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April 17, 2019, 01:24:22 AM
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STEGOS

Completely Private, Confidential, and Scalable Cryptocurrency


Website |  Yellowpaper | Whitepaper |  Github | Email

Stegos is a platform for building privacy applications that uses the UTXO (Bitcoin) model and Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus.



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Introduction to Stegos

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The Stegos Privacy Platform (Stegos) combines a unique blockchain and token design
to implement the first completely private cryptocurrency that’s secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly.
Stegos is fully scalable and prunable, ensuring the chain is always kept small without compromising trust.
This makes Stegos the world’s first public blockchain to offer secure and confidential data storage and transmission,
in addition to payment transactions. It also ensures that Stegos is compact enough to run on smartphones,
meaning anyone can run the Stegos blockchain from their pocket and earn tokens by staking.

Other privacy tokens — such as Monero, Dash, ZCash, and Grin — can only be used for payments,
and all display weaknesses in terms of scalability, privacy, security, or usability.
Stegos builds and improves upon these and other privacy coins and can be used
to send both payments and data with complete confidentiality.
The Stegos Privacy Platform can also be used to build applications
that communicate anonymously, privately, and efficiently.





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April 17, 2019, 01:36:26 AM
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Testnet #4 Has Been Released With Great Improvements!

This is the third testnet release of the Stegos blockchain. Changes since Testnet 3.




Here are the highlights of the release:

• Fixed bugs and improved stability of a new validator group formation and leader election algorithm.

• Experimentally achieved 3s per block sealing time on our test network in absence of attacks.

• Fixed random packet loss in the network layer.

• Created initial version of public Node API.

• Integrated Kademlia DHT for the peer discovery.

• Implemented encryption of all unicast messages.



You can always find the list of releases and other important information in our wiki at

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April 17, 2019, 07:03:04 AM
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  when do you plan to officially launch the network? if I'm not mistaken, this is not the first announcement I've seen of this coin...
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Hi, what is the affiliation between Stegos and Emotiq? Two projects have the same team and whenever I click on Emotiq, it directly transfers to Stegos website.

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Hi, what is the affiliation between Stegos and Emotiq? Two projects have the same team and whenever I click on Emotiq, it directly transfers to Stegos website.
Emotiq renamed to Stegos.

Anyway,the project is still developing with only one guy?
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  when do you plan to officially launch the network? if I'm not mistaken, this is not the first announcement I've seen of this coin...

Hi there! Our mainnet launch date is May 31, 2019.
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Hi, what is the affiliation between Stegos and Emotiq? Two projects have the same team and whenever I click on Emotiq, it directly transfers to Stegos website.

Stegos is the new name of Emotiq. It better reflects our new marketing focus on being the fastest and most scalable privacy coin. The team has stayed the same, including our genius cryptographer, VP of Engineering, etc. We have moved way ahead since Emotiq technology-wise and it’s not just the privacy angle. We've made lots of improvements and the technology is even better.
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Hi, what is the affiliation between Stegos and Emotiq? Two projects have the same team and whenever I click on Emotiq, it directly transfers to Stegos website.
Emotiq renamed to Stegos.

Anyway,the project is still developing with only one guy?

There’s a team behind the project. We leave them to focus on technology, though, so there are only 1-2 public faces. You can always read more about the team on our website, though.
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Stegos: More trustless than ZCash, more scalable than Monero, more user-friendly than MimbleWimble

We live in an era of unprecedented state surveillance and crackdowns on freedom of transactions, expression, and even thought. But privacy is a universal human right that we must fight to preserve. There are various tools available which promise to ensure your privacy, such as encrypted email and messaging applications, but these leave highly visible clues about who you are and who you are talking to.

Stegos Privacy Blockchain is the best way to secure your data, transactions and communications. Unlike traditional email and online messaging services, it’s completely decentralized, cryptographically secure, and leaves no telltale clues in the open. It’s impossible to see who you send or receive information from, or even to see how you’re connecting to the Stegos blockchain. No one but the recipient can see what you’ve sent, and there’s nothing to link the information or communications to your real-life identity.

Issues with existing privacy blockchain implementations
There are already several privacy blockchains, including Verge, Dash, ZCash, Monero, Grin and Beam, all offering different degrees of privacy and confidentiality. Unfortunately, all these blockchains also come with drawbacks. For example, Verge offers little privacy and nothing unique, Dash is not really private, ZCash requires you to trust it and Monero is hard to scale.

Grin and Beam, both based on MimbleWimble technology, require both sender and receiver to be online to complete a transaction, which is impractical for modern global communication and business needs. In addition, any node on the Grin/Beam network can listen in and trace coins being exchanged, so their coins are not fungible and can be easily tainted.

