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Weekly Update: Parachute Digestive, #UptrenndOC Contest, launch of Defswap, Harmony in India... – 8 Nov - 14 Nov'19
Hiya Parachuters! We are almost there. Just one more update to go after this to get completely upto speed with the latest week. So, here’s your week at Parachute + partners (8 Nov - 14 Nov'19): Cap published the first Parachute Digestive ever - a biweekly summary of Parachute and ParJar-focused updates. That’s right – 21k users, 512k tips, 20k deposits, 33k withdrawals. Massive! OG Parachuters might have received an email as well. In trivias this week, we had a movie quiz in TTR for 2500 $PAR per Q and another one with a 25k $PAR prize pool. Charlotte’s Math trivia was another fun one with 2500 $PAR in prizes per question. Harry hosted a Netflix and TV show trivia. All your hours spent binging finally came to fruition. Tiproom games has moved to a new channel. This week’s creative contest by Jason involved creating a Christmas-themed promo poster to capture the spirit of Parachute that draws new people in to join. 50k $PAR in store for the winners of #Parichristmas. Yay! LordHades shared the first update of Fantasy Premier League (#FPL) this week. LH is at the top with 696 points followed by NovelCloud with 681 points and Chris (@Loki25) with 672 points. #Parichristmas entries from A: Alejandro, B: Carlos Alfredo, C: Nat, D: Ali, E: Eva, F: Richi, G: FlareofFlame, H: Emma, I: Marcos, J: Carlos Jason hosted a writing contest as well: “…write a scary short story, I mean really short. The max amount of words is 20. You need to have a parachute element in it somehow.” 10k $PAR in prizes each for top 3 winners of #donkeysattentionspan. Proud pet owners showed off their awesome pets and shared some of their stories in this week’s #wholesomewed. TTR Dance Contest started this week with prize pool of 15k $PAR for the top 5 winners and another 15k $PAR for participants. Videos would have to be to the rhythm of the TTR theme created by Jose. Super fun! In this week’s update of the Parachute Fantasy Football League (#PFFL), Clinton (8-2), Hang (8-2) and Chris (7-3) are still in top 3 with Chris sliding down to 3rd position. It is a four-way tie for 4th place with Alexis, Nilz, Ken and Andy, all at 6-4. Two-for-Tuesday this week was about bands or song titles named after a place - could be a city, state or country. Gian also unveiled the official logo for Two-for-Tuesday. A masterpiece by Jose: This is too good, Jose! aXpire’s article from last week on ResolvBilDigitalShares was published on Hackernoon this week and also got a shoutout from them. Nice! CEO Gary Markham travelled to an AltsMIA event to spread the word on aXpire. He also visited the Blockchain Center in Miami to explore partnership opportunities there. The team will be putting MatchBX on the backburner for the time being and shift all its focus to Resolvr, Bilr, Digital Shares, and PayBX. Click here to read more about the strategy. The latest weekly update video can be seen here. The weekly 20k $AXPR burn went ahead as per schedule. Remember the AMA form shared a few weeks back to collect all community questions? Matt posted detailed responses to them. How will the LegalTech space look in the future and what role could Bilr play in it? Read this article to find out. 2gether Ambassadors are the most active folks from the community who help make the 2gether brand more widespread. Looking good in that list Crypto French! CEO Ramón Ferraz spoke at a Cecabank event on Securities which was covered by the news outlet Expansión. As a special offer, Mike made posting on WednesdayClub dApp free on Wednesday for this week. Hope you didn’t miss the opportunity to post for free and earn some cool $WED in return. Winner of the Birdchain Copywrite Challenge was announced this week. If you are an ETHOS fan, don’t forget to follow Voyager on Twitter for the latest scoop. While the Tron chain support was scheduled to go live on the Switch-backed McAfeeDex this week, technical issues have resulted in delays. As $BOMB token reached 4.38% burn in total supply, Benjamin delved deep into the current market cycle. Take notes, trading enthusiasts! Benjamin’s analysis videos are always the Bomb. Pardon the pun. Haha The 3rd edition of Foundations of Fantom analysis report was published by Benjamin. This covers all recent happenings in Fantomverse and $FTM price action. Fantom officially announced its plans to enter the DeFi space. Exciting! The project had sponsored a CryptoBazar Serial Hacking meetup at the Seoul Blockchain Week last month. Here’s Technical Advisor Andre Cronje’s views on the participants at the event. Sikoba Network released the first version of the Isekai framework which was built with support from Fantom. This is a verifiable computation framework which allows you to verify a transaction on a third party computer without the computer having to do the transaction. So even if the third party is not to be trusted, the framework ensures that the verification is valid. Hope this makes sense. If not, read this. Fantom is hosting a blockchain challenge at AfricArena 2019 in partnership with XAR Network. The grand prize includes cash prizes and incubation. The 3 finalists were revealed this week. The latest technical paper from Fantom explores quick peer discovery in Proof-of-Stake protocols for faster consensus. The team will be applying results of the research to Lachesis. The crew will be sitting down for an AMA session with the Trust Wallet community next week. CMO Michael Chen also attended a "deals over dinner" event organised by RVO Internationaal and TNW X (a unit of TheNextWeb) this week in Singapore. In Constellation news, a flash $DAG node bounty for a Ledger Nano integration was scooped up quickly. VP Finance Mateo Gold travelled to the Blockchain Convergence in Europe representing Constellation. Drew Taylor and Brent Bates from Wild West Crypto Show interviewed founders Wyatt Meldman-Floch and Ben Jorgensen at the World Crypto Con 2019 in Las Vegas. As promised, here’s some more pics from Uptrennd’s visit to the Blockchain Summit in Malta: Pic 1, Pic 2 and here’s one with the BOMB/XIO crew. A number of fruitful connections were made at the Summit. Jeff wrote about it in a detailed post. An #UptrenndOC Contest was launched to encourage Original Content writers on the platform. The winners of the Uptrennd Flyer contest were announced too. Some of the winning entries of #UptrenndFlyer contest The latest District Weekly and Dev Update from District0x covers news such as introduction of a Discord tipbot, work on Meme Factory NSFW filter etc. WeTrust featured Ethlance in the latest CryptoUnlocked newsletter in their DApp Spotlight section. Check out the pics from Hydro’s visit to the AIBC Summit in Malta. Hydrogen hosts demo days to do product showcases of all their offerings. Click here to see the latest one which will be the last for this year. The beta version of the Hydro Digital Art dApp is about to be released on their dApp Store. In preparation of the event, Hydro Labs posted a thread to explain the objectives of the dApp. For a summary of all the updates in Silent Notary’s Ubikiri wallet, click here. We had covered some of these last week. The Bitcoin News covered the platform in a recent article. Last week, the Sentivate community voted to have more ELI5 content on core web technologies. This week, they voted on Blockfolio to have this content in Video format. For a start, here’s a primer on the core technologies of the web written by the team. Founder Thomas Marchi's interview Mr. Backwards was released. If you missed OST CEO Jason Goldberg's keynote speech "Designing Crypto User Experiences for Humans" at San Francisco Blockchain Week, fret not. Here's the video and write-up of his entire presentation. Pepo has been gaining quite the traction for some weeks now. This was an opportune moment, to publish a detailed piece and tweet thread on it. The app was also reviewed by Crypto Insights Journal. The OST/Pepo crew set up shop at BlockShow in Singapore where Pepo will be launched officially in Asia and Jason will deliver another keynote speech in the same lines as SFBW. Catch up on all SelfKey news that you may have missed in October from the latest roundup. We have covered most of these in our previous updates. <- Sneak peek into an average day at Parachute / Pitch decks & new landing page being prepared -> Dirtybags.org is an aggregator site where you can earn $BAGS tokens by sharing linked articles and news items from the cryptospace. Try it out! Arena Match has started a weekly raffle for $AMGO holders where the top 212 holders get automatically entered into a draw to win NFT prizes. Sweet! Check out the prizes of next week’s raffle here. Pynk’s engagement game is always on point. As evident from their merch giveaway activity at the Blockchain Summit in Malta. To get started with the equity fund raise on Seedrs, the team shot a promo video. Do you track Gold prices and want to track $BTC now or vice versa? Their tracking metrics may not be as similar as you thought. Pynk explains why in this article. Shuffle Monster founder Agustín Aguilar launched Defswap which is a Uniswap extension for deflationary tokens hosted in a decentralised manner. Wibson participated in a CryptoMondays event in Buenos Aires hosted by VC firm NXTP and ONG Bitcoin Argentina for networking and discussions on crypto. $WIB community voted for Shopping Gift Cards in a poll to decide the nature of rewards on the Wibson Reward Marketplace. Harmony's #HSMtalks this week focused on Harmony DAO Maker. The $ONE crew travelled to India to talk shop and get a feel of the Indian crypto ecosystem. From Bangalore to Delhi, they covered 2 major startup hubs. As part of #CryptourUkraine, Harmony was invited to a meetup at Dnipro by Okex. Next week they will be at Odessa. Harmony is heavily invested in the future of DeFi and continues to do research and development in this segment. In light of that, they released two articles - one on how Harmony will set its foundation in the DeFi ecosystem and the other on how it will advance the space and its Cross-Fi plans (Cross-Fi = DeFi + Cross-Border txns). Harmony’s staking ROI is already No. 1 as per EarnCryptoInterest.com. What is staking? Watch this. A new Team Challenge launched this week - win $ONE tokens for building local communities. Neat! The latest episode of Harmony Insights introduces us to the engineers building on the platform. And with that, it’s a wrap. See you again with another update. Cheerio!
