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Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging decentralised web and the community building this. Covering the latest in zero knowledge research and applications, the open web as well as future technologies and paradigms that promise to change the way we interact — and transact — with one another online.
Zero Knowledge is hosted by Anna Rose
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Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging decentralised web and the community building this. Covering the latest in zero knowledge research and applications, the open web as well as future technologies and paradigms that promise to change the way we interact — and transact — with one another online.
Zero Knowledge is hosted by Anna Rose
Follow the show at @ZeroKnowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) or @AnnaRRose (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose)
If you like the Zero Knowledge Podcast:
Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM)
Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/38/zero-knowledge-podcast)
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Or directly here:
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    Episode 214: Emin Gün Sirer on Avalanche and its Formation

    Episode 214: Emin Gün Sirer on Avalanche and its Formation

    This week Anna chats with Emin Gün Sirer - CEO Ava Labs and Founder of Avalanche. They chat about the experiences that led him to become interested in distributed systems research and his work as a professor at Cornell that led to the development of Avalanche. They then dig into their novel consensus mechanism which uses the sub-sampling technique, the architecture of the network with the 3 distinct components: X-Chain, C-Chain and P-Chain, bridges and more.


    Here are some links for the episode:
    Episode 127: Consensus Algorithms & HotStuff with Ittai Abraham
    Avalanche on Twitter
    Emin’s blog
    Paper: Avalanche Platform
    Paper: Scalable and Probabilistic Leaderless BFT Consensus through Metastability
    Paper: KARMA: A Secure Economic Framework for Peer-To-Peer Resource Sharing
    Paper: Majority is not Enough: Bitcoin Mining is Vulnerable
    Avalanche’s consensus protocol: Snowflake
    AVAX Roadmap
    Avalanche grant program




    There are a lot of exciting events and initiatives for the ZK Podcast on the horizon!


    If you do want to keep track of what’s going on be sure to check out our channels – especially:
    The ZK community board: https://community.zeroknowledge.fm/
    The ZK Jobs Board: https://jobsboard.zeroknowledge.fm/




    Today’s episode is sponsored by Polygon.


    Polygon is one of the top Ethereum scaling platforms for developers with more than 130+ mn unique user wallets. They are committed to bringing web3 to the masses by improving scalability and fostering the network effects of Ethereum.


    They’re known for Polygon PoS chain and the team is actually working on a spectrum of solutions like - Polygon Edge, which offers developers the capability to build sovereign EVM-compatible chains. As well as a number of fully secured EVM-compatible Zero Knowledge rollup solutions like Polygon Hermez, Polygon Miden, and Polygon Nightfall and the most recently announced acquisition of Mir Protocol, now known as Polygon Zero. These solutions inherit the security of Ethereum and use the power of zero knowledge.


    Check out our recent episodes to learn more about the journey of these Polygon projects:
    Episode 194: zkEVM with Jordi & David from Hermez
    Episode 210: The Road to STARKs and Miden with Bobbin Threadbare




    If you like what we do:
    Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm
    Join us on Telegram
    Catch us on Youtube
    Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit
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    Support our Gitcoin Grant
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 213: zk-SNARKs meets Optimistic Rollup with Zkopru

    Episode 213: zk-SNARKs meets Optimistic Rollup with Zkopru

    This week Anna chats with Wanseob Lim an Applied ZKP Developer in the Privacy & Scaling Exploration Team at the Ethereum Foundation and one of the authors of the Zkopru protocol. They explore how Zkopru uses optimistic rollups and zero knowledge proofs to create a privacy-focused Layer 2. Wanseob walks us through the transaction process and how the protocol is built to circumvent high gas fees. We also hear a little about what’s to come in the Zkopru ecosystem from merchandising to private exchange of NFTs.


    Here are some links for the episode:



    Zkopru's website
    Zkopru’s blog: Privacy & Scaling Explorations
    Announcement of Zkopru (zk optimistic rollup) for private transactions
    zkSummit6: Decentralized privacy layer is coming by Wanseob Lim
    Episode 177: Unwrapping Optimism with Ben and Mark
    Episode 179: Diving into Arbitrum’s Optimistic Rollup




    There are a lot of exciting events and initiatives for the ZK Podcast on the horizon!


    If you do want to keep track of what's going on be sure to check out our channels - especially:
    The ZK community board: https://community.zeroknowledge.fm/
    The ZK Jobs Board: https://jobsboard.zeroknowledge.fm/




    Today’s episode is sponsored by Aztec.


    Aztec aims to be the privacy layer for Ethereum. They believe that unlocking programmable privacy is the next frontier for blockchains. Aztec is the first zero knowledge rollup built from the ground up for anonymous payments and DeFi transactions.


    Try out Aztec to send funds privately on zk.money.




    If you like what we do:
    Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm
    Join us on Telegram
    Catch us on Youtube
    Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit
    Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A
    Support our Gitcoin Grant
    Support us on the ZKPatreon
    Donate through coinbase.commerce

    • 53 min
    Episode 212: 2021 2022 with Co-hosts & Friends

    Episode 212: 2021 2022 with Co-hosts & Friends

    This week, Anna checks in with co-hosts & friends, Tarun Chitra, James Prestwich, Josh Cincinnati and Guillermo Angeris, for a retrospective look at 2021 and a look forward to 2022! Enjoy this conversation full of blasphemous hot takes, bad 2022 predictions and dad jokes.


