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Amir Taaki created libbitcoin, the first alternative bitcoin implementation, and worked on wallets such as Electrum and Darkwallet, as well as privacy markets and decentralized technologies. Currently, he is establishing an academy in Barcelona to train hackers to work on revolutionary technology projects. I recently had the honor of meeting Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP, the …

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Nearly two years after launch, Zcash is entering what could be a crucial period of iteration. Speaking at Zcon0, zcash’s first ever conference in Montreal, Tuesday, project founder and the CEO of the Zcash Company Zooko Wilcox discussed the company’s informal roadmap for the next two-year period. Presented mere hours after the first mandatory upgrade of …

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Privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash executed its first and long-awaited hard fork on Tuesday morning. Called Overwinter, the upgrade was activated at 00:42 UTC on June 26 – the moment the network mined block 347,500, as previously reported by CoinDesk. The event is primarily aimed to gear up the zcash code for its massive Sapling hard fork, currently scheduled …

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Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. Imagine if flour millers insisted on knowing the precise identity and originating farm of each grain …

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An official for the U.S. Secret Service last week called on Congress to weigh potential legislative action on cryptocurrencies that boast privacy-enhancing features. Speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Robert Novy, deputy assistant director for the Service’s Office of Investigations, stated that “congressional attention” on the issue is needed. “We should also …

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An official for the U.S. Secret Service called on Congress to weigh potential legislative actions on cryptocurrencies that boast privacy-enhancing features last week. Speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Robert Novy, deputy assistant director for the Service’s Office of Investigations, stated that “congressional attention” on the issue is needed. “We should …

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Intel is working with blockchain startup Enigma to help secure its privacy-enhancing smart contracts. As previously reported by CoinDesk, secret contracts are a type of smart contract for public blockchains that use cryptographic tricks to keep transaction data hidden from view. Enigma – a startup that grew out of efforts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the …

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Have modern internet companies gone too far? According to mathematician and Blockstream research director, Andrew Poelstra, the answer is unequivocally yes. In his view, companies are simply now vacuuming up troves of customer data, which they then sell to others without the owner’s knowledge or benefit. (Think how Instagram owns user images, or Target acquires huge amounts of …

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Ethereum is transparent to the core. Much like bitcoin, the platform uses this transparency as part of its security – with it in some ways ensuring that users cannot fake transactions. However, new anxieties are emerging regarding this transparency and the potential problems that such data exposure might have for businesses. In the past, these …

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“[I’m] very much waiting for you guys to finish in a sea of shitcoins.” With that, pseudonymous forum user ‘Monkeyyy’ just might have summed up the sentiment surrounding a forthcoming cryptocurrency called “grin.” Rising to renown last year as the first software implementation for a code proposal known as MimbleWimble, the idea is to start a new …

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ING is out to prove that startups aren’t the only ones that can advance blockchain cryptography. Rather than waiting on the sidelines for innovation to arrive, the Netherlands-based bank is diving headlong into a problem that it turns out worries financial institutions as much as average cryptocurrency users. In fact, the bank first made a splash …

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Blockchain “maximalism” will not solve internet privacy concerns, Amber Baldet said on Monday. The former JPMorgan blockchain lead made the comments during a talk on the “Internet of Value” and delivered to MIT Technology Review’s Business of Blockchain conference. “The maximalism that we have to do everything in a decentralized way is a bit of …

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Blockchain “maximalism” will not solve internet privacy concerns, Amber Baldet said on Monday. The former JPMorgan blockchain lead made the comments during a talk on the “Internet of Value” and delivered to MIT Technology Review’s Business in Blockchain conference. “The maximalism that we have to do everything in a decentralized way is a bit of …

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“The future has cum.” Clad in balaclavas and carrying sacks of plastic coins redeemable for real cryptocurrency, porn stars stormed Wall Street last week with cries of “free money.” No late-night TV parody, the scene was rather meant to mark one of the most surprising announcements in crypto so far in 2018, the news that …

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The privacy-focused cryptocurrencies are reporting solid gains today, soon after Pornhub announced it will now accept payments in verge’s XVG token. Monero (XMR), the world’s 11th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, clocked a four-week high of $232 earlier today and is changing hands at $227 – up 14 percent in the last 24 hours, according …

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Nothing spreads faster than FUD. Case in point, a new research paper has sparked panic across the monero community in that it alleges the privacy-oriented cryptocurrency is not so private. Yet, while the findings are genuine, the media aftermath ignores that much of the research in question was originally published in 2017, and the vulnerability …

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Blockchain could be a solution to the battle social media users face over misuse of personal data and content, RBC Capital Markets said March 21. Speaking to CNBC in the wake of the ongoing Facebook privacy scandal, RBC analyst Mitch Steves said Blockchain is “where we’re going long term” with regard to data integrity online. …

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Privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash is gearing up for its first hard fork. And while that may call to mind bitter debates over development or excitement about free coins, actually zcash’s first hard fork – dubbed “Overwinter” – isn’t about either. Instead, the cryptocurrency’s developer team is hoping to lay the groundwork for more dramatic upgrades in …

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Ethereum’s moon math is showing signs of coming back to earth. Such was the feeling at EthCC, an ethereum developer conference in Paris, Thursday, where a dedicated privacy track struck a somber note compared to years past. Indeed, despite a software upgrade in October that saw improvements built to pave the way for confidentiality, such …

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