Looking back in recent history, it seems as though big investors and financial organizations are changing their attitudes towards Bitcoin and altcoins. The media coverage worldwide illuminated the vast returns being had in the cryptocurrency markets, with many coins up over 100x since their conception. This certainly has garnered the attention from both legacy and newcomer investors. Currently, everyone is waiting to see if cryptocurrencies can continue on their path to new all time highs. 2017 turned out to be a whirlwind year, with most cryptocurrencies soaring to new all time highs at the end of 2017 and early 2018. The media coverage of cryptocurrencies was nonstop, with news reports on financial programs almost daily. In addition, many movies and tv shows mentioned cryptocurrency, including the technology oriented show “Silicon Valley.” So far, 2018 has seen a vast pullback in the cryptocurrency markets. Many of the smaller altcoins are down over 90% with Bitcoin, the crypto leader, still being down over 60% from all time highs. Even with the overall market pullback, many investors are still very bullish on cryptocurrencies going into 2019. Many big name institutions are jumping head first into crypto, with NYSE announcing a new crypto exchange, BAAKT. Also Fidelity has announced a crypto support platform for their customers. Even legendary Ivy league university Yale has announced a new 400 million dollar investment fund geared towards cryptocurrency. With so much bullish news adding up rapidly, almost everyone seems to expect a very profitable year for crypto leading into 2019. While Bitcoin is still currently the market leader there are also some big name altcoins that expect 2019 to be a huge year for them. The Altcoin Hierarchy Before investing in the crypto market, let us go through the basic classes of cryptocurrencies that exist in the market. While every class has the potential to have impressive returns, some coins have more impressive use cases and concepts, In addition to more qualified and funded development teams. Simply put, not all altcoins were created the same. The Penny Stocks of Crypto These are the bottom tier altcoins that could possibly become worthless in the near future. They operate much like penny stocks, advertising big promises of ‘guaranteed gains’. Eventually, many fail to offer a fraction of their promised returns. One of the ways to identify these is to look at their team members, their past experiences, objectives of the project, probability of mass adoption, actual use of the coins and many more. The reasons for their failure is usually because of unwillingness to work for the vision they once promised in the first place, bad wealth management, inclusion of scammers in their team, unrealistic expectation from the project and also making money via pump and dump schemes. Some of these coins are Trumpcoin, Russia Coin and Verge. Average Coins According to the ‘coinmarketcap’ website, there are currently more than 2000 cryptocurrencies listed on their website. Among those, there are around 500 of them that can be considered in this ‘average’ category. These are the coins that do have a purpose/objective to work on but fail to maintain a good development team. They and their coins don’t really have any kind of purpose in the crypto market and fail to finalize any kind of legitimate deals and partnerships with good investors. This makes their performance very limited as compared to other altcoins in the market. Some of these coins are Deep Brain Chain, Funfair, Decred, Navcoin, Populous, Cryptonex. Good Coins There are around 500 of such good coins in the market that do offer a good objective for the project, a solid team with good experience to execute such tasks, a good marketing strategy to reach out to masses to share their ideas and quality contacts to make some good partnerships in the market. The only reason why they are only classified as ‘good coins’ is due to the lack of uniqueness that the other ‘very good coins’ offer. They don’t really have that ‘point of parity’ in their project/product that separates them from their counterparts. Some of these coins are NEM, Stratis, Monero, and BAT. Very Good Coins There are around 100 such ‘very good coins’ in the market. Their objectives are well defined with a solid team to execute their tasks perfectly. Along with that, their marketing teams are also well-qualified to make their ideas reach to the masses. Because of such a wonderful blend, they are able to make better and strong partnerships with a number of good companies. What separates them from the ‘Good Coins’ category is their USPs (Unique Selling Points). They are unique in what they do and that’s what makes the difference. Such coins are NEO, Stellar, Cardano, Ripple Top Tier Cryptocurrencies These are the top tier coins that provide the best functionalities. They have real-world usage, objectives to solve a real-world problem, strong fundamental teams to execute the mission of the project, marketing teams to spread the ‘idea’ and collaboration with a number of media channels to gain early investors. Also, due to a good PR team, they are able to make a very strong partnership with a lot of Fortune 500 companies that give them an extra edge over rest of the projects in the market. Some of these coins are VeChain, Ethereum, Bitcoin, IOTA, Icon, EOS, Kinesis. Promising Projects Going Into the New Year With more than 2000 cryptocurrencies out there in the crypto market, only a couple 100 of them qualify to be a top tier investment. It can be quite the challenge to find a worthy project among the thousands of choices. These next projects are some that show a lot of promise heading into 2019. Always remember the 3’S’ of the investment – Sane, Smart and Sensible. An investor who is sane, smart and sensible will always look into the facts before he invests in any business or project. Kinesis This is one of the most promising upcoming projects in crypto. The broad overview of the coin is to offer an alternate and better evolutionary step beyond the basic monetary and banking system available today. In short, it is a cryptocurrency that is backed by precious metals like gold and silver. According to the CEO of the company, Thomas Coughlin, the Kinesis coin is basically divisible units of allocated gold and silver which you can use as a currency. There will be two stable Kinesis coins in the market backed by Gold and Silver. The stable Kinesis coins backed by Gold will be tagged as KAU and the stable Kinesis coins backed by Silver will be tagged as KAG. These stablecoins backed by the precious metals like Gold and Silver are real game changers as these 2 precious metals are definable stores of value for use in trade and investment in the real-world economies. The Kinesis coin is based on the Bespoke Blockchain Technology, a blockchain network forked off from the Stellar Blockchain Technology in order to suit the requirements of the Kinesis coin. The cryptocurrency project is headed by Thomas Coughlin who is also the CEO of the Kinesis company. He has 15 years experience in the investment, funds management and capital markets. Before being the CEO of the Kinesis company, he held similar positions for the Bullion Capital and TRAC Financial Group as well. Apart from Thomas Coughlin, there are other great members in the team as well. Their team consists of people like: Michael Coughlin, Chief Financial Officer, having 41 years experience as a CPA in the accountancy and financial services professions. Eric Maine, Chief Strategy Officer, having more than 30 years experience in Senior Management in the exchange and financial markets. Ryan Case, Head of Sales & Trading in Kinesis, having extensive experience as Head of sales trading & partnership and also valuable experience in commodity, cryptocurrency, forex and derivative markets. Jai Bifulco, Chief Marketing Officer, having a full-fledged 12 years of experience in award-winning full-stack marketer in Finance. He previously held roles of directors in multiple brokerages, consulting and Fintech sectors. There are more than 30 different team members in this project spanning their roles from The Executive Committee to the Advisory Board to the Operations and Development team. The coins are very limited in number as compared to other cryptocurrencies where the softcap is limited to just 15,000 KVT coins and HardCap is limited to 300,000 KVT coins. Minimum token that one can buy is set to 1 KVT which is equal to $1000. So far, more than 57,000 KVT tokens have been sold which roughly equals to a whopping sum of $57 Million. With such a huge investment already deployed for the development of the project, there are still 30 more days left for the ICO sale period to end. Also, apart from the investments gained, the Kinesis cryptocurrency is also focusing much on the partnerships with the top companies in the industry. These include companies like ABX (Allocated Bullion Exchange), MLG (Blockchain Consulting), Sigma Prime, Etherlabs and Fine Metal Asia Limited. This cryptocurrency is certainly the one to watch out for in 2019. VeChain Broad Overview – In simple layman terminology, Vechain is a supply chain protocol to track logistics inventory. It has successfully implemented blockchain technology in various sectors like agriculture and industries like luxury goods and liquor. They basically strive to solve real-life problems by providing solutions in various industries like: Logistics: In this sector, VeChain implements the blockchain technology to improve the flow of information from one department to another by breaking silos yet maintaining the data privacy of every department. Government: There are more than 111 VeChain nodes deployed worldwide. The municipal governments participate in the VeChain blockchain network as nodes. The VeChain blockchain network offers decentralization and immunity against the data hacking that allows room for transparent information exchange. This indeed improves the efficiency of the municipal governments. The technologies used to track the logistics are: Assigning digital identities to physical stocks that can be stored on the VeChain blockchain network Usage of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) NFC (Near Field Communication) Proof Of Authority Consensus In-House Temperature Controlled Tracking Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) The future potential of the VeChain cryptocurrency looks quite promising as the coin is signing new partnerships every month or so. Some of its partners are PricewaterhouseCoopers, DNV GL, Renault Group, KUEHNE + NAGEL, D.I.G, China Unicom and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration of China. Every single company with whom VeChain partnered has millions of customers that will use the VeChain technology embedded in their system. This makes the coin solve real-life problems and have mass adoption. VeChain indeed makes a big difference in the logistics business. However, given the kind of turmoil that the entire cryptomarket is facing where the total market