Photo by Kenneth K at Bitwork, HK
Welcome to the latest edition of the CR Weekly Newsletter. The first major bit of news was the announcement of the CR Regions campaign. The Cyber Republic is looking for local community organizations in several regions of interest. More news is that BTC.com has officially announced ELA Merged Mining earnings distribution, the popular Elephant wallet has just gotten an iOS update, CRC funded project Hyper Connect has announced a major milestone, DMA has come out with an article promoting their platform, “Uptick”, and Elastos has been incorporated in a service called SwiftPay, allowing the exchange of more than 160 coins instantly.
This week we will be highlighting the CR Regions initiative in particular, dedicating a large portion of the Weekly Newsletter to break down the process. Essentially, the Cyber Republic is seeking individuals and organizations that want to serve as Community Organizers, Event Planners, and Evangelists on CR’s behalf. Each Region will be held to set standards, however they much each win the popular vote by going through voting in the Suggestions process. There are already three teams that have submitted suggestions seeking funding from the CR: Bitwork (Hong Kong), Fomohunt (U.S.A), and Elastos Philippines.
BTC.com announced ELA distribution to have begun April 29th. Miners can merge mine BTC on the BTC.com mining pool in order to earn ELA. There’s a questionnaire BTC.com wants its miners to fill out that will earn them additional rewards if completed. Since there has been a lot of waiting for these rewards to be dispersed, the community is happy that it’s finally occurred.
Ecosystem project Hyper Connect has just released new details regarding their latest Milestone. From team leader Peter Strauss, “We are about to release the first Milestone of HyperConnect soon, which is the IoT framework. The smarthome solution will be built on top of the HyperConnect framework. The smarthome solution will be available in Q4 this year.”
DMA is the e-commerce framework for the Elastos ecosystem. One of their first modules currently live is an e-Ticketing dApp called Uptick. Ticket prices are over-inflated on secondary markets, which denies the average consumer access to these events. “When a market is dominated by a select few, those in power are free to set the price as they wish. One of the most frustrating aspects of buying tickets online are the hidden fees.” The average fee of buying a ticket online is a whopping 26%. Only about 50% of all tickets sold are from genuine ticket re-sellers. The other 50% comes from professional ticket hustlers trying to increase their profits.
Uptick wants to step into the ticketing arena to provide fairness to the consumer and venues. DMA wants to prevent the millions of counterfeit tickets and they plan to “enable transparency, fair trade and the collapse of monopolistic power.” Check out their recent article here:
Elastos has also just been added to a blockchain payment platform called Swiftpay. Now users can swap the ELA token with any of their other 160+ coins on the network. Check out Swiftpay’s tweet on the announcement here:
A quick reminder to supernodes and voters: anyone can register a supernode, and they are given free reign to name their nodes however they wish. We encourage supernodes to share their public keys to their votes so that voters can verify that they are indeed voting on their desired supernodes.
Finally, in this Weekly, we’ll be sharing quick highlight on an interesting new supernode candidate called Elaforestnode, a Q&A with Chinese Social Media and CR News managers, and an interview with Joel, team translator for Chinese-English communities.
-By Jeremy G.
Read last week’s update on our website:
There was no Update this week due to a Chinese Holiday.
We have a Cyber Republic Documentation site with relevant introductory information about the Cyber Republic, including the constitution, voting and proposals, and leadership. Check it out here:
If you have any content you’d like to submit to our team, please email us at:
CR News Website:
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
Launch of CR Regions
By Jeremy G
The Cyber Republic has come out with a new initiative called “CR Regions”. As stated in the official press release, CR Regions is “The Regional Community Initiative ]that] sets out to propagate and expand the Elastos community and developer body by engaging region-specific communities and coworking spaces.” Over the last year, the EF has developed a wide array of relationships with universities, communities, blockchain projects, and other strategic partners in order to further build the ecosystem. Now is the time to bring in Regional representatives and create initiatives in order to further the CR and Elastos ecosystem at the ground level.
Developing strong regional communities in thriving territories is the ultimate goal. Events such as co-hosting Ethereum hackathons in order to feature the specialized Ethereum side chain on Elastos, or hosting Elastos specific classes to attract developers are examples of how these local communities can benefit the ecosystem. CR Regions will be completely CR funded and focused.
