The Zerocoin Electric Coin Company (ZECC) aims to set a new standard for privacy through the use of groundbreaking cryptography.
In an open and programmable financial system, privacy is the only way to ensure fungibility and guarantee that cryptocurrency can be interchangeable as a fluid medium of exchange for users. Companies need the protection of privacy along their supply chain in order to conduct their business, especially in the context of public blockchains. In addition, we believe that personal privacy is necessary for core human values like dignity, intimacy, and morality.
ZECC is a science-driven team. Our scientists and engineers are the discoverers of the underlying scientific principles and the designers of the protocol; we are not the controllers or the power-holders, and do not control the mining or distribution of Zcash. Every user of Zcash contributes to its decentralization, helping to protect it against failure and corruption. Our team is one among many participants in the network. We created Zcash, but its ultimate destiny lies not in our hands, but in yours.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko's Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He is also the Founder of Least Authority. He sometimes blogs about health science. He tweets a lot.@zooko
Eli is a Professor at the Computer Science Department at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. His research includes the theory (math), implementation, and applications of proof systems, including Zero Knowledge (ZK) and Probabilistically Checkable Proofs. As part of this effort he co-founded the Succinct Computational Integrity and Privacy Research (SCIPR) Lab, members of which built the ZK system used by the academic version of Zerocash.
Alessandro is a faculty member in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He received his bachelor and doctoral degrees from MIT, and works in theoretical computer science and computer security. His research includes theoretical foundations, practical implementations, and applications of succinct zero knowledge proofs. He has co-founded SCIPR Lab (a cross-institution lab focusing on cryptographic proofs) and is a lead author of libsnark, a C++ library for zkSNARK proofs.
Johns Hopkins University
Christina is a Cryptography and Computer Science PhD student at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests are in cryptographic implementations and privacy, and her most recent work is on decentralized anonymous e-cash and credentials, including Zerocoin. She has served on numerous committees, including the Workshop on Bitcoin Research 2015 and USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies in 2015.@cryptogps
Johns Hopkins University
Matthew is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute and award-winning researcher. He has been largely recognized for his work on privacy-enhanced information storage, anonymous payment systems, and cryptographic engineering. He developed Charm, a Python framework for rapidly prototyping cryptosystems, and libzerocoin, an implementation of the cryptographic routines for Zerocoin. He has served on committees such as the IEEE Security & Privacy Symposium 2015 and Bitcoin 2015 and co-founded the TrueCrypt audit project.@matthew_d_green
Johns Hopkins University
Ian is a computer security PhD student at Johns Hopkins University focused on applied cryptography and privacy-preserving cryptographic protocols. His research interests include the relation between cryptography and identity and designing secure systems that are both developer and user friendly. He is also a main developer on the Charm cryptographic library.@secparam
Tel Aviv University
Eran is a faculty member at Tel Aviv University's School of Computer Science, where he is heading the Lab for Experimental Information Security and is codirector of the Check Point Institute for Information Security. His research is in cryptography and information security, with an emphasis of security risks from physical attacks and untrusted platforms. He cofounded the Succinct Computational Integrity and Privacy Research (SCIPR) Lab, whose cryptographic proof systems underlie Zerocash.
Madars is a current computer science PhD candidate at MIT, where he focuses on zero-knowledge cryptography. He has had numerous publications on zkSNARKs, a topic that is central to the Zerocash protocol. Madars has presented his work at conferences across the world, including both the 2013 and 2014 International Cryptology Conference.@madarsv
Nathan is dedicated to open, secure technologies and has over 10 years of experience in software development, performance analysis, and security audits. Prior to Zcash, he managed development at Least Authority, where he led security audits for Ethereum, SpiderOak, Cryptocat, GlobaLeaks, and other projects. For fun, he enjoys developing tools for Python, Rust, and Ethereum.@least_nathan
Engineering / Design
Sean is a cryptocurrency enthusiast who is excited by the intersection of breakthrough cryptography and software architecture. He built a simulation framework for consensus networks called Simbit and was recognized for simulating the Selfish Mining Attack. He enjoys programming in Rust and is currently creating a session-type system for formalizing network protocols.
Jack is a core developer of the I2P anonymity network and lead developer of I2P Android. He has a keen interest in privacy and anonymity research, and enjoys helping other developers create privacy-respecting software. He is also a budding UX enthusiast. In his non-spare time, Jack has completed a PhD in Applied Physics at Lincoln University, New Zealand.@str4d
PR & Marketing
Based in San Francisco, Maureen has over 15 years of experience in writing, marketing, public relations and communications in the fields of new technology, science, performing arts, food & wine, and social media strategy. She has developed strong ties in the Bay Area startup and VC community, the national arts & culture sector as well as the international Bitcoin media network. Her experience ranges from helping startups launch to digital branding to editorial organization of digital marketing content. She values objective journalism, positivity, collaborative communication and caffeinated beverages.@MeMyMo
Communication / Engineering
Jay is a web developer with experience organizing political campaigns to protect privacy and the open internet.@arcalinea
Ariel is currently a researcher at the Computer Science Department at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. For most of his career he has focused exclusively on theoretical computer science, obtaining a PhD from the Weizmann Institute in 2008. A few years ago he discovered the world of bitcoin and blockchain technology, and sees it as a fascinating potential meeting place of beautiful theoretical computer science ideas and real-world applications. Motivated by this, he shifted his focus in 2014 from pure theory to "theory-to-practice" research. As a member of the Succinct Computational Integrity and Privacy Research (SCIPR) Lab, he works on making tools such as Zero-Knowledge and Probabilistically Checkable proofs more efficient and practical.