capitalization has fallen from $800 Billion to just around $200 Billion, no one can give any kind of assurance on the returns in your investment in the crypto assets. However, stablecoins like Kinesis has a reward yield system that incentivizes its investors for holding, depositing and also referring new users. Hence, the investors always stay on the benefit side even if the market collapses for a short duration. IOTA In simple terms, IOTA is a cryptocurrency which is designed for the Internet of Things. The cryptocurrency was developed to root a new direction to IoT by establishing a standardization called, ‘Ledger of Everything’ which means that the data exchange between sensor-equipped machines would be enabled to populate IoT. IOTA has the potential to make transactions easy. A basic use case of IOTA can be seen in IOTA enabled vending machines. These machines can dispense the items without involving the associated transaction costs. Some other use cases of IOTA are Reddit Chains etc. Technology Behind IOTA Surprisingly, IOTA does not use the traditional Blockchain technology for its design and development. In fact, a new platform called ‘Tangle Technology’ is being used for IOTA to operate on. The Tangle Technology deploys a mathematical concept called Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAG) which resolves both the scalability and transaction fees issues which we face in blockchain based cryptocurrencies. In IOTA, for a transaction to be valid, each node present in DAG Tangle must approve the previous two transactions occurring at the other node. And adding to a note, this process removes the chances of mining and makes the system fully decentralized. Future Potential Keeping in mind the remarkable result of IOTA, there exists a promising scope for it in the near future in various applications and platforms. IOTA would be standing tall and different in the future world full of cryptocurrencies vulnerable to quantum computers. IOTA has a lot of companies that it is working with. Some of them include Bosch, Volkswagen,Fujitsu, Accenture, Poyry and many more. When viewed from a macro perspective, so far IOTA looks to be fee-less, scalable and fast which makes it next to perfect. However, if you own IOTA, the chances of you liquidating it into fiat currency via a ‘debit card’ and buying something from a grocery store is quite low. In order to fill this gap of actually buying something from the street market and becoming the global currency, Kinesis has introduced its Kinesis Debit Cards that enables the Kinesis token holders to exchange their tokens against FIAT currency and simultaneously buy products from a grocery shop, something which IOTA fails to offer. ICON ICX Broad Overview: ICON is a South Korean based company that develops blockchain technology and accompanies the cryptocurrency called ‘ICX’. ICON is a network framework which has been designed to allow independent blockchains to interact with each other. It allows interconnected blockchain networks to participate in a decentralized system which converges at a central point. Technology: ICX token is built on the Ethereum blockchain network. ICON has developed a loop-chain platform that connects different blockchain communities through the ICON Republic which serves as the governing head for the Federation of other independent blockchain bodies. All the communities are linked to Republic through C-Reps (Community Representatives) which then connects to Nexus. C-Reps functions as the portals to the communities to establish a connection with Nexus. And this way the entire procedure is carried out. Future Scope: It is believed that ICON has plans to provide platforms to financial, security, insurance, healthcare, educational industries which can help them to carry transactions on a single network. Thus, ICON (ICX) can be seen having a good time in the coming days. Also, it has been successful in signing a partnership deal with the tech-giant Samsung where it will be using ICON’s own Chain ID for a new Samsung project called ‘Samsung Pass’. Apart from Samsung, ICON has also signed deals with PORTAL NETWORK & W Foundation. However, it is notable that ICON is built on the Ethereum network and is an ERC20 token. Hence, the transaction speed greatly depends on the Ethereum network. Currently, Ethereum can execute 15 transactions per second which is quite low in terms of what ICON (ICX) is currently aiming for. However, to fill this gap, we have Kinesis Bespoke Technology that offers a whopping speed of 3000 transactions per second. This lightning fast speed keeps the Kinesis token way ahead than ICX token. Enjin Broad Overview The native cryptocurrency of the Enjin Network, the Enjin Coin (popularly known as only ENJ) follows the ERC20 token standard and is used with a smart contract-based blockchain platform. Its typical users include content creators, game developers, and other members of the gaming community, who need to use virtual tokens to manage and trade virtual goods in the gaming world. Technology behind Enjin As an ERC20-compliant token, the ENJ functions in accordance with the rules an Ethereum contract has to implement. It is used on a dedicated platform that is designed to support open-source software development kits (SDKs), applications, plug-ins, and payment gateways. As for its users, they will be able to efficiently participate in developing, launching, managing, and trade content and game-related products on the Enjin Network, without having to deal with the technical complexities. Summary of Potential The ENJ is expected to solve some performance issues in using similar cryptocurrencies on the market today, including payment frauds where goods are not actually delivered, slow transaction processes, lack of ownership of virtual goods, lack of transaction standards, and centralization problems. According to its creators, the ENJ coin, which is based on a blockchain, will create a distributed, trustworthy, and secure framework where transactions can be executed smoothly and quickly with minimal transaction fees. Its autonomous and decentralized system will ensure that all offers and deals will be honored. Conclusion Generally speaking, the Enjin Coin is good. It helps bring the benefits of blockchain to millions of people participating in the virtual goods market. Its creators are working hard to prevent fraud in the gaming world. However, it is still a relatively new project. As such, it is still volatile. This means that you still have to take utmost care and be wise when using it. EOS Broad Overview EOS is considered by many people who are participating in the virtual goods market as one of the best cryptocurrencies to use, supported by a powerful infrastructure for decentralized applications. Basically, the EOS blockchain is used for the development, execution, and hosting of decentralized applications (dApps) that are traded virtually. Technology behind EOS The EOS system is composed of two key components, which are the EOS.IO and the EOS token. As for the former, it functions like a computer’s operating system in managing and controlling the EOS blockchain, with the use of an architecture that enables horizontal and vertical dApps. As for the latter, it is held (instead of spent) by the users to be able to become eligible of building, running, and trading apps, as well as using EOS network resources. While EOS still does not have an official full form, it supports all core functionalities to allow individuals and businesses to create and trade blockchain-based apps. It also runs on a web toolkit for interface development, just like Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. Summary of Potential While there are already a lot of cryptocurrencies based on Ethereum similar to it, the EOS system focuses on the critical and problematic points of the blockchain. Specifically, it attempts to solve the problems of scalability, speed, and flexibility that often cause transaction processes to slow down, which is a common issue in blockchain-based systems. According to its creators, EOS.IO could also address other problems that come with the ever-increasing size of the dApps ecosystem, such as limited availability of resources, constrained networks, spamming, false transactions, and limited computing power. It is said to be able to support thousands of commercial-scale dApps without hitting performance bottlenecks by using asynchronous communication methodologies and parallel execution across its network. Conclusion The EOS system is very advanced. It is designed to address common problems with standard blockchain-based networks. But like other new cryptocurrency platforms on the virtual market today, it still has some weak points to improve. Also, there is again the exposure to volatility, as users hold the tokens to be eligible to trade virtually. Nebulas Broad overview Nebulas (NAS) is a new generation blockchain and is open for public collaborations for decentralized application (dApp) development. Its adaptability and scalability are the two characteristics that could propel NAS to be one of the top cryptocurrencies, thus giving it enough leverage to compete in the market. Technology behind Nebulas Nebulas is the first crypto running on a 3rd generation blockchain, thus making it the dominant player of the new platform. This makes Nebulas highly flexible and scalable, even giving a good leverage in future-proofing their code. That could help avoid hard forking whenever some issues come up during scaling processes. Summary of potential Adaptability, scalability and search-ability are three of the biggest potential NAS has to offer. With the 3rd generation blockchain it uses, it can allow the adaption of other codes based from Nebulas. This means that other cryptos can adapt to its platform soon enough. Moreover, it can also act as a blockchain search engine. This can let users search particular blockchains based on efficiency and community strength. Finally, its goal to provide fair incentives to Decentralized Application (dApp) developers is something that collaborators could expect. This means that more developers are expected to come, thus strengthening NAS even further. Conclusion Nebulas (NAS) is a promising crypto especially with its adaptability, scalability and search-ability potentials. It can help with the fluidity of crypto into this new generation platform. However, it still lacks the value stability that Kinesis or stablecoins hold. NAS is still unpredictable, unlike Kinesis that backs it value with real gold. Sky Broad overview SkyCoin is a full environment system of blockchain technology, and has the goal of endorsing the actual usage of cryptocurrency. Technology behind Sky Sky has its own algorithm, the Obelisk, which uses the web of trust dynamics to spread influence all throughout the network to come up with a consensus decision. The consensus decision depends on each node, by valuing its influence score. The influence score of each node is determined by the number of network nodes connected to it. This depicts the