developer Workshop hosted by KP. He explains that after an introduction to the workshop series, KP demonstrated how to set up a private net on the Elastos Network and get code in order to load sidechains on it.  With the workshop being live, developers could chime in on the discussion and ask questions in real time. The ability for developers to test code before it goes live is an absolute necessity. Check out the workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mn9pz2UORo

Anypeer, one of the many messaging dapps on the Elastos network, has come out with some new features. Community member Chinicci tweets about the updates: “Finally! AnyPeer is available in android playstore. AnyPeer is Dapp powered by @Elastos_org Carrier and SPV. You can send text, pictures and videos to each other and the group chat option is enabled. The great news is that you can send $ELA to your friends within the app.”

Finally, the CR Press team is very excited to introduce a new website built around its landing page’s words: “Change the World Forever”.

This website was self-directed by our team and was built by well-known community member, Famous Amos. It will set the stage to much greater contributions to the CR ecosystem.

After the stimulating video (or feel free to skip it), click on one of two options: Latest News and Get Involved.  Latest News takes you to the complete, organized collection of CR Weekly Updates written in the past several months. “Get Involved” directs you to the main Cyber Republic Website which explains the Suggestions process and how to participation in the CR.

Aside from articles being independently viewable, searchable, and linked, the entirety of each latest weekly update will be formatted in a much more user-friendly way for quick browsing.  See an example of one here:
https://news.cyberrepublic.org/weekly-report-april-15-2019-2/

We are positive that this website will benefit the whole ecosystem in providing unbiased news and information regarding anything CR, Elastos, and hopefully, general crypto and technology related.

“Our mission is to serve our readers with the noble spirits of Journalism and Education. We seek to tell the whole truth, disseminate information to all readers, and educate the public about Blockchain and the Cyber Republic Ecosystem without bias or private interest.”

-CR Press Team

As this amazing GOT themed Elastos tweet says:

“The Modern Internet is Coming”

With DPoS Elections underway and with more developments coming each week, the Smart Web continues its advance toward becoming a fully autonomous and decentralized entity that we dream of it becoming.

-By Jeremy G.

Note: This is the LAST week we will be listing all supernode candidates from prior weeks in our newsletter.  In the future, supernode lists will reside on our new website, https://news.cyberrepublic.org or you can also visit https://elanodes.com.

If you would like to submit your supernode for inclusion in future Weekly Updates, or would like to feature your supernode, supernode rewards, or supernode community contribution, please reach out to us through our forum at:

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/c/cyber-republic-teams/cr-press

Or email us at press@cyberrepublic.com.

Summary

Watch an update of the last week’s update by Amos here:

Read last week’s update on our website:

Here is the latest Elastos Foundation Weekly Update:

We have a new Cyber Republic Documentation site with relevant introductory information about the Cyber Republic, including the constitution, voting and proposals, and leadership.  Check it out here:

https://www.cyberrepublic.org/docs/#/overview/intro

If you have any content you’d like to submit to our writing (or social media) team, please email us at our new contact email:

press@cyberrepublic.org

Analytics:

CR Website:

CR Forum:

Project Updates

Cyber Republic Website

Git Activity and Updates


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

NEW CR PRESS WEBSITE

You may be asking, “Why do we need yet another CR website?  What’s the point? Where is this going?”

Kenneth K., team lead of the CR Press team explains:

“Traffic generation is key to bringing in more members to the community.  For instance, the number one referrer to Elastos is coinmarketcap, and the number one referrer to the CR is Elastos’ main website.  This isn’t enough, and we need a better way.

“Resources, education, news, and media represents some of most powerful mechanisms to generating traffic and attention to websites.  It should be obvious that throughout history, the power of the press is massive toward any global change. It is in this that we’ve decided to create a dedicated website for CR News and Information.  Eventually, we even plan on integrating general crypto and technology news as well. Why? Because one of the beautiful things about the Cyber Republic is that by its very name, there’s no direct association with Elastos but is more focused on the modern internet.

“Because of this, we can take full advantage of the CR name.  Readers curious about any subject we write about can engage with our content, linking and sharing it as an independent article, without feeling immediate bias of being associated with any particular blockchain project.  Instead, they will read articles that may, yes, contain CR and Elastos news, but as we grow into publishing any interesting news related to crypto and technology, and we build a devoted readership just like any newspaper or magazine, our readers will already have the soil of their minds tilled to understand the vision of Elastos.

“Additionally, the weekly content has continued to expand rapidly, and we no longer can sustain the amount of news coming in.  This website will allow us to publish more content and more frequently with more variety, and as another benefit, we expect content to be submitted to us through this website as members of the CR ecosystem begin to recognize us as a high-value resource.

“Our goal is to addict our readers, and our website was designed for them to ‘go down the rabbit hole’ and never escape.  By generating new traffic through our articles, we will be the first-step–the gateway for investors, developers, and consumers into Elastos and CR websites, dapps, and communities.

“I believe that from this page, which is to be an independent and massively important division of the CR ecosystem, we can become the voice of the New Internet.”

Amos, Web Developer and Admin shares his philosophy behind the new website:

“The CR Press Website is not your typical news outlet. The internet has given birth to many industries. It is has allowed humans to connect and share information nearly real-time. Of all the things that we can achieve via innovative methods that leverage the internet, the internet itself only really serves one purpose: that is to facilitate the ability for humans to effectively and efficiently communicate.

“To communicate is one of the fundamental driving forces behind all progress. Imagine if we were capable of all our cognitive functions minus the ability to communicate. We would not be able to pass life lessons on generation to generation.  Human progress would die with each individual. This is a lesson nature has learned well as DNA communicates the very fabric of human existence across generations. DNA is, essentially, the ‘generational language’ of the universe.

“What happens, then, when the platforms of communication are hijacked?  We’ve seen examples of this through history with oppressive regimes that use media outlets to spread propaganda, ‘uploading’ their propaganda to our minds under the guise of a ‘trusted source’ and through ‘reputable figures’.

“We are aiming to achieve something unique–a news source embodying the tenets of ethical journalism, and yet also sustained by the collective efforts of the Cyber Republic Citizens.

“We are creating a news platform influenced only by the collective efforts of all mankind and not just ONE man or ONE kind.”

Jeremy G., Senior Writer for the Press Team shares his thoughts as well:

“What is the Cyber Republic to me? It’s about opening yourself up to a world of endless possibilities.

“As a reader, I can access all the Weekly Newsletters in the past months as well as the individual articles. If I wanted to contribute to the CR ecosystem, I could select the “Get Involved” tab, create a suggestion in order to seek funding, and within moments I’ve literally gotten involved on a journey that could be as endless as my dreams.

“As a member of the Cyber Republic, I have my one-stop shopping for all content regarding CR and Elastos, as well as a portal to get to the Cyber Republic website and be active. There are many talented people in the CR community with strong networks behind them.

“By pooling our resources into this new website, sharing information about any cool projects or news that’s CR related, this will be a destination for all community members who want to get information straight from the source in an unbiased and thorough way.  The CR is an ocean of possibilities with people from all countries, color, and creed. This new website opens the user’s mind to the endless possibilities CR provides to the everyday person.”