    Listen to last year's recap: Episode 163: Kicking off 2021 with Anna, Tarun, James & Josh




    If you like what we do:
    Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm
    Join us on Telegram
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    Support our Gitcoin Grant
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Bonus ZK Hack Wrap with Kobi!

    Bonus ZK Hack Wrap with Kobi!

    While we decided not to release a full episode this week, Anna did get a chance to catch up with Kobi Gurkan, one of the co-organizers of ZK Hack and someone who was very missed in the last episode about the event!


    Enjoy this special bonus New Years eve ep, one last look back at ZK Hack 2021 and a look forward as well for the project!


    We also mention a few links for ZK related channels to check out:



    ZK Jobs Board
    ZK Forum / Community Board
    ZK Telegram
    ZK Hack Discord

    • 26 min
    Episode 211: It's a wrap! ZK Hack Takeaways & What's Next!

    Episode 211: It's a wrap! ZK Hack Takeaways & What's Next!

    This week, Anna hosts a special 5-part interview with a roundup of perspectives from ZK Hack. First, she chats with puzzle hackers who share what it was like to solve these real-world cryptography bugs and learn complex concepts in real time. They discuss how they got started learning in this space and the resources and tools that helped them. Next, Anna speaks with the puzzle builders on the challenges of designing and building these novel zk puzzles. They discuss the state of the community and how the community could work together to create learning resources to enable its growth. Last but not least, there is a chat with part of the ZK Hack organizing team on what they thought of the event and what’s to come next!


    Thanks to our guests this week:



    Puzzle hackers - Grjte, William Borgeaud and Innokentii Sennovskii
    Joe Bebel and Joshua Fitzgerald from Anoma who built 3 puzzles.
    Alex Pruden and Errol Drummond from Aleo who built 3 puzzles.
    Some of the ZK Hack organizing team – Susannah Evans and Tanya Karsou


    Here are some links for the episode:



    ZK Hack Puzzles 1-6, Solution link on each puzzle page
    ZK Hack Workshops 1-7
    YouTube Playlist of Workshops
    Justin Thaler Manuscript
    Blog post by Joshua Fitzgerald - PLONK by Hand (Part 1: Setup)
    3Blue1Brown
    Matasano Crypto Challenges




    Join the ZK Hack Discord to check out all of the resources the community has been sharing: https://discord.com/invite/tHXyEbEqVN


    And join the mailing list to get notified about the next ZK Hack coming in March! https://www.zkhack.dev/




    Today’s episode is sponsored by PrivateStorage.


    PrivateStorage, a private, secure and end-to-end encrypted storage solution is preparing to launch version one of the service.


    Created by Least Authority, a leader in the security of distributed systems, PrivateStorage uses privacy and security by design principles to ensure users have greater anonymity and assurance that their data is protected.


    Features include end-to-end encryption, a zero-knowledge access pass payment system and accountless authorization. No one, including PrivateStorage, can see user data when it is stored on their grid.


    Visit www.private.storage and register to be notified once the service is launched.




    If you like what we do:
    Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm
    Join us on Telegram
    Catch us on Youtube
    Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit
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    Support our Gitcoin Grant
    Support us on the ZKPatreon
    Donate through coinbase.commerce

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 210: The Road to STARKs and Miden with Bobbin Threadbare

    Episode 210: The Road to STARKs and Miden with Bobbin Threadbare

    This week, Anna chats with Bobbin Threadbare about his project Miden, a STARK-based roll-up which was recently purchased by Polygon. We recap the differences between STARKs and SNARKs and the increasingly blurred line between these two proving systems. We then map Bobbin’s journey to Miden VM (now Polygon Miden), how it originated from his earlier project Distaff VM and now incorporates the Winterfell prover from his days at Facebook.


    Here are some links for the episode:



    Episode 194: zkEVM with Jordi & David from Hermez
    Blog Post: Polygon Announces Polygon Miden
    Miden repo
    Introducing Distaff: a STARK-based VM written in Rust
    Distaff VM repo
    AirScript - a low-level language for zk-STARKs
    AirScript: Arithmetization for zk-STARKs, with Bobbin
    Blog Post: Open sourcing Winterfell: A STARK prover and verifier
    Winterfell repo
    Vitalik’s write-up on STARKs, Part 1 of 3




    Support ZK Podcast on Gitcoin - last couple days to get donations matched!
    https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2




    ZK Tech Matching Round with Gitcoin
    If you’re interested in supporting ZK-focused tech or tools, including learning material or documentation then check out this Gitcoin matching round running until December 16th. This ZK tech side round is funded by the ZK Validator and some great teams in the ZK ecosystem. Join the push towards more ZK!




    Today’s episode is sponsored by Aztec.


    Aztec aims to be the privacy layer for Ethereum. They believe that unlocking programmable privacy is the next frontier for blockchains. Aztec is the first zero knowledge rollup built from the ground up for anonymous payments and DeFi transactions.


    Try out Aztec to send funds privately on zk.money.




    If you like what we do:
    Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm
    Join us on Telegram
    Catch us on Youtube
    Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit
    Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A
    Support our Gitcoin Grant
    Support us on the ZKPatreon
    Donate through coinbase.commerce

    • 53 min

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