Wanted to share a quick announcement: On April 22nd, I will be hosting a ZK Jobs Fair as part of the zkSessions series!

Backstory: Many of the top projects and companies in the zk community are looking to hire talented people into their team. At the same time, the Zero Knowledge community keeps growing. Every day there are more and more students, folks just coming out of school, and employees of other areas of blockchain technology or more traditional tech companies who are looking to get their feet wet in the zk space.

So I decided to put together a…

Yesterday, news broke that an NFT animation from an artist called Beeple sold for $6.6 million on digital art platform, Nifty Gateway (owned by Gemini). This comes after a month of increasingly record-breaking NFT sales. This got me thinking about a recent Zero Knowledge Podcast episode entitled Where Media & Music meet NFTs & Blockchain.

In that episode, Tarun Chitra and I chatted with guests Andre Anjos (RAC) and Trevor McFedries (Brud), both creatives working with blockchain & NFTs. We talked a lot about the work they do to bridge between music and blockchain (in the case of RAC), and…

In this last week’s episode, James Prestwich and I chatted with David Vorick from Skynet Labs about his work on Sia and Skynet. One topic that came up around minute 45 was the double-edged sword of decentralization & the danger that comes with creating something unstoppable.

As the saying goes, “with great power comes great responsibility” — and it’s the second half of this sentence that our conversation with David highlighted. While decentralization has the power to transform in amazing ways, it also is built to be unstoppable. …

More than just a podcast…

Just over 3 years ago, myself and co-host Fredrik Harrysson launched the Zero Knowledge Podcast. We didn’t realise this at the time, but this little podcast project would bring us in contact with some of the top researchers and practitioners in the field of zero knowledge cryptography. It would also help us better understand and map all the innovation going on around blockchain, decentralised technology and this novel cryptography that is our namesake — all of which have the potential to change the world.

As you may have heard in this past week’s episode, Fredrik has shared that he will…


NEAR has just entered Phase 2 of its mainnet launch and we are happy to share that the ZKValidator is one of the first validators to be live securing the network. We have also joined as a member of the NEAR Validators Advisory Board!

This brings the number of networks we validate to four: we have been live on Cosmos for the last 11 months, on Kusama for 9 months and on Polkadot for just over 2 months.

You can find our NEAR validator as well as instructions for nominating the ZKValidator here.

The ZKValidator is unique…

On Friday Aug 21st 2020, in the midst of an extreme Berlin heat wave, we convened the first meeting of the ZKValidator Polkadot Working Group. We had at the table a combination of implementers, researchers and community representatives from Parity Technologies and Web3 Foundation. Participants included:

  • Fredrik Harrysson, CTO — Parity Technologies
  • Robert Habermeier, Co-Founder — Polkadot
  • Alistair Stewart, Researcher, Protocol design — Web3 Foundation
  • Jeff Burdges, Researcher, Applied cryptography — Web3 Foundation
  • Fabian Gompf, VP — Parity Technologies
  • Raul Romanutti, Kusama Community — Parity Technologies
  • Will Pankiewicz, Master of Validators — Parity Technologies
  • Anna Rose — ZKValidator
  • Will Harborne…

Just this past week, the ZKValidator was voted onto the Kusama council! Thank you to those who voted for us. We look forward to being part of this decision making body.

As we have described in previous posts, the ZKValidator is a purpose driven, privacy-focused validator operating on Kusama. With our role on the Kusama council, we intend to vote in favour of initiatives and actions that will make the network more viable, with a special focus on evaluating proposals related to privacy and the use of zero knowledge proof systems. …

UPDATE FROM ZKValidator: This past month, we went online with our Polkadot validator nodes and are now part of the active set! This brings the number of networks we validate on to three: we have been live on Cosmos for the last 10 months and on Kusama for the last 5.

You can find the nodes as well as instructions for nominating the ZKValidator on Polkadot here: https://zkvalidator.com/polkadot

The ZKValidator is unique in the validator space, in that it acts as a community-driven Privacy & Zero Knowledge research advocacy group. …

Last week, on March 22 2019, we held our latest Zero Knowledge Summit in Berlin.

Like previous events, this edition was intimate, curated, and very Zero Knowledgey. Unlike previous summits, this edition was primarily focused on zero knowledge as a mechanism to enable blockchain scaling (instead of previous editions that were more focused on the privacy aspects of these systems).

Like previous events, this edition had an amazing group of speakers and workshop hosts. It also had our legendary Park Bench Panel which remains one of the coolest ways to better understand the pulse of a room, and sometimes…

On Sept 5th, we held the Zero Knowledge Summit — a gathering of 150 researchers and devs working in the Zero Knowledge, blockchain and privacy spheres for a day of talks, chats, workshops and breakouts.

Almost all the talks were sourced directly from the community and the day was packed (here was the final program).

Anna Rose

Curious mind, history buff, co-host of @ZeroKnowledge Podcast, co-founder @zero-knowledge-validator - #blockchain #zeroknowledge #podcast #events

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