Scalable. Confidential. Compliant.

What is it?

The DUSK Network is a privacy protocol that uses zero knowledge cryptography to remove the middlemen from regulated markets, without losing regulatory compliance

1 - DUSK Anonymous Network Layer

A gossip layer inspired by I2P’s garlic routing. Gossip is an effective mechanism to avoid IP address propagation. Because Dusk Network uses the same confidentiality in every set the Gossip Layer is extremely strong against statistical analysis.

2 - Segregated Byzantine Agreement

A new consensus mechanism using bulletproof technology, far more suited for privacy than PoW/PoS. Incentivized nodes use a lottery process called sortition to reach direct finality, preventing unintended forks.

3 - Secure Tunnel Switching

A data-streaming layer with full confidentiality. Audio/Video conferencing, on-offline file transfer, and a real-time payment channel. Fast, peer-to-peer, unsurveilled data communication.


The DUSK Network

The Dusk Network was conceived to offer value to the real world, not to simply build something that was convenient technically. In the payments space there is a great need for confidentiality, without introducing the shady character of unregulated privacy chains. In the communication space we want to give users an unsurveilled and unstoppable network infrastructure that grants them the possibility to communicate freely while safeguarding their identities.

The trillion dollar market however is the digital asset market, most specifically security tokens. When removing the middlemen we are bringing the cost of raising capital through a Security Token Offering down to almost zero, unlocking a previously unattainable route for the small and medium sized enterprise. Not only are we including retail investors, and providing them a new liquid asset class, we are also meeting the requirements for institutional money to enter the tokenized securities space. These institutions value their privacy, and often being able to operate and invest confidentially is a must-have.

Dusk Network solves all of this on-chain, at the protocol level, this gives us fungibility, scalability, speed, and true decentralization.

Emanuele Francioni

Blockchain R&D

Secure, compliant, confidential payments.

Confidential digital asset transfer; security tokens & STO's.

Private data streaming and secure communications.


Businesses in the real world need confidentiality, and regulators require compliance. Using zero knowledge cryptography we can bring compliance on-chain whilst giving businesses what they need. In the very young security token market we already clearly see a number of problems that we can solve:

  • Current STO ‘solutions’ ignore privacy and build on an open ledger
  • These propositions are centralized and resort to off-chain middlemen
  • This makes them unscalable, and impairs secondary market adoption
  • They charge a lot, and offer very little

By solving compliance and confidentiality on-chain we do not need any middleman, give business the privacy they need, unlock the potential for scalability, DEX, and institutional money in the secondary market, and because Dusk is a protocol, anyone can use it for free.

The Dusk Blockchain

DUSK Network uses the novel Segregated Byzantine Agreement protocol where
the network intensive tasks of block verification, voting and notarisation
are carried out by non-transactional nodes called Provisioners and are kept
separated (i.e. segregated) from block generation. Dusk Provisioners use
Guru algorithm to guarantee fast voting convergence and resilience to
attacks. Guru has been developed by Dusk lead cryptographer Dmitry

Normal transactional nodes compete in the block generation process by committing a secret amount of DUSK to a cryptographic lottery which they run non-interactively. The result is a priority score that gets propagated to the Verifiers.

The Verifiers audit the highest priority score by decrypting its bid through the Secret Reconstruction Protocol. Thus, they propagate its associated block to the other Provisioners.

The candidate block associated with the audited winning bid gets voted upon by a subset of Provisioners called Voters until a threshold of votes is reached. Voters are randomly selected throughout the different voting rounds.

The Voters which reached voting consensus are called Notaries. They notarize the block by adding the reward information, append the block to the blockchain and play the role of Verifiers in the next block’s Validation phase.

Unshackle from ISPs and solve bandwidth asymmetry

The DUSK Transport

By running Nodes, you are part of the Dusk Network backbone and help improving bandwidth availability and communication reliability.

The Dusk Network implements virtual point-to-point link by electing super-gateways among the Provisioner pool in a way that is not that dissimilar from the election of supernodes in other systems.

The super-gateways would allow for traffic traveling across different network paths to be aggregated and for the best circuits to be assembled so to achieve increased bandwidth and link redundancy. The election of the super-gateway happens regularly through a set of challenges to test for:

  • Bandwidth
  • Computational Power
  • Degree of Synchronization
  • Ping Round-trips
  • Version Freshness
Dusk Transport
Working towards your rights to privacy and free communication

The DUSK Foundation

The Dusk Foundation was incorporated to oversee our efforts. The mission of the foundation is the development and adoption of Dusk Network, and rather than a traditional for-profit entity, it will use its funds exclusively to reach this goal.

We believe in blockchain’s transparency movement, hence binding the Foundation to these goals. This will be reflected through quarterly public reports by the Foundation as soon as Dusk Network is live.

Dusk Foundation coordinates an EU-focused consortium that is actively working with regulators, businesses, and research institutions, the consortium aims to promote the adoption of cryptography and blockchain as a compliance tool, whilst providing education around privacy and transparency as forces of good.

Dusk Foundation

the roadmap

    • Research Seeding
    • SBA* Outline
    • Nomenclature of Secure Tunnel Switching
  • INCEPTION Q3 2018
    Dusk Non-Profit Foundation •
    Private Fundraising •
    Dusk EU Consortium Kickstart •
    • Devnet
    • Vouching Seeder & Entry Tunnel
    • Provisioner
    • Wallet
  • CORE Q1 2019
    SBA* •
    Anonymous Gossip Network •
    XST-20 Confidential Security Token Standard •
    Testnet •
  • ROLLOUT Q2 2019
    • P2P State Channel Engine
    • Secure Tunnel Switching
    • Mainnet
    Zero-KYC Security Trading •
    Decentralized Private MPLS •
  • R&D Q2 2020
    • Confidential Decentralized Storage
    • Network Partitioning For Horizontal Scalability
    • Programmable ZK-Contracts

tech team members

  • Emanuele Francioni

    Project & Tech Lead
  • Fulvio Venturelli

    Lead Researcher
  • Dmitry Khovratovich

    Lead Cryptographer
  • Matteo Ferretti

    Lead VM Architect
  • Jules De Smit

    Blockchain Developer
  • Kieran Hall

    UX & Front-End Dev
  • Haischel Dabian

    Senior Project Engineer
  • Kevaundray Wedderburn

    Blockchain Engineer
  • Toghrul Maharramov

    Senior Researcher
  • Dan Acristinii

    SW Architect
  • Axel Verhuel

    Blockchain Engineer

business team members

  • Jelle Pol

    Business & Product Dev
  • Tobias Disse

    Business & Strategy Dev
  • Jeske Eenink

    PR & Communication
  • Pascal Putman

    OSS Project Management
  • Mels Dees

    Partnerships & Business Dev
  • Thom Bergman

    Senior Project Developer
  • Alexander Enthoven

    Project Developer

advisory team members

  • James Roy Poulter

    The Reserve
  • Aylon Morley

    Wentworth Hall Family Office
  • Gary Quin

    Credit Suisse
  • Richard Sanders

  • Marcel Roelants

  • Nicolas Cimon

    Cross Border Consulting
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