Bountysource Introduces Crypto Bounties

Crypto Bounties

Bountysource, effective immediately will have the ability for all of the world’s crypto projects to post their own bounties backed by their own ERC-20 tokens (or cryptocurrency of their choosing).

This is a huge opportunity for Bountysource and the CanYa ecosystem. The demand for good blockchain developers far exceeds the supply, also, the nature of the development work often means it is done in shorter timeframes than what would be needed from a full-time employee. By allowing crypto projects the ability to outsource some of their development work and giving blockchain developers the chance to work in short stints on a number of projects – the platform will offer developers and projects alike the utility of being dextrous and nimble with their time.

Shortly, we will add the ability for projects to natively host smart contract auditing on the Bountysource platform too. This will ensure that projects can confidently publish their smart contracts in the knowledge it has been externally and objectively audited by experts in the field. Combining these two features means Bountysource will become the go-to platform for blockchain and decentralised technology development.

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ETH, CAN & All Other ERC20 Tokens Now Accepted on Bountysource

Allowing crypto payment is important for many macroeconomic reasons that obviously align with the CanYa project’s core beliefs and objectives.  However beyond expediting the adoption of cryptocurrencies, allowing ERC20 tokens in addition to ETH as a payment method removes genuine barriers to entry for many people that include censorship, and restrictions of trade.

Two important things to note with regards to listing crypto bounties;

1.  Currently, bounties are either crypto OR fiat based and not a mixture of the two.  Fluid bounties that accept any payment are a planned upgrade in the coming months.

2.  Anonymous funding of existing bounties is available, however anonymous backers will not be entitled to approve/reject bounty claims. It’s also recommended to have more than one backer on a bounty as this reduces the risk of improper disbursement of funds.

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Bountysource & CanYa

Bountysource, owned by CanYa, is the world’s first and most popular open-source bug bounty platform.  In recent months we have been working hard to make adjustments to reinvigorate the community, code, and UX features without moving away from the core functionality of the platform.

Bountysource directly aligns with CanYa’s long term goals of being a peer-to-peer marketplace of services for digital nomads to work in their own time, on their own terms.

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Restriction of Trade & PayPal Issues

Many countries are considered “prohibited” by PayPal and therefore can’t send or receive monies using the platform.  This is more than problematic for not just freelancers but anyone who is looking to access the digital economy in any of the following countries.

  • Belarus
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Liberia (Former Regime of Charles Taylor)
  • Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions
  • North Korea
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Western Balkans
  • Zimbabwe

The CanYa ecosystem is particularly aware of how important the gig economy will be to empowering developing nations.  We are also aware that many people will earn and not buy their first crypto.  Crypto bounties will help remove another barrier to entry of not only crypto payments, but payment in general to many people around the world.

This ability to trade without the limitations of borders, is one of the key principles and benefits of crypto as a payment method, and something CanYa and Bountysource are very proud to be facilitating.

Bountysource Development Strategy & Takeaways

In the true spirit of agile software development, we are releasing the minimum viable product to the market. This build/measure/learn approach allows us to incorporate feedback from the community quickly into future releases, progressively refining and improving the crypto payment functionality.

CAN tokens will become an integral part of the Bountysource ecosystem. Bounties posted in CAN will incur the lowest fees, be featured on the front page and be eligible for free tweets with details of the bounty! CAN tokens will also be required for pinned bounties and other premium services.  This is a significant development, which we are very excited about but expect many more updates to come with regards to Bountysource.

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CANTrack: Organised Freelancer Tool

CANTrack is time-tracking tool designed to help freelancers and businesses alike to manage tasks and report on jobs to be completed.  It functions as both an organisational tool, and a reference ledger to help co-ordinate parties in different time-zones.

How does it work exactly?

Like all CANApps, CANTrack is designed to be intuitively simple to use.  No logins, no downloads, no data capture.  You simply click ‘Add Task’ and it will prompt you to title your task.

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Once you have named the task you will press the ‘play’ button which will start to time how long it takes to complete the task.  You can pause or stop this segment of work at any time.  When you do, you will be prompted to add and name another task.  This segment of work will be represented in a different colour so that you can easily discern how much time was spent on each respective task.

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After you have completed your job you then click “Preview and Publish.”
The document will be published on the Ropsten network, which is an alternative Ethereum network which incurs no fees.  You will need to switch to this network in your Metamask account to access this network.