Simon is a member of the founding team behind the MultiChain blockchain platform. He has over a decade of experience building native applications for Mac OS X and iOS having founded his own software company. He helped form Tokyo HackerSpace, loves disruptive peer-to-peer systems and used to code assembly language demos on the Amiga. Simon is a pragmatic polyglot on both client and server. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Cambridge University and lives in San Francisco, California.
Engineering / Devops
Kevin Gallagher is a DevOps engineer and Linux systems administrator assisting Zcash with infrastructure and operational security. He's also an activist who is committed to privacy, security and freedom of information. He previously worked for Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports transparency journalism. He’s been an advocate as the director of Free Barrett Brown, a support network and legal defense fund formed to help a jailed journalist. Additionally, he's recently done work with Transparency Toolkit, an organization that gathers open data on surveillance and human rights abuses and develops free software to analyze it, as well as the Library Freedom Project, a project to make real the promise of intellectual freedom and privacy within libraries.@ageis
Communication / Design
Paige has been immersed within the peer-to-peer technology world for 5 years and counting. Through roles with mesh networking startup, Open Garden, p2p storage and communications company, MaidSafe, and as Co-organizer for the San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup, she has gained appreciation for the diverse applications of decentralized networks. She enjoys exploring ways to simplify explanations of these seemingly complex topics and supporting better Internet security and privacy practices for more general audiences. Previously, she studied Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art building interactive art projects with a focus on realistic simulations and abstract conceptualizations of natural systems and processes.@ioptio
Jack has a background in financial technology, cyber security and trading systems, gained at companies like Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley (where he also worked as a trader). Jack has previously advised the UK government on digital currencies and blockchain technology.@JackGavigan
Gavin is Chief Scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation and a former lead developer of Bitcoin. With over 25 years of software experience, he has headed a variety of projects, including co-founding a company that created multiplayer games for the blind and working as a lead developer at TruCoin.@gavinandresen
Vitalik is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Ethereum. He is also both the Founder and a writer for Bitcoin Magazine, a venture that marked the beginning of his career in crypto in 2011. He is interested in creating secure, efficient, and trustworthy systems and advises a number of projects in the crypto space.@vitalikbuterin
University of Maryland
Andrew is a computer science PhD student at the University of Maryland, where he contributes to the Maryland Cybersecurity Center and programming language lab. His research focuses on distributed systems and cryptography, and he has a special interest in decentralized systems. His research on Bitcoin was included in both the 2014 and 2015 IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium.@socrates1024
Arthur specializes in algorithmic trading, financial cryptography, and machine learning. He is currently working on Tezos, a generic and self-amending crypto-ledger. Prior to this work, he applied his skills at several large financial firms, including Goldman Sachs.@arthurb
Stanford University, EFF
Joseph is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and a Technology Fellow at Electronic Frontier Foundation. His research focuses on web security, cryptographic currencies, and applied cryptography, and his research has been published in top conferences and journals across the globe. He won the 2015 Best Reviewer Award (IEEE Security and Privacy) and the 2015 Best Student/Postdoctoral Paper Award (2015). He received his PhD from Cambridge University.@josephbonneau
Brian is a security engineer and software developer, having worked at Mozilla on Firefox Sync, the Add-On SDK, and Persona. He is co-founder of the Tahoe-LAFS distributed encrypted file store, and develops secure storage and communication tools.@lotharrr
Cryptocurrencies and financial regulation
Dana is counsel at Perkins Coie LLP and former Associate General Counsel for the New York State Department of Financial Services.
Encryption and Internet civil rights
Marcia is founder and principal of Zeitgeist Law PC. She is known for her work as an advocate of electronic privacy and free expression.@marciahofmann
Brian is a partner at Baker Marquart LLP and an accomplished trial attorney whose practice focuses on high-stakes regulatory and criminal defense matters and civil litigation. He has extensive experience representing cryptocurrency companies, entrepreneurs, and early adopters.@brianeklein
Chris Hazlitt is a corporate law Partner in Bryan Cave’s Boulder office. He works with companies and investors in connection with structuring, negotiating, and documenting transactions, risk management, and dispute resolution.
Jason Haislmaier is a technology partner with Bryan Cave. He helps clients develop, protect, commercialize, and sell their technology, data, and intellectual property assets. He has a special area of practice advising clients regarding open source software usage and compliance issues.@haislmaier
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