Prospective CR Region candidates must go through the same process as other aspiring projects via suggestion voting. As stated in the CR Regions document, “Suggestions should provide thorough detail, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), funding requirements, and community growth strategies tailored to their respective regions.” All CR citizens are encouraged to read the CR Region candidates suggestions and choose to like or dislike it. The most popular CR Regions have the opportunity to become funded through CRC.
There are three main areas of focus for the CR Regions program: Brand Recognition; Marketing, Community Growth, and Business Development; and Autonomy and Independence. Brand Recognition refers to maintaining the consistency of the Elastos logo and brand. Marketing, Community Growth, and Business Development is about becoming a Business Hub in the respective region. CR expects all leaders to build and develop relationships that lead to adoption and partnerships. The statement on Autonomy and Independence is, “The long-term focus for each community is to become financially self-sufficient by leveraging sponsorships, partnerships, and event-related opportunities.”
Advanced talks are already taking place with 15 different communities in 13 countries worldwide. Their information and candidacy literature will be posted on the Suggestions page on http://www.cyberrepublic.org. Bitwork from Hong Kong, Fomohunt in US, and Elastos Philippines are the first three CR Regions that have their information posted on the CR Website. Please read about their suggestions here:
We encourage all CR community members to participate and vote in this CR Regions initiative. It is up to us to recruit and establish talented leaders in popular regions in order to advance the new Smart Web.
Bitwork, Hong Kong
Bitwork has already established themselves as one of the upcoming blockchain developer hubs in Hong Kong. The team hosts a 10,000 square foot working space in order to serve their 5,000 members. Bitwork promises to help Elastos in a variety of areas. First they plan to arrange various workshops and educational forums, and push for corporate adoption as well as Marketing Elastos to their robust network to attract projects, users, and developers to utilize the platform.
The lead organizer of the project will be Daniel Wong. He graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia and has 8 years of experience managing and planning events and marketing campaigns. His skills in deal-making, community building and entrepreneurship will look to propel this prospective CR Region.
The team lays out the positive aspects of the Hong Kong Region: it plays home to half of the top 100 Fintech companies have operations in the region, a low tax regime, absence of capital restrictions, trusted and proven regulatory environment, and a highly favorable business environment.
A funding suggestion has already been submitted between Bitwork, Cyber Republic and the Dapp Dev Club in order to build a proper blockchain training course. There are already multiple parties interested in implementing these training courses into their program. Bitwork’s course is the only of its kind that can provide blockchain certifications endorsed by the Chinese Government.
Two milestones are laid out in order to accomplish their goals.
Their first milestone is centered around building a new Telegram group, starting a self-funded Supernode, developing a business partnership fund, and a wide scale marketing campaign through local media and outlets.
The second milestone is based on the Joint Hackathon and Developer Training event in June. Bitwork will be partnering with dApps Dev Club in organizing this event of many workshops and training courses in blockchain. The goal is to attract 250+ developers and 3 winning dApps that can be further considered by the CR. The team looks to continue funding in the other areas in Milestone 1 such as Business Development, Marketing and furthering the Telegram group.
Ultimately, Bitwork looks to be a multi-purpose Business Hub in Hong Kong for anything Elastos and CR related their “Plan and Execution” consists of launching a marketing program, dispersing promo materials, creating an active social media presence, business recruitment, project collaboration, and the Elastos in Training programs, amongst other tasks throughout the Hong Kong region.
Bitwork believes that the CR community should vote for them because they are a trusted source for Blockchain Consulting serves and promises that they’ll use their resources to further the Elastos product and brand. Please view and vote for or against Bitwork CR Community! https://www.cyberrepublic.org/suggestion/5ccb0e9127c654009468d2e7
The CR Press team did an on-location interview with the Bitwork team, and we hope to release the footage soon.
Fomohunt.com is a social platform for anything crypto and blockchain related. They pride themselves on being a community oriented website that connects people to crypto events, blockchain companies and professionals, and much more. Fomohunt works with some of the top incubators, media outlets, and event organizers globally which will be leveraged for overall growth in the CR ecosystem.
