Brave browser to use Civic’s blockchain identity-verification services on its platform
Ethereum blockchain-based Brave browser set up by Silicon Valley guru Brendan Eich has announced that it will collaborate with Civic to provide Civic’s identity verification services to Brave’s verified publishers. This was made public in a press release on Thursday. Brave comes with built-in privacy support features that allow for ad blocking, script disabling, and cookie & tracker blocking.
The collaboration will allow the publishers to use Civic’s identity verification and other Know Your Customer (KYC) services in order to access the Ethereum wallets used to store the Basic Attention Tokens (BATs) they earn through the platform.
As reported earlier by BC Focus, Brave browser surpassed the threshold of 10 million downloads on the Google Play store just months after the 5-million milestone was achieved.
This ethereum-based browser has come a long way since the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) which raised $35million in just 30 seconds. It has forged a media partnership with the Dow Jones Media group, allowing access to exclusive content from the company’s host of publications.
Although Brave and Chrome run on the same protocol, Brave’s model which is focused on Ethereum and its token, called BAT, has helped it to stay competitive in the browser industry. The ecosystem has tens of thousands of publishers and creators, who are being paid in digital currencies including BAT, Ethereum and Bitcoin.
The report goes on to add:
“Brave users can opt to anonymously and automatically reward publisher content by donating BATs through the integrated payments system in the browser. In the future, publishers who provide their own Ethereum wallets to receive BAT payments will have the option to use Civic Reusable KYC to verify identity and ensure authenticity. Publishers will benefit from convenient, secure, and private identity verification through the Civic app.”
Establishing trust between publishers and users
Speaking about this new association with Civic, Brendan Eich, CEO, and co-founder of Brave Software said, “Brave and the Basic Attention Token (BAT) aim to directly connect users and publishers in a transparent system to guarantee privacy and authenticity, without the intermediaries that harvest user data. Civic shares our values around privacy and protecting user information, and we’re excited to work with them to offer Civic Reusable KYC, which will be key to ensuring security and privacy on our publisher network.”
Echoing same sentiments, Civic CEO and Co-Founder, Vinny Lingham said, “Brave is a revolutionary browser that is combating some of the biggest Internet privacy challenges. Brave is experiencing exponential publisher and user growth, implementing Civic will enable more people to safely and securely utilize the Brave platform while establishing and sustaining trust between publishers and users. We’re thrilled to partner with Brave and bring our trusted identity verification services to help build a better browser with the benefits of blockchain technology,”
According to the report, Civic and Brave were both recently named “Cool Vendors in Blockchain Technology” in a Gartner report profiling 4 enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders.
In the past Civic’s system has also been used for validating the identities of those participating in ICOs, such as the 0x ICO which raised $24 million in August 2017.
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