Sword Method–Enter Elastos’ Reward Mechanism

By Max

It’s been a while since the Sword Method made its first appearance. The topic of how DPoS rewards get distributed amongst Delegates and Voters is important, and we want to add additional information to the previous article featured here:

https://medium.com/@Enter_Elastos/the-sword-method-b52d95c919fe

It is our hope that other supernodes adopt this model as well because the full potential of the Sword Method is demonstrated when the voter’s 36 supernodes have adopted it.

Today, we would like to explain the range of the Sword Method from another point of view. As explained in our prior article, the Sword Range displays Delegate ELA rewards vs Voter ELA rewards.

This graph should help readers better understand the influence that our base ratio adjustments have on gains for Voters compared to Delegates. The gains for the Voters are from their elected 36 supernodes, and this graph assumes they’ve all adopted the Sword Method; therefore, these values should be seen as mean values.

As you can see in figure 1, every time a Voter’s rewards drops to 33% of a Delegate’s rewards, a base ratio adjustment happens. After the base ratio adjustment, the Voter gains 67% of a Delegate’s Rewards.

You may realize that, especially during the early stages of voting, until we reach 270,000 votes, a Voter could actually gain more than the Delegate.

Now let’s have a look at a different method, where the initial base ratio of 40/60 is fixed and never changes (figure 2)

As the base ratio never gets adjusted in favour of the Voters, the Voter’s rewards–as more votes are cast–are smaller and smaller compared to a Delegate.

That is why we from Enter Elastos have championed this method of rewards for the community so that we can all grow together in a sustainable way.

Wild Strawberry Supernodes Highlight

By the Wild Strawberry Supernode Team

We consist of three Supernodes, governed by twelve individuals. We are geographically decentralized just as we strive to decentralize the Supernodes we govern.

At our core, we are just regular people: Software Engineers, Tradesmen, Sales Reps, Financial Advisors, Program Managers, Military and HealthCare Professionals. From across the globe, twelve strangers have joined together because we have the same vision of a better future for our internet, a brighter future for the generations to come. We strive to earn your support, as The Strawberry Supernodes is built by the community, for the community. We are not just citizens, we are citizens of The Cyber Republic!

Our three Supernodes are named after different strains of strawberries which grow wild across the globe. Just like them, we are wild and decentralized.

ATLAS: A wild and resilient strawberry that survives the coldest winters and the deepest of bear markets. There’s a legend that these strawberries grow at the highest elevation of the Atlas Mountains.

CALYPSO: A high-yielding and fast-growing strawberry that has the sweetest taste and grows during all seasons of the year.

APOLLO: A balanced plant with a ripe fruit and strong root. Its seeds are known to grow anywhere you plant them.

Constitution

Like the Cyber Republic, we found it fitting for the Strawberry Supernodes members to be governed under a written and signed constitution within legal and binding contracts. With a governing structure in place, we believe it will give stability, confidence, transparency, and trust within the community.

Server specification details

What is most important to us is our community and the smart web’s reliability–something you can count on with your eyes closed. This is why we chose to start by hosting our virtual private servers (VPS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) because of their renowned uptime of over 99% and its solid worldwide infrastructure. All the VPS specifications meet the minimum requirements required by Elastos.

The 3 locations we have chosen to host our nodes are:

Atlas – North America

Calypso – South America

Apollo – Europe

The Strawberry Supernodes will be starting with a very generous promotional DPoS rewards once the voting starts. Please join our public telegram to receive more details on the promotional DPoS reward structure: https://t.me/WildStrawberrySupernodes

CR Terminology:

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 technically acquainted understand better what the tech means and the impact it could have.  This week we’re focusing on Hash Rate.

Term: Hash Rate

“A hash rate is the measure of miner’s performance. In other words, it is the hash function’s output or it is the speed at which a miner solves the code. In the year 2014, the performance of miner was measured in Billions of hashes/s.

“The higher hash rate means increased opportunity for cryptocurrency mining and receiving block reward. The hash/s is the measure of the efficiency of the miner in W/Ghash/s. Hash/s is also measured in J/Ghash (Joules per 1 Billion hashes).

“Hash per second represents SHA-256 algorithms that are used per second, known as hash rate. It is SI derived unit that is symbolized as h/s.”

-Source: https://www.hashgains.com/wiki/h/what-is-hash-rate

Calculating Elastos’ Hash Rate (Originally published on community-run “ELANews”)

Hash rate is the average number of hashes that are required to solve a block.

How to Calculate hash rate?

Expected time to solve block in seconds = 120

Hashmax is just the max 32 byte number or 2^256

Target is the current target, which is calculated from the difficulty as:

As discussed earlier, Targetmax is the highest (hence, easiest) hash that was considered valid in Elastos (the genesis block’s target), and is:

0x000008ff00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Targetmax=0x000008ff00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Which is also equal to:

CurrentDifficulty is the difficulty obtained from the block in the Block explorer. For reference we will obtain from Block #359800

CurrentDifficulty = 941873199780623

Now we can compile the hash rate calculation:

=

Which we calculated using Wolfram and equates to:  14.637 EH/s

Now, let’s compare this value to the BTC hash rate:

At the time of writing, April, 19, 2019, BTC hash rate is equal to 47.492 EH/s

Percentage of BTC hash rate = 30.54%

Thus, at the time of writing, Elastos has secured 30.54% of the total BTC hash rate only 20 days post-launch of merged-mining operations. The numbers speak for themselves; the Elastos blockchain is of the most secure blockchains in the world.

Simplified Formula

Seeing as the above calculation is rather complex, below is a simplified formula which calculates hash rate from the difficulty shown in Elastos Blockchain Browser:

Which can be further simplified to:

Hash rate = CurrentDifficulty x 15540.9

Community member Charles (TG @ccoombs) has also made a calculator that takes inputs “bits” from the Elastos Blockchain Explorer and Bitcoin hash rate. This calculation utilizes bits, whereas the previous works with Difficulty. Both compute the same hash rate as output.

Charles’s Calculator can be used here: https://repl.it/@CC3/Hashrate-calculator

-Source: https://elanews.net/2019/04/20/elastos-mining-difficulty-hashrate/

Layman’s definition:

It might be a good metaphor to compare horsepower to hash rate, and mining to…running into random drops while driving around in Mario Kart, the video game.  The faster you go, the higher your chances that you’ll get to a drop fastest compared to your competition, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually get to the drop fastest because there’s a lot of other factors.  Random luck. Proximity. How many other people are racing. Difficulty of the track. If you were trying to grab a different drop at the same time.

Or driving skills, in my case.

Essentially, the more powerful the machine and the more efficient it can run, the higher the hash rate, and therefore the higher the machine’s chance to mine a block and get rewarded.  

To touch back on merged mining, merged mining basically is playing the same Mario Kart video game, but we added Elastos random drops to the game which, really, who would say no to?  It’s not like it costs any more power, and extra tokens? Hell yeah.

SUPERNODES

Reminder: This is the LAST week we will be listing all supernode candidates from prior weeks in our newsletter.  In the future, supernode lists will reside on our new website, https://news.cyberrepublic.org or you can also visit https://elanodes.com.

