Dusk Network Releases Groundbreaking Private Proof Of Stake Protocol Testnet

Amsterdam, Netherlands — July 30, 2019 — Dusk Network, the privacy-oriented blockchain protocol, has announced the public release of its Testnet (Shin 殉星). Testnet Shin features the first-ever implementation of private Proof of Stake, made possible by the novel Segregated Byzantine Agreement (SBA) consensus protocol and zero-knowledge cryptography. 

With the release of their Testnet, the public is now able to get hands-on experience with the technology that shapes the Dusk Network. Despite its computationally intensive cryptography, the network boasts block times of ~7 seconds, while offering instant settlement finality. 

The Amsterdam based Dusk Network is a privacy-oriented blockchain protocol that includes native support of a Turing-complete Virtual Machine, zero-knowledge proof verification and enables the preservation of privacy on the state layer while shifting the majority of the computational workload from the distributed state machine to the users. 

Just weeks prior to today’s Testnet release, Dusk Network published research on Zerocaf, an open-source library to implement cryptographic protocols over the Doppio Elliptic Curve using a Ristretto mapping. This is in addition to fully private account based cryptocurrencies, a novel zero-knowledge Account-Based design to address the issues of enhancing UTXO and Account-Based designs with privacy.

Dusk Network is purpose-built for Security Tokens and features a Confidential Security Contract (XSC). Leveraging zero-knowledge proof technology, Dusk Network can be used to issue security tokens that satisfy regulatory requirements relating to confidentiality and data protection, and effectively addresses concerns from regulators regarding market manipulation on open-source, transparent ledgers.

Emanuele Francioni, Founder and Tech Lead of Dusk Network said, “I envision Dusk as a global, decentralized security depository system handling tokenization information and…

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