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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. The podcast is made for fellow developers and people looking to educate themselves on the inner workings of the space.
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Zero Knowledge Fredrik Harrysson, 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. The podcast is made for fellow developers and people looking to educate themselves on the inner workings of the space.
We are non-speculative and focus on the tech.
Zero Knowledge is hosted by Anna Rose and Fredrik Harrysson. Our views do not come from nor represent our companies.
Follow us at @fredhrson (https://twitter.com/fredhrson) & @AnnaRRose (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose)
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    Episode 136: Math competitions, crypto as alchemy & Gasper with Yan Zhang

    Episode 136: Math competitions, crypto as alchemy & Gasper with Yan Zhang

    This week, Anna and guest host Tarun Chitra chat with Yan X Zhang, professor at SJSU, about math competitions, math education, how crypto is like alchemy and the Gasper paper - work Yan and his students collaborated on with the Ethereum Foundation.


    “Gasper” is a proof-of-stake-based consensus protocol, which is an idealized version of the proposed Ethereum 2.0 beacon chain. The protocol combines Casper FFG, a finality tool, with LMD GHOST, a fork-choice rule.


    Here are a few episodes and papers that we mention:
    Consensus Algorithms & HotStuff with Ittai Abraham
    Combining GHOST and Casper
    Ali Rahimi - NIPS 2017 Test-of-Time Award presentation




    As mentioned in the intro, we looking for some help on the organisational front with some of the zk related projects - this Zero Knowledge Podcast, zkStudyClub, zkSummit and the zkValidator.


    If you are looking to connect with the ecosystem, learn more and work on zk research AND if you are very organised and have worked producing either events, content or generally organising people in the past, these roles might be interesting for you.


    Here are the 2 roles:
    1) zkPodcast Support: Work with Anna & Fredrik on our zk-related projects (excluding the zkValidator) on a part-time basis. This would primarily involve coordinating podcast guest, scheduling and coordinating studyclub sessions, help organise events like the zkSummit, writing blog posts and managing social channels. This would be 5-8 hours per week to start, and could be a student job.
    If this is interesting, please email a brief CV (a short email describing your experience is also fine) to hello@zeroknowledge.fm or tweet at Anna -> @AnnaRRose


    2) Project Manager at the zkValidator. In this role, you would be working with Anna and Will Harborne to connect with members of the networks the zkValidator operates on - that is Cosmos, Kusama, Polkadot and more as we add them. The role would entail writing reports, doing research, managing network partners, scheduling workshops, working with zk engineers and cryptographers and more. This would be 15 hours per week to start, and we are looking for someone with at least 3 years of work experience. If this is interesting, please send us a summarised CV and/or LinkedIn profile to hello@zkValidator.com




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    • 57 min
    Episode 135: Look into Solana

    Episode 135: Look into Solana

    This week, Anna and guest host Georgios Konstantopoulos chat with Anatoly Yakovenko from Solana network. They learn about this system and discuss the innovations that allow them to achieve high performance without sharding.


    For more on Solana check out their website - https://solana.com/


    We also mention this episode on VDF's with Joseph Bonneau. Here is a further explanation of the differences.




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    • 59 min
    Episode 134: tBTC with Matt Luongo

    Episode 134: tBTC with Matt Luongo

    In this episode, we chat with Matt Luongo, CEO of Thesis, founder of Keep Network, and project lead of tBTC. We cover the need for BTC to ETH bridges, what the challenges are in building bridges with BTC, tBTC and how it is setup, what went down with the initial tBTC release - an event the team now refers to as "release candidate 0", and where we might be seeing tBTC go next.


    Here are some useful links:



    Introduction to tBTC
    Details of the tBTC Deposit Pause on May 18, 2020




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    • 58 min
    Episode 133: Trusted Setup Ceremonies Explored

    Episode 133: Trusted Setup Ceremonies Explored

    In this week's episode, Anna explores the state of trusted setups with 4 of the people who have recently coordinated and run trusted setups for different SNARK systems. She interviews Koh Wei Jie from the Ethereum Foundation, Thomas Walton-Pocock from Aztec Protocol, Brecht Devos from Loopring and Kobi Gurkan from the EF and cLabs. This episode covers the new generation of trusted setups and how the teams working on these are learning from each other and at times, even sharing parts of the trusted set up itself.


