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#takebacktheweb

Taking it all back:

The web was meant to be an open, boundary-less and democratic digital world. Born nearly 30 years ago, it enabled the early adopters among of which included other optimistic groups the ability to revel in their fascinations in the invisible layers of data being shared from others across the nation and over time, a world away. This inevitably unleashed unimagined creativity on the early internet where those who could, built their ideas from pure curiosity and expression of their creations. Through the mid and late 2000s, the internet became the main extension of information, connection and virtual expression. However, many netizens were blinded as large corporations, and other government entities rapidly placed many aspects of the internet under their control. They take, sell and use our data, engage in censorship and effectively created a more restrictive internet. Up until now, we can see the present uniformity and policing of expression.

Recently there has been a growing dialogue online of diversified users and other KOLs voicing these problems and creating awareness, however, these efforts are nearly not enough to affect efficient change. Although there are plenty of projects out there that look to provide solutions and better alternatives, there is still a dire need for better coordination and proper support specifically through better funding mechanisms.

We believe that the vision of the Ethereum community has always been about #takebacktheweb, as it extends to rights that the prospect yield; creating technologies that enable the growth of a decentralised Internet, and brings back the imagination and creativity to the builders, without subjugation by the existing institutions.

The #takebacktheweb initiative aims to bring the necessary technologies together through a sustainable funding mechanism that incentivizes targeted development towards these goals. Furthermore, with the space filled with general grant DAOs to fund generic scope of projects, it is meaningful for ECF to take a birds-eye view of the priorities and underscore, with the help of the community, the most urgent and important initiatives, and call out the community to act collectively to support more efficiently. …


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Ever since the launch of the ECF 2.0, we have been exploring — together with our members, advisors, volunteer experts, applicants, and the larger decentralisation communities — what concerns and priorities ECF should be addressing, to lead necessary progress for our technology and help change the world and lives of the people.

To continue to be an organisation that responds swiftly to the shifting demands of our community and our industry’s ever-changing landscape is a challenge we are determined and prepared to take. …


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In just a matter of days (April 12th to 15th), Executive Director of ECF, QJ will visit Groningen in The Netherlands for the Odyssey hackathon, joining as a Super Accelerator. Odyssey is an ambitious hybrid between an incubator and a hackathon that promises to make waves in the ecosystem. Continue reading to learn more about our role there, and what some of the voyagers from the Ethereum community will be up to in this new quest.

For some context, the Odyssey hackathon is the biggest Blockchain+AI hackathon in the world. A whopping total of a hundred teams have been invited, guided by 200 experts. These teams, will build solutions for 20 societal challenges, within 12 tracks, some of them being Nature 2.0, …


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The Magicians Council at the Conservatory

In July last year, ECF attended the Council of Berlin. We were really impressed with the quality of discussions, the people involved, and with the total openness to discuss both pressing topics in the Ethereum ecosystem and evaluating what we, as a community, needed to work on, in order to scale and walk towards mass adoption. You can read our report here.

After that great event, we started talks with the group, in order to ensure the sustainability of these face to face events. ETHMagicians work is mostly online, within their forum, and is aimed towards generating EIPs and discussing issues as the Ethereum roadmap, as well as being one of many interfaces between the developers and the community. However, these live events bring great value to the ecosystem, as we were able to see in Berlin. ECF decided to sponsor this initiative for their upcoming three events. Prague (October 2018) was our first one, where the magicians not only generated insightful discussions on EIP standards, education, UX, and more — but also hosted the ETH2 developers and researchers on a much-needed community Q&A session, which you can read about here.


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Hi community, we are back.

For the past year, the Ethereum Community Fund conducted a trial run as a centralized grant distribution program. It supported non-profit infrastructure projects, educational programs, and even events. Initial funding was provided by the founding members, a group of projects wanting to provide benefit to the ecosystem more broadly than they were able to do on their own.

Despite the difficulty of coordinating across the groups’ wildly varying interests, ECF was warmly welcomed by the community. Through leaps both forward and backwards, we managed to learn a thing or two about what our optimal role in the ecosystem might look like. Based on these findings, we reshaped our initiative, modified our means to support the community, and enhanced our understanding of the goals. In this post, I will be discussing our findings, and discussing some of our exciting next steps. …


Words by Chris Robison (Hoard), Matt Condon (XLNT), Matt Stephenson (Planck) and MP Fernández (Golem)

Thanks to Adora Goh (Hoard)

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“Rules of Basketball” - 1891, James Naismith (sort of a real-life NFT)

2018 has been quite a year in the world of Non-Fungible Tokens. The Ethereum Community Fund has seen many projects related to these particular tokens and their potential — and awarded grants to many of them! As the use-cases flourish, it has been extremely interesting to follow the creativity and ingenuity of the developer community in building use cases for NFTs / building applications for NFTs.

Some of the highest potential use cases of these non-fungible tokens rely on interoperability, and the ERC-721 standard helps projects work together by defining a minimum interface a smart contract must implement to allow unique tokens to be managed, owned, and traded. When projects use the same standards — like ERC-721 — to communicate, the entire ecosystem benefits. …


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Thanks to Chibi Fighters, Panda Earth and Cryptobots for their art

At the ECF, we focus on educational events. We are not keen on ephemeral announcements that are easily forgotten. The best events are incredibly unique, maybe even non-fungible.

By definition, a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is:

“a special type of cryptographic token which represents something unique; non-fungible tokens are thus not interchangeable. This is in contrast to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and many networks or utility tokens that are fungible in nature.”

Our community is unique, non-interchangeable and we’d never trade it either, so we decided to build an event to reflect this!

During this event, we will announce some new grantees, and framing our announcements in this manner will then hopefully make them… non-fungible announcements? …


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Back in March 2018, when ECF announced the first 5 grantees in Tokyo — Reality Keys, Swingby Protocol, XLNT, ETHPrize, and Prysmatic Labs— we simultaneously started forming the fund’s organisation, its culture and how we aimed to approach future communications.

We have decided to call our grantees ECF Alumni. The term is catchy, holds a specific weight and seriousness, and works well with the tone we are aiming to set for the fund.

Yet we figured out along the way that we’re not schooling anyone — the ECF core team, founding members and more, are gaining new knowledge and lessons throughout the interview processes, analyzing applications, and getting expert feedback to assess the evaluations in the most agnostic and educated way possible.


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A Tipset for Current and Future Ecosystem #Buidlers

Awa Sun Yin (Cøsmos), María Paula Fernández (Golem) & Cassandra Shi (ECF)

The Ethereum Community Fund, despite being active for only a few months, has received hundreds of applications and a lot of community interest. Needless to say, the ECF team has been amazed by the enthusiasm, as well as the sheer amount and diversity of applications submitted so far.

The mission of the ECF is to fund research and development that will contribute to the Ethereum ecosystem, in helping it to grow in a healthy and sustainable way. …


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Source: Unsplash

Authors: María Paula Fernández (Golem) & Gabrielle Micheletti

Special thanks to Jonathan Zerah (Status) and Mitch Kosowski (ETHPrize), Christine Chiang (Cosmos).

The ecosystem is one. We need to coexist in harmony, we need to find healthy synergies and collaborations — and in the last year alone, we have also been spectators of the meteoric rise of generous and ultimately altruistic development grant programs to help this space thrive. These initiatives are naturally non-competing, and part of our need to complement each other. The Ethereum Community Fund (ECF) has taken on the initiative to map some of them out, and give a wider audience a clearer understanding of what they entail. …

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We aim to be an open network of funds and a community union to contribute to the common goods and harmonize community concerns.

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