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Privacy-Enhancing Cryptography PEC

Collaboration with ZKProof

NIST has collaborated with the ZKProof initiative since 2019, as a way of supporting the development of open reference material on zero-knowledge proofs. This page lists some outputs of this interaction:

NIST-PEC documentation on ZKProof:

Past talks with PEC members:

  • 2019-04-11: Privacy-enhancing cryptography at NIST. 2nd Zkproof workshop. Berkeley, USA. [Slides; Video]

  • 2019-04-11: Community Standards: a Review and Further Work on the ZKProof Track Proceedings. 2nd Zkproof workshop. Berkeley, USA. []

  • 2019-08-18: A perspective on standardization of advanced cryptography at NIST. 1st Workshop on Advanced Cryptography Standardization (ACS'19). Santa Barbara, USA. [SlidesVideo]

  • 2019-10-10: Community reference material for zero-knowledge proofs (A brief update and a call for participation). ZKProof Community Event. Amsterdam, Netherlands. [Slides; Video]

  • 2020-05-18: Towards Version 1.0 of the ZKProof Community Reference. 3rd ZKProof Workshop — Home edition. Online. [Slides; Video]

  • 2021-04-26: ZKpComRef 2021. 4th ZKProof Workshop — Home edition. Online. [Slides; Video]

(Some talks were jointly presented with other ZKProof Editors)

ZKProof Community Reference (ZkpComRef):

  • 2022-Jul-17: Version 0.3. (Contains substantial updates about ZKP paradigms; we contributed with content and as part of the ZKProof editors team)
  • 2019-Dec-31: Version 0.2. (Includes contributions by the PEC team; one PEC team member also served as editor). See also the annotated changes and diff documents.
  • 2019-Apr-11: Version 0.1. (LaTeX porting of the files output by the 1st ZKProof workshop)
  • See the source code on GitHub:zkpstandard/zkpreference

Talks by external speakers:

  • ZKProof list of (120+) presentations: https://docs.zkproof.org/presentations
  • NIST Crypto-reading-club talks related to ZKPs (not necessarily associated with ZKProof):
    • 2018-Nov-07: Muthu Venkitasubramaniam (University of Rochester), Zero-Knowledge Proofs: Recent progress and an update on the standardization effort
    • 2019-Dec-18: Justin Thaler (Georgetown University), Interactive Proofs and Zero-Knowledge
    • 2022-Jun-15: Mary Maller (Ethereum Foundation), Caulk: Lookup Arguments in Sublinear Time


Reach the PEC team at:

Luís T. A. N. Brandão

René Peralta

Angela Robinson


Security and Privacy: cryptography, privacy

Created January 03, 2017, Updated October 31, 2022