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Zcash Foundation Update — May, 2019

Hello friends! Another month, another rundown of Zcash Foundation activities. Spoiler: The most exciting announcements are at the end.


Coda and Dekrypt Capital announced the SNARK Challenge, sponsored by the Zcash Foundation and a few other organizations: https://coinlist.co/build/coda

“A global competition to speed up the SNARK prover,” with more than $100k in the prize pool.

Coda CTO Izaak Meckler made a video about the SNARK Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81uR9W5PZ5M


The second installment of the Human Rights Foundation’s series on privacy and cryptocurrency was published: https://medium.com/human-rights-foundation-hrf/privacy-and-cryptocurrency-part-ii-bitcoin-wallets-2f68099b055f

We funded this initiative, which is being written by HRF Privacy Technology Fellow Eric Wall. Background info: https://www.zfnd.org/blog/human-rights-foundation-privacy-research/

The next installment is going to be about privacy-preserving cryptocurrencies like Zcash and Monero!


The Open Money Initiative, sponsored by the Zcash Foundation among other organizations, debuted the results of their research on cryptocurrency usage in Venezuela. OMI’s blog post: https://medium.com/@openmoneyinitiative/announcing-the-open-money-initiative-61422b58ad06

CoinDesk article: https://www.coindesk.com/whats-holding-back-bitcoin-in-venezuela-this-group-is-investigating


Alongside Paige Peterson from the Electric Coin Company, Josh Cincinnati (the Foundation’s Executive Director) spoke at Consensus 2019. You can see the video here: https://www.coindesk.com/events/consensus-2019/videos (scroll down to the video labeled “Electric Coin Company and Zcash Foundation” in the “Construct” section)


Also on the Construct stage at Consensus, Zcash Foundation board member Peter Van Valkenburgh said, “As a director of the Zcash Foundation I don’t want Zcash developer...

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