Last but not least, none of the above blockchains provide a platform for building privacy applications, drastically reducing their utility and accessibility.

Privacy technology implemented by Stegos

Using privacy technologies like pairing-based cryptography (PBC), BLS signatures, Schnorr signatures, Confidential Transactions (CT), stealth addresses, Bulletproofs, ValueShuffle, plus scalability via OmniLedger sharding, Stegos fixes the shortcomings of existing privacy coins and offers complete and total privacy with no usability drawbacks.

We improve on the blockchain status quo with BlockCrunch, Snowball and SafeData, technologies developed in-house, as well as the Trusted Application Container for easy and convenient deployment of new privacy apps built on the Stegos platform.

Anonymity, fungibility and untraceability

Anonymity, fungibility and untraceability are essential requirements of a privacy coin. Bitcoin is not anonymous, for example, as wallet addresses are public. Bitcoin is also not untraceable, as transaction history can be easily followed by using a block explorer, as well as specialized blockchain analysis tools.

Fungibility is the ability for one unit of a good or currency to be freely exchanged for another unit. For example, the US dollar is fungible, because any dollar bill can be exchanged for another one without loss of value. Bitcoin is not fungible for the same reason it’s not anonymous — all Bitcoin payments can be freely traced and coins can be labeled as tainted if they were ever used for illicit activity. Crypto exchanges and businesses may refuse to accept these tainted coins, making them less valuable compared to other coins. Exchange without loss of value is no longer possible and these coins are said to be non-fungible.

Fungibility is important, as the most recent recipient of any tainted coins may be left holding the bag, despite no knowledge of their prior illicit use. They might even lose access to their money if the tainted coins are sanctioned by the authorities. Confidential transactions improve fungibility by encrypting the input and output of each transaction, making it more difficult to differentiate tainted coins from untainted ones. But they do not completely solve the problem.

Like Monero and ZCash, Stegos uses one-time payment addresses. These make it impossible to identify recipients of a transaction, because every transaction is directed to a new and unique (stealth) address.

We implement confidential transactions by cloaking input and output amounts in each transaction and substituting them with their Pedersen committments. Only the sender and the recipient of the coins know the actual values used. We secure the transaction by proving that the sum of all inputs is greater or equal to the sum of all outputs. (It’s impossible to tell if a cloaked amount is positive or negative so also take the Bulletproof of the value of each cloaked amount, which proves that it falls within in a certain numerical range.)

We don’t store transactions in our blocks but instead simplify them down to inputs and outputs, MimbleWimble-style. This makes it almost impossible to trace transactions on our blockchain. While a malicious node implanted in our blockchain could theoretically collect and store transaction history in order to analyze it later and potentially taint coins or identify senders and receivers, this is both highly unlikely and impractical. This is also a problem common to other privacy technologies such as MimbleWimble.

Snowball, our protocol for mixing confidential transactions, builds on ValueShuffle to completely sever the relationship between inputs and outputs of each transaction, as well as senders and receivers, providing complete untraceability and fungibility.

Snowball forms pools of senders who wish to mix their transactions and then creates a super-transaction, mixing it using DiceMix. Then a collective signature is attached and the transaction is published. All anyone can see in a Snowball super-transaction is that all inputs are being spent and that each output is associated with one or more inputs. It is impossible to tell which output corresponds to which input.

Keeping the blockchain small

Lots of blockchains talk about reaching a million transactions per second (tps) but no one talks about how they are going to maintain a blockchain that’s growing that fast. Bitcoin only does 7 tps and the blockchain is expected to grow past 170gb by the end of this year. Non-cash transactions are estimated at 1.4 billion per day and are expected to grow quadratically, with the current volume translating to just 16k tps.

Using an average Bitcoin transaction of 250 bytes, this would generate 350 gigabytes every day, or 127 terabytes every year. This amount of data is completely unsustainable and could only be handled on a few very centralized supercomputers.

Stegos uses BLS instead of Schnorr signatures in its consensus protocol and for block signing. This allows us to simultaneously minimize network communications, improve processing speed, and keep the block size small by combining every signature in the block into a single signature.

We also directly address the problem of the ever-growing blockchain with BlockCrunch technology, a product of our in-house research and development. Instead of storing transactions in each block, we decompose them into Merkle trees of inputs and outputs. As they receive each block and before adding it to the end of their chain, Stegos validators apply cryptographically secure pruning to the inputs spent by each output. Then instead of being a ledger of every transaction ever made, like Bitcoin, the Stegos blockchain then is more like a database of unspent coins. This keeps the chain much smaller, and with no transaction history to trace there’s no way to compromise the privacy and fungibility of Stegos coins.

