Enigma is presenting a permission-less peer-to-peer network that provides a smart-contract platform

Welcome to The Stack CafeTM Enigma is an interesting project in the blockchain stack.  Apparently, Enigma is presenting a permission-less peer-to-peer network that provides a smart-contract platform (e.g. similar to Ethereum) that enables the development of decentralized applications (dApps), but the contracts are secret (privacy by design).  We will try to provide a very brief overview of this new addition to the blockchain stack.

In the Enigma’s own words:

“Enigma is using groundbreaking privacy technologies to build the first platform for scalable, end-to-end decentralized applications.”  

“A peer-to-peer network, enabling different parties to jointly store and run computations on data while keeping the data completely private.”

Key contact points for Enigma:

Some of the key components that Enigma is offering:

  • a platform to enable developers to build ’privacy by design’
  • end-to-end decentralized applications
  • the need for a trusted third party

Enigma’s contracts engine uses Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs – executing all contract code) which can hide data and is compliant with Ethereum (some exceptions e.g. define logic in contract…).  In addition, Enigma plans to release even stronger privacy protocols for dApps in 2019 that will allow using various execution environments, either TEEs or Multi-Party Computations via a Distributed VM.  Enigma also plans on migrating away from the Ethereum blockchain so all dApps run on the Enigma blockchain to improve – dramatically – the scalability of the blockchain.

This is another interesting project for the blockchain stack and should provide for some great use cases (e.g., data marketplace, secure backend, internal compartmentalization, N-factor authentication, Identity, Internet of Things, Distributed Personal Data Stores, crypto-banks, blind e-voting, wallets…).  Go check out Enigma and, if you are a developer, sign-up for the private test-net and start using and developing for it.  We will try and provide updates to Enigma.

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