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Once you have seen the summary of works completed and you are content with the accuracy of the document, you can submit your timesheet to the Ropsten network.  For your own due diligence, you can save a PDF version for recording keeping.

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By clicking “publish” you will be taken to your Metamask screen to submit the smart contract to the blockchain.  As this is the Ropsten Network you can use “fake” ETH to power the contract.  After the transaction is verified, you will be taken to the screen that will have both a shareable link to the timesheet and a hash link to the Etherscan.

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In note form

  1.  Simply Add and name a Task that you are doing.
  2.  Time the task by clicking the “play” button on the set assignment.
  3.  Add additional tasks until the work is complete.
  4.  Click “Preview and Publish” work.
  5.  Switch your Metamask to the “Ropsten Network.”
  6.  Review that work is accurate and then publish that work to the Ropsten Network.
  7.  Once that transaction is complete share the link to the document and save a PDF for your own record-keeping.

Takeaway

CANTrack is a piece of software that allows you to organise your day to the minute and is an essential tool for both sides of the freelancer economy.  The fact that it is both intuitive to use and produces immutable records of work completed means that it is a tool that will help avoid confusion and make record keeping effortless. Like all CANApps it does not require you to log in, enter data, or rely on central servers.  The data is contributed, stored and shared by the freelancer using the App.  Exactly as it should be.

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CANApp Launch #3 – CANShare

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CANShare:

We are pleased to announce our latest CANApp; CANShare!

CANShare is going to be a completely new and awesome way to send and receive large files of up to 3TB! No more dropboxes or shared drives! CANShare makes it incredibly easy, private and secure to send all of your project files! It is built on IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) technology.

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What is IPFS?

IPFS is a network created by Juan Benet, the founder of Filecoin, that allows people to host and share files on a system of nodes.  Essentially, it’s a new way to store and access information.

It works as a peer-to-peer protocol where each node stores a collection of hashed files. A client who wants to retrieve any of those files enjoys access to an abstraction layer where it simply needs to call the hash of the file it wants.  Rather than storing files, IPFS simply stores the hashes to files on series of nodes

IPFS allows users who run a node to work together to send and receive information with each other.  Instead of having to go through a far away, central server, you can get a file quickly, nearly instantly from the closest node that has what you need.

The simple sentence explanation is that this is a new file system to send and receive information that makes use of decentralised web 3.0 technology.

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The newest CAN app will allow large files to be transferred using decentralised technology (IPFS). It will offer great utility for anyone looking to send large files especially as no service currently makes this type of file transfer so accessible and achievable.

Current alternatives such as DropBox and Shared Drives require logins through central ID ports such as Facebook and Google and are also controlled by central servers.  CANShare allows you to bypass all of this, and just contribute and access the network with no bottleneck or barrier to the information.

An example of how this might work is if a filmmaker needed to send an 80GB HD video to a client for review. That file could be added to the network with a link that could be easily sent to the receiver in complete privacy with no centralised storage.  Frictionless, borderless and free decentralised technology.  This is an application that offers decentralised utility in the truest sense of the concept.

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How it works:

The beauty of CANShare is that it is incredibly straightforward to use.  With zero requirements to verify ID or login, you can simply upload your file and once it is successfully hosted on IPFS it will produce a hash link that allows you to access and share the file.

1.  Find the local file you want to upload.
2.  A hash link will be created that allows you to access and share that file.
3.  Once you have shared or saved that hash, you can then delete the archived upload history by clearing your cache.

Future Improvements

Moving forward we will make it easier to remove the hash link from sitting on the home page and allow you to delete or archive the hashes.  Note: this does not mean the hash is deleted, as the IPFS will still host the file, however, it means that your upload history is not publicly available to anyone who was to access your computer as a privacy measure.

We will also integrate email so you can email hashes to people once the files have been uploaded to IPFS. There will also be some UI/UX improvements in the coming days.

CANShare is another great app in the suite of tools available to our digital freelancers within the CanYa ecosystem.

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CanYa Awards AidCoin 100,000CAN as Inaugural Charity Vote Winners.

CanYa Community Charity Vote

We are incredibly excited to announce that AidCoin is the inaugural winner of the community voted CanYa Community Charity Vote.

As outlined in the CanYaCoin Asset Contract, we will donate 10% of the unsold tokens from our ICO to a charity poolThe charity pool is intended to go towards charitable organisations, to support for-purpose projects in the Web3 space, and to contribute to education in software development to support the growth of the blockchain and Web3 projects.