There are two main areas where Fomohunt can impact and grow the Elastos community: Blockchain Event Developer Co-Promotion and Sponsorships of Hackathons, and Community Events and Co-working spaces. Blockchain Event and Developer Co-Promotion pertains to marketing the Elastos brand to its robust community. This includes spreading news on development milestones, job postings, and other important updates. Fomohunt will co-sponsor one event (hackathon, community event) per month that will directly be tied to promoting the Elastos product and brand.
There are great synergies to be explored between the CR and Fomohunt, as the Elastos community will benefit from having access to Fomohunt’s Global ambassadors, community organizers, and partner media sites. Their team has worked with such coins and events such as High Performance Blockchain, Cardano, MakerDao, Token 2049, Blockparty, and many others. They boast the advantages they have in the market which include their vast social network, minimal outside investment, flexible corporate structure, and extremely low overhead.
The project has proposed two milestones for their efforts. The first milestone starts with getting a sponsored High Profile Meetup at New York Blockchain week. Exposure will be at events such as Blockparty, Consensus, and Hxro.
The second milestone revolves around developing a new Monthly Meetup series that will connect Elastos to more businesses, influencers, and developers. Fomohunt then wants to sponsor a Hackathon in hopes of recruiting high quality developers onto the Elastos platform. Lastly, they would like to increase the developer recruitment by placing ads through their social media platforms, developer network, and job boards.
In terms of their Plan and Execution, Fomohunt has a lot of goals and aspirations. They will be looking to increase project development on the Elastos platform with a goal of 1 development per month in each of three regions: Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Fomohunt plans to increase brand awareness, launch a wide scale marketing promotion, coordinate events with other complimentary blockchain projects along with tapping into their large network in order to connect Elastos with many businesses, developers, and communities.
Why should you vote for Fomohunt? They consider themselves the one stop shopping for community growth, marketing and branding. Fomohunt plans on utilizing all of their resources in order to further the CR and Elastos ecosystem. If you’d like to check out their suggestion, click on the link here: https://www.cyberrepublic.org/suggestion/5ccb0add27c654009468d2e0
Elastos Philippines has been an active community member for the past year with Elastos and the CR. In fact, it was CR Press that interviewed their lead organizer, Krisha Amada, about her progress in the region. Elastos Philippines began October of 2018 when the team attended an event in Manila called Blockchain Fair Asia. They met with local and foreign blockchain professionals along with the leadership of NEM Philippines, with whom the team now has a cooperative arrangement.
The team boasts many accomplishments since late 2018. There have also been a few potential partnerships brewing through their active involvement. The team attended a handful of intriguing blockchain events in the region. DISH 2019 Hackathon was an event in which they co-sponsored three teams in pursuit of creating awareness for blockchain technology and the promotion of Elastos as one of the leading Blockchain networks.
The team also attended the Blockchain Innovation Tour. Several of Elastos Philippines partners attended this event including C. Estates, a NEM based real estate platform events facility for Blockchain events, Blockchain Space, a multi-functional wallet and token investment platform TagCash, and exchange LAToken. A couple of quality dApps showed potential interest in porting it’s dApp to Elastos Side Chains post ICOs. AVXchange is a peer to peer secure paid movie distribution platform and Ghostchat is a secure disappearing messages app. The team also met with some reps from Juan Exchange and DeFi, a lending platform.
In March of 2019 the team was invited to a Microsoft Developers Meetup in Makati. Elastos Philippines presented a short intro to blockchain technology including the types of skills needed to build on the Elastos platform. The team plans on increasing engagement with this group.
The team is led by Lead Organizer Krisha Amada. She graduated with a BS in Computer Science at STI College Global City. Krisha interned at Cognizant Technology Solutions and also served as a researcher for a US-based cryptocurrency investor. While researching projects, she learned about Elastos and decided to become more involved. Alex Timbol is the Senior Partnerships Manager who has experience in sales and marketing along with community development, public affairs and event management. Nicasio Aquino serves as the Developer Coach on the team. He co-founded a computer school in the Philippines and has experience in IT and Project Management.
