"Privacy" TAG

Highlighting Recent Notable Advancements Concerning Zero-knowledge Proofs
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Following the publication of an in-depth research report concerning the field of Zero-Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs), Smith + Crown has been keenly tracking research breakthroughs and major implementation releases related to these proof systems in their application to scaling and privacy issues that have hereto troubled base layer blockchain networks. As previously discussed, ZKPs provide the ability to succinctly...
Decentralized VPN Orchid Launched on the Apple App Store
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Orchid, a decentralized virtual private network (VPN) provider, recently launched its service on the Apple app store. Following this month’s launch, the price of the project’s native token, the Orchid Digital Currency (OXT), rose by 11%. Additionally, on July 22, 2020, the team announced that Orchid was available on desktop on macOS. Members of the team include co-founder of Pantera...
Addressing Privacy through Zero-Knowledge Proofs
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Key Takeaways Unlike most other privacy technologies, ZKPs offer privacy to public smart contract networks in a manner that does not sacrifice auditability. There are three main categories of ZKPs, namely: ZK-SNARKs, Bulletproofs, and ZK-STARKs with the majority of implementations so far having used SNARKs. ZKPs may increase the likelihood of enterprises using public crypto...
Reading “Surveillance Capitalism” Through a Decentralized Lens
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Introduction For many start-ups and emerging projects in the blockchain and decentralized space, disrupting the world’s dominant technology platforms is frequently cited as a central raison d’être. Primary amongst arguments cited for such disruption are the negative impacts upon innovation that results when a few players dominate industries in the way that Facebook and Google...
AZTEC Protocol
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Overview The ‘Anonymous Zero-Knowledge Transactions with Efficient Communications’— or ‘AZTEC’ —protocol enables users to transact confidentially on the Ethereum Network. When transactions are processed on Ethereum, anyone can see the sender’s and recipient’s public Ethereum address and the amount being sent. In AZTEC’s view, Ethereum’s lack of transactional privacy is a barrier to the blockchain’s...