importance of the node to the network. Aside from the Obelisk, Sky also operates its own cryptocurrency which is SkyCoin, its own ICO platform Fiber, a decentralized social media platform called BBS, and a decentralized messenger called Sky-Messenger. Summary of potential Sky focuses its potential on being a full ecosystem of blockchain technology that encourages actual usage of crypto. Through its unique algorithm which is the Obelisk and some other dApps associated with it, Sky is a promising crypto technology and could be considered as the most complete one as of today. Conclusion Sky, SkyCoin and the Obelisk is definitely a massive platform that could be considered as a full ecosystem of crypto and its related technology. Nonetheless, the SkyCoin depends its value on node influence scores, which could change from time to time as well. This makes Kinesis and Stablecoins still a better choice, especially for investors who want clear investments without hassle. Crypto Predictions for 2019 While 2017 had the masses captivated and investing large amounts of capital, 2018 has seen price drops and sagging hopes. While the returns in 2017 exceeded anyone’s expectations, a strong pullback was predicted by many. Whether or not this bear market continues from here is the real question many investors face today. Bitcoin’s rapid rise and fall exposed many problems, and the developers of the top cryptocurrencies in 2019 took note. When considering your crypto investments for 2019, factor in the following trends we predict will influence investments: More Pullbacks According to the CEO of Vellum Capital, Eric Kovalak, the price of cryptos will reach new lows before they will rebound to new heights. This includes the biggest cryptocurrencies in the market, including Bitcoin. Kovalak believes that it will be priced below $3,500 before it will find its way back up. However, there are many mixed opinions on the current price of BTC, with some arguing the bottom for the crypto markets have already been seen. Due to Bitcoin-based remittances, uncertainty in global economies like Asia, Turkey and Venezuela, and mobile penetration, there will be a surge in interest and the price of the digital currency. A Flood of Institutional Investors Institutional investors have been waiting on the sideline for the ETF to rule in favor of Bitcoin. According to Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Capital, once the ETF arrives, “institutional fomo’ will start flooding the market.” Another factor is Kinesis, the investment blockchain that provides investors with a safe and reliable alternative. Pegged against precious metals, it provides protection against volatility that may be caused by political instability. The Kinesis Monetary System lets you own real gold or silver when you purchase the digital currency. Your ownership is then digitized and then made available for spending, trading, and transfer. What is even better, the monetary system can be used internationally, ensuring reliability of money around the world. With the recent crisis around the Turkish Lira, the price of gold has significantly increased. Mass adoption of crypto by consumers In January 2019, blockchain technology will be 10 years old. It remains a speculative investment to this day but 2019 could be the year of mass adoption for digital currencies. For this to happen, however, there has to be some triggers. Speculation should become a real utility. People must use blockchain projects in everyday life so they will gain widespread use. Decentralized applications (DApps) must gain mainstream status to promote widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies. Improved payment processing, addressing the issue on the current situation of slow transaction times and high transaction fees. Scalability of blockchain technology with little to no impact on its efficiency. To date, slow transaction times are due to the growing number of users and transaction sizes. This calls for blockchain to grow and have the ability to compete with Mastercard, PayPal, or Visa. Introduction of off-chain solutions that allow users to complete a transaction through peer-to-peer payment channel instead of within the blockchain. This will address slow transaction times. Security will be provided by the parent blockchain. Gold Is Still The Standard Despite the promises and unique functions of many cryptocurrencies, there is still uncertainty in these new markets. Gold has remained the best form of investment throughout history, and the best store of value, especially through times of crisis in politics and economies. Kinesis pegs its value to gold which has proven to be the safest investment in history. Therefore Kinesis stands to gain from the stability gold offers while simultaneously fusing it with the unique features of this cutting edge crypto technology. With the Kinesis Monetary System, investing in gold is no longer the slow process that many older investors are used to. This cryptocurrency is backed by gold and silver and supports precious metals trade. It has three essential assets. Tokens that represent an investors ownership of gold and silver. The inherited system where performance is done. Complete blockchain security that supports investments and paves the way for the creation of new assets protected in a banking system. Most importantly, the Kinesis Monetary System allows thousands of transactions to be completed per second in a completely secure channel. The Near Future Even a decade later, cryptocurrencies are still very much in their infancy. At this time, no one is sure what shape this growing sector will take in the future. Many cryptocurrencies will come and go but the ones that show the most promise, that fulfill their use cases, will stick around for the long term. With any emerging technology, we have to watch how it evolves and how it merges with our everyday life, changing the way we interact with everything around us.
Final version 1.3.0 of the core software was released bringing all the enhancements reported last month to the rest of the community. The groundwork for SPV (simplified payment verification) is complete, another reduction of fees is being deployed, and performance stepped up once again with a 50% reduction in startup time, 20% increased sync speed and more than 3x faster peer delivery of block headers (a key update for SPV). Decrediton's integrations of SPV and Politeia are open for testing by experienced users. Read the full release notes and get the downloads on GitHub. As always, don't forget to verify signatures. dcrd: completed several steps towards multipeer downloads, improved introduction to the software in the main README, continued porting cleanups and refactoring from upstream btcd. Currently in review are initial release of smart fee estimator and a change to UTXO set semantics. The latter is a large and important change that provides simpler handling, and resolves various issues with the previous approach. A lot of testing and careful review is needed so help is welcome. Educational series for new Decred developers by @matheusd added two episodes: 02 Simnet Setup shows how to automate simnet management with tmux and 03 Miner Reward Invalidation explains block validity rules. Finally, a pull request template with a list of checks was added to help guide the contributors to dcrd. dcrwallet: bugfixes and RPC improvements to support desktop and mobile wallets. Developers are welcome to comment on this idea to derive stakepool keys from the HD wallet seed. This would eliminate the need to backup and restore redeem scripts, thus greatly improving wallet UX. (missed in July issue) Decrediton: bugfixes, refactoring to make the sync process more robust, new loading animations, design polishing. Politeia: multiple improvements to the CLI client (security conscious users with more funds at risk might prefer CLI) and security hardening. A feature to deprecate or timeout proposals was identified as necessary for initial release and the work started. A privacy enhancement to not leak metadata of ticket holders was merged. Android: update from @collins: "Second test release for dcrandroid is out. Major bugs have been fixed since last test. Latest code from SPV sync has been integrated. Once again, bug reports are welcome and issues can be opened on GitHub". Ask in #dev room for the APK to join testing. A new security page was added that allows one to validate addresses and to sign/verify messages, similar to Decrediton's Security Center. Work on translations is beginning. Overall the app is quite stable and accepting more testers. Next milestone is getting the test app on the app store. iOS: the app started accepting testers last week. @macsleven: "the test version of Decred Wallet for iOS is available, we have a link for installing the app but the builds currently require your UDID. Contact either @macsleven or @raedah with your UDID if you would like to help test.". Nearest goal is to make the app crash free. Both mobile apps received new design themes. dcrdata: v3.0 was released for mainnet! Highlights: charts, "merged debits" view, agendas page, Insight API support, side chain tracking, Go 1.11 support with module builds, numerous backend improvements. Full release notes here. This release featured 9 contributors and development lead @chappjc noted: "This collaboration with @raedahgroup on our own block explorer and web API for @decredproject has been super productive.". Up next is supporting dynamic page widths site wide and deploying new visual blocks home page. Trezor: proof of concept implementation for Trezor Model T firmware is in the works (previous work was for Model One). Ticket splitting: updated to use Go modules and added simnet support, several fixes. docs: beginner's guide overhaul, multiple fixes and cleanups. decred.org: added 3rd party wallets, removed inactive PoW pools and removed web wallet. @Richard-Red is building a curated list of Decred-related GitHub repositories. Welcome to new people contributing for the first time: @klebe, @s_ben, @victorguedes, and PrimeDominus! Dev activity stats for September: 219 active PRs, 197 commits, 28.7k added and 18.8k deleted lines spread across 6 repositories. Contributions came from 4-10 developers per repository. (chart)
Hashrate: started and ended the month around 75 PH/s, hitting a low of 60.5 and a new high of 110 PH/s. BeePool is again the leader with their share varying between 23-54%, followed by F2Pool 13-30%, Coinmine 4-6% and Luxor 3-5%. As in previous months, there were multiple spikes of unidentified hashrate. Staking: 30-day average ticket price is 98 DCR (+2.4). The price varied between 95.7 and 101.9 DCR. Locked DCR amount was 3.86-3.96 million DCR, or 45.7-46.5% of the supply. Nodes: there are 201 public listening nodes and 325 normal nodes per dcred.eu. Version distribution: 5% are v1.4.0(pre) dev builds (+3%), 30% on v1.3.0 (+25%), 42% on v1.2.0 (-20%), 15% on v1.1.2 (-7%), 6% on v1.1.0. More than 76% of nodes run v1.2.0 and higher and therefore support client filters. Data as of Oct 1.