The team’s core team responsibilities include networking, marketing, Community Development and Event Planning, and Participation. The team plans on keeping a close eye on the budding talent in the region. Elastos Philippines will promote the Elastos infrastructure for government programs in efforts to reach out to independent developers and content creators. Another key component in marketing is to assign merchandising rights to communities, like school organizations, so they can earn money by selling Elastos merchandise. The team will continue to develop relationships with existing agnostic blockchain communities and create more co-working spaces for blockchain development. More events are on the horizon as well such as the dApp Dev Club’s Developer training program.
There are a few initiatives that Elastos Philippines would like to execute for the May to end-of-July Milestones. First, the team needs funding for its Core Elastos Philippines Team and Marketing. Then there’s the dApp Dev Club Partnership in which the team looks to train developers in Elastos in a 10-session course and offer it to their community. Elastos Philippines also wants to become a sponsor for the Programmers, Developers Meetup in June. They hope to attract at least 50% of the developers at the event to join the Elastos Philippines.
The team’s Plan and Execution consists of marketing and promoting Elastos to the businesses, communities, developers, and others. They also seek to find collaborative partners that are suitable to work with. The team will look to incorporate the dApps Dev Club/Ethereum training course in order to attract developers onto the Elastos platform. They will keep a close eye on exchange listing partners as well.
Elastos Philippines sees its country as a massive marketplace for blockchain and its use cases. Elastos Philippines has executed their events on a low cost and efficient basis. Please read more about the Elastos Philippines CR Regions group here:
Supernode Highlight: ElaForestNode
By Kenneth K
An interesting Supernode Candidate called ELAForestNode has popped up, run by Michael Boes (@Brobo1) and Giel Boes. The node will be located in the Netherlands, run through AWS, and their reward structure and mission is what makes them particularly unique.
The two brothers that are Elastos Enthusiasts, and they have a mission to plant over 1 million trees by 2025. Giel is a social IT entrepreneur and ambassador of WeForest.org, and they’ve already planted 39,000 trees.
They state, “We all love Elastos, and I think we can all agree that one of Elastos’ greatest features is in its security by merge mining with Bitcoin’s proof of work (PoW) blockchain. PoW has many advantages, but as we all know, the great disadvantage of PoW is that it consumes alot of electricty, which has an indirect impact on climate change, and thereby on all of our lives.
“The science is clear. Climate change is real. Climate change is happening now. Climate change requires immediate and ambitious action to prevent the worst effects it can have on people and wildlife all over the world.
“Elaforestnode is partnering with WeForest in order to start our own foundation. It is our primary objective to secure the Elastos network. Our secondary objective is to plant as many trees as possible on a global scale.
“A percentage (t.b.a.) of voting rewards will go towards ecological development. For now, our focus is on planting trees. In the future we’ll look into other options as well, e.g. ocean cleanup or wildlife preservation.”
It is clear in the vision of Rong Chen that his first goal is to serve mankind. It is our believe that just as the underlying vision of Elastos is to create a better system for mankind, so in Rong’s spirit should we educate ourselves and vote to support the community, and thus the entire world, in sustainable ways. This supernode candidate seems intent on “countering” the cost of PoW with proactive, real-world strategies.
You can contact the brothers at:
Website: Elaforest.com (under construction)
Social Media in Chinese Communities
To the international community, there is often a mystery surrounding the Chinese Community. We decided to put together a brief Q&A with Chinese Community Social Media managers.
1. What are the means by which Chinese social media platforms collect community news?
- Communicate with the core team, follow the team’s news on technical progress, events and meetings;
- Hold weekly meetings on select topics. The topic of the first half of the year is “networks that are going live” and the progress of these related technologies;
- The community moderators communicate on a regular basis, and some ideas generated become news sources;
- Collect information from the Elastos community WeChat groups, various social media platforms, blockchain media, and related activities.
- There are community management teams and media support teams for the Chinese Community & PR. We have a dedicated community reward scheme to encourage community members and media involved in community operations to promote and spread messages. There are also regular online meetup to sync the latest development of Elastos and to unify the aims of promotion.
