Privacy and freedom are not in conflict; they are one and the same.
Privacy is an easy target for those in power who say, “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” This is a lie. The truth is that the people in positions of power have the least to worry about being private.
We stand in solidarity with causes dedicated to privacy and to other fundamental human rights. Movements that fight for freedom and equality, that fight against oppression and censorship, that help by creating the tools to level the playing field for all.
Pursuing Internet freedom with new technologies
The Orchid protocol: A tunneling protocol incorporating payments
Orchid has a new VPN protocol developed to work in concert with nanopayments to provide payments at networking speeds. The protocol runs on top of WebRTC for firewall traversal.Learn more
The Orchid server: Configuring nodes for service exchange
Providers on Orchid run the Orchid server which accepts connection requests and provides service in exchange for immediate payment via the nanopayment system.Learn more
The cornerstone of the nanopayment system
Orchid Accounts hold the funds that are sent through Orchid’s scaling nanopayment system. Users are responsible for managing their accounts on the blockchain within the Orchid DApp. Alternatively, fiat users can utilize a Prepaid Access Credits Account managed by Orchid. Each account is composed of a public/private keypair, a special funder wallet that controls the account, and the account makeup (deposit & balance), which determines how efficient the account is at transmitting payments.
Layer 2 scaling that enables high-frequency, trustless interactions
Orchid uses off-chain probabilistic payments to create a highly liquid marketplace for buying and selling bandwidth. Payments at packet scale allow for trustless interactions by reducing implicit floated balances between buyers and sellers. Marketplace participants can send & receive payments at networking speeds.
Orchid account manager:
A simple application for managing funds on the layer 2
The Orchid dApp is a hosted front-end for creating and managing Orchid accounts. After connecting a wallet, users can move funds in and out of the layer 2, along with making modifications for account makeup, payment efficiency and ticket sizing.
Make payments on an expanding list of EVM-compatible blockchains
Multi-chain compatibility gives users an alternative to high gas prices on Ethereum by allowing them to pay for service on other chains. A system for multiple chains allows users and providers options to find lower transaction fees, and helps provide the most competitive network fee pricing to users everywhere.
OXT: The staking asset for the VPN market
Decentralizing trust between buyers and sellers
The VPN market is exploding with worldwide growth as users fight to regain privacy and break out of state controlled firewalls. OXT is Orchid’s native ERC-20 digital asset that providers use to compete for user payment flow.
STAKING & STAKEWEIGHTING: Algorithmic, incentive-aligned server selection
Providers on Orchid run the Orchid server which accepts connection requests and provides VPN service in exchange for immediate payment via nanopayments. Orchid providers stake OXT tokens in an Ethereum smart contract (the directory) to advertise their services to clients. Orchid clients then select providers randomly, weighted by proportional stake, so that the probability of picking a particular provider is equal to their fraction of the total stake. Users benefit by getting a provably randomized server from a pool of providers while providers have a mechanism to advertise for users through OXT stake.
Orchid VPN: Crypto-powered security
An advanced VPN client built on the Orchid platform
The Orchid VPN app is a demonstrated use-case of Orchid’s decentralized marketplace, tunneling protocol, and the networks other interconnected components. The client provides protection from snooping ISP's, unblocks websites cutoff by firewalls, and many other privacy benefits. Bandwidth sellers receive payments in real-time as they provide service and stake OXT to compete for service requests. Buyers use customized or pre-paid cryptocurrency accounts to purchase bandwidth from stakeweighted providers using Orchid’s probabilistic nanopayment system.
PREPAID ACCESS CREDITS: A frictionless payment system
Orchid’s Prepaid Access Credits provide users the option to pay in fiat for VPN credits denominated in the xDAI stablecoin through a simple in-app purchase on mobile devices. The credits are only spendable with Orchid’s preferred providers for VPN service. The system allows for a simple 30-second onramp from any credit card connected to your phone to fund an account with xDAI.
Orchid is Open Source
Explore our code
All of Orchid’s code is Open Source and freely available to download on GitHub. Use of Orchid’s source code is governed by the AGPLv3 copyleft Open Source license. Come and follow our project, the community develops code “in the open” by continually pushing changes that anyone can see on GitHub and tagging releases as appropriate. We invite all developers and any curious parties to explore Orchid’s code.
In a world where one assumes the Cambridge Analytica scandal is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to data abuse, it’s easy to see the project’s appeal."
This is what the future of VPN tech looks like. And you gotta see it.”
Orchid’s mission is to build open-source software that keeps the Internet open and accessible — a natural resource for everyone, everywhere.”
From the Orchid Blog
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At the beginning of 2019, I joined a small, pre-launch startup called Orchid Labs to help create a crypto powered VPN that puts users in control of their privacy.