    As a primer, Trusted Setups are those events or ceremonies that one needs to perform to generate the parameters that can kick off SNARK based systems. It is an MPC - or multiparty computation - that involves a number of participants sequentially downloading software, running a computation that includes some randomness that they generate and re-uploading their result to be folded into the next participants computation. At the end of this process, there is a hidden parameter that is used to create the keys that are used to create proofs for private transactions, and to verify those proofs. These keys prove that a transaction is correct.


    Here are some helpful links about all the various trusted setups we mention:


    Zcash's Trusted Setups
    https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/50 - Zooko speaks about the trusted set up at timecode 17:45
    https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/ceremony
    https://z.cash/technology/paramgen/


    EF's Perpetual Powers of Tau
    https://github.com/weijiekoh/perpetualpowersoftau


    Semaphore
    Semaphore blog post
    Semaphore Phase 2 Multi-Party Trusted Setup Participant Guide


    MACI (upcoming)
    https://github.com/appliedzkp/maci


    Aztec Protocol
    https://www.aztecprotocol.com/ignition/
    https://ignition.aztecprotocol.com/


    Loopring
    https://loopring.org/#/post/loopring-starts-trusted-setup-multi-party-computation-ceremony


    Tornado Cash
    https://medium.com/@tornado.cash/the-biggest-trusted-setup-ceremony-in-the-world-3c6ab9c8fffa
    https://ceremony.tornado.cash/


    cLabs (upcoming)
    https://github.com/celo-org/snark-setup




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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 132: Handshake Protocol with Mark Tyneway

    Episode 132: Handshake Protocol with Mark Tyneway

    In this episode, we chat with Mark Tyneway who is a contributor on the Handshake project - an experimental peer-to-peer root naming system. We learn about this decentralised, foundation-free project, the issues of DNS, how Handshake plans on fixing this, how it differs from ENS, their unique airdrop process, what an Urkel Trie is, and more.


    Here are a few useful links:



    Handshake Whitepaper
    An airdrop that preserves recipient privacy - https://fc20.ifca.ai/preproceedings/54.pdf
    ReadyLayerOne Presentation & Slides
    Developer Protocol Summary
    Messari Profile




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    • 55 min
    Episode 131: Proof of Necessary Work with Akis Kattis (NYU)

    Episode 131: Proof of Necessary Work with Akis Kattis (NYU)

    In this week's episode, Anna and guest host Tarun Chitra chat with Akis Kattis, a PhD student at NYU & the co-author of Proof of Necessary Work: Succinct State Verification with Fairness Guarantees - a paper he co-wrote with Joseph Bonneau. They discuss the challenge of Proof of Useful Work, the unique properties that SNARKs have, such as puzzle hardness, that allow for PoNW to overcome these challenges, PoS SNARK systems, elastic block construction, and more.


    Here are a few of the articles we mention in the interview:
    Proof of Necessary Work: Succinct State Verification with Fairness Guarantees
    Stabilizing Congestion in Decentralized Record-Keepers




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    • 59 min

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Best Crypto Podcast

This is the best crypto podcast out there, and I have listened to five different podcasts semi-religiously. The hosts do a great job of covering the more technical aspects of the space in a way that is still accesible to non-technical individuals

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Really helpful for better understanding blockchain technology

Zero Knowledge covers the technical and development side of blockchain technology in an approachable but sophisticated manner. I like that it's legitimately about curiously exploring the space... nobody's shilling their service, it's not about price or politics... just investigating tech and development. The podcast has been fundamental in growing my technical understanding. Fredrik and Anna ask great questions — Fred asks more technical developer questions, Anna covers the questions that I would probably ask as a non-dev.

My favorite episodes so far:
3 - hard forks
15 - consensus algorithms
17 - plasma and storage rent

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