zkSafeZones: Civilian Protection in Conflict Areas

Using Zero-Knowledge& Blockchain

zkSafeZones leverages blockchain and zero-knowledge proofs to provide secure, private geolocation sharing for civilian protection in conflict zones. Implemented using zkLocus and the Mina Protocol blockchain, zkSafeZones aims to reduce civilian casualties in conflict areas and ensure compliance with legal frameworks, such as the Inernational Humanitarian Law (IHL).

✨ Key Features

Civilian Protection

Enables authenicated & private reporting of civilian locations to avoid harm during conflicts. By using zkSNARKs, civilians can provide proof of their presence in a safe and anonymous way, ensuring they are not targeted during military operations.

Legal On-Chain Enforcement

zkSafeZones enables a framework for collecting and enforcing legal evidence on-chain. This ensures compliance with international law and helps in holding parties accountable for their actions.

Offline Capabilities

The system is designed to work without an active internet connection, using recursive zkSNARKs for compression and secure proof submissions. This allows for continuous operation even in the most constrained environments.

$ZKL Token Incentives

Incentivizes the collection and submission of geolocation proofs and legal evidence through a programmable value system using the $ZKL token. This encourages participation and ensures the system's sustainability.

Self-Sustainable Business Model

zkSafeZones comes with a self-sustaining business model, allowing for the funding of bounties for geolocation data submission by the public. This model ensures that the system can operate independently.

Humanitarian Focus

Designed to address humanitarian issues, zkSafeZones utilizes blockchain and zero-knowledge technology to protect civilians and ensure accountability in conflict zones.

⛑️ How zkSafeZones Works

A simple, monochromatic illustration depicts a desert-like environment with sparse, small buildings in the background. Several groups of women and children are scattered across the scene. A woman in the foreground is looking at her phone. The image represents civilians in a conflict zone, showcasing how they can use technology to verify their location without revealing exact coordinates, emphasizing privacy and security through zero-knowledge proofs in zkSafeZones.

Geolocation Proofs

Civilians can prove their presence within a specific area without revealing exact coordinates. This is achieved through zkLocus, which uses zero-knowledge proofs to provide authenticated and private geolocation sharing.

Proof Submission and Verification

Proofs are submitted on-chain and verified through zkLocus on the Mina blockchain. This ensures that all data is authenticated, integrity-assured and transparent, providing a reliable source of truth for geolocation data.

Hand-drawn like illustration depicts a person (child) wearing a hooded jacket, kneeling in a desolate, conflict-affected area. The individual is looking at a smartphone. Above the person, a large smartphone screen displays a form or list interface, and a location pin icon is shown to the right, connected by a dotted line. In the background, there are damaged buildings and tents, with smoke rising from some structures, indicating the aftermath of conflict. The image represents the process of submitting and verifying geolocation proofs on the Mina blockchain using zkLocus, ensuring data is authenticated, integrity-assured, and transparent.
A detailed, monochromatic illustration shows a scene in a conflict-affected area with simple buildings and a few armed individuals in the background. In the foreground, several children and a woman wearing headscarves are depicted smiling and holding coins with the $ZKL token symbol. The children are playing with a pile of these tokens on the ground. This image represents the incentive mechanism of zkSafeZones, where $ZKL tokens are used to reward the submission of verified geolocation proofs, encouraging active participation and the collection of legal evidence to keep the system engaged and effective.

Incentive Mechanism

The $ZKL token is used to reward the submission of verified geolocation proofs. This incentive mechanism encourages participation, legal evidence collection and ensures that the system remains active and engaged.

Integration with Legal Frameworks

zkSafeZones enables automated enforcement of international laws through smart contracts. This provides a robust legal framework for ensuring compliance and holding parties accountable for their actions.

A powerful monochromatic illustration shows a child standing in the middle of a war-torn area, with ruins of buildings and scattered debris, including bomb shells, on either side. Above the child, a large balanced scale floats, symbolizing justice. The image represents the integration of zkSafeZones with legal frameworks, highlighting how automated enforcement of international laws through smart contracts ensures compliance and accountability in conflict zones. This system aims to provide a robust legal framework for monitoring and holding parties responsible for their actions.

✅ Value & Benefits

Militant Groups

Besides civilials, zkSafeZones allows military groups to assert their presence in or outside certain areas to avoid unnecessary attacks. This feature helps in ensuring that only relevant areas are targeted, reducing the risk of civilian harm.

Transparency and Accountability

Creates a transparent record of civilian and military activities to hold entities accountable. This ensures that all actions are traceable and verifiable, providing a reliable source of truth.

Collaborative Efforts

Designed for integration with organizations like the United Nations (UN) and the International Committee of The Red Cross (ICRC). Such a collaboration helps in ensuring that the system is widely adopted and used for humanitarian purposes.

No Infrastructure Cost

zkSafeZones requires minimal infrastructure and related costs, as it leverages the execution environment of the Mina Blockchain. This greatly reduces the necessary infrastructure complexity and cost, making it zero or almost zero.

Comprehensive Legal Research

All necessary legal research has been conducted, ensuring compliance with GDPR, international humanitarian law, and the ICRC’s Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action. This thorough research underpins the legitimacy and applicability of zkSafeZones.

Flexibility, Interoperability & Integration

zkSafeZones is designed to integrate seamlessly with any blockchain, off-chain environments, and existing legacy systems. This flexibility enables the solution to be deployed in a variety of contexts, thus supporting diverse technological infrastructures and enhancing its utility across different blockchains & platforms.

Be A Part Of
The Movement

zkSafeZones is a humanitarian initiative as a part of zkLocus, a privacy-first geolocation as a real-world-asset (RWA) platform. Civilian casualties in conflict areas remain an unsolved problem, and in 2024 the situation is only getting worse. Not only the data is skewed, but there is also a lack of transparency and accountability from the involved parties. zkSafeZones leverages blockchain and Zero-Knowledge Proofs to address this. We are currently seeking to collaborate with NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders to deploy this intiative in real-world conflict zones and start protecting civilians today. If you are interested in contributing, have any ideas, looking to collaborate or have someone you can connect us with, please reach out to us at

👉 contact@zklocus.dev 👈