E. Snowden: Zcash is most interesting BTC alternative

An American computer professional, Edward Snowden, claims that Zcash is the most interesting Bitcoin alternative
30 September 2017   1286

Edward Snowden, an American computer professional and former CIA employee, who copied and leaked classified information from the NSA in 2013, now expresses his view on the top cryptocurrencies via Twitter. The man reponds to a user, who claims that "Zcash is the only altcoin (that I know of) designed and built by professional and academic cryptographers. Hard to ignore":

Snowden also comments on another popular cryptocurrency, Monero, arguing that it is a "great project, but the problem with amateur crypto is mistakes happen and have huge consequences for people like me". This is believed to be the reference to the fact that about 60% of Monero transactions can be linked, meaning that transactions are not as anonymous as users would have initially hoped.

The statements redulted in the flood of Twitter responses. Thus, Monero developer Richard Spagni strongly defends his project's technology, while the creator of litecoin, Charlie Lee, claims that he owns "Monero but not Zcash”.

Monero and Zcash on coinmarketcap.com
 

Zcash and Monero are both geared towards providing privacy for their users, but use different tools to achieve the same end result. Thus, while Zcash is based on a cryptographic operation called zk-snarks, Monero works by obfuscating information with ring signatures and stealth addresses.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   99

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.