Announcing 1RPC to align a privacy-protected Web3
Along with AltLayer, Arbitrum, Avalanche, BNB Chain, Gear, Kusama, MathWallet, Polkadot, Polygon, Talisman, zkSync
As with any blockchain project, the Automata team has had to make a lot of decisions in our early stages of development. In most cases, we have made a conscious choice to bridge the gap between the current state of the industry and where we thought a more neutral, fair Web3 could emerge. In other places, we found that we were creating something new, and the blank space it filled was equally exciting.
This is the case with 1RPC, a free to use private RPC relay we are launching today.
Across the blockchain ecosystem, Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs) play an important, if otherwise overlooked, role. RPC nodes allow dApps to communicate with the blockchain so that users are able to access and interact with the network. Metamask, for example, lets you choose any RPC you like, and all communication is then routed through that node.
Still, there is an implicit trust requirement when it comes to RPC nodes. When users perform any kind of action — viewing their balance, creating a transaction or bidding for an NFT, requests are submitted to the blockchain through an RPC. That information is shared with the RPC provider in this process should come as no surprise, but the granularity and level of metadata exposed is very potentially damning.
It is important to remind ourselves not to take for granted what DeFi is today; and that it does not take much to dismantle the work that has led to an open, permissionless alternative to the legacy financial system. We’re excited to have 1RPC with us as we continue to embed sound privacy practices into what zkSync is doing, protecting end-users from threats to their data and self-sovereignty.
Will Macfie, Ecosystem Lead at zkSync
If we consider privacy as being a protective barrier to abuse or misbehaviour, the reality becomes quite scary, because it shows that those barriers are not nearly as strong as one might have thought.
Privacy as protection, as consent, as dignity
For the purpose of this article, it is necessary to provide context to what we mean by private RPC transactions. The term is most frequently associated with transactions that are settled privately, which are sent directly to miners without being broadcasted to the mempool. This is not the scope of 1RPC.
There are a few key benefits to 1RPC’s shielded technical design:
- Do not track. Our technical approach is such that metadata can no longer be observed or collected by any party, which includes nodes hosted by Automata.
- Anti-phishing. Community contributions to help identify and block requests from fraudulent websites, as well as preventing interactions with malicious smart contracts
- Public good. 1RPC is a collaborative effort to resolve issues of fairness and privacy relevant to Web3, and is free for anyone within fair usage limits.
One-click privacy protection with 1RPC
1RPC is now supported by AltLayer, Arbitrum, Avalanche, BNB Chain, Gear, Kusama, MathWallet, Polkadot, Polygon, Talisman, and zkSync. Here’s the initial list of networks and platforms supported by the relay, with more in the pipeline:
The radical thing about Web3 is that you can build a better alternative to the status quo any time. It’s why we launched 1RPC as a free relay to bring more users into the privacy-conscious culture we want to foster for the industry. We’re putting the call out for those who want to help work with us to keep the ecosystem moving forward, and feedback from our early partners have been very encouraging.
Deli Gong, Co-Founder at Automata Network
If you are a project or wallet that wants to make 1RPC available to your community, there are a number of ways to do so whether through fuss-free integration or education efforts. Reach out to us — We love to hear from you!
About Automata Network
Automata Network is a decentralized middleware service protocol protecting fairness and privacy in Web3. Designed to provide non-intrusive integration across multiple chains, its product kit includes 1RPC, 2FA Guru, NFTFair, AnyDAO and XATA, to provide privacy solutions accessible for everyday users.