CanYa as an organisation believes in the pay-it-forward concept. As per the whiteapaper, 10% of all CanYa revenue goes to our charity pool via the asset contract.

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AidCoin is a tremendous project that believes in creating transparency towards donations to charitable organisations.  In some ways, it is fitting that our first donation is towards a company that is building a more transparent donating environment.

The AidCoin solution is very important due to the social distrust with the allocation of charitable funds in recent times.  Charities have a tremendous role to play in the improvement of the most vulnerable, but it will only be a viable method if people can be assured that their money is getting to the places and causes it was intended to go.

We are delighted to help power the AIDChain platform as it aims to make the nonprofit sector more transparent.

Allocation of funds

The funds will be sent to AidCoin in batches over the coming four months. AidCoin has a number of  exciting partnerships being announced in the near future. We will therefore allow our CanYa HODL club members to vote where the CanYa tokens are to be sent in line with the new charity partnership announcements!

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Moving Forward

CanYa will continue to donate to projects, as voted by our community, on projects that we believe are creating positive change within the blockchain ecosystem.  We encourage as many members of our community to vote so that we can best represent the interests of those that support the CanYa project.  Keep your eyes peeled for details about future Charity allocations or send us a note at support@canya.com for more information on this initiative.

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Bountysource, Education First increase Mozilla WebRTC bounty to a whopping $50,000!

Bountysource is a dedicated crowdfunding platform for open source software, used by organisations such as IBM, Ripple, Facebook and Signal.


See link to bounty here:

Education First posts $50k Bounty for a dormant Mozilla issue.


Bountysource?

Founded in 2012 and acquired by CanYa in 2017, Bountysource was the first of such platforms and now boasts a 50,000 strong community of passionate open-source software and blockchain enthusiasts. Bounties are funded by members to incentivise developers around the world to solve open issues or feature requests for particular projects.

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Education First’s Bounty

The Mozilla Firefox WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications) issue was first reported in 2015 on Bugzilla and relates to the lack of support for NTLM/Kerberos authentication in Firefox. Where a corporate proxy uses these types of authentication, this means that users are unable to capture & stream audio/visual media.

Education First (EF) has provided life-changing education for global citizens for 50 years in over 100 countries. In its mission to connect students with teachers around the world, EF is constantly exploring the latest technology and communication standards. WebRTC is currently the most interesting of these standards for its ability to function without plugins and in low bandwidth environments; however, there is still limited browser support, particularly in more secure corporate environments.

$50,000 up for grabs!

In March this year, EF posted an $8,000 bounty to encourage development on the WebRTC issue. Despite the substantial bounty, the community discovered the work required to fix Mozilla’s WebRTC issue was daunting.

Today Education First has sought to further incentivise developers by increasing the bounty to $50,000 — One of the largest known bounties available to the open-source community. Education First hopes the bounty is enough to attract developers to take up the challenge to solve a problem which has remained unsolved for 3 years.

The Link Again:

Education First’s $50,000 Bounty

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CANApp launch #2 – CANStation

CanYa Apps (CANApps)

The CanYa team will be releasing a new CanYa App each Wednesday for the next three weeks! Last week we released CANInvoice. Today we are releasing CANStation!

CANStation

CANStation is a tool to help our platform users find the optimal gas limit and gas price settings while using the $CAN token and interacting with the Ethereum blockchain (that the CanYa ecosystem is built on).

This can all be confusing for people that are new to Ethereum and cryptocurrency so we wanted to create a native tool that simplifies it all with up-to-date information for our platform users.

You can access the app directly at https://canstation.io.

Firstly, some terms need to be defined:

The Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) uses gas to operate. Gas ensures that only code that people want to execute is executed (by miners) and the network is not clogged down by computations that no one is interested in.

An important thing to remember is that you do not buy or own ‘Gas‘ per se, it simply uses very small portions of ETH to ‘pay‘ as the gas. So to perform work on the Ethereum blockchain (whether that be transferring ETH / tokens or executing a smart contract) you will need ETH.

CanYa is built on the Ethereum blockchain and the $CAN token is an ERC20 token. This means that using the CanYa DAO will require some basic understanding of these definitions and their current prices etc.

Note: Most of these parameters will be automatically set for you when using a wallet or other blockchain interface, however, having this knowledge will give you more confidence when dealing with cryptocurrencies and ETH specifically.

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This is the price that an action on the Ethereum blockchain requires to be executed.

