US Treasury announcement: ECC’s engagement on policy for economic freedom

Today it was announced the United States Treasury imposed sanctions on virtual currency mixer Tornado Cash, adding it to the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) SDN list, the list of Specially Designated Nationals with whom Americans and American businesses are not allowed to transact.

US Treasury announcement: ECC’s engagement on policy for economic freedom

Long-term sustainability with the Zcash Posterity Fund

As we conduct our research into Proof-of-Stake to develop a proposal for Zcash, an outstanding key area of research is how the issuance schedule for new ZEC interacts with PoS security. In this post, we take a step back from PoS itself, and analyze how issuance and fees support long term network sustainability.

Long-term sustainability with the Zcash Posterity Fund

New Release 5.2.0

We are making additional performance improvements to both the zcashd wallet and full node as part of release 5.2.0.

New Release 5.2.0

New Release 5.1.0

This release is primarily targeted at improving the validation performance of Sapling and Orchard transactions as well as an incremental improvement to the scan performance of post-NU5 blocks. The release also made improvements to getblocktemplate performance and added Orchard information to getrawtransaction and decoderawtransaction. We will continue to address remaining scan performance issues in subsequent releases.

New Release 5.1.0

ECC Transparency Report for Q4 2021

This Electric Coin Co. transparency report details company income, expenses, and use of funds during Q4 2021.

ECC Transparency Report for Q4 2021

Manian joins Bootstrap Board of Directors

Bootstrap and its subsidiary Electric Coin Co. (ECC) are pleased to announce the newest Bootstrap board member, Zaki Manian. Manian […]

Manian joins Bootstrap Board of Directors

Proof of Stake: Approach, focus, and next steps

As we described in our initial blog on Proof-of-Stake Research, we are releasing updates to the Zcash community as we go.

Proof of Stake: Approach, focus, and next steps

Not private enough: Mixers and decoys won’t protect you for long

I often hear people say that tools like mixers or using fresh addresses for every crypto transaction are sufficient privacy protections because they provide plausible deniability. This is a naive understanding of how surveillance works.

Not private enough: Mixers and decoys won’t protect you for long

Perspectives on why NU5 is a historic step forward for human society

Zcash’s Network Upgrade 5 was announced a few days ago. It includes a number of technical improvements to the protocol […]

Perspectives on why NU5 is a historic step forward for human society

NU5 activates on mainnet, eliminating trusted setup and launching a new era for Zcash

NU5, the first major upgrade since November 2020, includes the launch of the Orchard shielded payment protocol, utilizing the Halo proving system to remove reliance on complex setup ceremonies.

NU5 activates on mainnet, eliminating trusted setup and launching a new era for Zcash

Zcash Proof-of-Stake Research

In August, ECC shared its rationale for moving Zcash from a proof-of-work consensus mechanism to proof-of-stake.

Zcash Proof-of-Stake Research

BOSL exceptions added for Zcash projects and friendly forks

When ECC announced the release of zcashd 5.0.0, we indicated our intent to add two general exceptions to the BOSL license so that our partners and friendly forks could use the Orchard technology deploying in NU5 in a manner consistent with their current licensing choice.

BOSL exceptions added for Zcash projects and friendly forks