Say no to useless smart contracts

At Stegos, we firmly believe that smart contracts are useless and will continue to be useless for the foreseeable future, ERC20 tokens and CryptoKitties notwithstanding. Blockchain is a powerful mechanism for a decentralized and trustless exchange of data, though, and we harness this power with SafeData technology, as well as the Trusted Application Container (TAC), both products of in-house research.

With SafeData and our software development kit (SDK), developers can easily build mobile applications that exchange data with complete privacy and confidentiality. The Trusted Application Container (TAC) makes it easy to deploy privacy apps and provides these apps with a convenient programming interface (API) to access data stored on the blockchain, as well as collecting subscription payments for app use.

Inspired by WeChat and its use of mini-apps, we designed the TAC as a single mobile application with an integrated wallet that can run multiple privacy apps. Stegos privacy mini-apps can be developed using XML, CSS and JavaScript, technologies that all developers are already familiar with.

Keeping data on the blockchain

There are many applications that would benefit from storing data on the blockchain but cannot do so since the data needs to be frequently modified. A trading application or a decentralized exchange (DEX) would need to duplicate the entire order book every time it received a new quote or trade. Micropayments, e.g. paying for streaming short bursts of video, are another example of an appealing use case which is completely impractical in current blockchain approaches.

Frequently modified data consumes large amounts of blockchain space, even though only the most recent copy of the data is needed. Bitcoin and other blockchains have begun to develop Layer 2 technologies like Lightning Network and state channels to avoid storing frequently modified data on the blockchain. But there’s no need for such solutions with Stegos.

We secure data transactions by using the same Pedersen commitments and Bulletproofs as regular payment transactions. This lets us also prune spent data just as we prune spent coins, thus keeping the Stegos blockchain small and nimble.

Proof-of-stake consensus

Proof of stake (PoS) is a consensus algorithm where the creator of the next block is chosen via various combinations of random selection, as well as the wealth and age of staked funds. PoS blockchains are more energy efficient than currencies based on proof-of-work (PoW) algorithms.

Scalable bias-resistant distributed randomness is a critical component of Stegos. We use it to select validator groups and elect the leader of each consensus round, among other things. Stegos randomness is based on Verified Random Functions (VRF) and an improvement on RandHerd, a distributed protocol that enables a potentially large collection of servers to form a distributed public randomness beacon, which proactively generates a regular series of public random outputs.

Our randomness protocol generates a distributed public randomness beacon from BLS signatures on block headers. VRFs are used to exclude the possibility of stake grinding by the leader of each consensus round.

The Stegos consensus protocol is based on Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (pBFT) but adds strong consistency, which enables all validators to agree on the validity of blocks without wasting computing cycles to resolve forks and inconsistencies. As soon as a transaction appears in the blockchain, it can be considered confirmed.

We also adopt Collective Signing (CoSi), a scalable witness cosigning protocol ensuring that every authoritative statement is validated and publicly logged by a diverse group of witnesses before any client will accept it. CoSi builds on existing cryptographic multi-signature methods, scaling them to support thousands of witnesses via signature aggregation over efficient communications.

The default implementation of CoSi uses Schnorr signatures, which we replace with BLS signatures for performance reasons. The original design of CoSi uses Schnorr signatures and tree-based communications. We replace this with BLS signatures and gossip-based communications for security and performance reasons.

Conclusion

With no heavy-duty PoW calculations to perform, anyone can earn coins by running a Stegos node on the smartphone in their pocket and helping to validate Stegos transactions.

You can find more information about the project on our Github Wiki, including our whitepaper, technical paper, source code and demo video. Join us on Telegram to discuss this post.

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Tech Report Apr, 8th - Apr, 19th

During the last two weeks our development team has been working hard to finalize major features of the upcoming testnet release.

The following tasks were completed in the period April,8th — April, 19th:

Done

• Kademlia DHT-based routing, Network, base networking functionality for unicast messages
• Research xPIR, Experimental, research the possibility of using private information retrieval protocols to secure light nodes
• Websocket Wallet API Enhancements
• Fork Resolution, Consensus, this is an essential part of the consensus protocol
• Rollback of Payment Transactions in Wallet, Wallet, this mechanism is needed due to fork resolution
• Limit the Number of Outputs in a Block, Core Blockchain, required to prevent traffic jams in the network
• Stabilize Network, Network, testing and bug fixing
• Stabilize Consensus, Consensus, testing and bug fixing
• Split 1 STG to 1 000 000 Units (microSTG), Core Blockchain, required to have fractional STG units


