Last month, the core team of Zcoin elaborated its plans to further decentralize the project and remove any single point of failure. The Zcoin team intends for the ZCS to serve as a transition from funding directly from the block reward to a donation model and shall begin funding ancillary tasks such as non-core development, third party integrations, and community management and events.
The ZCS allows any community members to propose, approve and fund activities. Anyone can submit an idea for a feature, task or service for discussion and once it reaches sufficient interest, it is approved for donators to start funding it.
Funds are then released according to the milestones specified along with regular updates of the progress of the project. The ZCS utilizes Zcoin’s Github for transparency so that there is a trackable history of all proposals and its amendments.
“As a privacy project, decentralization is essential for long term sustainability which includes governance and funding. While a block reward has served us well in building the foundations of Zcoin it can result in over-reliance on the core team. We have looked at many funding models including decentralized treasuries where proposals are voted base on stake but these often result in plutocracies. ZCS draws from the good example set by the Monero CCS and also shows that competing privacy projects can complement one another including drawing inspiration from each other and collaborating in research. I am hopeful that the ZCS will result in increased community participation in the project by allowing a streamlined way to seek funding.”
– Reuben Yap, Project Steward of Zcoin
Zcoin is also set to launch Lelantus, its own innovation which have attracted a lot of academic interest, as its next generation privacy protocol in 2020. Unlike zkSNARKs and its variants, Lelantus does not have trusted setup, only relies on standard cryptographic assumptions and uses a relatively simple construction making it easy to deploy and maintain while achieving a similar feature set such as direct anonymous payments.