Outcompeting the surveillance state with privacy tech w/ François-Xavier Wicht | EPI #292


December 8th, 2023

1 hr 16 mins 12 secs

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TODAY'S SHOW: Douglas Tuman interviews François-Xavier Wicht, a first-year PhD student in the Cryptology and Data Security Group at the University of Bern who has done a lot of research on Monero Privacy and untraceability.

Together they discuss François’ research in privacy in crypto, comparison of different privacy blockchains and privacy tech, how the untraceability of Monero works and how effective it is, the ethics of working for a blockchain surveillance company and more!

(00:00:00) Intro
(00:05:00) Discovering crypto
(00:10:00) CoinJoin & Tornado Cash vs built in privacy
(00:16:00) Getting the mainstream to realize privacy is important
(00:24:00) Presentation of Privacy in Monero
(00:36:00) Untraceability
(00:56:00) Unlinkability
(01:05:00) Conclusion & Outlook
(01:12:00) Closing remarks and Outro

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