Obelisk posted two updates on their mailing list. 70% of Batch 1 units are shipped, an extensive user guide is available, Obelisk Scanner application was released that allows one to automatically update firmware. First firmware update was released and bumped SC1 hashrate by 10-20%, added new pools and fixed multiple bugs. Next update will focus on DCR1. It is worth a special mention that the firmware source code is now open! Let us hope more manufacturers will follow this example. A few details about Whatsminer surfaced this month. The manufacturer is MicroBT, also known as Bitwei and commonly misspelled as Bitewei. Pangolinminer is a reseller, and the model name is Whatsminer D1. Bitmain has finally entered Decred ASIC space with their Antminer DR3. Hash rate is 7.8 TH/s while pulling 1410 W, at the price of $673. These specs mean it has the best GH/W and GH/USD of currently sold miners until the Whatsminer or others come out, although its GH/USD of 11.6 already competes with Whatsminer's 10.5. Discussed on Reddit and bitcointalk, unboxing video here.
@matheusd started tests on testnet several months ago. I contacted him so we could integrate with the pool in June this year. We set up the machine in July and bought the first split ticket on mainnet, using the decredbrasil pool, on July 19. It was voted on July 30. After this first vote on mainnet, we opened the tests to selected users (with more technical background) on the pool. In August we opened the tests to everyone, and would call people who want to join to the #ticket_splitting channel, or to our own Slack (in Portuguese, so mostly Brazilian users). We have 28 split tickets already voted, and 16 are live. So little more than 40 split tickets total were bought on decredbrasil pool. (@girino in #pos-voting)
KuCoin exchange listed DCBTC and DCETH pairs. To celebrate their anniversary they had a 99% trading fees discount on DCR pairs for 2 weeks. Three more wallets integrated Decred in September:
Atomic desktop wallet added Decred in version 0.1.31. The team answered many questions on Reddit.
AnyBit wallet added Decred. It features built-in price and news tracking. Notably, the source code is open for their Android and iOS wallets.
Coboadded Decred support into their Android and iOS wallets.
ChangeNow announced Decred addition to their Android app that allows accountless swaps between 150+ assets. Coinbase launched informational asset pages for top 50 coins by market cap, including Decred. First the pages started showing in the Coinbase app for a small group of testers, and later the web price dashboard went live.
The birth of a Brazilian girl was registered on the Decred blockchain using OriginalMy, a blockchain proof of authenticity services provider. Read the full story in Portuguese and in English.
Advertising report for September is ready. Next month the graphics for all the ads will be changing.
Marketing might seem quiet right now, but a ton is actually going on behind the scenes to put the right foundation in place for the future. Discovery data are being analyzed to generate a positioning strategy, as well as a messaging hierarchy that can guide how to talk about Decred. This will all be agreed upon via consensus of the community in the work channels, and materials will be distributed. Next, work is being done to identify the right PR partner to help with media relations, media training, and coordination at events. While all of this is coming up to speed, we believe the website needs a refresher reflecting the soon to be agreed upon messaging, plus a more intuitive architecture to make it easier to navigate. (@Dustorf)
Raedah Group went on the streets of Portland, USA with a pretty blue tent. (photos)
Meetup at Binzantin Cafe in Taipei, Taiwan. @morphymore: "There were 20-ish attendees, and about half of them have joined the Chinese FB group. Most of them don't hear about Decred before, but have expressed the interest in learning more about it after the event. Overall, it's a good exposure for Decred in the Taiwan community.". A report with photos was posted on Facebook, more photos are here and here.
@joshuam made a Decred Jacket appearance at Singapore Grand Prix. (photos)
NewTech PDX meetup in Portland, USA. Raedah Group presented Decred and reported "lots of new converts". (photos)
North Shore Bitcoin & Blockchain in Glenview, USA. @dustorf gave a five minute overview of Decred and noted: "There were only about 25 people, but about 1/3 of them were aware of Decred prior. (...) Our simple presence and explanation of the project moved opinion from 'another shitcoin they sold after mining' to 'an interesting and viable project worthy of further investigation'.". (photos: 12)
Bitcoin Meetup CDMX in Mexico City on Oct 6. @elian will be talking about Decred at the oldest Bitcoin meetup in Mexico.
SF Blockchain Week in San Francisco, USA on Oct 9. @lukebp will discuss DPoS vs PoS on a panel 9:30a-10:15a at the Titans of Tech Stage, Hilton Union Square.
Decred Meetup in Casablanca, Morocco on Oct 27. @butterfly will host the event and talk about Decred in French.
Texas Bitcoin Conference Austin, USA on Oct 27-28. @BAB: "The great thing about this is that it will also be a Decred Summit. We will have half of the conference dedicated to Decred topics, updates, etc."
Websummit in Lisbon, Portugal on Nov 5-8. @moo31337 will be on a panel discussing "2018: A Rollercoaster Year for Cryptocurrencies"
We'll begin shortly reviewing conferences and events planned for the first half of 2019. Highlights are sure to include The North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami (Jan 16-18) and Consensus in NYC (May 14-16). If you have suggestions of events or conferences Decred should attend, please share them in #event_planning. In 2019, we would like to expand our presence in Europe, Asia, and South America, and we're looking for community members to help identify and staff those events. (@Dustorf)
August issue of Decred Journal was translated to Russian. Many thanks to @DZ! Rency cryptocurrency ratings published a report on Decred and incorporated a lot of feedback from the community on Reddit. September issue of Chinese CCID ratings was published (snapshot), Decred is still at the bottom. Videos:
The underbelly of blockchain Governance - fiat licensing and our code with Marco Peerboom and Chris DeRose (youtube, tweet, decred, missed in August issue) Insightful dialogue about men's underwear, licenses, subtleties of GPL, BSD wars, tiling window managers and much more.
Introduction to Decred (Korean, youtube) @Killawhale collected a lot of feedback from the community and produced this video to spread the word in Korea.
Perspectives on Governance from Nathan Wilcox, Jonathan Zeppettini, Vitalik Buterin (z.cash)
Decred - an example of governance (Portuguese, youtube)
Decred, the crypto that wants to compete with Bitcoin (French, youtube)
Exodus.io Live with Marco from Decred! (youtube) Marco joins Exodus.io to discuss what makes DCR an asset that will stand the test of time.
Building Decred With Systems Development Lead Marco Peereboom - Governance, Politeia, Lightning (youtube) Topics: early days, Politeia, the structure of Decred, dcrtime, Lightning Network, attracting users and developers, future plans (DEX, Schnorr signatures, privacy, DAEs).
Decentralized autonomous funding of blockchain projects by @Richard-Red (medium, discussion on decred and dashpay)
The trouble with infrastructure, "thin" protocols in particular, is that someone has to build them at a cost. e.g. LN takes a ton of work, doesn't necessarily generate value itself, but it magnifies the value of BTC or whatever coin that uses it. I see the DEX in a similar light - whoever creates it is not going to make a bunch of money from it, but it will magnify the value of the underlying asset(s) that end up having a deep order book on the DEX. (@jy-p in #dex)
Twitter: why decentralized governance and funding are necessary for network survival and the power of controlling the narrative; learning about governance more broadly by watching its evolution in cryptocurrency space, importance of community consensus and communications infrastructure. Reddit: yet another strong pitch by @solar; question about buyer protections; dcrtime internals; a proposal to sponsor hoodies in the University of Cape Town; Lightning Network support for altcoins. Chats: skills to operate a stakepool; voting details: 2 of 3 votes can approve a block, what votes really approve are regular tx, etc; scriptless script atomic swaps using Schnorr adaptor signatures; dev dashboard, choosing work, people do best when working on what interests them most; opportunities for governments and enterprise for anchoring legal data to blockchain; terminology: DAO vs DAE; human-friendly payments, sharing xpub vs payment protocols; funding btcsuite development; Politeia vote types: approval vote, sentiment vote and a defund vote, also linking proposals and financial statements; algo trading and programming languages (yes, on #trading!); alternative implementation, C/C++/Go/Rust; HFTs, algo trading, fake volume and slippage; offline wallets, usb/write-only media/optical scanners vs auditing traffic between dcrd and dcrwallet; Proof of Activity did not inspire Decred but spurred Decred to get moving, Wikipedia page hurdles; how stakeholders could veto blocks; how many votes are needed to approve a proposal; why Decrediton uses Electron; CVE-2018-17144 and over-dependence on single Bitcoin implementation, btcsuite, fuzz testing; tracking proposal progress after voting and funding; why the wallet does not store the seed at all; power connectors, electricity, wiring and fire safety; reasonable spendings from project fund; ways to measure sync progress better than block height; using Politeia without email address; concurrency in Go, locks vs channels. #support is not often mentioned, but it must be noted that every day on this channel people get high quality support. (@bee: To my surprise, even those poor souls running Windows 10. My greatest respect to the support team!)
