Swash Update — 1000DATA referral reward, events, and recommended resources

News Oct 05, 2020

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We’ve had a busy few weeks here at Swash. The release of Swash 1.2.0, the panel on The Role of Data Unions at Diffusion Digital, getting ready for the MyData Online 2020 conference in December, and now Streamr’s launch of the Data Union Framework, has led to many exciting talks with investors, data buyers, and promising partners. Watch this space!

This week’s post includes a few updates you might’ve missed, as well as some suggestions of things that have inspired the Swash team lately.

📚 What we’re reading…

Image: Streamr

📚 This article from Streamr where their Head of Growth, Shiv Malik, answered an AMA on the Gains Telegram channel. This is a really useful piece for learning more about Data Unions in a more nuanced way.

📚 The Mozilla Data Futures research is full of unique insights, exciting observations and predictions, and offers a thorough look at current and future prospects for the world of data in an attempt to take practical steps to support a better internet. At Swash, we’re very excited to see such a firm push towards change for the better by such a well-known name and are eager to see what comes of it.

📚 According to this article by the ODI, Data Trusts are, ‘a legal structure that provides independent stewardship of data’. This piece by MIT offers a breakdown of the new EU Data Governance Framework — a must-read if you want to get up to speed on the current situation.

📺 What we’re watching

From left to right; Ioana Surpateanu, Matt Prewitt, Matt Law, Shiv Malik, and Reza Naeeni at Diffusion Digital

📺 If you missed it live, you can now watch The Role of Data Unions panel and our live Q&A from Diffusion Digital. Special thanks to Outlier Ventures and the other panel guests; Ioana Surpateanu, Matt Prewitt, Shiv Malik, and panel moderator, Matt Law.

📺 We’ve also just released a new explainer video. Feel free to share it with your friends, and don’t forget to use your referral code!

📺 There was a lively and varied discussion on Data Unions and Data Dividends from tech, policy, and legal perspectives at Personal Data Day last week, featuring Shiv Malik, Head of Growth at Streamr, Matt Prewitt, President of RadicalxChange, and Enoch Liang, CEO of The Data Dividend Project. Watch the full panel here.

📺 At Swash, we’re pro-anything that drives discussions and awareness around data and the inner workings of the data economy. The recent release of The Social Dilemma (2020) documentary has caused a stir but, if you enjoyed it, then definitely check out The Great Hack (2019) and People You May Know (2020).

We’ve found that mentioning Swash as an example of real-life solutions to what is explored in these shows works well. Let’s balance doom and gloom with practical and easy alternatives that give people a choice!

👂 What we’re listening to…

Image: FullyCrypto Podcast

👂 Check out the latest episode by FullyCrypto Podcast with Shiv Malik to dive deeper into Data Unions, Swash, and notions of free will and data monetisation. Also, this episode with the BBC’s Digital Planet podcast goes live tomorrow at 8 pm (UK).

👂 This discussion between RadicalxChange’s Avital Balwit with Jaron Lanier offers plenty of food for thought and brings optimism and excitement back into the conversation. If you’re struggling to find a way to talk about data and the internet with people, this is a great place to start. Available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

👂 Finally, what better way to balance a busy, fast-paced few weeks than with this Instrumental Study playlist by Spotify? Best consumed with a cup of tea and gloomy weather.

⭐️ Spotlight ⭐️

Today, we’d like to introduce you to the brains behind the browser, Swash’s CTO and Co-Founder, Ebrahim Khalilzadeh.

Ebrahim was a Streamr community member who saw the potential of the technology and built Swash, bringing a real-life use case to the #DataUnion concept.

He has over 10 years experience in the software security industry, a host of awards and honours, and a MSc in Information Security, making us very lucky to have his brains behind the browser.

Here he is talking about Swash:


Swash is a browser extension that makes it possible to earn as you surf the web. Users simply install, browse, and earn. That’s it, Swash does all the rest on their behalf and rewards people for the value they create.

We’re set on redesigning the data economy to work better for everyone and to create a better internet.

We believe this is only possible by rewarding the data creators (yes, that means you) for the value they generate online and by recognising every internet user as an integral part of the data economy.

Swash makes it possible for everyone to profit from their data, ultimately refining how data is collected and valued, with the goal of accelerating change and redefining our data economy.

If you have questions or want to know more about Swash, feel free to write to me at [email protected] or join our community on Twitter, Telegram, and Reddit.

Originally published on the Swash Medium channel on October 5th, 2020.

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