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HORIZEN: Nodes Update, ZEN 2.0.18, Interviews, New Team Members

Biweekly update 12th June — 27th June

This is not financial advice.

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the first biweekly update of Horizen, a blockchain platform with a leading-edge privacy technology that provides everyone with privacy and complete control of their digital footprint. This one is going to become the main world blockchain platform — Horizen includes projects as the node network, cryptocurrency, DAO, messenger, etc. Last two weeks Horizen did its best. For starters, the foundation held a few live streams which provide us through their vision of the future blockchain and the most common question in the blockchain — privacy and security. It seems the Horizen’s team is greatly concerned about it and we are really into these subjects. To demonstrate this point, the development team realized the minor update on ZEN which allows the user to know how many blocks a transaction can be considered safe without the possibility of being reverted. We are also encouraged by the addition to the team. In our view, Horizen’s team was desperate for more developers and now this problem has been solved. Keep it up, Horizen!

Intro

Horizen is a blockchain platform with a leading-edge privacy technology that provides everyone with privacy and complete control of their digital footprint. It has a sustainable funding model with protocol-level solutions. The Horizen platform enables real-life uses beyond the currency including the ability to privately chat with other people. Soon, Horizen will enable you to publish information and go anywhere on the web, all with complete privacy.

The foundation is working toward the day when anyone will be able to build privacy-based applications on the Horizen platform and generate income from them. This will allow Horizen to bring thousands of real-life services to people. Services that provide them with freedom and everyday utility unlike anything ever available to them before.

Horizen includes:

  • ZENNODES — Resilience — The largest node network
  • ZEN — Cryptocurrency — Allows regular and private transactions
  • ZENDAO — Fairness & Sustainability — Decentralized Autonomous Organization
  • ZENHIDE — Censorship Resistance — Go anywhere you want on the web
  • ZENCHAT — Messenger — The most secure messaging app
  • ZENPUB — Media Freedom — Anonymously publish data, documents & media

Development

Github metrics:

Developer activity (from Coinlib.io):

  • ZEN 2.0.18 will be available soon. This is a mandatory update for all exchanges, mining pools, node operators, and full node wallet users. The focus of this version is the RPC method ‘getblockfinalityindex’ update.

ZEN 2.0.18 is scheduled for release at the beginning of July. All exchanges, mining pools, node operators, and full node wallet users must upgrade to ZEN 2.0.18 prior to block #555555, which will occur around the 23rd of July.

The focus of this version is the RPC method ‘getblockfinalityindex’ update. This update informs the user after how many blocks a transaction can be considered safe without the possibility of being reverted. In addition, the update adds a check block at height safety control for orphaned blocks, preventing mistakes in raw transaction creation.

Social encounters

  • Horizen Live Stream 5 June 2019 — Community Activity and Team Updates

Progress towards 2019 roadmap:

  • Architected a model extension that may enhance sidechain system, performance
  • Defined Sidechain Test Framework architecture for SDK python integration tests definition
  • Horizen had another fantastic month in May. Between speaking at CONSOB and sponsorship with Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Observatory conducted by Politecnico di Milano University the team is representing #Horizen in a big way. Learn more here.

Rolf Versluis Co-founder & E.A.Of HoriZen Formerly ZENcash Talks About Privacy, The 51% Attack, Security, Mining, MasterNodes, SuperNodes, The Past, And The Future

Upcoming events:

Finance

Source: CoinMarketCap

Roadmap

Q2 2017 — Horizen launch (as ZenCash)

  • Listed on Bittrex exchange
  • Full client wallet

Q3 2017 -Expanded privacy features

Q4 2017 — Secure Nodes Live

Q1 2018 — IOHK R&D partnership

  • Team expansion
  • New website launched + soft rebrand
  • 20+ partnerships & integrations along the way!

Q2 2018 — Transition from currency to platform

Q3 2018 — Super Nodes and Brand Expansion

Q4 2018 — Super Nodes Live

  • Release flagship app (Radical Usability)
  • Begin SDK design for sidechains
  • Begin Sidechains prototype
  • Public Accounting System (Radical Transparency)

Q1 2019 — Blockchain Improvements (zk-SNARKS circuit)

  • ZEN 2.0.16 — zk-SNARKS improvements
  • Node tracker improvements
  • Full client wallets compatibility
  • Sphere by Horizen improvements
  • Zen Academy

Q2 2019 — Blockchain Improvements (Sapling & Sidechain SDK)

  • ZEN 2.1.0 — Sapling
  • Sidechain SDK Alpha
  • Reference sidechain testnet
  • Sphere by Horizen improvements

Q3 2019 — Platform (Publish Reference Blockchain)

  • ZEN 3.X.X
  • Reference sidechain beta
  • Sphere by Horizen improvements
  • Blockchain improvements
  • Mobile (iOS & Android)
  • Distributed VPN service
  • Sidechain SDK Beta

Q4 2019 — Scaling & Performance (BlockDAG)

  • ZEN 3.X.X
  • Reference sidechain
  • Treasury sidechain
  • Begin on-chain payment dev (stretch)
  • Begin DAG design (stretch)
  • Sidechain SDK

Partnerships and team members

Ecosystem

ZenHelp is a service used to receive free 24/7 support from Horizen knowledgeable and dedicated team.

Social media metrics

Social media activity:

Social media dynamics:

The charts above illustrate an increase in the number of Telegram and Discord followers, and, unfortunately, a decrease in the number of the Discord members. In general, Horizen experiences the average level of social activity.

The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Horizen Reddit subscribers, Twitter followers and Facebook likes. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.

This is not financial advice.

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