Perspectives on Privacy from Linda Xie, Zooko Wilcox, and Eran Tromer

Privacy should not be controversial. Rather, it provides the fundamental protections necessary for economic freedom and shields users from exploitation by bad actors. We’ve had these conversations before. This week’s Perspectives highlight what’s traceable, the history of data privacy on the internet, and the implications for the future of cryptocurrencies.

Linda Xie is the co-founder of Scalar Capital and previously a product manager at Coinbase working on compliance investigations. Linda describes how 3rd parties are able to trace Bitcoin transactions and how privacy and compliance can co-exist.

“I even just compare it to what we we’re used to in the existing financial system. We don’t have our entire bank account statement broadcast for everyone to see…”

Zcash founder and CEO, Zooko Wilcox, discusses the 1990’s battle against the use of encryption on the internet, how the United States government’s position shifted over time, and what that may mean for our future.

Eran Tromer, Zcash founding scientist, associate professor at Tel Aviv University and associate research scientist at Columbia University explains why it’s the honest citizen who is penalized when privacy is absent.

All prior videos in the Perspectives series are available on the Zcash YouTube channel or directly below.

On Privacy:

Zcash CTO Nathan Wilcox

Ethereum Founder and Chief Scientist Vitalik Buterin

Coin Center Director of Research and Zcash Foundation Board Member Peter Van Valkenburgh

Industry Thought Leader Jill Carlson

 

On Sapling:

Zcash Engineer Sean Bowe

Zcash Engineer Ariel Gabizon

 

Other Topics:

AirTM founder and CEO Ruben Galindo on AirTM and Venezuela

Zcash Company’s Jack Gavigan on JP Morgan