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Technology

Private - Secure - Untraceable - Resilient - Minable

Private

Horizen is a privacy platform built on zero-knowledge Succinct Non-interactive ARguments of Knowledge (zk-SNARKs) technology with a decentralized secure node architecture.

Secure

ZEN is the first cryptocurrency with fully end-to-end encryption at the node and internode level.

In addition to zk-SNARKs, the Horizen architecture includes encryption at the node level. Cryptocurrencies rely on nodes to operate, we require our Secure Node operators to have the latest Information Technology and Network Security to qualify for compensation.

Untraceable

Shielded transactions are fully encrypted, yet can be verified as valid under the network’s consensus. The sender, recipient, and amount are hidden on the blockchain, making Horizen completely untraceable.

Domain fronting is a versatile censorship circumvention technique that hides the remote endpoint of a communication. It works at the application layer, using HTTPS, to communicate with a forbidden host while appearing to communicate with some other host, permitted by the censor.

The key idea is the use of different domain names at different layers of communication. One domain appears on the “outside” of an HTTPS request–in the 9 DNS request and TLS Server Name Indication, while another domain appears on the “inside”–in the HTTP Host header, invisible to the censor under HTTPS encryption. A censor, unable to distinguish fronted and non-fronted traffic to a domain, must choose between allowing circumvention traffic and blocking the domain entirely, which results in expensive collateral damage.

Domain fronting does not require special cooperation by network intermediaries. We identify a number of hard-to-block web services, such as content delivery networks, that support domain-fronted connections and are useful for censorship circumvention.

Resilient

Horizen has one of the most distributed node systems. Learn more about Secure Nodes!

Learn more about Secure Nodes and Super Nodes

Horizen Secure Nodes enable a distributed and reliable cryptocurrency system that encrypts inter-node communications. Horizen node communication looks like any other encrypted internet traffic, instead of like Bitcoin traffic. This effectively hides the type of activity taking place, making it less likely that Horizen users and nodes are blocked.

Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) Treasury

Horizen Treasury Model is an inclusive, provably fair, and transparent economic system with incentives to participate.

A funding pool is available for proposals
Proposals are reviewed and voted on by individuals that own ZEN
Votes are weighted according to stake and is not public
Votes are counted and the Proposal is approved \ declined
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Anyone can submit a proposal
Voting can be delegated to trusted users & voters are paid to participate
Ballot results are secret until the winner is announced to ensure fairness
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A funding pool is available for proposals
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Anyone can submit a proposal
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Proposals are reviewed and voted on by individuals that own ZEN
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Voting can be delegated to trusted users & voters are paid to participate
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Votes are weighted according to stake and is not public
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Ballot results are secret until the winner is announced to ensure fairness
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Votes are counted and the Proposal is approved \ declined

Minable

Anyone with a modern Graphic Card can mine ZEN, a proof-of-work, equihash-based cryptocurrency and works well for GPU mining.