If you would like to submit your supernode for inclusion in future Weekly Updates, or would like to feature your supernode, supernode rewards, or supernode community contribution, please reach out to us through our forum at:

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/c/cyber-republic-teams/cr-press

Or email us at press@cyberrepublic.com.

There has been a slew of new Supernodes led by Feng Han’s Manhattan Project that will be running as candidates for the DPoS Elections. Here are the following new candidates, some with their websites attached.  As most of these nodes are Chinese in origin, our information is incomplete:

BOHUI, Aiyongshangcheng, Storswift (https://storswift.com/), Heibei Community, Chain World (https://www.7234.cn/), Manhattan Project, Green Gang, ChainClub, Bightbc https://www.bightbc.com/

There has also been a Supernode of Chinese Community Moderators announced.

BTC.com *New*

Translated from: http://bit.ly/2GnwvDp

BTC.com has officially joined the Elastos Supernode campaign.  

“A few days ago, Elastos officially launched the DPoS super node campaign.  The consensus mechanism is AUXPoW+DPoS. AUXPoW is joint mining. It is essentially the same as PoW, and it is characterized by borrowing the power of Bitcoin. In order to enhance the security and robustness of the Elastos consensus mechanism, to avoid excessive concentration of computing power, and to allow the global community to participate in the construction of the Elastos network, enrich the Elastos ecosystem, and also come to the Elastos in AUXPoW joint mining based on the DPoS consensus mechanism.

“On April 19th, BTC.com officially announced its participation in the DPoS SuperNode campaign of the Global Elastos Community, and together with members of the global community to build the next generation of decentralized Internet.

“After the campaign is over, there will be 108 valid nodes generated, of which 36 are elected nodes and 72 are candidate nodes. At that time, these nodes from the community, ecology, media, etc. will escort the Elastos network to run the DPoS consensus mechanism, opening a new era of Elastos blockchain network.

“As the largest bitcoin open source mining pool in the whole network, BTC.com promotes community development with practical actions based on the values ​​of “contributing to the digital currency community”. The participation in the Elastos global community DPoS super node campaign, BTC.com mining pool hopes to build a prosperous, diverse and sustainable community ecosystem.

BTC.com currently offers mining services in ten major currencies, and has been heavily involved in the construction of the open source community, making a lot of contributions to the open source community and expansion of the fork. In the near future, we have introduced a number of talents who are influential and contributing in the open source community, hoping to make more contributions to the blockchain open source community and the cloud community.

For more news on SuperNodes, stay tuned for the BTC.com public number!”

Thai ElaDev *New* *IDEA Member*

“Thailand is one of the countries that crypto regulation has been actively worked on by government, SEC, and related parties. Blockchain and cryptocurrency communities are lively here. There are a lot of opportunities for Elastos to grow as well as a lot of work to be done.

From the Bangkok Elastos meetup in March 2019, we made a baby step in forming a Thai Elastos developer group. We’re building a plan to bring local developers into Elastos and the Cyber Republic. Running a supernode is an important part of the plan as it will be one of our sustainable sources of funds for local activities.

For our supporters (voters), beside the ELA rewards, there will be a “special reward” that will utilize Elastos infrastructure and the digital economy concepts. We plan to build this as a showcase to attract more blockchain developers to join us and hope that voters and the whole community will have fun at the same time!

We joined IDEA to support decentralization of DPoS nodes and long term growth of the ecosystem. More details about the “special reward” and website will be released. Please stay tuned.

ELAlliance (Formerly the DPoS Node Rights Alliance)

ELAlliance has been covered extensively in previous issues of the CR Weekly Newsletter.

They are now recruiting 24 node candidates (up to 30 in the case of a large applicant pool, down from the original 36) and voters. ELAlliance is not an exclusive alliance, meaning that node candidates of ELAlliance can also be members of other alliances as long as they comply with the rules set by ELAlliance. The reason for the reduction of the number of node candidates is that it allows voters to vote for 12 candidates outside the Alliance while casting all 24 votes to those inside the Alliance to enjoy the greatest rewards. They hope to be flexible for both candidates and voters to join the ELAlliance whose aims are to benefit ELA holders who cannot obtain reward directly from the DPoS elections and prevent the potential dominance of whales.

Currently there are 22 node candidates filled, and community members are invited to apply. They have recently released their website (in Chinese) and will have the English version very soon.

Website: www.elalliance.net/

WeChat: League_of_Elastos

International Decentralized Elastos Alliance (IDEA)

A number of supernode candidates have come together to form International Decentralized Elastos Alliance.  Due to concerns about over-centralization, they hope to be a clear example of full decentralization.

At the moment, the countries represented are: Scandinavia (Elastos Scandinavia), Switzerland (Elate.CH), France (Orion), Russia (Northern Lights), Thailand (Thai ElaDev), China (Tyro Lee), US (Houston and Starfish), Italy (Vitruvian Node), Austria-US-Morocco-New Zealand-England-Switzerland-Canada (Enter Elastos Node), Germany (Hyper), and France-US-Canada (Wild Strawberries Node).  

This Alliance believes that the perfect DPoS network is when there is distribution of nodes in at least five continents and twenty countries, which they will try to guarantee as an alliance.  Any node that is against centralization is welcome to join.

One of this node founder, @TreeVong, has been Elastos believer and supporter since ICO. He is a telegram admin for @ElastosThailand and also wrote many Elastos articles in Thai.

Sunny Feng Han’s Supernode


Sunny Feng Han, co-founder of Elastos, is also running a supernode announced here:  https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/OMxOPHS4GKTqua1mXt0YJw

Sunny, aside from his work in Elastos, is the Founder of MIT IDE Blockchain Pillar Foundation, an Instructor at Tsinghua University’s iCenter, Secretary General of Asian Blockchain DACA (Distributed Autonomous Coalition of Asia), Leading Editor of the books, “Blockchain, Blueprint of a New Economy”, “Blockchain Development and Examples”, “Blockchain: Quantum Wealth”, etc.  He’s also the Course Designer of Tsinghua University’s graduate course series, “Cyber Intelligence Economics and Blockchain”.

DHG Supernode

The DHG Super Node has just announced its participation in the DPoS elections. The person in charge of the DHG Super Node is Dahuang Ge. He is a private investor in the early days of the company. The DHG node “dares to do, and stick to the same personality.” It’s election manifesto is, “Building a Community and Building Insight”.

Ruolan Supernode

RUOLAN Node is comprised of three members with similar interests in the Elastos Ecosystem. A statement from the team: “The RUOLAN node will, as always, closely follow the Elastos project to realize a safe, credible, and decentralized Internet dream. A generation of Internet people will continue to face the dream of success!” RUOLAN Node has also announced a new Supernode Alliance that proposes a “cross-reciprocal investment solution” for voters and nodes.

They hope to achieve a voting mechanism that includes independent nodes that are capable of co-prosperity and symbiosis. Check out the Supernode campaign alliance website here: http://ruolan.org/e-lm/lianmeng.html

Shijui TV Supernode

Shijui TV has recently announced their campaign to run a Supernode, joining other ecosystem partners such as Viewchain,  ioeX, Hyper, DMA and more.

