Basic Attention Token platform, blockchain-based digital advertising system

Yoti, London
Dec 14th 2017
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Technical deep dive talk with Brave Software, BAT (Basic Attention Token). Strictly for developers only!

Please note that this event is for software engineers and computer science/software engineering students only. We will review all registrations and will send you an email to confirm your seat. This event is brought to you by The Blockchain Connector, a training and recruitment company focusing entirely on Blockchain technology.



18:30 – 19:00 Registration & Networking

19:00 - 19:15 Brief intro from Antonio Sabado, event organiser and founder of The Blockchain Connector and Yoti our venue sponsor. 

19:15 – 20:15 Main presentation from Ben Livshits

20:15 - 20:45 Q&A with Ben Livshits led by Mustafa Al-Bassam

20:45 – Networking drinks at a nearby pub sponsored by DECENT


Speaker: Ben Livshits


Ben Livshits is the Chief Scientist for Brave Software International, the company behind Brave, a browser that blocks ads and makes web browsing faster. He is also a Reader (similar to Associate Professor in the American academic system) at Imperial College London and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington. Previously, he was a research scientist at Microsoft Research. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, he received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell University in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Livshits' research interests include application of sophisticated static and dynamic analysis techniques to finding errors in programs.


Presentation: Starting to Value User Attention

This talk will focus on Brave, a novel browser that focuses on changing the advertising model. At the core of Brave is the idea that user’s attention should be properly valued and rewarded. The web is fundamentally broken -- the cost of "ad-supported, free" content has ultimately been at the expense of privacy and security, on promises of better relevance that ultimately have led to rapid adoption of ad blocking.

We will talk about BAT, the basic attention token and present some of the usage scenarios around it. BAT allows for a realization opportunity for users to become aware of their attention value, which through the existing ad and marketing model, has been extracted and converted into an apparatus designed for further extraction and profiling of their behaviour with associated perf, privacy and data costs. 


The Blockchain Connector "Our goal is to build a blockchain developer community by helping regular developers become blockchain developers. We host regular hands-on developer workshops, technical deep dive sessions and hackathons. We train and recruit developers on behalf of start-ups and global firms working on Blockchain related projects. Join us and be part of our growing developer community"

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