SNARKs to the rescue: proof-of-contact in zero knowledge [article]

Zachary Ratliff, Joud Khoury
2020 arXiv   pre-print
This paper describes techniques to help with COVID-19 automated contact tracing, and with the restoration efforts. We describe a decentralized protocol for "proof-of-contact" in zero knowledge where a person can publish a short cryptographic proof attesting to the fact that they have been infected and that they have come in contact with a set of people without revealing any information about any of the people involved. More importantly, we describe how to compose these proofs to support broader
more » ... functionality such as proofs of nth-order exposure which can further speed up automated contact tracing. The cryptographic proofs are publicly verifiable, and places the burden on the person proving contact and not on third parties or healthcare providers rendering the system more decentralized, and accordingly more scalable.
arXiv:2005.12676v4 fatcat:dyxqtrzplnd25py4zg4i5uhzmy