ElastosNodes.com

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

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.

Orion *IDEA Member*

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.”

Starfish Node *IDEA Member* *Updated*

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.

Our name stems from the fact that starfish operate without a brain or central point of control. Each limb of these headless creatures acts independently, but cooperatively, in the best interest of the organism as a whole. Many species of starfish are even able to sustain immense damage, such as the loss of multiple limbs or bisection, but due to their distributed and redundant systems the starfish cannot only survive, but fully regenerate. Nature discovered the advantages of distributed systems long ago, and now technology is emulating nature.

In a similar fashion, we believe Elastos will not only endure, but proliferate as a growing number of selfless individuals such as yourselves join the project’s ranks. 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 2 to 3 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 the market rate and to encourage voter loyalty with a gamified reward system intended to keep voters actively involved in the community. In the early stages, any leftover 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 and social media outlets.

ELAnodes: https://elanodes.com/

Our website: https://starfish-supernode.tech/

Telegram: https://starfish-supernode.tech/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarfishSN

Medium: https://medium.com/starfish-supernode

AllianceBlock Supernode *IDEA Member*

AllianceBlock is a decentralized, smart, and sustainable platform for the new age of Investment Banking. In order to learn more about their company and updates on their Supernode status, read our interview with them at the end of this weekly, and visit:

Twitter (@allianceblock)

Telegram (@allianceblock)

Website (Allianceblock.io)

Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Allianceblock/)

Medium (https://medium.com/@allianceblock)

Their ICOPC community channel has more than 500 private members with high profiles, most of which are CR and Elastos supporters. Alliance Block will be hosting their Supernode via AWS Cloud. The team is composed of four people, three of which have experience working at companies such as Barclays, JP Morgan, and PostNP.

Here is a statement by the team regarding their mission statement of hosting a Supernode in the Cyber Republic ecosystem:

“AllianceBlock is an ecosystem of investment.  We want to build the foundation of investment banking 2.0 through decentralization. We can bring more awareness about Elastos and the CR, onboard partners to our ecosystem, bring new investors, decentralized social networks, even create an E-learning platform with podcasts and streaming video that the CR could participate in to educate others about Elastos, too.”

Elate.CH  *IDEA Member*

Elate.CH is a group from Switzerland made up of inspired enthusiasts of the Cyber Republic and Elastos. You can follow them on their website: Elate.CH or on their Telegram: @Elatech.

The following is a statement written by the group which covers what they are offering: “Elate.CH was established as an enthusiastic pool of people sharing their common vision of a new Internet: the Internet we deserve. We’ve been enchanted by Elastos since its establishment, and we fully support the vision brought forward by the Elastos Foundation and the CR.  We want to offer our contribution by running a DPoS supernode within the rising Elastos ecosystem.

“We’ll be hosting our node from Switzerland. We are fine-tuning our reward formula, but voters can anticipate a better reward to early voters.  We aim to position ourselves amongst other leaders in regards to revenue shared with our voting community. Let’s connect! I’m Gabriele, founder of Elate.CH and an enthusiastic entrepreneur that co-founded Dexlab.io, a blockchain venture with the mission to make the decentralised economy accessible to anyone.  Be Elated to see the Elastos ecosystem blossom before your eyes!”

Elaphant Supernode

Meet Wiktor, the brains behind the Elaphant Supernode. Wiktor’s been involved with Elastos for about a year now. He was the lead developer on the Cyber Republic website until recently. His Supernode will be located in the EU along with a second one in North America. Initially, the Supernode will be cloud-based, but Wiktor plans to migrate quickly to other solutions when needed.

He has experience in running servers as well as support from a friend who’s also an experienced developer. Wiktor is planning to adopt a shared profit model, but the details are still being worked out. The Webpage is in beta, but it is operational at: elaphant.org. Wiktor believes that the logical function of the node is to actively contribute to the ecosystem. Here’s Elaphant’s philosophy on helping the CR grow: “Contribution to the ecosystem, and the ultimate (inevitable) success of Elastos is–and will always be–the driving force behind our decisions.”

Northern Lights *IDEA Member*

The Northern Lights Supernode has three members from the Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. Northern Lights plans on hosting its Supernode on their own high-efficiency server based in Belarus. Here is a written statement by the team: “We are active people in social media and some of us manage well-known telegram groups such as bit.game, fishchain, and of course the Elastos Russia telegram group. Having the advantage of being heard, we can disseminate information easily and help the Elastos ecosystem grow faster and become more decentralized.

“We are going to create social media resources in Russian such as twitter, medium, our own website in order to promote the Supernode, bring the huge Russian-speaking audience together, and shed more light on the future of Elastos. In addition to social activity, we have a strong technical background with an enthusiastic and experienced sysadmin on our team. As for sharing rewards with voters, we are not going to stand out amongst others; we want to be fair with the community and we will abide by the average rewards. We call ourselves Northern Lights because everyone who has ever seen this unique nature phenomenon would never forget it. We believe in love at first sight because of the unique phenomenon of technology that Elastos is. Northern Lights – once seen, never forgotten.”

https://twitter.com/NSupernode?s=09

Tyro Lee *IDEA Member*

Tyro Lee, the creator of the Elastos English and Chinese Telegram groups, will be running his own Supernode. Tyro has been an active community member from day 1. He’s already created a website to promote his Supernode.

He will also be promoting his SN on Wechat (breathinsmog (Little Black Wolf Tyro Lee)) and Twitter (@elastos_news (Just a Fan of Elastos)). Tyro plans to host his node on the Huawei Cloud. Tyro is still figuring out the rewards for voters. Regarding his logo, it represents a wolf that is “shouting to the sky of Elastos”. Tyro views this as a sign that we as a community are invincible and successful. Here’s an excerpt of what Tyro says to the community on his website, “I joined the Elastos community since August 2017, and I’ve been through so much with this project, I believe in Elastos and I will continuously support it.  I hope you can vote my Elastos super node “TYROLEE”. Thanks for your vote!”

Noderators

The great Elastos Telegram moderators have formed a Supernode group for the Elastos Ecosystem. They will be creating a dedicated website to promote their Supernode and have plans to create a separate Telegram group as well. The two Supernodes will be hosted on the cloud. Please visit:

Telegram group (https://t.me/ElastosNoderators)

Twitter (https://twitter.com/ElaNoderators)

Website (www.elastosnoderators.org)

Here is a statement from the group about their plans. “We are the Elastos Noderators! We are a diverse group consisting of Elastos moderators and team members, and with your help, we plan to run at least one supernode. Our team members include: Gandhi, T.I., C00mbsie, Pmhee555, Austrader, Murph, Multastoy,  Michael S, Dave (michaeldave25 on reddit), and Aixs (Marcus S), and of course KP. We are spread all around the world in countries such as Finland, South Africa, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium, and Indonesia. If you have been active in the community, you likely know and have interacted with all of us in many instances. As many of you know, we are some of the biggest Elastos fans out there, and we have been extremely devoted to this community for a long time. We absolutely love interacting with this amazing community each and every day. Whether it be with problems, concerns, or just dreaming of a new internet, we are committed to servicing this community in any way possible. We feel that our strong belief and long term devoutness to the Elastos project, along with our dedication to the Cyber Republic, is enough to guarantee that we have the Elastos community’s best interests in mind when it comes to running a supernode. The Noderators will uphold a pledge to run our supernodes with decentralization, fairness, and the betterment of the Smart-Web in mind. By supporting us, you also support various initiatives funded by the rewards that will directly benefit the Elastos ecosystem. A more detailed plan and website will be revealed at a later date. We hope to run one supernode in Europe/Africa and another supernode in North America.”

