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General Documents

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  1. ZKProof Charter
  2. Intellectual Property Policy
  3. Code of Conduct

ZKProof Charter

First established in Boston, May 10th and 11th 2018.

The goal of the ZKProof Standardization effort is to advance the use of Zero Knowledge Proof technology by bringing together experts from industry and academia. To further the goals of the effort, we set the following guiding principles:

  • The initiative is aimed at producing documents that are open for all and free to use. As an open initiative, all content issued from the ZKProof Standards Workshop is under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
  • We seek to represent all aspects of the technology, research and community in an inclusive manner.
  • Our goal is to reach consensus where possible, and to properly represent conflicting views where consensus was not reached.
  • As an open initiative, we wish to communicate our results to the industry, the media and to the general public, with a goal of making all voices in the event heard.
    • Participants in the event might be photographed or filmed.
    • We encourage you to tweet, blog and share with the hashtag #ZKProof. Our official twitter handle is @ZKProof.

For further information, please refer to [email protected]

Intellectual Property Policy

ZKProof is an open initiative that seeks to promote the secure and interoperable use of zero-knowledge proofs. To foster open development and wide adoption, it is valuable to promote technologies with open-source implementations, unencumbered by royalty-bearing patents. However, some useful technologies may fall within the scope of patent claims.

Since ZKProof seeks to represent the technology, research and community in an inclusive manner, it is valuable to set expectations about the disclosure of intellectual property and the handling of patent claims. The members of the ZKProof community are hereby strongly encouraged to provide informationon of known patent claims (their own and those from others) potentially applicable to the guidance, requirements, recommendations, proposals and examples provided in ZKProof documentation, including by disclosing known pending patent applications or any relevant unexpired patent. Particularly, such disclosure is promptly required from the patent holders, or those acting on their behalf, as a condition for providing content contributions to the “Community Reference” and to “Proposals” submitted to ZKProof for consideration by the community. The ZKProof documentation will be updated based on received disclosures about pertinent patent claims.

ZKProof aims to produce documents that are open for all and free to use. As such, the content produced for publication within the context of the ZKProof Standardization effort should be made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Furthermore, any technology that is promoted in said ZKProof documentation and that falls within patent claims should be made available under licensing terms that are reasonable, and demonstrably free of unfair discrimination, preferably allowing free open-source implementations.

Please email relevant information to [email protected]

Code of Conduct

The code of conduct establishes the expected behaviour of participants during the ZKProof workshops or events. The present code remains as first established for the 1st ZKProof Workshop (Boston, May 10th and 11th 2018).

All participants, speakers and sponsors of the ZKProof Standard Workshop shall adhere to the following code of conduct to ensure a safe and productive environment for everybody:

At ZKProof events, you agree to:

  • Respect the boundaries of other attendees.
  • Respect the opinions of other attendees even if you are not in agreement with them.
  • Avoid aggressively pushing your own services, products or causes.
  • Respect confidentiality requests by participants.
  • Look out for one another.

These behaviors don’t belong at the workshop:

  • Invasion of privacy.
  • Being disruptive, drinking excessively, stalking, following or threatening anyone.
  • Abuse of power (including abuses related to position, wealth, race or gender).
  • Homophobia, racism or behavior that discriminates against a group or class of people.
  • Sexual harassment of any kind, including unwelcome sexual attention and inappropriate physical contact.

For further information, please refer to ​[email protected]

The above code of conduct was adapted from TEDx.