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The Brave browser: a monetary opportunity for libraries in the cryptoverse

Brady Lund (Brady Lund (blund2@g.emporia.edu) is based at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, USA)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 14 October 2021

Issue publication date: 30 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe the benefits of the Brave web browser and its native cryptocurrency, the Basic Attention Token (BAT), for use by library patrons to preserve privacy and as a potential fundraising platform for libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

The Brave browser and BAT are introduced, an analysis of trends in adoption of these technologies is discussed and an argument for libraries to adopt/promote these technologies is presented.

Findings

Libraries could support the online privacy of their patrons if they encourage them to adopt the Brave browser, which is designed with privacy and security in mind. Libraries could also benefit from participating in the Brave Rewards program, which allows Brave users to donate BAT, a cryptotoken that they earn by viewing Brave ads, which can be traded for cash.

Originality/value

To the best of the author’s knowledge, this paper is the first to discuss the applications of the Brave browser in libraries and the potentials of cryptocurrency adoption by libraries.

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Citation

Lund, B. (2021), "The Brave browser: a monetary opportunity for libraries in the cryptoverse", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 38 No. 6, pp. 15-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-05-2021-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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