ELA Chat

The team behind the peer-to-peer chat dApp, “ELA Chat” has formed their own Supernode group. Please check out their website (https://ela.chat/) and Telegram (@elachat) for any updates on the project and their Supernode. Here is their statement: “The infrastructure of ElaChat was powered by Elastos, and therefore we would like to have greater contribution to the development of Elastos. We hope to become one of the 36 nodes and contribute to the long-term development of Elastos. There are currently 4 members in the team and we want to recruit more members for ElaChat R&D. ElaChat is an open-source project and everyone can contribute to its development via GitHub. At present, ElaChat has integrated the DID, Carrier and SPV functions, allow authorization of necessary information for the use of third-party applications. Third-party application can be embedded in the ElaChat, just like mini programs of WeChat public accounts. We want a node to support the projects built on ElaChat ecosystem, provide node DID service and smart contract service. We are considering the reward for members who have voted for us and more details will be released in the coming future. There are always obstacles and hardship in a development of new technology, and Elastos is of no exception. At present, Elastos has been exploring its own way to realize its own value, and we believe that there will be more breakthroughs in the near future.”

Bitett

Bitett is a Chinese media outlet for blockchain. Check out their website here: (www.bitett.com). Here is a written statement by the team, “As one of the earliest partners of Elastos, Bitett believes in the vision of Elastos and the community governance model it introduces. In this DPoS node election, we hope to be elected as one of the 36 active nodes, to contribute ourselves in maintaining the fairness of network security and consensus mechanisms, as well as steady growth of Elastos in the long-run. Currently there are 4 major members in Bitett node, including operation and development. In the later stage of the DPoS node election, we will recruit community operating members when needed. We have considered rewarding the members who have voted for us and more details will be released in the coming future. The vision of Elastos has gradually been recognized by an increasing number of people. If you are a fan of Elastos, and if you want to contribute to the development of Elastos, join us and vote for us so that we can witness the great moment together.”

Bit.Game

“BIT.GAME is an important entrance to the blockchain game field for the Elastos. Through participating in this DPoS election, BIT.GAME hopes that more community members can recognize the benefits that blockchain games bring to the Elastos ecosystem. If we are elected, the node rewards will mainly be used to provide various ELA blockchain games with liquidity through the Higgs network, and the rest is allocated to voting supporters. The members of the BIT.GAME node are composed of the core teams of BIT.GAME, including: Ding Wang, Co-founder of BIT.GAME, current CEO of GAEX.com and Co-founder of Higgs Network; Yundong Sun, Co-founder of BIT.GAME, now CEO of a game distribution platform (haowanba.com); Sally Gong, Former Business Partner of Ontology (USA), currently co-founder of Higgs Network.

Thanks to the community members for their support of BIT.GAME. In the past year, GAEX.com, the world’s first blockchain game asset-trading platform, has successfully launched and achieved a steady development with some in-depth cooperation with a number of excellent blockchain games, which are in turn brought onto the Elastos ecosystem. I hope that everyone can pay more attention to these game projects, both in terms of investment potential and game content, as their qualities are of leading position in the field.”

FishChain

“Elastos community should not be unfamiliar with ELAfish, or FishChain, as it is one of the very first blockchain games that enables ELA mining.”

Team:

“Eye worm”: Graduated from Peking University Life Science Academy, the major planner of “Bubble Fish”, senior game system and numerical planning.

“Bear Crow”: Art Partner, graduated from Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and French MJM Art and Design Institute, the artistic director of “Bubble Fish”.

“Butterfly”: Technical Partner, obtained Master Degree from the Department of Mathematics, Peking University, Senior Architect, proficient in blockchain technology and traditional Internet technology.

“Jacky Cheung”: Executive Director, “Bubble Fish” Business and Public Relations Officer, years of experience in gaming product operations.

“Light”: Director of Operations, responsible for the operation of “Bubble Fish”, many years of experience in media operations.

“Hong16”: Art Director, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Tsinghua University, the creator of “Bubble Fish”.

“Whitehead Scholar”: Technical Director, Server and Blockchain, with many years of experience in large-scale online game development and artificial intelligence development.

“Jelly”: Product Director, chief programmer of client side, with many years of experience in web mobile game and securities trading software client development.”

ioEx

Recently, the Elastos ecosystem partner, ioeX, has announced that they will be running a Supernode as a part of the Elastos DPoS Consensus.

Wefilmchain

Wefilmchain is an ecosystem partner of Elastos that seeks to provide a decentralized media production and distribution channel for small producers. Their plan is to host the SN via a cloud service like AWS or GCP per Elastos Supernode specs recommendation. They are still in discussions about hosting two nodes: one in the U.S.A and one in Canada. The following is a statement made by the team:

“Wefilmchain, a developer within the Elastos Community, intends to support a  supernode with their qualified development team. Rewards will be shareable with contributors on a regular basis. The team plans on utilizing and contributing toward an open source solution that the whole community can use so contributors are properly incentivized and can view data in a simple way. Future enhancements might include rewards for participants hosting music or video files for the Dapp that we are creating. We value transparency, creativity, and education. We have strong ties to entertainment and content creation communities and look forward to educating and reaching out to those groups to spread the word about the Elastos Ecosystem and the profound value and potential that it holds for ever-growing global market.”

Hyper Supernode *IDEA Member*

The creators of Hyper.IM and Hyper Connect will be running their own supernode. It will be hosted on AWS cloud servers in Germany. As far as divvying up rewards, the Hyper team looks to align with the average of other nodes and also, “As CR tasks have been paused, we plan to bring them back by sharing rewards with contributors and keeping voters updated about achievements by community members. By sharing rewards with voters as well as to contributors to the Elastos ecosystem, we hope to grow with the community.  The rest will be invested toward marketing Hyper Messenger.” They will market their supernode through a dedicated website and their various social media outlets.

Peter Strauss of Hyper has also decided to help create a script for all Supernodes in order to automate the distribution of rewards to voters and team members. Read more about his work here:

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/voter-reward-payout-script-for-dpos-nodes/753/

Elastos Scandinavia *IDEA Member*

This group is from the Scandinavian region. Check out their Telegram (@elascand) with their website coming soon at Elastosscandinavia.org. A group member has provided a mission statement:

“We are looking to provide Elastos with increased stability, diversity, and speed by operating the supernode with highly skilled people, physically located in a country with stable infrastructure with our own servers in Sweden. We have an experienced sysadmin hopefully joining our team shortly. Elastos Scandinavia plans to hold our cost as low as possible without any loss of quality. In this way we can stay solvent longer, keeping the SN alive and giving back higher rewards to the community. First, the reward will go to paying for the cost of running the SN.  Next, to prove our quality, we plan to give most–if not all of our rewards–to the community in the beginning. In this way, we are giving away our labor until the Elastos community has built up trust and belief in Elastos Scandinavia as a quality SN.”

