Episode 171: Mapping the Polkadot Ecosystem

In this week’s episode, Anna goes on a grand tour of the Polkadot ecosystem ahead of the launch of Parachains. In this multi-interview episode, she explores the Polkadot ecosystem, how teams are interacting with the existing tech stacks, what they are looking forward to, and how these networks may evolve in the future once Parachains go live.

The first speaker is Fabian Gompf, VP at Parity, who explains what’s going on with parachain auctions, how Parity views its role in the Polkadot ecosystem, and how prospective builders can be rewarded. Then comes Derek Yoo from Moonbeam, who talks about the project’s ambitions and challenges as an “Ethereum on Polkadot” parachain. Next up is Ruitao Su from Acala, who describes his vision of Polkadot as a “United Nation.” Finally comes Lucas Vogelsang from Centrifuge, a very early Substrate adopter who has a unique view on what it means for a project to be a parachain.

Here are a few useful links:

Polkadot’s Parachain’s Explained
Episode 5 of Zero Knowledge where Fabi was first a guest on.
Gavin Wood on Zero Knowledge
Kusama, the chaotic canary network of Polkadot, on Zero Knowledge
Web3’s Alistair and Jeff on Zero Knowledge All about ZK proofs in the Polkadot ecosystem.
Common good parachains
Moonbeam’s site
Acala’s site
Acala’s Sovereign Wealth Fund concept.
Centrifuge’s site
Zero Knowledge episode on Centrifuge


This week’s intro features a mention of ZKValidator (ZKV) which is currently active on Cosmos, Near, Polkadot and Kusama and soon to be active on Mina.

The ZKV is unique in that it is a validator that aims to advocate for and encourage privacy & zk tech on emerging PoS networks. The ZKV connects the zk community with the network community by running private workshops & roundtables, putting together blog posts and reports as well as running dedicated public events focused on these issues.

Check out the recent NEAR privacy roundtable report, the Cosmos Privacy Showcase happening on March 26th and an upcoming Polkadot event in April/May. Email us events@zkvalidator.com if you are a privacy project building on these networks who wants to participate. Follow @zkvalidator on twitter to stay in the loop about all of our events.

And if you are a token holder, and want to support the effort, be sure to stake to us on! Info on how to do so on Polkadot can be found here: https://zkvalidator.com/polkadot/


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Episode 262: Ethereum’s KZG Ceremony with Trent & Carl

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Episode 261: Proofs, Arguments, and ZKPs with Justin Thaler

This week, Anna chats with Justin Thaler, Associate Professor at Georgetown. They cover Justin’s academic history and discuss what led him to working on interactive proofs and SNARKs. They also take a look at several other topics such as the Thaler Book Study Group, his earlier work Spartan, comparing the security of different rollups built with SNARKs and STARKs and more.

Episode 260: ZK in 2023 with Kobi, Guillermo, and Tarun

In this week’s episode, Anna and guest co-hosts Guillermo, Tarun and Kobi share their thoughts about the state of Zero Knowledge tech today and what it might look like going in 2023. The group discusses some exciting ZK experiments and some of the emerging topics such as: ZK ID, ZK Bridges, ZK DeFi, and more.

Episode 259: 2022 End of Year Wrap with Co-Hosts

In this week’s episode, Anna and part-time Zero Knowledge co-hosts Tarun, Guillermo, Josh and Kobi, get together for a casual catch up and have a look back at 2022. They trace Jan to today in both the zk community and the larger ecosystem, discussing the highs and the lows, focusing on the major events which stood out to them.

If you think the team missed anything, let us know by replying to our tweet announcing this episode of the Podcast.

This is the final episode of 2022 and Anna and the Zero Knowledge Podcast team thanks you for your support this year! Happy Holidays and see you in 2023!

Episode 258: Ultrasound Money & VRFs with Justin Drake

In this episode, Anna explores the topic of Ultrasound Money with Justin Drake from the Ethereum Foundation. They kick off with updates on his work in VDFs, MEV and censorship resistance, alongside his particular interests in ZK and how the progress VRFs have made can be applied in Ethereum’s POS architecture. They then dive into the original concept of Ultrasound Money and where Justin sees it progressing to in the future, including the current status around issuance.

Episode 257: Proof of Solvency with Kostas Chalkias

This week, Anna explores the topic of proof of solvency with Kostas Chalkias, co-founder and chief of Cryptography at MystenLabs. They cover Kostas’ background in Cryptography and explore his work on proof of reserves, otherwise known as proof of solvency. They cover Kostas’ background in Cryptography and explore his work on Proof of Reserves, otherwise known as Proof of Solvency. They review past Proof of Solvency models using ZKPs and look at the protocols that major centralized exchanges are currently using. Then they dive into the security vulnerabilities, privacy issues, and general bugs that Kostas and his collaborators have identified in these protocols and their recommendations on how to better build Proof of Solvency systems.

Episode 256: New ZK Use Cases with Dan Boneh

On this week’s episode, Anna and Kobi Gurkan chat with Dan Boneh, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford and Director of the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research.

They discuss Dan’s more recent work in ZK Tech, both in education and in research, and review innovative use cases both Dan and his students have been working on since our last episode. It was great to have Dan back on the show, and we hope some of these ideas inspire listeners to jump in on the research or to build some products using these concepts.

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