- There is a hosted “ELA Talk” for the community every week. Guests are invited to share and interact with the community. Recent topics focus on the introduction of the nodes.
2. How do the social media platforms increase readership? Are there ideas or plans to reach more potential readers?
To draw attention of fans, the main focus is to provide quality articles and content.
- Organizing events during festivals or major holidays;
- Interact with community members and organize community discussions such as ELA Discussion as well as weekly ELA Talk in which different guests are invited to share their knowledge to the community;
- Posting articles on various social platforms (including but not limited to blockchain media platforms) and community media platforms. Currently there are 38 platforms altogether.
- Articles: producing articles that provide technical guidance for developers, and simple and clear introductory explanations for non-developers;
- Video: producing an easy-to-understand series of videos, “Mini Lectures on Elastos”. The viewership of this series is close to 50,000 views. Some quality videos by overseas communities will also be translated to help members of Chinese and International communities.
In other blockchain-oriented media, we release articles on Elastos to attract potential parties to understand Elastos. We also cooperate with other projects, such as FishChain, in which people from different communities can be found. They have gathered quite a number of users.
3. How do social media platforms communicate, share, and run?
- Community media exchange meetings: We inform community media partners about our recent technology developments and key development directions. We also evaluate the community media every month. Currently, the community management team will give scores according to the promotion methods, promotion efforts, platform activity, platform operation quality and data authenticity;
- Give scores to the community articles according to content originality, content quality, page views, etc., and facilitate the sharing of experience in communicating with the media platforms;
- At present, our community managers coordinate and organize the work of the community media. The work of different community media will be reviewed and evaluated as a whole;
- Keep in touch with the overseas communities, and inform each other in advance of major news, and participate in the further communication and interaction.
4. How does the Chinese Cyber Republic social media team function?
The Chinese community and media team consists of two writers and translators, one media manager, one community manager, one designer, 39 community moderators serving 36 community groups and 100,000 community members.
At present, there is an open reward system for Chinese community management and media platform to support the operation of community management teams and media platforms.
For community management, we have recruited members from the community who are willing to actively participate in the development of Elastos community, and we reward them according to their contribution and the quality of the community they have worked. Community moderators are continuously selected according their participation in community management, their characters and personality and how actively they are involved.
They play the role to establish trust and act as a bridge in the management and communication of the community. Everyone’s personality and values are basically the same, and they are friends who can be trusted and can share on any topic. Everyone treats the moderators similar to family members and talk to each other without obstacles. We also discuss various topics and point of views that appear in the community, and comes up with community management strategy. The community management rewards mainly make reference on increment of community members, participation, contents, etc. mainly to evaluate the statistics from relevant quantitative indicators and the mutual evaluation of community moderators.
For the media platforms, there are media platforms from the blockchain industry, and there are also platforms built by community members. Every two weeks, community moderators will gather to communicate, evaluate and rank the performance according to the operation of the media platforms in various aspects so as to make the corresponding rewards. Reference are made to the originality of the content of the article, the quality of the content, how wide it spreads, page views and the number of new members drawn, etc.
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 Cold Storage.
Term: Cold Storage
“Cold storage is an offline wallet… With cold storage, the digital wallet is stored on a platform that is not connected to the internet, thereby protecting the wallet from unauthorized access, cyber hacks, and other vulnerabilities that a system connected to the internet is susceptible to.
“Private keys stored on a wallet connected to the internet are vulnerable to network-based theft. These wallets are known as hot wallets. With a hot wallet, all the functions required to complete a transaction are made from a single online device. The wallet generates and stores private keys; digitally signs transactions using private keys; and broadcasts the signed transaction to the network. The problem is that once the signed transactions have been broadcasted online, an attacker crawling the networks may become privy to the private key which was used to sign the transaction.
“Cold storage resolves this issue by signing the transaction with the private keys in an offline environment. Any transaction initiated online is temporarily transferred to an offline wallet kept on a device such as a USB, CD, hard drive, paper, or offline computer, where it is then digitally signed before it is transmitted to the online network. Because the private key does not come into contact with a server connected online during the signing process, even if an online hacker comes across the transaction, s/he would not be able to access the private key used for it.