In September DCR was trading in the range of USD 34-45 / BTC 0.0054-0.0063. On Sep 6, DCR revisited the bottom of USD 34 / BTC 0.0054 when BTC quickly dropped from USD 7,300 to 6,400. On Sep 14, a small price rise coincided with both the start of KuCoin trading and hashrate spike to 104 PH/s. Looking at coinmarketcap charts, the trading volume is a bit lower than in July and August. As of Oct 4, Decred is #18 by the number of daily transactions with 3,200 tx, and #9 by the USD value of daily issuance with $230k. (source: onchainfx) Interesting observation by @ImacallyouJawdy: while we sit at 2018 price lows the amount locked in tickets is testing 2018 high.
ASIC for Lyra2REv2 was spotted on the web. Vertcoin team is preparing a new PoW algorithm. This would be the 3rd fork after two previous forks to change the algorithm in 2014 and 2015. A report titled The Positive Externalities of Bitcoin Mining discusses the benefits of PoW mining that are often overlooked by the critics of its energy use. A Brief Study of Cryptonetwork Forks by Alex Evans of Placeholder studies the behavior of users, developers and miners after the fork, and makes the cases that it is hard for child chains to attract users and developers from their parent chains. New research on private atomic swaps: the paper "Anonymous Atomic Swaps Using Homomorphic Hashing" attempts to break the public link between two transactions. (bitcointalk, decred) On Sep 18 Poloniex announced delisting of 8 more assets. That day they took a 12-80% dive showing their dependence on this one exchange. Circle introduced USDC markets on Poloniex: "USDC is a fully collateralized US dollar stablecoin using the ERC-20 standard that provides detailed financial and operational transparency, operates within the regulated framework of US money transmission laws, and is reinforced by established banking partners and auditors.". Coinbase announced new asset listing process and is accepting submissions on their listing portal. (decred) The New York State Office of the Attorney General posted a study of 13 exchanges that contains many insights. A critical vulnerability was discovered and fixed in Bitcoin Core. Few days later a full disclosure was posted revealing the severity of the bug. In a bitcointalk thread btcd was called 'amateur' despite not being vulnerable, and some Core developers voiced their concerns about multiple implementations. The Bitcoin Unlimited developer who found the bug shared his perspective in a blog post. Decred's vision so far is that more full node implementations is a strength, just like for any Internet protocol.
About This Issue
This is the 6th issue of Decred Journal. It is mirrored on GitHub, Medium and Reddit. Past issues are available here. Most information from third parties is relayed directly from source after a minimal sanity check. The authors of Decred Journal have no ability to verify all claims. Please beware of scams and do your own research. Feedback is appreciated: please comment on Reddit, GitHub or #writers_room on Matrix or Slack. Contributions are also welcome: some areas are adding content, pre-release review or translations to other languages. Credits (Slack names, alphabetical order): bee, Dustorf, jz, Haon, oregonisaac, raedah and Richard-Red.
[TL:DR]Muito shitstorm sobre Bitcoin e criptomoedas no sub
A intenção não é causar treta, mas sim informar e discutir. Sou estudante de Análise de Sistemas e ano passado dediquei muito do meu tempo a estudar sobre criptomoedas, principalmente a mais famosa, o Bitcoin. Meu primeiro contato com criptomoedas, assim como muitos brasileiros, foi através de um vídeo de 2012 do Dâniel Fraga (que hoje deve estar podre de rico). Apesar disso, não sou um early adopter e meu interesse pelas criptomoedas é muito mais pela tecnologia. Apesar do primeiro contato precoce (em comparação com a maioria das pessoas) com criptomoedas, eu não era um adepto. Eu ainda tinha muitas dúvidas sobre o assunto, o conteúdo em português sobre criptomoedas no geral era ruim e escasso, e na época meu inglês não era tão bom. Então foi só no ano passado, após receber alguns questionamentos de colegas da faculdade, que eu me aprofundei mais no assunto. Gastei muitas horas lendo e assistindo sobre isso, pois fiquei fascinado. A noção de Bitcoin como investimento (ou especulação, não gosto de usar o termo investimento) é algo relativamente recente. Se vocês verem o quê os early adopters diziam sobre o Bitcoin lá em 2009, 2010, 2011, etc, ninguém recomendava o Bitcoin como investimento. Ninguém falava "compre Bitcoin porque você vai ficar rico". Nem mesmo o Dâniel Fraga. Todos sempre recomendavam o Bitcoin porque eram pessoas que acreditavam na proposta de um sistema financeiro independente de instituições com interesses próprios. E claro, seu uso nos darknetmarkets. Inclusive recomendo que assistam o documentário no Netflix sobre a Deep Web. Apesar de ainda ser a moeda mais amplamente aceita na Deep Web aos poucos está sendo substituída pelo Monero e outras criptomoedas mais focadas em privacidade e anonimato. Um dos muitos mitos difundidos sobre Bitcoin é que ela é irrastreável, o quê é uma meia verdade. Toda as transações são rastreáveis, pois estão todas registradas num grande livre contábil público acessível a qualquer um, o Blockchain, elas apenas não são identificáveis (em teoria). A mídia e as instituições do governo no Brasil têm tratado o assunto com bem pouco compromisso em informar e tenho a impressão que o compromisso é apenas em causar FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt), prática muito comum no mercado de renda variável de alguém que quer causar pânico para se beneficiar com isso. Como quando Ilan Goldfajn, presidente do nosso Banco Central, afirmou que "Bitcoin é bolha e pirâmide". Uma afirmação que, alguém na posição dele, com certeza sabe que não faz sentido algum. Outro argumento comum para causar FUD é que não é possível comprar nada com Bitcoin, exceto drogas, armas e assassinos de aluguel na deep web. É preciso lembrar que o Bitcoin hoje está para a o setor financeira assim como a internet estava para as telecomunicações no início dos anos 80. A internet era frequentemente desacreditada pela mídia e para muitos não tinha muita utilidade a não ser para práticas ilícitas. E o Bitcoin é uma tecnologia relativamente nova, assim como qualquer tecnologia nova ela leva um tempo para ter uma adoção exponencial, assim como foi com o cartão de crédito. O Brasil como sempre é um pouco atrasado em relação ao resto do mundo, e não faz tanto tempo assim que era difícil encontrar lugares que aceitassem cartão de crédito. O assunto criptomoedas é muito mais complexo do que apenas "É bolha ou não é?" ou "pode ser usada como moeda ou não?". Não sou um grande especialista como o Fernando Ulrich e ainda tenho muito a aprender sobre o assunto. Como falei, é um assunto muito mais profundo e é uma discussão literalmente interminável. O fórum Bitcoin Talk está todos os dias, desde sua criação, tendo discussões com grandes especialistas na área da computação e da economia sobre o futuro das criptomoedas e como solucionar os desafios que elas encontram, como o clássico problema de escalabilidade do Bitcoin. Como falei antes, o objetivo é informar e estou disposto a responder às dúvidas das pessoas. Não sou um "Bitcoin maximalist" (inclusive sou grande fã de algumas altcoins, como minha queridinha Decred) e as críticas às criptomoedas precisam ser feitas. O problema é que quase sempre as críticas que vêm, principalmente da mídia, não são boas o bastantes nem pra serem críticas, muito menos bons argumentos que merecem uma resposta.
Como ser anónimo na Internet – [TUTORIAL COMPLETO]
Antes de mais, não sou um especialista, apenas alguém interessado em segurança e comunicação e este tutorial é apenas direccionado à educação :D
1) HTTPS ou TOR?
