Zcash Foundation Update • October 8 – 22, 2019

From our newsletter, as usual.

Hello friends! Here’s your regular update on ZF and the Zcash ecosystem, covering October 8 – 22, 2019.

The second Zcash Protocol Hangout about development funding is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, starting 2pm PT / 5pm ET. Sign up to participate!

Speaking of governance, Arianna Simpson of Autonomous Partners shared her thoughts on the Zcash Community Forum.

Check out Prastut Kumar and Aviral Srivastava’s grant project, the Zcash Service Status Dashboard. Here’s what the health check of ZEC exchanges looks like:

The team has plans to improve UX, which you can read about on ZF Grants.

Don’t forget to save the date: Zcon2 will take place in Lima, Peru, from June 22 – 24, 2020. Email antonie@zfnd.org to discuss sponsoring travel scholarships :airplane:

Coda Protocol and the Ethereum Foundation are hosting The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Zero Knowledge in San Francisco on October 30.

The event organizers kindly offered a discount code for the Zcash community: ZCASHCOMMUNITY gives you 50% off any ticket, including student tickets.

“Zecwallet-CLI can now encrypt your wallet, protecting your private keys while stored on disk and in memory.” Exciting new release, fresh off GitHub!

Help fund the Tails operating system by donating ZEC to the project’s shielded address. Tails “aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity” in order to circumvent censorship (among other reasons).

Buying a domain name with shielded ZEC:

Lastly, if you’re in the mood for cryptography papers, HashCloak summarized the highlights of SNARKtember.

Until next time :wave:


I think this article is a bit missleading.

  1. The user rents the domain from this service and does not own it while on this service.
    2.) The privacy feature is granted because this service owns the domain, hence their whois information. It’s similar to having just your best friend registering a domain for you.

When you buy a domain in our system, we’re actually purchasing it for ourselves. We will be the actual owners of the domain, it’s not an ownership by proxy as found with all other providers. However, you will still have the full control over the domain name. You can either use our information, our nameservers or you can go with your custom data.

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Eh, it’s roughly the same amount of control that you get buying via Namecheap or whatever. I don’t think there’s a huge distinction here, especially since you can claim the domain name from this service and go elsewhere.

It’s not really the same, if you buy with a namecheap you own it your own from beginning as you are directly the domain holder. In that service about they are the domain owner as long as you use their service. It’s quiet a bit different and as soon as you go elsewhere you have to add your full and correct whois information which ends the privacy aspect totally.

So in short it’s rent + full privacy versus own + limited privacy. Not that it matters much, just wanted to add these minor details.