Paper 2023/1473

Cicada: A framework for private non-interactive on-chain auctions and voting

Noemi Glaeser, University of Maryland, College Park, Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy
István András Seres, Eötvös Loránd University
Michael Zhu, a16z crypto research
Joseph Bonneau, a16z crypto research, New York University

Auction and voting schemes play a crucial role in the Web3 ecosystem. Yet currently deployed implementations either do not offer bid/vote privacy or require at least two rounds, hindering usability and security. We introduce Cicada, a general framework for using linearly homomorphic time-lock puzzles (HTLPs) to enable provably secure, non-interactive private auction and voting protocols. We instantiate our framework with an efficient new HTLP construction and novel packing techniques that enable succinct ballot correctness proofs independent of the number of candidates. We demonstrate the practicality of our approach by implementing our protocols for the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

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auctione-votinghomomorphic time-lock puzzleblockchain
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nglaeser @ umd edu
seresistvanandras @ gmail com
mzhu @ a16z com
jbonneau @ gmail com
2023-10-06: revised
2023-09-25: received
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      author = {Noemi Glaeser and István András Seres and Michael Zhu and Joseph Bonneau},
      title = {Cicada: A framework for private non-interactive on-chain auctions and voting},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2023/1473},
      year = {2023},
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