Blockchain Privacy: An Introduction to Privacy Protocols and Their Applications for Blockchains

In this 2-day course, we will learn about the history of privacy protocols and explore their use in modern-day technologies and blockchain applications.

From communications to commerce, privacy is a fundamental component of our global society and economy. The mathematical discoveries from the last century have been the backbone to securing technologies we use today and the data that gets shared on them.

Blockchains, one of the newest innovations of our time, has seen skyrocketing interest from all over the world; however, it brings with it the risk of not protecting everyday users, as there are no fundamental privacy considerations. Just as HTTPS was a critical component to the mainstream usability of the world-wide web, security protocols that protect users’ financial and other transactional data are what will open blockchains to everyday use cases.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will gain an understanding of

  • The history of cryptographic discoveries and applications
  • Privacy protocols built for use in blockchains
  • Why zk-SNARKs are the most advanced privacy construction for blockchains today
  • The current limitations in SNARKs and future improvements
  • The future applications of blockchains enabled with privacy


  • Attendees should have some basic programming skills
  • Attendees should have some basic understanding of Bitcoin and blockchain
  • Personal laptops will be required – please bring your own

Course Agenda

The agenda of the two-day course can be found here.


The registration link can be found on the Fintech and Blockchain Programming Workshops page.

Instructor’s Profile

Zooko is the CEO and Founder of Zcash Company.
Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko’s Triangle,” Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He is also the Founder of Least Authority.


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