This week, Anna chats with Oskar Thoren and Sanaz Taheri-Boshrooyeh from Status to learn about their work on Waku, a decentralized messaging protocol incorporating zk-SNARKs for spam protection. Waku is the successor of Whisper, a messaging protocol that turned out to be too resource-heavy and vulnerable to spamming.
Oskar and Sanaz explain how Waku V2 changes things, from ZKP-based spam protection to how its new networking system based on libp2p and Gossipsub can scale globally.
Here are some links for this episode:
- Trusted Setup Ceremonies Explored, Zero Knowledge episode 133
- IPFS, Libp2p & Filecoin with Juan Benet, Zero Knowledge episode 106
- Status’s write-up on how Waku improves Whisper.
- Rate Limiting Nullifiers, Status’s post on how the zk-based spam protection works.
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