The most basic form of cold storage is paper wallet. A paper wallet is simply a document that has the public and private keys written on it. The document is printed from the paper wallet tool online with an offline printer. The paper wallet or document usually has a QR code embedded on it so that it can easily be scanned and signed to make a transaction. The drawback to this medium is that if the paper is lost, rendered illegible or destroyed, the user will never be able to access his address where his funds are.
“Another form of cold storage is a hardware wallet which uses an offline device or smartcard to generate private keys offline. The Ledger USB Wallet is an example of a hardware wallet that uses a smartcard to secure private keys. The device looks and functions like a USB, and a computer and chrome-based app are required to store the private keys offline.”
Basically, imagine a bank that anyone could walk up to and try whatever combination of keys and pin numbers they wanted without being arrested. Whoever has the right pin could therefore access the funds whenever they wanted. In crypto, since everything is tracked and verified online, this is the case. Whoever holds the keys can access the funds associated with that key.
But in crypto, the probability of simply guessing a pin is so low that it’s close to impossible because of just how many possibilities there are, and almost always the reason that people lose their funds is because they gave the pin (private key) away to someone else (intentionally or not).
This is why “cold storage” is the most secure method of protecting your private key–ownership of your funds. Isn’t it ironic that one of the most significant advances in technology and finances of our lifetimes relies on a mechanism in which writing something down on a piece of paper is arguably the most secure way of ensuring security?
This means, of course, that it’s not so user friendly. If someone loses their sheet(s) of paper, or if someone needs to run a transaction, there are several steps to ensure that it’s done without revealing the private key from paper to blockchain.
Paper, while secure, is simply not functional for frequent transactions. This is why Ledger and other hardware wallets have solved this problem and they are also considered cold storage. They make it easy to have the private key never revealed, signing all transactions offline, and so you can always rest in peace–even using a compromised computer, along with your hardware wallet without ever revealing your private key to any network.
Community Shout Out:
Interesting analysis on Elastos Social Sentiment:
International Community Events
|Chinese Community Activities|
|ELA Talk ▏ The story of DHG and Elastos||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/W-rqGxgYweW4jeSnH-a7BQ|
|ELA Talk ▏ Never give up all the way. Keep up Elastos||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/7d_TqqRT5biWUaG5e7mBLA|
|Different aspects of Elastos (part 4, 5 and 6)||https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/EFsUak-bI5h3BWqPkiPGzg|
|Node proposal of ChainClub||https://www.jianshu.com/p/e094537697d0|
The DPoS node election is one of the hottest topics in the community and it will definitely keep its heavy attention into May. We are glad to see the community members from all places have discussed various topics related to the election and have come up with different tactics aiming to help building a more ideal and robust community that encourages people to get involved. With the current voting mechanism of 1-ELA-36-vote and with how voters do not by default get rewards for casting votes, it is more beneficial for supernode candidates to join forces and create alliances and reward voters in order to run a successful campaign and encourage ELA holders to vote.
That said, it is necessary to have an effective means to display and execute the distribution of rewards to the voters once nodes have obtained their ELA as node rewards. In the last weekly we updated information about the DPOS Reward Statistics Script developed by Hyper team: https://blog.cyberrepublic.org/2019/04/30/weekly-report-april-29-2019/.
A web-based solution that aims to achieve similar goals has been developed by Chinese community members. ELAlliance has been known for its goal to prevent the potential dominance of whales and to reward voters who might otherwise not care about the election due to the lack of incentives. More information on this node and others can be found at: https://news.cyberrepublic.org/supernodecandidates/.
Rewards from the nodes of ELAlliance will be collectively managed and distributed to the voters by ELAlliance. Since every node in ELAlliance has agreed to use the same reward scheme, the reward for a voting member depends only on the total votes that all the nodes of ELAlliance get as a whole. Therefore, a voter can simply key in his address in the website to check how many ELA they can get from ELAlliance. This function will be available before the first distribution of the reward.
The website also shows (1) to whom and how many votes has a voter cast, and (2) from where and how many votes that different addresses have cast votes for a node. Both functions are now ready. For function (1), one can go to the website at http://www.elalliance.net/ and click VIEW INFO. Enter the address to inquiry as shown below:
For function (2), the rank list of all node applicants can be found at: http://www.elalliance.net/profit/rankinfo.
