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Guest AMA with Kindhumans

Guest AMA with Kindhumans

Welcome to the next installment in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and now, guests from projects and causes that Brave collaborates with.  The most recent AMA took place on...

Mjolnir: Tooling for BAT Apollo

Mjolnir: Tooling for BAT Apollo

This blog was written by Samuel Dare, Blockchain Engineer at Brave Marching towards Brave’s mission to create a decentralised ecosystem for digital advertising that respects user’s privacy, we aim to incrementally decentralize components of our architecture as they...

Browser First-Run: iOS Edition

Browser First-Run: iOS Edition

The following review was conducted by Sampson, Senior Developer Relations Specialist at Brave. Last year I did a review of several popular desktop browsers, focusing exclusively on what they do when you launch the browser for the first time. Months later, an...

Guest AMA with Matthew Liu & Nick Poulden of Origin

Guest AMA with Matthew Liu & Nick Poulden of Origin

Welcome to the next installment in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs. The ongoing AMA series on Reddit features various guests from the Brave and BAT teams, and now, guests from projects and causes that Brave collaborates with. The most recent AMA took place on...

Brave Launches New Swag Store Powered by Origin

Brave Launches New Swag Store Powered by Origin

Brave unveils new Brave Swag Store, the official source for Brave and Basic Attention Token-branded merchandise. Powered by Origin Protocol’s new decentralized e-commerce platform, Dshop.San Francisco - March 24, 2020 - Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of...

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #3: Fingerprint Randomization

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #3: Fingerprint Randomization

Brave now protects users from being fingerprinted by making them appear subtly different to each website. Browser fingerprinting protection is available today in our Nightly version. These new protections both provide the strongest fingerprinting protections of any popular browser, and work without introducing bothersome permission prompts or breaking websites.

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #2: Third-Party Cosmetic Filtering

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #2: Third-Party Cosmetic Filtering

Problem: Blocking Trackers Sometimes Breaks Sites. One of many ways Brave protects your privacy on the Web is by blocking requests to trackers. By blocking these requests, Brave prevents you from being followed around the Web, and from ad companies, data brokers, and other privacy-harming parties from recording your online activity.

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately-Episode #1: Web Resource Replacements (replacing tracking code with privacy-preserving code that keeps sites working well)

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately-Episode #1: Web Resource Replacements (replacing tracking code with privacy-preserving code that keeps sites working well)

Problem: Blocking Trackers Sometimes Breaks Sites. One of many ways Brave protects your privacy on the Web is by blocking requests to trackers. By blocking these requests, Brave prevents you from being followed around the Web, and from ad companies, data brokers, and other privacy-harming parties from recording your online activity.

Brave 1.0 Performance: Methodology and Results

Brave 1.0 Performance: Methodology and Results

Brave reached a major milestone with the release of the 1.0 version. As ever, web browsing performance is a key priority for Brave, so we set out to evaluate in detail how it stacks up against the competition and devised a methodology for doing so. In our “1.0 reviewer guide”, we summarized the significant savings Brave users can expect.  In the spirit of transparency, we here present our methodology and detailed results.

The ICO’s failure to act on RTB, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK

The ICO’s failure to act on RTB, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK

The ICO has today announced that it will be taking no substantive action to fix “RTB”, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK. Regulatory ambivalence cannot continue. We are considering all options to put an end to the systemic breach, including direct challenges to the controllers and judicial oversight of the ICO. 

Introducing Sponsored Images in Brave

Introducing Sponsored Images in Brave

Today we’d like to introduce “Sponsored Images”, the latest addition to Brave’s private advertising platform. These branded images will appear in the form of large, beautiful background images within our new tab page. Sponsored Images will bring additional revenue to support Brave’s mission, and give users a new reason to turn on Brave Rewards so they can get compensated for their attention. These images will begin to appear across our mobile and desktop browsers over the next few months. As always with Brave, Sponsored Images are private.

The road to Brave 1.0

The road to Brave 1.0

Over the past 4 ½ years I’ve been helping to build a “big” new startup named Brave. It’s been a wild ride, far exceeding anything I could have imagined. The company has grown from a team of 2, to over 100 passionate mission-driven teammates. Our user base has grown to 8.7 million monthly active users. Our users help support over 300,000 registered content creators via micropayments. And our community is growing and thriving more every day.

Brave, Fingerprinting, and Privacy Budgets

Brave, Fingerprinting, and Privacy Budgets

This work was written by Peter Snyder, Privacy researcher at Brave, and Dr. Ben Livshits, Brave's Chief Scientist. One of Brave’s core goals is to protect peoples’ privacy online, and to prevent online trackers from following you around the Web. Brave protects users...

Everipedia and Brave Announce Partnership

Everipedia and Brave Announce Partnership

Brave to be Featured on Everipedia Homepage, Everipedia Ads to be Featured within Brave GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – October 30, 2019: Everipedia, the world’s largest blockchain-based encyclopedia, and Brave, a privacy browser combined with a blockchain-based...

Accurately Predicting Ad Blocker Savings

Accurately Predicting Ad Blocker Savings

Estimating the slow road not taken
We have written before on Brave’s performance, energy and bandwidth benefits for the user. Brave Shields is our primary mechanism for protecting user privacy, but many users know by now that ad and tracker blocking (or just ad blocking for short) makes the web faster and generally better for them. So far Brave’s estimates of the users’ time saved have been very conservative and somewhat naive: we take the total number of ads and trackers blocked, and multiply that by 50 milliseconds. Why this specific number? It is at the low end of what others have estimated to be third-party JavaScript execution overheads, but in fact both in the third-party impact study and in our measurements in this study, the average and median impact of an ad or tracker is more than 10 times higher. Clearly, it is time for an update.

Competition issues in digital markets

Competition issues in digital markets

This note presents a submission from Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, and Dr Orla Lynskey of the London School of Economics, to the UK Competition & Markets Authority. 

VPN⁰: A Privacy-Preserving Distributed Virtual Private Network

VPN⁰: A Privacy-Preserving Distributed Virtual Private Network

This research presents VPN⁰, the first distributed virtual private network offering a privacy preserving traffic authorization and validation mechanism. This research was conducted by Dr. Matteo Varvello (Performance Researcher at Brave), Iñigo Querejeta-Azurmendi...

Brave Tops Browser First-Run Network Traffic Results

Brave Tops Browser First-Run Network Traffic Results

What does a browser do when you first launch it? One of the first things most of us do when sitting down at our computer is launch a web browser. By and large, we’re usually re-launching a browser that we were using hours before. As such, we’re picking up where we...

Privacy-Preserving Product Analytics (P3A)

Privacy-Preserving Product Analytics (P3A)

Introduction At Brave, we want our browser not only to provide the best protection against the surveillance economy, but to be the very best way to experience the web.  We rely extensively on community feedback to make sure that the product provides the most vital...

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