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Technical explainer: Halo on Zcash

We’re proud to introduce ZIP 224, which provides a path to bringing Halo 2 to Zcash. The Halo 2 zero-knowledge proving system, invented and developed at Electric Coin Co. (ECC), eliminates the trusted setup, reducing the attack surface of the Zcash protocol and improving assurance about ZEC supply integrity. As the first deployment of the […]

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Goodbye, Henry

After two years as the Zcash Foundation’s Principal Cryptographic Researcher, Henry de Valence is stepping down. Henry was the Zcash Foundation’s first technical hire and left a deep imprint on our work. He designed the architecture of Zebra, the Zcash Foundation’s independent implementation of the Zcash protocol and consensus rules. Zebra has a modern Rust […]

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New Release 4.2.0

Switch to ed25519-zebra for consensus signature checks This removes the zcashd dependency upon libsodium for ed25519 signature checks and instead uses the Rust implementation in ed25519-zebra, which has been active for signature verification since the Canopy upgrade. For more information on the conditions that led to this change see https://hdevalence.ca/blog/2020-10-04-its-25519am. Update default fees according to […]

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ECC Transparency Report for Q2 2020

Why release a transparency report?  Electric Coin Co. (ECC) is committed to openness and transparency — as we help evolve and support the Zcash digital currency, and in support of our mission to empower people with economic freedom. This transparency report details company income, expenses and use of funds during Q2 of 2020.  Key takeaways […]

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Fuzzing Zcash with Kubernetes

Security is paramount to the success of Zcash and ECC, and as such, we invest significant resources into security. We have all network upgrade designs and implementations assessed by reputable external vendors, and we publish those results in full. We also make efforts internally to detect and prevent security issues. In this post, we detail […]

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The Zcash Foundation Would Like to Grow User Adoption

Last month, we published “What is preventing Zcash Adoption?” Now that we understand the challenges and barriers to adoption that our users face, here’s how the Foundation will help build the missing infrastructure that is needed to increase adoption of private, digital cash at scale. The following post will lay out the Zcash Foundation’s technical […]

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Zcash Gardening Club – December 2020

Updates from the Zcash community providing insight into on-going development by open source project developers. The December Zcash Gardening Club presented by Electric Coin Company included updates from Nighthawk, Zbay, and other community members. The Zcash Gardening Club is an open monthly meeting for open source contributors to share about their projects and connect. Anyone […]

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Zcash Gitcoin Grants round 1 retrospective

Last month, Gitcoin concluded the first round of Zcash Gitcoin Grants.  Zcash is the first non-Ethereum-based asset supported on the platform. Following the example of Vitalik Buterin’s Gitcoin Grant retros, this post summarizes the projects funded and lessons learned from the first Zcash Gitcoin Grant Round. Background on Gitcoin Grants Gitcoin Grants started in January […]

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