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Standards for Zero-Knowledge Proofs and their Relevance to the NIST Threshold Call

September 27, 2023


Mary Maller - Ethereum Foundation and PQShield


Abstract. ZKProof is an open-industry academic initiative that seeks to mainstream zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) cryptography through aninclusive, community-driven standardization process that focuses on interoperability and security. NIST's call for threshold schemes is of interest to us because we believe we could have a good solution to the zero-knowledge proofs of knowledge requested in the draft call. Recently there has been a drive to write end-to-end specifications for at least one general purpose zero-knowledge proof through multiple working groups. These working groups boast profound expertise in the zero-knowledge domain, encompassing both academic scholars and seasoned developers. However, there is a need for more input from people who have prior experience writing standards documentation. We would like to encourage involvement from audience members who have previously been involved in standards but who may not be experts in zero-knowledge.

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Presented at

MPTS 2023: NIST Workshop (virtual) on Multi-Party Threshold Schemes 2023

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Security and Privacy: cryptography

Created September 21, 2023, Updated October 25, 2023