By clicking a node’s name one can check who has voted for the node and how many votes they have cast.
More functions will be introduced to the community once ready.
By Jeremy G.
Joel, please introduce yourself. Is there anything you’d like to share with the community?
Hi, I am Joel from Hong Kong. I studied biology in my undergraduate studies and am now working in a local NGO. I have diverse interests and one of them is reading technology news. I am very happy to have found a project like Elastos, and I am glad that that my ability in both Chinese and English enables me to do some translation work for the project.
What is your role with the CR Weekly Newsletter? How did you get involved?
I have been working for CR Weekly Newsletter since its first issue. I focus on gathering news from Chinese community and I write articles on it. At times I conduct interviews with community members in Chinese and translate them into English for international readers. I am also one of the CR translation team members and I translate the CR Weekly to Chinese with my teammates every week.
How did you first learn about Elastos? When did you first get into crypto?
I first learnt about crypto when I read a financial magazine talking about Blockchain technology in early 2017. After learning its concepts, I have a feeling that it’s something inevitable in the future. I looked over quite a few projects and invested in them. However, when I took a closer look of the projects, I found that many of them were nothing more than a piece of white paper and promised some future that can never be achieved. I came to Elastos after I did my research. I like the scope of the project as it really helps to solve the problem that everyone is facing. I was also amazed by the progress that the Elastos team has been making throughout the years and the technology is so solid. I became an investor of the project, and later, I wanted to contribute since it was something meaningful I could do.
There are lots of changes happening with Elastos and Cyber Republic, what are you most excited about?
I like reading the Elastos Update every week. The technical progress assures me that we are getting closer and closer to the realization of the new internet. I think the most important thing is to attract developers, partnerships, and business. Therefore, whenever there are new proposals getting passed by the Council, I feel excited as I see more initiatives by the community are underway that will surely help build a robust ecosystem. I am very happy to see that React Native and HyperConnect have passed and looking forward to Elastos Orchard to be the third one.
You stay in contact with the Chinese Community. What would you like to share with the Western community about their passion and commitment?
Members of the Chinese community are practical. For those who make contributions to the ecosystem, they usually do it before advertising it. Currently, however, I haven’t seen many Chinese initiatives posted on CR Forum and CR Suggestions. The use of these platforms for building ecosystem should be encouraged since there are many talents in the Chinese community (as well as international), and they can get constructive feedback and even get funded for building their projects. The language barrier is still something that hinder the fusion of Chinese and Western communities. Many of them recognize Elastos but are not familiar with CR. I am sure that the situation will improve with some functions like instant translation in place.
If there was any constructive criticism you could give to Elastos or the Cyber Republic, what would it be?
In view of the tight schedule that the team is chasing, I think they have tried their best to listen to the community and tak feedback. However, I think there is still room for improvement for communication between the team and the community. I was enlightened by Feng Zhang, one of the Interim Council members, who utilizes the CR Forum very frequently. His opinion, as well as mine, is that CR Forum is an ideal place to conduct rational discussions on EVERY topic, as threads will not get lost and people can deliberate before initiating a topic or giving feedback to others. I would love to see both the team and community visit there and discuss with each other more frequently.
The DPoS Elections are underway, how do you feel about the pool of candidates and the whole process?
I am excited about the DPoS election as it marks a milestone when community representatives are in place for consensus. It also encourages communication among community members in different geographical locations and of different cultures. I would like to see more time for the community to discuss every aspect regarding the election. For everyone who would like to be a node or just be a voter, it is good to learn about the election itself and the participants. Since the election is an ongoing process, we can always improve any time!
Any hobbies or activities you like doing in your spare time?
I like reading. Recently, I have started learning to cook when I have spare time. What a challenge!
Anything else you’d like to share with the community regarding Elastos or the Cyber Republic?
I remembered that there was a reddit post discussing the potential reasons that could lead to the failure of Elastos. My answer to that post was the grand voyage of the Cyber Republic. It is indeed a social experiment. If it succeeds, it makes history; if it fails, it’s because it is an attempt that is too huge to be manageable. However, we are not onlookers to the process; we can all participate in the process and make history. Go to the CR Forum to give your valuable opinion!
