Node Operation

Passport Protocol will operate as a distributed and permissioned network of vetted node operators to ensure performance and reliability.

The decentralization roadmap focuses on:

  • Node operator decentralization - Diversifying node operators to ensure integrity

  • Incentive decentralization - Distributing economic rewards algorithmically based on contributions


Throughout the whole process, 0xPass will maintain transparency by:

  • Sharing the roadmap and criteria for node participation

  • Disclosing the identities of initial node operators

  • Releasing open source code for community review

  • Providing public channels for feedback and questions

The community will have insight into Passport's evolution towards decentralization.


Decentralization will be phased across 4 stages:

Phase 1: Distributed Nodes

This initial phase implements distribution for security:

  • Proactive secret sharing - Periodic share rotation

  • MPC - Prevents single node key compromise

  • Secure enclaves - Hardware-isolated computation

Phase 2: Third-Party Node Operators

Onboarding third-party operators with mechanisms like:

  • Reputation systems - Track node reliability

  • Random sampling - Prevent collusion

  • Governance - Community-driven decisions

  • Opensource

Phase 3: Scalability

Scaling the network through optimizations like Sharding. The focus of this phase is to allow the network to have more node operators.

Phase 4: Incentives

Introducing decentralized incentives:

  • Tokenomics - Network tokens for compensation

  • Fee mechanisms - Usage-based distribution

Onboarding Node Operators

Upon reaching Phase 2, operators can run nodes by installing the software. Incentives will encourage diverse participation.

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