The team is mainly composed of developers and a member with a background in Electronics, Embedded Systems, and Measurement/Controlling Systems.

Enter Elastos *IDEA Member* *Updated*

Enter Elastos is a supernode group created by dedicated members of the Cyber Republic like Michael S., Chris Mac, Chinicci, Max, Adem, KenNinja, and Jeremy G who are well-known throughout the community.  What started as five members quickly grew into twelve because, “With a few more heads put together, we found that we could build something really great.”

Their mission is to run three Supernodes (SN) with a very fair reward and highly competitive distribution that’s primary purpose is to contribute to the ecosystem in a sustainable way. They are excited to unveil this sharing model soon.

The three SN’s will be named Callisto, Ganymede, and Titan, after the biggest moons in the Solar System, and each node would be run in a different continent as the team is composed of members from several countries: U.S.A., Morocco, Switzerland, New Zealand, England, Canada, and Austria.  This will ensure diverse distribution of the Supernodes. In terms of developing a script to streamline the payouts, there are experienced coders and programmers in the pool that will take care of this code and ensure that it’s 100% conducted through smart contracts and scripts. They are also considering using the open-sourced script by Strauss after its development.  Also, prominent CR member Michael S. has a personal Supernode called the Houston Node (IDEA Member) that he’s hoping to run from his hometown in Houston, Texas, and he looks forward to contributing to the DPoS Consensus.

https://t.me/EnterElastos

Vitruvian Node *IDEA Member*

A team of 10 Elastos enthusiasts are looking to run a Supernode based out of Italy. The Supernode will be run by one of the team member’s in-house servers. Team member Damiano explains how the team plans to divvying up rewards to voters: “Our pool has 10 participants, all with different quotas. Therefore, every decision will be divided according to the percentage of entry. Our strategy will vary a lot. The focal point will always be to reward voters in the most appropriate way possible.”

The team plans on utilizing an open source solution that the whole community can use when it becomes available.  Damiano is very active on social media as he manages several groups with around 20k members; he is the admin of Elastos Italia. With his active channels and social outreach, the team feels very confident that they will promote their supernode effectively. This group prioritizes transparency and communication with the community and looks to act in the best interests of the Cyber Republic ecosystem. Please check out the Vitruvian Supernode’s Twitter here: https://twitter.com/VitruvianNode

The Wild Strawberries Node *IDEA Member*

This is a diversified group of 12 members who are looking to run three nodes in the U.S.A. The members are geographically decentralized, you can find them in U.S.A, Canada, France, Netherlands, the United Kingdom & Australia. The team states, “We intend to set up cloud servers and transition into our own dedicated servers. Their incentives or as they like to call them (Berry Rewards) will be very generous at start for voters and will follow an inflationary model like Elastos. The Wild Strawberry Super-Nodes have the primary objective to secure the network at all costs. Their secondary objective is to develop and connect the Elastos Ecosystem through various means. Like wild strawberries, we intend to grow and develop everywhere, technical or social, because we consider the two elements necessary for a working elastic & evolving network. Our vision is wild, like us.

The 6 values The Strawberry Super Nodes stand for:

Empathy – Genuine human interaction

Grit – Results come from mistakes

Patience – Because fast and good don’t coexist in perfection

Community – Only together could we create something great

Stability – A secure network a strong team

Openness – Because transparency builds trust

Follow the Strawberry SuperNodes on their official social media channels:

Website : https://strawberrysupernodes.org/

E-mail : Strawberrysupernodes@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wild_Supernodes

Telegram: https://t.me/WildStrawberrySupernodes

TI’s ELA News Supernode

The community’s very own Telegram administrator “T.I.” will be running his own Supernode. It will be run on a cloud service system like AWS. T.I. is the sole contributor to the ELA News website and is very passionate about dedicating his time to the community.

T.I. says this about rewards: “ELA News has been run and maintained solely by myself without any funding. I wish to expand ELA News with more content through funding from the supernode rewards as I do not have so much time on my hands. However, I hope to distribute rewards according to market expenses, or perhaps slightly under that to cover running the node and expanding ELA News at the same time. ELA News has a dedicated readership, and I hope readers will support my vision”.

T.I will be looking for an open source script that all community members can use for distributing rewards to voters. He will have a dedicated page on ELA News for DPoS, and his Supernode will be marketed through the ELA News Twitter account.

T.I. has these final words, “I hope for ELA News to be the best resource for the community to be kept abreast of everything Elastos. Make sure to follow us on our Twitter page: twitter.com/elanewsnet and continue reading elanews.net.

“Sincerely, T.I.”

DMA’s Supernode

Read about their details here:

https://medium.com/@elastosdma/elastos-dma-supernode-4f57bc9473f3?sk

“We feel it is very important to have the technical background or have very strong tech support. It looks like the hardware requirement isn’t too complicated, but the quality of service is very important to keep the node up and running at a good level. My team members feel they are more than capable of doing it because they are working on our cloud services anyway, and are able to quickly monitor and fix problems in a timely manner. This convinced me that maybe we could, in fact, run one with confidence.

“We don’t want to just run the elected node and profit by ourselves. It must be shareable. So the plan is simple and direct: Share the earnings with all contributors on a regular basis. To make the sharing completely fair, we can write the script to put the incentive plan in the code, and have people put their trust in the code, not the human.

“We also need to create some tools to let each contributor view the data easily. The incentive model can be designed based on multiple factors. Since we are the team that built DMA, we have a very strong technical background to build such a script and run it in a fair way. Otherwise, we will not only lose the node, but also lose the reputation of one of the important ecosystem contributors.  

“Last but not least, the node service should be expandable. We can put more add-value services on to the servers behind the node. For example, there might be a personal cloud disk service, DMA-powered extended business-stub service, etc. It can be continuously working along the basic node service the team can offer. All these services can be hosted by any elected node if they want. The earnings can be combined with the basic node service income. Thus, the earning of running such value-added services will be the additional share to the node supporters and contributors.

“Of course, the profit share program will be placed in the code. This is the way to bring in more services around the node and let the ecosystem application grow, letting every supporter benefit from such economic growth. I’d like to share these thoughts with the community. I believe this can also be points for other participants to consider.”

You can reach the team at supernode@elastosdma.org.

