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

ZSAs and Zcash Economics

Over the last 10 months, ECC published a series of blog posts on our work exploring Zcash Shielded Assets (ZSAs), including our plans to perform an economic analysis of various fee mechanisms that could be employed alongside ZSAs. 

ZSAs and Zcash Economics

New Release 5.0.0

The 5.0.0 release supports NU5 activation on mainnet, which will occur at a block height of 1687104 (May 31st), following the targeted EOS halt of our 4.6.0-2 and 4.7.0 releases on May 16th. Release binaries will be available later today and instructions on how to install can be found on our download site.

New Release 5.0.0

New Release 4.7.0

Release 4.7.0 marks a major milestone on the path to NU5.

New Release 4.7.0

Zero-knowledge proving system ‘Halo’ now licensed under MIT or Apache 2.0, making it available for anyone to use

A new agreement between the Filecoin Foundation, the organization that facilitates governance of the Filecoin network, and Electric Coin Co.

Zero-knowledge proving system ‘Halo’ now licensed under MIT or Apache 2.0, making it available for anyone to use

New Release 4.6.0-2

4.6.0-2 is primarily a bugfix release that also bumps the End-of-Support height to May 16th. It backports bugfixes from v4.7.0-rc1.

New Release 4.6.0-2

ECC Transparency Report for Q3 2021

This ECC Transparency Report details company income, expenses and use of funds during Q3 2021.

ECC Transparency Report for Q3 2021