October 9, 2020 - weekly forum update

Here are the updates from this week:

Mark your calendars,

  • 10/13 - CoinDCX Youtube Livestream (India), link
  • 10/13 - Can Privacy and Regulation Coexist? with Gemini and Perkins Coie, link
  • 10/14 - MetalPay AMA, registration link
  • 10/19 - ZKP Privacy Conference hosted by Dystopia Labs
  • 10/27 - Zeal calls are back!
  • 10/28 - Zcash 4th Birthday :tada:
  • 11/3 - November Gardening Club
  • 11/5 - November Arborist Call
  • 11/18 - Canopy Activation :evergreen_tree:


  • Zcashd forking and connecting to upstream instructions
  • Debian packages build instructions
  • Updated a broken link via community feedback form


  • Phase 1: Travis CI full support for native Mac
  • Phase 1: Public and private namespacing mechanics for production Tekton
  • Kustomize implementation of prior kubernetes BlockExplorer
  • Updated mainnet and testnet seeders staged for deployment
  • Phase 1: Grafana alternative cloud solution


  • Updated almost all our dependencies (including ZeroMQ)
  • Removed OpenSSL
  • Merged several upstream Bitcoin Core PRs
  • Check out these PR Statistics from last quarter
Repo Open at Start of Q3 Opened in Q3 Total Opened Closed in Q3 Open at Start of Q4 Reduction
zcash 108 87 195 130 65 40%
librustzcash 14 33 47 38 9 36%
zips 14 7 21 10 11 21%
Total 136 127 263 185 84 38%


  • Finalizing Jesse deprecation
  • Handled two internal security responses


  • Localization to ECC wallet in five languages (iOS and Android)
  • Security improvements around seed handling (iOS)
  • Fixed rust interfacing issue (iOS)
  • General app maintenance (iOS)
  • Better use of viewing keys and less reliance on seeds (Android)
  • Discovered and patched a critical issue in dependency library (Android)
  • Proposed protocol for autoshielding

Community Shout Outs - Shout out to PaywithZcash for maintaining a directory of Zcash merchants. Shout out to rex4539 and linuxion for submitting community PRs.

This week in privacy, DOJ announces a new Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework. The framework includes some troubling statements around anonymity enhanced cryptocurrencies or “AECs.” Jerry Brito from Coincenter weighs in. Did you know about “keyword warrants”?

Other headlines: “Do Not Track” is back. The Markup reports on algorithms violating fair housing laws. EFF shared tools for police surveillance and school recordings raise questions from a privacy lawyer. I came across this 2015 paper that explores privacy as a public good - it would be fun to think about how privacy fits into Ostrom’s principles.

In crypto news, crypto crackdowns continue, John McAfee was arrested earlier this week. Belarus dissidents use bitcoin.


Thank you for this :blush:

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