CR Forum Topic Highlights

By YY

We’ve summarized some of the popular topics of this week:

Interview: Kenneth K. Team Lead of Cyber Republic News and Social Media

This interview aims to shed some light on KenNinja (Kenneth K)’s background and his vision for the future of CR marketing and social media presence. He has a pretty diverse professional background and he knows the value of presentation, education, and aggressive presence in any industry. He envisions a future to expand the CR Press team to include a marketing team, a team of artists, ambassadors, educators and content creators. He also desires a sustainable model of income for this team in which funding could be generated via ad revenue, store integration, paid features, sponsorship, and even getting a Press team supernode. If you are interested in this topic, please read more at the link below:

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/interview-kenneth-k-team-lead-of-cyber-republic-news-and-social-media-a-look-into-his-vision-for-the-future-of-cr-marketing-and-social-media-presence/998

Cyber Republic Series Update

As you may be aware, Medium is currently one of the main social media channels to highlight our CR weekly reports. There are three series that are updated weekly: interviews, supernode candidates, and CR terminology. Last week, we profiled four new supernode candidates: Sunny Feng Han’s Supernode, DHG Supernode, Ruolon Supernode, and Shijiu TV’s Supernode. In regards to the CR terminology series, as there are many terms to such a large project, we have been building a growing glossary of terms that can help the less technical to understand better what the tech means and the impact it could have. Some of the terms we have featured so far are: Elastos Hive Cluster, Elastos Private Net, DDoS and Elastos React Native. If you want to find out more about each series, please click the following links:

https://medium.com/@CyberRepublic/series

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/cyber-republic-series-update/1002

“If I Have Seen Further, it is by Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” – Isaac Newton

This is an interesting article written by Jeremy G about the deep historical context for today’s movement towards decentralisation. Jeremy has briefly introduced and integrated the context of the following historical books which have shaped the revolutionary idea of decentralisation:

  • “Democracy in America” and “The Old Regime and Revolution” by Alexis De Tocqueville (1820 ~ 1850)
  • “Small is Beautiful” by E.F.  Schumacher (mid 1900)
  • “The Breakdown of Nations” by Leopald Kohr (1957)
  • “Modern Trends” by John Naisbitt (1982)

It was Tocqueville in the mid 1800’s that preached a society with people from all cultures motivated by each other’s common interests as the ultimate form of a decentralized culture. Now in 2019, the Cyber Republic is made up of people from many countries and continents in pursuit of a new smart web that promotes decentralization and freedom to earn compensation for hard work and meaningful content. If you are interested in this article, please visit the following links:

https://medium.com/@CyberRepublic/if-i-have-seen-further-it-is-by-standing-on-the-shoulders-of-giants-isaac-newton-515e3164483

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/if-i-have-seen-further-it-is-by-standing-on-the-shoulders-of-giants-isaac-newton/1006

Topics 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

Interview: Kenneth K. Team Lead of Cyber Republic News and Social Media

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/interview-kenneth-k-team-lead-of-cyber-republic-news-and-social-media-a-look-into-his-vision-for-the-future-of-cr-marketing-and-social-media-presence/998

Cyber Republic Series Update

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/cyber-republic-series-update/1002

“If I Have Seen Further, it is by Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” – Isaac Newton

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/if-i-have-seen-further-it-is-by-standing-on-the-shoulders-of-giants-isaac-newton/1006

Top active topics (in terms of number of views and replies)

Hyper.im – Peer-to-Peer Instant Messenger

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/hyper-im-peer-to-peer-instant-messenger/289

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

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/bi-weekly-livestream-with-rong-chen/107/7

Supernode Pool Recruitment and Q & A

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/supernode-pool-recruitment-and-q-a/648/25

Hyber.im – Beta now available

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/hyper-im-beta-now-available/348/15

dApp idea thread

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/dapp-idea-thread/342/12

Voter Reward Payout Script for DPoS Nodes

https://forum.cyberrepublic.org/t/voter-reward-payout-script-for-dpos-nodes/753/13

Community Shout Out:

This amazing GOT themed Elastos Banner became quite popular in the community.

International Community Events

Chinese Community

By Joel

Chinese Community Activities
DescriptionReference Link
BTC.com officially joins the Elastos DPoS electionhttps://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/yqIVsryYn6oz7riXPPAElg
Manhattan Project: announcement of admission of the 8th Blockchain Technology Development Open Coursehttps://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/WjQ0vDfbxZaF8bSrOGAWsA
Give ‘Vixen’ a true label: Elastos to get you back to trusted transactionshttp://www.pingcj.com/jingpin/elastos/78841.html

A columnist, Han Ming, has published an article on digital data and personal information being assets in the People’s Daily, the biggest newspaper in China.

In his article, he recognises that data is a valuable asset, and personal information is also a property right. A reasonable mechanism to reflect the value of information should be established based on the principle of,  “who owns, who benefits; who uses, who pays”.

He mentions that it is also imperative to protect the property rights of owning your data from a legal perspective, as soon as possible. Previously, there were legal provisions stipulating that network operators should publicize the purpose of their information collection and user’s consent has to be obtained for the use of that information. The practice should be extended into all areas involving personal information, especially in the “Internet+” industry. As long as the data is used by merchants to provide better services to consumers, rather than for selling as profit for company’s own good, the users can choose their level of disclosure as well as whether it is free of charge or sold at a cost.

We of the Cyber Republic know very well the above principles, and we are glad to see that the mainstream media has recognised the problem and has taken the initiative to publicize it and educate Chinese citizens. The principals are not new, and what is essential is the proper implementation and enforcement. Fortunately, the best solution (Elastos) is around the corner with nice progress in Elastos development: Elastos Carrier, Rutime, DID, merged mining, and the upcoming DPoS consensus, to name just a few. A new internet that safeguards personal information and digital assets will solve this massive problem and create a new economy of wealth to the society as a whole.

For the original article, please read: http://blockchain.people.com.cn/n1/2019/0411/c417685-31024683.html

Interview: ELANodes.com

We had a chance to interview Ryan C. of ElaNodes.com and The Starfish Supernode team.

1.  Could you tell us who is behind your project?

I grew up in New Hampshire and currently reside in Colorado, USA. I’ve spent most of my life in academia with a few intermissions to work at national research laboratories. Currently I’m a PhD candidate wrapping up a degree in nuclear engineering with a specialization in the performance of 3-D printed stainless steels. Although what I do in real life has very little to do with the distributed systems space, I stumbled across Elastos in early 2018 and the ambitious vision of the project has resonated with me ever since. The remainder of the Starfish team shares similar technical backgrounds and enthusiasm for the work ongoing at Elastos and the Cyber Republic.

2.  Are supernodes required to submit to you, or will you be listing them independently?

We will track all prospective Elastos supernode candidates that have been featured by the Cyber Republic News Team. We feel it is important that we restrict this list to candidates taking the election process seriously, so we encourage participants to introduce themselves through the Cyber Republic Weekly Updates prior to contacting us. Once introduced through the CR Weekly Updates, Supernode Candidates will be automatically listed and do not need to submit to us independently. However, we may reach out to candidates directly to request additional information.

3.  How can we be sure your information is accurate, and what steps will you take to ensure that they are updated?

We will be regularly checking for updates from the Supernode Candidates to ensure that our information is accurate. We’ve already personally contacted many of the Supernode teams to introduce ourselves and to provide an open channel for supernodes to keep their information current. In addition, our request form and social channels are always available for candidates who wish to make updates or corrections to their status.

4.  What unique tools will you be offering the community, how do you plan on building these tools, and will this be something that continues indefinitely?

