Manta Network set for crypto’s largest trusted setup event with 5,000 participants

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on Oct 28, 2022
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  • Manta Network's trusted setup event with over 5,000 keys generated put the protocol on track for ZKP history.
  • Manta Network's trusted setup ceremony is for the launch of the privacy payments network MantaPay.
  • Zcash, Tornado Cash and Aleo also had trusted setup events.

Manta Network, a Polkadot parachain leveraging zkSNARK technology to deliver private on-chain transactions, is on track to record the crypto industry’s latest historic moment.

On Friday, the Manta Network team announced its trusted setup event had attracted more than 5,000 participants, meaning the launch of the protocol’s private payments app was set to see the largest participation in crypto history.

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What’s a trusted setup event?

A trusted setup is a unique ceremony executed by a cryptographic protocol in a zero-knowledge proving system, with participants called provers and verifiers. The participants help generate Zero Knowledge Proofs, which through the event’s randomness create cryptographic rules critical to a protocol’s privacy-preservation functionality.

Any number of participants can hold a trusted setup ceremony. Still, as Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin noted in a discussion of the topic, a larger setup “is even better.”

With more than 5,000 keys, MantaPay’s launch attracted way more contributors than the trusted setups of privacy blockchain Zcash (ZEC/USD) in 2016, crypto mixing service Tornado Cash in 2020, and Web3 platform Aleo in 2021.

The sanctioned Tornado Cash had 1,114 contributors while Aleo’s attracted 1,000 participants. Looking at these two recent setup events, Manta Network looks firmly on track to becoming the largest-ever trusted setup in zero-knowledge proofs history.

According to the Manta Network team, the trusted setup ceremony will last two weeks and involve provers and verifiers from 133 countries. Nothing of this magnitude has occurred in the Web3 space.

Kenny Li, the co-founder and COO of Manta Network said in a statement that the protocol had witnessed a massive interest in its trusted setup event. He attributed this to the industry’s understanding of what privacy means for Web3.

Invezz reported in May this year, Polkadot awarded Manta $750,000 to help boost the adoption of the zero-knowledge proof technology.

As it nears its launch, MantaPay will allow crypto users to transact privately on the Manta Network and across the Polkadot and Kusama ecosystems.

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