Gas is measured in GWei which is a denomination of ETH such that:

1 Ether = 1,000,000,000 Gwei (109)

Note: The Wei denomination (1 Ether =  1,000,000,000,000,000,000 Wei (1018)) is named after Wei Dai; an early cryptographer who is also referenced in the Bitcoin whitepaper.

Gas Price is variable. During times of high network congestion the gas price will increase. This was exemplified during the ‘crypto-kitties‘ craze of late 2017 where the gas price got to around 60 Gwei (at the time of writing the safe low price is 1Gwei).

It will also increase depending on the complexity of the action you are trying to perform.

Ie: typically gas prices will follow this general rule:

Executing smart contracts uses more gas than sending tokens which also uses more gas than sending ETH.

‘Gas Limit’

The Gas limit is the total amount of gas (ETH) you are willing to spend for an action on the Ethereum blockchain. The more complicated the action, the higher you will need to set your gas limit. If too little gas is used the transaction will fail and your ETH will be returned minus whatever gas you elected to use. If too high a gas limit is set you will be refunded any extra gas that wasn’t needed for the transaction to take place.

Gas limits protect people as there could be poorly written code that could keep computing infinitely. Setting a limit means that this code will stop once the gas is used up.

‘Transaction Cost’

Is merely the price in USD/ETH/AUD (etc) that an action on the Ethereum blockchain costs.

Transaction Cost is simply ‘Gas price’ x ‘Gas used’.

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Above is an image from the internet that shows this information. It was a simple ETH transaction. The Gas limit was set to 21,000 (which is standard for ETH transfers). Gas price was 8 Gwei which is reasonably high (this means the user may have wanted the transaction to occur quickly). Transaction (Tx) Cost/Fee (which we now know is price x limit) is 0.000168 ETH which equated to $14c (USD) at the time.

Fundamentally, this means you can transfer money anywhere in the world any time of the year in only a few minutes at a cost of a few cents – this is the power of crypto!

Now, back to CANStation

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We have made it very simple and user friendly.

Firstly, you select the Gas Limit for what type of work you are doing:

  • ETH transfer
  • Token transfer (ie: $CAN)
  • Smart Contract Execution (this will become more relevant for CanYa’s ‘on-chain’ operations)

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Once you have selected this you can see all of the pertinent parameters required to inform you on what settings to use for said work:

  • The recommended Gas limit (as seen in the above screenshot)
  • Three gas price options depending on how quickly you want to work to be completed. Ie: 4, 3 or 1 minute (higher gas price = quicker execution)

Note: This information is all live and based on the current Ethereum blockchain information.

Finally, you can also see the current $CAN / ETH prices and a graphical representation of the time v gas relationship:

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Conclusion

One of CanYa’s goals is to help accelerate the main stream adoption of cryptocurrency. The CanYa platform (and it’s associated CANApps) will be the first experience with this technology that a lot of our users have. We therefore need to create as many user-friendly tools inside of our ecosystem to help educate and guide users who are new to the cryptocurrency space.

CANStation is a perfect example of this philosophy.

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May Community Competition: Create something cool for the Alpha Launch!

Let’s have some fun and create something to celebrate the CanYa Alpha launch!

This month’s community competition will be a bit of fun. We want our community to get creative and help us make some awesome CanYa graphics to share across the internet. They can be GIFs, Telegram Stickers, memes, infographics – anything you like.

CanYaGoesLive Competition

Here’s how it will work:

  1. Create something bold, informative or funny.
  2. Post it to Twitter with the hashtag #CanYaGoesLive
  3. Share your post on the CanYa Community Telegram Channel & Discord
  4. Tag a moderator in CanYa Community (TG or Discord) and get confirmation your entry has been recorded
  5. There is no limit to how many entries you CAN submit – so go back to step 1.

Winners & Prizes:

Entries will close 28th May and the CanYa team and moderators will pick their three favourite entries. It might be for most original, funniest, greatest effort – who knows. In the interest of sharing the CAN, regardless of how many entries a community member submits, they will only be able to win one prize (with the exception of the voting mentioned below).

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Prizes for the winners will be as such:

The 3 winners will each receive 250 CAN

As an added bonus, our community will be able to vote on which of the 3 finalists is their favourite. The Community Favourite will pick up an extra 250 CAN and one lucky community member who voted will score a CanYa Ledger Nano S.

Voting will take place on 30th & 31st May.

Conclusion

We want you all to have some fun with this month’s competition! Create something cool for us to share across the internet and celebrate the launch of the CanYa Alpha and our CanYa App suite!

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