Plans for Sprint 15

• Slashing, Consensus, punishing the cheating slot owner for publishing two different blocks on the same height
• Re-Staking, Consensus, changing validators’ PBC keys related to staked tokens at the predetermined intervals
• Service Awards, Core Blockchain, required to create an incentive for validators to be online
• Key Encryption on the Disk, Wallet, implement safe storage of keys on disk
• Finalize HashCash integration, Network, required to prevent DoS-attacks
• Determine major blockchain constants: Maximum UTXOs per Block, Epoch Length & Block Time, Consensus, those are important parameters of the consensus protocol
• Stress Testing: Transactional Load Generator, Testing, the part of test harness
Stress Testing: Multiple Regions, Network, launch nodes in multiple AWS regions to test consensus with real-life latencies
• ValueShuffle: Bots, ValueShuffle, required to facilitate VS transactions in absence of enough VS transactions intents
• Proof of UTXO Construction, Wallet, a feature allowing to prove that a particular transaction has taken place in the past



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April 22, 2019, 06:19:59 AM
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Your site says "Stegos has already raised $15M (million) of this target in 2018". Isn't enough cash for the initial development of the project? The rest of the amount you could have in your coin and in the case of successful development to sell them on the exchange.
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Your site says "Stegos has already raised $15M (million) of this target in 2018". Isn't enough cash for the initial development of the project? The rest of the amount you could have in your coin and in the case of successful development to sell them on the exchange.

Hi there! Our treasury went from $15M down to about $2M. This is due to the market downturn.
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In your application, you offer to exchange files, messages, images - will all this happen through the blockchain?
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April 22, 2019, 12:28:01 PM
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woww, very a lot of backing for the technology by Stegos.

what are it’s running in a mission direction with the implementation of the privacy use stegos project? and why not carry out zerocoin protocol?
Privacy technology implemented by Stegos
Using privacy technologies like pairing-based cryptography (PBC), BLS signatures, Schnorr signatures, Confidential Transactions (CT), stealth addresses, Bulletproofs, ValueShuffle, plus scalability via OmniLedger sharding, Stegos fixes the shortcomings of existing privacy coins and offers complete and total privacy with no usability drawbacks.
ok, the consensus mechanism use PoS, right. so it was own-chain (independent) or base-on ethereum chain?

So Dev, greetings with your project I’ll surfing Github and team also another base stegos project

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Your point of comparison is Zcash, Monero and MimbleWimble. Let us see how far you will achieve in terms of popularity of usage with respect to Zcash & Monero. What are your programs to convince crypto users that you are much much better than those 3 mentioned altcoins combined? Zcash & Monero have been in this community for so long already. They already cemented their position in this crypto industry and most of the projects that tried to imitate their features are not anywhere near their popularity.

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I don't like threads without images, they give a better meaning to ideas... Grin

Awesome! Thanks for helping us out!  Grin
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Your point of comparison is Zcash, Monero and MimbleWimble. Let us see how far you will achieve in terms of popularity of usage with respect to Zcash & Monero. What are your programs to convince crypto users that you are much much better than those 3 mentioned altcoins combined? Zcash & Monero have been in this community for so long already. They already cemented their position in this crypto industry and most of the projects that tried to imitate their features are not anywhere near their popularity.

Zcash and Monero can only be used for payments, and all display weaknesses in terms of scalability, privacy, security, or usability. Stegos builds and improves upon these and other privacy coins and can be used to send both payments and data with complete confidentiality. The Stegos trusted application container (TAC) allows developers to easily build applications that communicate anonymously, privately, and efficiently.

For MimbleWimble, the receiver of the payment needs to be online for the security features to work. Current implementations of MimbleWimble fail the non-interactive requirement by requiring users to communicate out of band, potentially compromising security. Both these restrictions are unacceptable reductions in privacy, so our current design removes them.
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In your application, you offer to exchange files, messages, images - will all this happen through the blockchain?

Absolutely! Our blockchain is fast and we discard old and spent data in a cryptographically secure way.
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woww, very a lot of backing for the technology by Stegos.

what are it’s running in a mission direction with the implementation of the privacy use stegos project? and why not carry out zerocoin protocol?
Privacy technology implemented by Stegos
Using privacy technologies like pairing-based cryptography (PBC), BLS signatures, Schnorr signatures, Confidential Transactions (CT), stealth addresses, Bulletproofs, ValueShuffle, plus scalability via OmniLedger sharding, Stegos fixes the shortcomings of existing privacy coins and offers complete and total privacy with no usability drawbacks.
ok, the consensus mechanism use PoS, right. so it was own-chain (independent) or base-on ethereum chain?

So Dev, greetings with your project I’ll surfing Github and team also another base stegos project

Thanks Saugani! It’s a blockchain built from scratch and using the best of the current blockchain theory, plus our own research. We have nothing to do with Ethereum and use none of their (or any other blockchain’s) code. We believe we could do better than zerocoin so we didn’t implement their protocol.
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how to get coin? mining or any presale (masternode)..and what's plan for marketing and get listed exchange? is there any bounty and airdrop?  Grin Grin Grin
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