Bitcoin continued to yo-yo this week, trading below $9,000 for most of Monday and Tuesday and then surging to a high of $9,627 Thursday. At the time of writing, BTC was trading at $9,400.57, up 2.4% over the last seven days.
Voyager Token (VGX) + 34%
VeChain (VET) +18.6%
Cardano (ADA) +15.7%
Ethereum Classic (ETC) +7.4%
A Brave New Video Conference
Due to COVID-19 lockdowns, meetings, concerts, doctor appointments, and even your mom's book club have gone virtual, creating a greater need than ever before for reliable video conferencing.
While Zoom has emerged as the platform of choice for many, it has faced backlash for significant privacy and security concerns. Hundreds of cases of unwanted trolls gaining access to users' calls and posting obscene content (AKA "Zoom-bombings") have occurred, prompting several companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Bank of America to ban the use of the software altogether.
Luckily, there's now a safer, new option. Brave, the open-source web browser, just launched an end-to-end encrypted video calling feature. The new service, called 'Brave Together,' lets users make unlimited free video calls between two participants, with no account necessary. According to Brave, the new feature is based on Jitsi, an open-source encrypted video calling software, and it's currently testing multiple participants in a single call.
Brave Together will be integrated directly into the Brave browser and available to its more than 12 million monthly active users. The Brave Browser has grown in popularity for rewarding its customers with the Basic Attention Token (BAT) for watching ads and creating quality content.
Voting on Blockchain
If the Coronavirus pandemic isn't under control by November's presidential election, what will voting in the United States look like? Some states, like California, will conduct an all-mail ballot. Others have suggested online voting or socially distanced in-person voting.
Not surprisingly, each option has become politicized. Opponents of mail-in and online voting site security and fraud risks while those against in-person voting worry about citizens' health and low voter turnouts.
With neither side backing down, blockchain technology could provide the unbiased solution Americans are looking for. Some of the advantages of blockchain voting include;
- Votes are recorded on an immutable ledger
- Results are transparent and available to anyone
- Votes are unique and can only be recorded once
- Elections can be private and anonymous
- Voting is secure because the process is distributed and decentralized
- Voting can be done from any computer or internet-connected device.
Pilots of blockchain voting have already shown promising results. This month, the Arizona State Republican Party convention successfully used blockchain voting platform Voatz. More than 1,100 delegates voted using the Voatz app, with a nearly even split of voters using iPhones (58.3%) and Androids (41.7%).
Blockchain voting has yet to be used for a national election, but its use case is encouraging, especially as we face the unprecedented challenges of a pandemic.