Zcash is a privacy-focused blockchain and cryptocurrency that was developed in response to bitcoin’s flaws. It uses the same algorithm as bitcoin but improves upon it by enabling semi-transparent processing. In simple words, this means that it eschews the radical transparency of bitcoin’s blockchain for a more nuanced implementation. In this implementation, user transaction data is revealed selectively.
Zcash’s roots lie in Zerocoin, which was developed in the 1980s. It was developed by Matthew Green, currently a professor at John Hopkins University. Back then, he was a graduate student at the institution. Zerocoin employed a novel, sophisticated mathematical technique called zero-knowledge proofs in order to conduct blockchain transactions. The proofs ensured that the transaction’s contents remained anonymous even as the transaction was publicly visible on a decentralized ledger.
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