Replace: ECC proposals and plans for decentralizing Zcash and future focus


In Might, Zooko introduced that ECC had restructured to higher serve the pursuits of Zcash whereas decreasing prices and rising sustainability of the group. In that put up, he summarized two classes of our efforts transferring ahead: additional rising Zcash decentralization and focusing ECC. This put up is meant to offer extra element and an replace on our present plans. We welcome the group’s suggestions. 

Rising Zcash decentralization

Our goal within the additional decentralization of Zcash is to meaningfully enhance Zcash’s resilience with out unduly rising centralization danger. An instance of a change that will not enhance resilience could be transferring duty to the Zcash Basis (ZF). As a result of ZF manages the Zcash trademark, its Zcash Group Advisory Panel, and the Zcash Group Discussion board, and since they now provide their very own consensus node (Zebra), including extra reliance on ZF wouldn’t make Zcash extra resilient towards single factors of failure. 

Transitioning among the work ECC owns, or has owned previously, to others in the neighborhood will:

  • Enhance Zcash sustainability and resilience, by a higher distribution of duty
  • Enhance goodwill and accountability with the group
  • Enhance alternatives for others who’ve demonstrated dependable participation within the ecosystem
  • Free ECC to give attention to enhancements to the venture that we’re uniquely certified to ship

This course of will take time, as ECC develops and rolls out mechanisms to make sure capabilities transition easily and safely to trusted members in the neighborhood. 

Transitioning some duties could seem counterintuitive, as ECC’s existence will depend on Zcash group funding. Nevertheless, it’s exactly as a result of our funding comes from the group that we’re sure to honor the most effective pursuits of ZEC holders with good stewardship and management.

Focusing ECC

Our mission is to empower all folks with financial freedom, and our “North Star” is delivering a world class UX for ZEC. Within the close to to mid time period, as introduced, we’re targeted on empowering ZEC holders and giving them a voice.

This particularly contains the next goals:

  • Create a superb person expertise for proof-of-stake ZEC
  • Construct and assist a industrial pockets — constructed by and for Zcashers — that’s simple to make use of and accessible for anybody
  • Construct and assist a mobile-wallet SDK that’s helpful to different Zcash builders
  • Guarantee ZEC, self-custody, and staking stay viable within the USA by targeted coverage work

Timeline and specifics

ECC makes use of an OKR course of for prioritizing and delivering measurable work on four-month cycles. Sometimes, our phrases are: February – Might (Time period 1), June – September (Time period 2), and October – January (Time period 3). As a result of ECC’s restructuring and our give attention to exiting emergency mode, we moved the kickoff date of Time period 2 to July 10. Time period 3 will kick off, as traditional, in October.

Time period 2, 2023

The priorities set for the rest of Time period 2 are:

Earlier than the tip of July

  1. Exit emergency mode
  2. Launch the web site, model 3.0 (accomplished)
  3. Launch the brand new ECC SDKs (iOS and Android), model 1.0
  4. Launch the brand new ECC industrial pockets, model 1.0
  5. Launch model 0.1 of our proof-of-stake design suggestions

The lionshare of our fast focus stays on exiting “emergency mode,” which we anticipate might be doable this month, relying on how shortly wallets are in a position to combine with our new SDK.

The brand new ECC SDKs will assist pre-sync fund availability.

ECC’s pockets might be introduced and made out there for early testing. This launch might be knowledgeable, however no-frills, fundamental pockets that can function the muse on which to fulfill the precise wants and desires of Zcashers. We’ll drive function growth primarily based on ZEC person suggestions. Future pockets options may embrace things like ZEC holder polling and staking capabilities, for instance.

Our analysis staff will publish a top-level roadmap and proposed timeline to maneuver Zcash from proof of labor to a hybrid answer, after which probably pure proof of stake. We’ll publish this info this month after which host a workshop at Zcon4 to proceed the dialogue. This model 0.1 proposal is an early step within the design course of, printed particularly to garner suggestions and collaboration throughout the Zcash ecosystem, and to make sure this important transition proposal is nicely understood and addresses group wants.

August – September (The rest of Time period 2)

We intend to pause new growth efforts on PoS analysis and industrial pockets and SDK growth to be able to give attention to decentralization actions. Our OKR planning for the rest of Time period 2 might be targeted on:

  • Clearly defining the precise use circumstances the place ECC will focus
  • Figuring out use circumstances nicely fitted to decentralization, to enhance resilience and sustainability
  • Mapping out the transition between ECC assist and end-of-support for particular use circumstances (i.e., Will we cease engaged on this stuff utterly, wrap them up, and/or transition them to others?)
  • Meta transition planning the place applicable, together with learn how to determine and safely transition duties to different Zcash contributors
  • Starting the transitions

Some efforts might be comparatively swift, as is the case with ending ECC assist for world regulatory relations. Others will take extra time, together with the transition of some capabilities presently supported by ECC in Zcashd (pending last willpower of which use circumstances ECC will proceed to assist). Others might take important planning and time, because of complexities and to be able to reduce any disruption. 

One such complicated decentralization effort referenced within the restructuring announcement is the administration of digital properties. This contains the web site, the Zcash Twitter account,, and the Cypherpunk Zero belongings. Our goal is to empower the group to contribute to, assist steward, and higher make the most of these belongings over time. 

The stewardship of those digital properties, platforms, and belongings are extremely vital and complicated, so transition efforts will take appreciable time and diligence to execute safely and in a approach that can foster the very best outcomes. In these circumstances, we imagine “meta transition planning” is most applicable. We have now been finding out this for a lot of months and can present a really helpful method to the group in a weblog put up subsequent week. We have now requested that the Zcash Basis present ECC with time and house for group engagement on this subject at Zcon4, with an intent to start method and planning efforts in August. We look ahead to working with certified members of the group on this effort and can present extra element quickly.

October – January (Time period 3, 2023/24)

A lot of the decentralization efforts, formalized in Time period 2, will happen throughout these months. As we’re in a position to wind down and transition work, we’ll flip our consideration again to new analysis and growth on the ECC outlined focus areas. As beforehand said, some transitions could also be fast, and a few might require months to years.

February and past (Time period 1, 2024 – )

Whereas we focus our analysis and growth efforts as said above, we’ll roll out up to date roadmaps and plans primarily based on the funding out there to ECC beneath the present growth fund, which ends in November 2024. 

The group is presently discussing the opportunity of a brand new growth fund and doable buildings. After we acquire readability on the time and effort wanted to decentralize core capabilities, we intend to offer a proposal to the group on what we plan to perform and at what degree of funding over one other time period. 

Additional decentralizing Zcash by focusing ECC’s efforts on fewer issues is a significant contribution to the venture and ZEC holders in assist of our mission. It can end in a extra various group of contributors and arrange ECC to iterate on new innovation, extra shortly and fewer expensively, by specializing in these areas we’re uniquely certified to ship.

I look ahead to seeing you at Zcon4! Please seize me for a while there in case you’d prefer to discover any of this in additional element.


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