Ao navegarmos a Internet convencional ou a “surface web” usamos protocolos. Tudo começou com o HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol), foi um dos primeiros protocolos quando tentamos aceder a um site mas é bastante fácil para um “hacker” ver o que fazemos e por onde navegamos isto porque não há qualquer tipo de encriptação entre o servidor web e a vossa máquina ou seja, basta alguém estar estar na mesma rede do que vocês, por exemplo a mesma rede wifi, e executar um MITM (man in the midle atack). Onde o hacker redireciona o tráfego da máquina alvo para o seu servidor e ele literalmente lê os pacotes de dados (informação trocada ou seja, passwords, utilizadores, etc) com um simples “sniff” no wireshark (programa que nos permite ver pacotes de dados (TPC, UDP, etc)). Forma bastante eficaz de roubar informações a alguém em servidores desprotegidos. Felizmente e a nosso favor a maioria dos sites hoje em dia usa HTTPS (HTTP + SSL), muitas pessoas convencionam o “S” no final do HTTPS como “secure”, daí o cadeado verde que vemos quando acedemos a esses websites. O processo (SSL) começa quando nos tentamos conectar a um site e ele manda-nos uma cópia do seu certificado SSL (Chave pública), o navegador verifica se o certificado está expirado, em vigor, valido, etc (uma grande treta de acreditação). Se o navegador confiar no certificado, ele cria e envia de volta uma chave de sessão simétrica utilizando a chave pública do servidor. O servidor da decrypt da chave de sessão simétrica usando a sua chave privada e envia de volta uma confirmação criptografada com a chave de sessão para iniciar a sessão segura e agora o servidor e o navegador comunicam com, supostamente, segurança. São assim realizados os primeiros momentos de conexão quando acedemos a um website com HTTPS. P.S: Pensem em chaves publica como algo que transforma x em alguma coisa que só pode ser aberto com a chave privada, y. Mais sobre isso a frente.
1.2) Se HTTPS é assim tão seguro, porque usar tor?
Bom, mesmo com esse tipo de segurança há várias formas de ver ou atacar alguém. Sempre podemos fazer phishing, ainda usar MITM (fazermo-nos passar por o servidor verdadeiro, é difícil AF mas possível) entre muitas outras coisas.. Com o Tor deixamos de ter esses problemas. Mais ou menos.
1.3) Mas o que é Tor?
Tor é uma comunidade, uma rede de computadores muitas vezes referida como Dark Web ou Deep Web. A rede Tor dá-nos um nível de segurança com 128-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) end-to-end (De computadores para computadores, não da nossa máquina até ao website). No final das contas é uma rede que sobrepõe “IP’S” em várias camadas e deve ser tratada como tal. O melhor é usar HTTPS e Onions (Tor), HTTPS protege os nossos dados a nível de navegadores (nós)<=>(WEBSITE) e a rede Onion reforça o anonimato com “loops” pela internet de modo a escondemos a nossa identidade (IP). Mas esse nível de segurança depende do próprio website/servidor com que estamos a tentar comunicar. Para os nerds que desconheciam esta tecnologia, aqui têm um “Let’s Encrypt” para onions (here) A rede tor funciona a partir de nodes, qualquer um pode fazer um relay, node de saida, etc. Uma autentica rede de computadores que comunicam entre si anonimamente.
1.3.1) Um aparte do funcionamento dos nodes…
A comunicação do vosso computador para a internet depende do node de entrada onde basicamente o vosso computador entra na rede tor. Esse node de entrada comunica convosco e sabe o vosso endereço IP.
Esse node de entrada em seguida passa a vossa ligação para um relay. O relay comunica com o node de entrada e outro relay (pode haver vários) ou um node de saída mas não conhece o vosso IP
E finalmente a vossa ligação chega ao node de saída onde o vosso pedido inicial é desincriptado e mandado pela Internet. O node de saída não conhece o vosso IP, apenas o IP do relay anterior.
Utilizando este modelo de 3 ou mais nodes fica mais difícil, mas não impossível de correlacionar o vosso pedido inicial com o vosso IP original. Também queria frisar que a maior parte destes nodes são universidades (fun fact) O problema vem quando escrevemos “plain text” num site que acessamos via Tor, imaginemos que o meu exit node é o FBI ou a NSA. Se tivermos introduzido dados sensíveis apenas rezem que quem estiver a manteoperacional o exit node não tenha poder computacional suficiente para desencriptar a vossa ligação.
1.4) Let’s get REAL
Depois disto não parece nada seguro usar tor né? O bom é que é praticamente e impossível quebrar 128-bit AES. Toda a rede de bitcoin (hash rate atual é de 60M) demoraria 2.158 x 10^12 anos para quebrar 1 só chave. E para além do mais, sempre podemos configurar os nossos nodes, mais aqui. Apenas não coloquem nada que não gostariam que se tornasse publico pois a segurança nunca é garantida! O que é (praticamente) garantido é o anonimato com o tor :)(Eu diria até que o vosso anonimato é garantido, todos os websites na deepweb que foram fechados até o dia de hoje por exemplo, não teve nada a ver com uma falha na rede tor mas sim foi um descuido dos administradores) E para comunicação na web (chat) usem sempre PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), vamos falar mais a frente.
2) Que sistema operativo usar / Como Operar
Pretty bit topic here..
2.1) Sistemas Operativos
Querem anonimato? Usem um sistema operativo ao vivo (Live Operating System / Live CD). É um sistema operativo contido num dispositivo de armazenamento móvel, podem usar em qualquer lado com um computador (motherboard não desbloqueada) não deixando qualquer rasto no pc da sua existência (kinda, mais a frente).Caso não queiram ser tão hardcores sempre podem usar linux muito bom também, updates constantes da comunidade ;)Para o típico utilizador windows.. sabiam que o windows envia tudo o que vocês escrevem e falam para a Microsoft? Aqui têm tools que removem a telemetria and stuff (here) Se são uns completos noobs e nunca instalaram nenhum OS (operating system) podem usar uma coisa chamada Virtual Box que emula um sistema operativo dentro de outro. Pesquisem.
P.S: No que toca à Apple não tenho experiência portanto, não comento.P.S2: Dêm uma vista de olhos no “qubes”, sistema operativo hardcore para segurança.
2.2) PGP, Como Operar & Related
2.2.1) Mini Introdução
Temos de assumir sempre o pior, qualquer agência de inteligência ou governamental interceptou e desencriptou os nossos dados. O que eles podem usar contra nós? Temos sempre de agiter o cuidado de nunca compartilhar dados pessoais, NUNCA. Ter uma boa password sem nada que nos identifique (Tenho uma boa password?) e diferentes passwords e entidades para cada serviço/website que usemos. Lembrem-se, basta “deslizar-mos” uma vez e somos comprometidos. Caso usem o mesmo utilizadopass qualquer organização/pessoa com intenções pode “ligar os pontos” e identificar-te.
2.2.1) PGP (Pretty Good Privacy)
Outro passo que devem tomar é comunicar apenas usando PGP. Lembram-se das chaves publico e privadas? Vou salientar novamente esse tópico.Tomem em conta que nem sempre é possível comunicar com PGP, quando estamos a preencher informação num website ou wtv essa informação pode estar comprometida. Side Note: Há uns open sorce code para usar o Proton Mail com PGP com alguma facilidade, pesquisem nerds.
O processo PGP:
Criam uma chave privada e uma chave pública
A chave pública é aquela que vocês mandam para as pessoas poderem encriptar mensagens/ficheiros/etc.
A vossa chave privada é guardada por vocês, é a única coisa que pode desencriptar os ficheiros encriptados pela chave pública.
A pessoa com quem comunicarem tem de fazer exactamente o mesmo processo e vocês tem de usar a chave publica delas para lhes enviar mensagens.
GUARDEM BEM A VOSSA CHAVE PRIVADA, GUARDEM NUM LOCAL OFF-GRID, fisicamente escondida. Caso comprometida, fudeu. E já agora, se a perderem não há nenhuma forma de a recuperar. No tails a área onde podem mexer com o PGP fica no canto superior direito, uma que parece uma prancheta, vão a “manage keys”. Por exemplo, uma das razões que o Silk Road falhou foi que Ross (um dos administradores) nem sempre comunicava através de encriptação PGP e depois de ser apanhado (meteu informações pessoais na net no inicio da sua jornada) as autoridades tiveram acesso a tudo o que não estava encriptado. Sugiro sempre que guardem as suas chaves privadas num cartão SD ou melhor num microSD para que se um dia forem apanhados e alguém for-vos bater à porta podem simplesmente parti lo e os vossos dados ficam seguros x)
2.2.2) Tails e resíduos
(assumindo que têm o tails a funfar..) Tails é um excelente sistema operativo para privacidade, quando ligado e “bootado” no PC ele cria um drive virtual e quando é fechado tal é apagado, mas não permanentemente. Como deve ser conhecimento geral, armazenamento na memória de um computador (no seu disco rígido) funciona a base de 0’s e 1’s. Vamos supor que crio uma pasta chamada “teste”. O disco rígido será desempenhado de designar os respetivos 0’s e 1’s a uma secção do disco e saber onde está tal secção. Temos 2 dados importantes aqui, os dados da pasta “teste” (0’s e 1’s) e a sua localização na respectiva secção do disco, chamam-se “pointers”. Pointers apontam o local do disco onde estão armazenados os dados (0’s e 1’s).Quando apagamos algo (tradicionalmente) apenas apagamos os pointers e os 0’s e 1’s anteriormente designados à pasta teste estarão agora labled como livres, esperando serem rescritos por novos 0’s e 1’s de novos dados. Espero ter sido claro. Portanto, alguém com habilidades pode pesquisar no disco 0 e 1’s designados como “espaço livre” que, organizados “façam sentido” e recuperar os nossos dados privados. Temos 2 opções:
Dar Shread nos ficheiros (Rescrever aleatoriamente 0’s e 1’s “livres”)
Encriptar o disco rígido
2.2.3) Encriptação do disco inteiro & destruição segura de ficheiros & RAM
No que toca a encriptação do disco tails tem uma funcionalidade incorporada chamada FDE (Full Disk Encryption) ou seja, formata-vos a pen (ou o quer que seja que estão a usar) e rescreve-a com o seu conteúdo encriptado sendo apenas possível ganhar-lhe acesso com uma palavra-passe. E como sempre, guardem a password num local seguro ou memorizem-na. Tutorial de como encriptar o disco (here) E no que toca a destruição segura dos ficheiros há vários programas para o fazer, apenas recomendo que o faças no mínimo 3x (para garantir aleatoriedade). Duck it. Mesmo com o disco encriptado e os dados limpados ainda podemos extrair-te informações pela tua RAM📷 Chamam-se de “Cold Boot” esses tipos de ataques.