CR Forum Topic Highlights
CR Forum Topic Highlights
We’ve summarized some of the popular topics of this week:
Hyper Update from Peter Strauss
One of the storybook projects of the Cyber Republic has been Hyper. We have followed up with Mr. Strauss to get updates for the Hyper projects as well as the progress of the highly-anticipated Reward Payout scripts Mr Strauss is creating for Supernodes:
- Hyper Messenger
- iOS Beta version has been released
- File sharing will be added to the iOS version soon
- Offline messaging support for both iOS and Android will be added soon
- Integration with the Elephant wallet to initiate transactions, receive and follow the status of the transactions will soon follow
- Over 2,500 Android users while still in Beta
b) Hyper Connect
- Near completion of The Edge Client – a software component that runs on the IoT devices. It enables anyone to easily set up, manage and have an overview of the IoT devices and its sensors via GUI with minimal to no coding.
c) DPoS Reward Statistics Script
- Beta version will be released by end of next week – allowing supernodes to download the list of addresses of their voters and their reward for each month
- The script itself will not allow any payment to be initiated directly for security reasons.
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We Have The Power to Change The World
A quote from William Zhang: “Together as the Cyber Republic, we have the power to change the world.” Our CR Press slogan resembles this quote very much — Change the World Forever and its mission is to server readers with the noble spirits of journalism and education. CR Press seeks 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. If you would like to get the latest news on Elastos and Cyber Republic or to get involved in the ecosystem, please visit the following links:
Supernode Updates and Submissions
We revisit this topic as we received a new supernode candidate profile in our CR forum. The name of the supernode is “Elaforestnode”. Elaforestnode is a supernode group created by cryptocurrency enthusiasts and Cyber Republicans, Michael (also known as Brobo1 on Telegram and Giel Boes, whose mission is to plant over 1 million trees by year 2025. Elaforestnode is partnering with WeForest and so far they have planted almost 39,000 trees. We expect more supernode candidates will post their updates or new profile in our CR forum so that we can feature them in our CR weekly report or CR Press website. If you would like to find out more about any supernode candidate and its specifications, please visit the following link:
Cyber Republic is pleased to announce CR Regions
Cyber Republic is pleased to announce the rollout of its global Regional Community Initiative: CR Regions. The Regional Community Initiative sets out to propagate and expand the Elastos community and developer body by engaging region-specific communities and coworking spaces. Some of the primary goals and areas of focus are as follows:
- Brand recognition
- Marketing, community growth and business development
- Autonomy and independence
Meanwhile, advanced talks are already in progress with 15 communities across 13 countries. Some of the communities in progress are as follows:
- Bitworks – Hong Kong
- Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF) – Los Angeles (USA)
- Elastos Orchard – Europe
- Elastos Philippines
- Elastos India
- Elastos x Fomohunt
If you know any individuals or organizations that are interested in joining our Regional Community Initiative, please share the email@example.com email as a point of contact.
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As you may be aware, AnyPeer Beta (Andriod version) has been released on Google Play. The team is now seeking potential developers to develop AnyPeer’s iOS version. The reward will be 100 ELA and is valid for one week. If you are interested in this project, please visit the following topic for more details:
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
Hyper Update from Peter Strauss
We Have The Power to Change The World
Cyber Republic is pleased to announce CR Regions
Top active topics (in terms of number of views and replies)
Hyper.im – Peer-to-Peer Instant Messenger
Option Incentive Scheme for Elastos Brand Promotion
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
Supernode Pool Recruitment and Q & A
Hyber.im – Beta now available
dApp idea thread
Voter Reward Payout Script for DPoS Nodes
Elastos Hive Cluster: a decentralized File Storage Service that based on IPFS cluster.
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.
Decentralized Application (DApp): An application built on a decentralized peer-to-peer network that is not controlled by any single authority.
Cold Storage: A digital wallet stored on a platform not connected to the internet. This protects from unauthorized access, cyber hacks, and other vulnerabilities to which any system connected to the internet is susceptible.
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