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Bill Brock on Zerocash: Decentralized Anonymous Payments from Bitcoin

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Following close on the heels of Jacob Kobernik’s thorough investigation of bitcoin, we will review the Zerocash whitepaper which picks up where all the anonymity concerns of bitcoin left off. Zerocash “provides a full-fledged ledger-based digital currency with strong privacy guarantees” by leveraging recent advancements in the zero-knowledge Succinct Non-interactive ARguments of Knowledge (ZKSNARKs). This paper leads with a high level review of the shortcomings of bitcoin, investigates some alternatives utilizing the mixers and the Zerocoin protocol and then dives deep into the formulation and creation of Zerocash and ZKSNARKs.

Bill Brock is the head of delivery at Very, a Chattanooga based web and mobile consultancy. At Very, he runs the gamut from product management to sales with a smattering of utilitarian hacking. Lately Bill has fully fallen prey to the blockchain hype and planning to launch an ICO in early 2018 to to fund the brockchain: skynet V0.1

Link to Paper: Zerocash Paper (http://zerocash-project.org/media/pdf/zerocash-oakland2014.pdf)