Category: Privacy

Discovery Network Testnet Goes Live on Enigma; Launch “Secret Contracts”

Privacy startup Enigma announced on June 11, 2019, the release of the Discovery Network Testnet for developers. The startup tested the Discovery Network privately for the last three months. They have now released the code on Github to allow anyone to begin developing so-called “secret contracts,” which are similar to smart […]

Is Bitcoin's Increasing Anonymity a Threat to Privacy Coins?

It’s no secret that Bitcoin isn’t actually anonymous, despite what various outside observers of crypto might claim. It is, in fact, pseudonymous, as its transactions are vulnerable to being traced to specific individuals by governments and intelligence agencies with enough determination and knowhow. However, in recent months, the privacy it […]

Enigma's Ethereum-Based Private Smart Contract Testnet Goes Live

The testnet of private smart contract network Enigma has been launched, the developers announced in a Medium post published on June 11. Per the announcement, the test network, dubbed Discovery, allows developers to start developing their decentralized applications (DApps). Furthermore, contracts hosted on the Discovery testnet will reportedly be immediately […]

Canadian University Offers Graduate Training in Blockchain Tech

Canadian-based University of British Columbia (UBC) has announced a blockchain and distributed ledger technology training program for master’s and PhD students. UBC announced the development in a press release on June 11. The training path is reportedly designed to build competency around blockchain tech, and is focused on its application […]

Enigma Launches Second Testnet for ‘Secret Contract’ Blockchain

Data privacy startup Enigma is officially launching its second test network for ethereum developers. While the code for the second testnet developer release has been up on GitHub since last week, the Enigma team announced today new developer guidelines and walk-through documentation to supplement the release. In interview with CoinDesk, […]

Blockchain Genomics Firm, Global Pharma Giant Merck Sign Anonymized Data Sharing Agreement

Blockchain firm Nebula Genomics has announced a collaboration with EMD Serono, the North American biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA — the world’s oldest operating pharmaceutical firm. The news was announced in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 11. As previously reported, Nebula is a blockchain-powered platform for genome-sequencing […]

New Report Reviews Blockchain Applications by US Federal Government

The research organization Data Foundation and IT firm Booz Allen Hamilton have published a report with five proposed questions to guide the United States federal government on where and how to implement blockchain initiatives. Their research was published in the report “Bringing Blockchain Into Government: A Path Forward for Creating […]

100 Bitcoin Users Perform What Might Be Largest ‘CoinJoin’ Transaction Ever

The community behind the privacy-centric bitcoin app Wasabi Wallet recently brought together 100 people to collectively execute a “CoinJoin” transaction on bitcoin in what might be the biggest event of its kind. Some context: bitcoin itself is far from private, as users can, via the blockchain, see where coins are […]

Samourai, Nodl to Launch Bitcoin Lightning Node With Mixing Features

The mobile bitcoin wallet project Samourai Wallet is partnering with the French hardware retailer Nodl to create a bitcoin node device that syncs with Samourai’s privacy-centric mobile wallet. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Nodl co-founder Michel Luczak said this new product will be a “full, self-validating, bitcoin and lightning node” that […]