Zbay has just applied for a ZF grant to support journalists and whistle-blowers by building the most secure and convenient way to communicate without revealing one’s identity.
We are extremely excited about this, and would love to get feedback on our proposal. Would anyone like to share their thoughts or questions?
To summarize it here, the core deliverables are:
- Light-wallet support in Zbay, so that users don’t have to download gigabytes of blocks to send their first message.
- Improvements to the existing Tor integration, so that Zbay connects via Tor by default and provides comparable protection to posting to a website using Tor.
- Rebranding and reworking our site to emphasize private, high-stakes communication.
- Making our roadmap and issue tracker public and improving the experience of contributing to Zbay for developers and volunteers outside our team.
We’ll also running a series of public interviews with journalists, artists, activists and other notable folks in Zbay—over Zcash encrypted memos—to glean usability insights and (we hope) bring more attention both to our project and to Zcash as a platform.
Once these objectives are reached there will still be much more work to be done, but we believe we’ll have a minimum viable product for secure communication that is as anonymous in principle as other Tor-based options but more convenient and easy-to-use, which is a big deal! From there we’d prepare for a security audit, pursue other sources of funding, and add features like multiple identities, account recovery, an integrated fiat on-ramp, and more.
Trying Zbay and seeing what we’ve built so far might be helpful for evaluating our proposal. Even though it’s a full node, sync happens fairly quickly as long as you have the disk space, and we even send you a few cents in ZEC to get started. We’ve been working on making it as compatible as possible with ZECwallet, too. Here’s the link! Just sign up for the beta and we’ll send you download links for each platform: https://zbay.app. You can also see our work on Github and Figma.
Here’s the link to our proposal, and again, feedback from all of you would be extremely helpful!