We hope this website will provide Elastos enthusiasts with a single location to research and stay informed on supernode candidates. In the immediate future, we will be adding brief summaries for each supernode candidate that outlines their community contributions.  

The Starfish team feels it is important to emphasize and encourage community involvement and to avoid the website becoming a place where voters go only to see who will give them the most rewards. We aim to simply provide information and let voters make their own decisions. We will not attempt to rank nodes or bias the information in any way. As the election draws closer, we plan to update the site to be able to track supernode activity, voter statistics, and reward payouts.

5.  What about the Chinese community supernodes?  Do you have a way of reaching out to them as well?

We have every intention to present Chinese community supernodes the same as everyone else. We are currently in contact with a representative from the ELAlliance and are waiting on a public announcement from them before we proceed with listing their participants individually. Unfortunately, none of our team members speak mandarin so communication is somewhat of a challenge. If any bilingual community members would be willing to aid us in compiling information for the Chinese supernodes, please reach out, it would be greatly appreciated!

6.  Is there a benefit to you, or is this a gesture of goodwill?  What is your motive in creating this site?

We decided to create this website both because we saw a need to fill within the community and because we wanted to find a way to contribute to Elastos and the Cyber Republic besides simply operating a supernode and reaping the rewards. The Starfish team has no plans to monetize the site. It was built with the intention of being a readily available resource to the community and we are open to collaborations with any interested parties to improve it.

Some other writings we have done:

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Elastos_SuperNodes/comments/bdnxu3/the_starfish_supernode_and_elanodescom/

Medium: https://medium.com/starfish-supernode/the-starfish-supernode-team-is-proud-to-present-elanodes-com-91af03def527

7. Does Starfish Supernodes have other projects in the works to support the CR?  How do you envision the team contributing long-term to Elastos? What areas do you think need the most support?

Developing ELAnodes.com and preparing all the deliverables for the server setup is all we can handle right now, so no additional projects are ongoing. However, we do have a few ideas for the future:

  • We plan to bolster the DPoS ecosystem by tracking activity of supernode servers, auditing voter payouts, and providing thorough voting analytics.
  • Once the Cyber Republic launches fully, we think a similar service to aggregate proposals and polling could be a valuable contribution to the community.
  • We think it could be exceptionally cool if we could launch a ‘Starfish’ token on top of Elastos that would be automatically distributed to our voters through a compatible wallet. These tokens could then be used to buy tickets to enter the lottery draw. That said, this is low on our list of priorities but if we think we can do this at some point in the future we would love to.

Long term, we envision the Starfish team as becoming a productive member of Cyber Republic by providing our input on proposals and potentially submitting some of our own. It’s hard to say exactly how our role will evolve technically and professionally, but we’ve kicked around a dApp idea or two that could help attract users  to the Elastos ecosystem. We think Elastos’ biggest hurdle will be obtaining a critical mass of developers to kickstart the new internet, so we would like to focus on that area, even if it means learning to build some basic dApps ourselves.

8. Why Elastos?  Why did you decide to run a supernode?  With such a long-term commitment, it’s not an easy decision.  Do you or your teammates have certain personal goals that you hope to obtain through running this supernode?

The Starfish team formed from Elastos community members passionate about the vision of the project as investors but otherwise without any formal involvement in the crypto space. We decided we were tired of sitting on the sidelines watching prices, and we wanted to get involved.

Although we’re not developers, our team has skillsets that lend well to the design, operation, and maintenance of a DPoS supernode. It can be difficult to figure out how to get involved, but once you are, a wealth of opportunities present themselves. We’re experiencing that now.

In a sense, we’re using the supernode as our gateway to delve further into Elastos. Some of us see this as a possible alternative to our current careers should it become a legitimate option. In the meantime, we’re all learning new skills and teaching each other what we learn.

Jaime of the Starfish team, their system admin, adds:

“Personally, the reason I’m such a big proponent of Elastos is because of the mission – giving data ownership back to the people. The internet has provided so many great things to this world and I want to ensure it stays that way by decentralizing the infrastructure and taking power back from the governments and corporations that are now beginning to use our data against us.

I think marketing and user adoption needs more work for Elastos, and I also think they should narrow their focus and become very good at one technology. The scope of Elastos is so large, and ultimately I think that could be a hindrance on keeping pace with the crypto space.  That being said, I have a personal goal to meet Rong Chen.”

9. Your node is part of IDEA.  Why did you decide to join it? How will your node participate further in the Alliance and make it an important part of the CR ecosystem?

We joined the IDEA alliance because we very much support the spirit of decentralization and think that the like-minded individuals involved with IDEA can help to distribute the consensus duties evenly, both geographically and ideologically. A localized voter cartel could be very negative for the progress and image of Elastos.

IDEA hopes to mitigate this possibility by establishing a unified front against such activities. IDEA’s beliefs can make it invaluable to the Cyber Republic through social networking, providing resources in the form of funding and time, and publishing articles and guides for the community.

The Starfish team is providing feedback to the ideas discussed within the Alliance and plans to contribute to the best of our ability when the time comes to execute them.

10. Could you give us any information about your Supernode’s plan for Voter rewards?

In addition to some base voter profit sharing percentage, the Starfish team will be hosting a monthly lottery drawing. The amount of funds allocated to the lottery pool will increase with the percentage of votes we receive. To be automatically included in the monthly lottery drawing, voters must actively vote for our supernode for the entire prior month. This is to reward voter loyalty and ensure people cannot switchj their votes just prior to the drawing.

Additionally, if the Starfish node is elected as one of the 36 active supernodes, the lottery rewards percentage will be doubled and the team’s rewards will decrease accordingly. We believe this structure will provide competitive incentives while also acting as a fun community activity for voters.

Glossary:

Elastos Hive Cluster: a decentralized File Storage Service that based on IPFS cluster.

Elastos React Native:  a Javascript framework for developing dapps, similar to Trinity’s Ionic framework, but native to Android and iOS.

Elastos Sidechain: a scaling solution that utilizes parallel blockchains to the main chain in order decrease transaction congestion on the main chain.

Elastos Private Net: a private developer environment for local app testing on the Elastos Blockchain and Sidechains.

Elastos Runtime: the environment that code can run on, like an encyclopedia or a library about a new world in which digital assets are run under the blockchain.

DPoS:  Delegate Proof of Stake is a method of finding blockchain consensus in which specific machines (delegates) are trusted with the power to verify transactions.  These delegates are voted in by the community.

Elastos DID:  An Elastos sidechain that can be integrated with any other sidechain on Elastos. Its function is to provide a unique identity to a user and to store that user’s data in a secure, decentralized, and provable way.

Merged Mining: Mining two blockchains at the same time without any additional resource consumption.  This allows a smaller blockchain to “piggyback” the power of a larger chain and leverage the security of its hash power.  In Elastos’ case, the larger chain is Bitcoin.

DDoS Attack: Distributed Denial of Service–An attack that renders an online service dysfunctional by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources.

Hash Rate: The computing speed at which a mining machine can operate.

Feel free to leave a comment with your concerns, questions, and suggestions (or praises), for the Cyber Republic.

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