Primeiro, RAM (random acess memory), quesamerda?
RAM é o local onde o computador armazena dados que apenas são necessários temporariamente e isso acontece milhões de vezes por segundo. Pensem na RAM como uma memoria onde pode ser escrita e rescrita os 0’s e 1’s extremamente rapido. Imaginemos que estão a trabalhar num documento de texto, enquanto trabalham tal está a ser guardado na RAM (armazenamento de curto prazo) até que clicam em salvar e o documento é armazenado no disco rígido em si (armazenamento de longo prazo). Nesse período de tempo os dados são armazenados na RAM sem qualquer tipo de encriptação. Quando desligamos o computador normalmente ele passa por um ciclo onde limpa os dados armazenados na RAM mas se ele perder energia abruptamente os dados ficam “leaked” na RAM e é onde são realizados os Cold Boot Atacks. A única medida que podemos implementar contra este tipos de ataques é usar RAM DDR3 (isto porque ela necessita de eletricidade para manter dados, passado x tempo os dados são apagado) e desligar o PC normalmente, sempre.
Abram uma nova tab (janela) no navegador e escrevam “about:config” e cliquem no botão “I’ll be careful, I promise.” (apenas versões mais antigas, se não tiverem botão, ignorem)
(se usam tails, cada vez que o iniciam poderão de ter de fazer isto)
2.2.4) Dados EXIF
Tiramos tantas fotografias com os nossos telemóveis né? Sabiam que provavelmente a vossa localização está incorporada nelas? Quase todos os formatos de fotos podem ter as cordeadas incorporadas menos o formato .PNG portanto é imperativo para um criador de um website apenas permitir formatos PNG e também para nos porque a nossa informação pode dar “leak” por um erro tão simples como este. Felizmente o Tails tem uma solução, basta irmos a Applications -> Accessories -> Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit, mais info –> (here)
2.2.5) VPN + TOR = PERFECTION?
Bem, não. VPN’s não são de confiança. A famosa “HideMyAss” que supostamente tinha uma carrada de implementações de segurança que nem eles próprios conseguiriam ver o que o utilizador fazia abriu a boca quando questionada pelo governo da Inglaterra sobre o caso LulzSec.Mas se tentarem a vossa sorte escolham uma que no mínimo tenha 128 bits ou até mesmo 256 bits de encriptação. Se querem ainda mais segurança do que já têm, comprem umas raspberryPi, disfarçam-nas e coloquem-nas em um sitio que tenha uma rede Wifi Publica escondidas e com eletricidade, façam uns servidores OpenVPN, uns proxies da treta e GG (Como criar uma rede tor mas caseira). Fiz um tutorial de como fazer uma VPN numa raspberry, depois é só fazer uns loops. P.S: DNSQueries, não confiem na vossa rede.
2.2.6) Cuidado com downloads
Por vezes numa comunidade da deepweb recebemos PM (private messages) que nos dizem que a nova atualização do tor tem uma falha de segurança e aqui está o link X para dar patch. Treta, nunca confiem e façam sempre o download do website oficial (cuidado com o phishing) mas podemos sempre verificar a autenticidade dos nossos downloads. Recomendo o uso do GnuPG. Pesquisem, muito importante! Voltamos a usar o nosso amigo PGP ;) P.S: Não só downloads, também podem assinar mensagens encriptadas (quase como encriptado 2x)
2.2.7) Simples e eficaz, adeus monitorização da treta
Podem-nos identificar de várias maneiras, uma delas é pelos nossos padrões habituais que podem ser usados contra nós em tribunal. Uma forma fácil de acabar com isso é desabilitar “mostrar o meu status online”, muito comum em fóruns e comunidades.
2.2.8) Usem bridges!
Mesmo com esta segurança quando ligados ao tor o vosso ISP (Internet Service Provider) pode ver que vocês estão a usar o Tor, para tal sempre podemos usar bridges. Lista de bridges (here) captcha é hard mesmo.. (ataques de correlação) Depois de entrarem vão ter acesso a uma lista de bridges que são publicamente disponiveis pelo Tor, talvez não seja a melhor opção mas sempre tens a opção de mandar diretamente um email para [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]s.torproject.org) com o body da mensagem sendo “get bridges”, infelizmente só funciona para Gmail e Yahoo (anti bots) Para usa-las no boot do tails aparecem 2 opções: Live e Live (Fail Safe), neste menu cliquem em Tab , Espaço e escrevam “bridge” e depois enter. Modo bridge ativado. Ao entrarem no tails basta adicionar as vossas bridges numa tab que vos vai aparecer neste formato-> IP:PORTA e gg. Visto que é muito menos provável que o vosso ISP conheça estas ligações. Também podem especificar o pais assim: XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX – COUNTRY: X De qualquer das formas bridges é um assunto complexo, do your homework. Coisas bonitas para vocês (here)
3) Governo e polícia
3.1) Os seus limites
Bom, não têm, pelo menos os americanos (casos mais conhecidos). Eles chegaram ao ponto de ter uma conta no silk road como vendedores onde seriam vendidas fake ID’S (durante 7 anos), após esse período começaram de apreensões. E no serviço postal dos US, qualquer encomenda “ilegal” não eram apreendida mas sim colocavam-lhe um tracker. Tenham sempre em mente que se eles vos querem apanhar mesmo, eles farã tudo no seu alcance para vos capturar. Tenham sempre em mente que se vocês estão a fazer qualquer tipo de actividade considerada ilegal têm sempre de ter em conta o pior cenário possível. Vocês até podem ter uns PC’s, uns servidores e algumas skills mas não é nada comparado com o poder deles. Lembrem-se, basta escorregarem uma vez e acabou, sejam prudentes.
3.2) O que fazer quando se é apanhado
Errar é humano. Provavelmente vamos todos cometer um erro e se o governo achar que somos um peixe suficientemente grande ele vem a trás de nós. É sempre melhor prevenir do que remediar, temos de ter já um advogado pago 50k + extra (caso sejam ilegais, mesmo.) isto porque o governo pode congelar-nos as contas/apreender o dinheiro. Sabiam que o silencio é um direito? Mantenham a boca fechada. Eles vão tentar usar todas as táticas para nos fazer admitir que somos culpados dos crimes de que somos acusados. Provavelmente a primeira coisa que eles vos vão dizer é que nos querem ajudar e estão a trás do maior peixe do cardume, ignorem, treta. Eles vão dizer “então não queres cooperar? Estava a tentar ajudar-te mas agora só vais dar problemas” ou “Tens alguma noção dos crimes de que és acusado?”. Mais uma vez, mantenham-se calados e continem a pedir por um advogado. Nunca falem sem o vosso advogado presente e nunca façam nada que não seja exigido legalmente. Vocês têm o DIREITO de estar calados. Não discutam com os policias sobre se eles têm ou não alguma coisa contra ti, sê chill nesse assunto. Age assustado, ansioso e confuso. Como se não soubesses o que se passa e apenas queres o teu advogado. Diz aos policias: “Vocês estão-me a assustar, apenas quero o meu advogado”… como eu amo engenharia social. Com o vosso advogado é o basico, sejam honestos com ele e trabalhem como uma equipa. Privilegio Cliente-advogado.
4) Cool Stuff
TorChat funciona da mesma forma que o tor funciona com todas a features que todos gostamos, cria links .onion da mesma forma que o tor mas usa-o para identificar um ID de uma pessoa em particular sendo que esse ID pode comunicar com outros ID.
P.S: Não recomendo, ideia bonita mas não sabemos o nível de anonimato ou as vulnerabilidades que tal implica visto que funciona da mesma forma do que se como tivéssemos criado um HiddenService (um site tor) no nosso PC. Isso pode levar a problemas sérios. Fica à vossa mercê, de qualquer das formas a sua comunicação eu<=>parceiro teria o mesmo nível de segurança do que o tor.
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