Note: Roadmap updated.
The roadmap was changed to this since it’s better to only give and commit a plan/timeline for every three months. Ideas and priorities may change over time so a longer plan isn’t ideal for an R&D project like Incognito.
3 essential ingredients
Crypto has been rapidly capturing the attention of the public. Millions of individual balance sheets are now on the radar of those who seek control, tightening their leash on a movement that is fundamentally about freedom. In response, Incognito launched its mainnet in November 2019.
Incognito is growing up quickly, but we are in a race against time. Welcome to our second year and second roadmap, with its 3 essential ingredients: Privacy, Resilience, and Ownership.
Here’s what goes into building a shield against surveillance.
Every action taken on public blockchains is immortalized for the world to see. KYC requirements directly connect what you do to who you are. All public ledgers and centralized services are a goldmine for malicious players, who follow breadcrumbs plainly visible to anyone who knows what they’re looking for.
So let’s make sure you can have privacy if you want to – anywhere you want to.
|Objective: Privacy for any cryptocurrency||Date||Status|
|Viewing key (encrypted balances and user-controlled distributed access)||
|Integration with hardware wallets||
|Incognito’s native stablecoin (private from the start, decentralized by design)||R&D|
Crypto is increasingly becoming a game of networks, with a combative winner takes all narrative. We don’t think this is constructive. Incognito will continue to build a privacy highway connecting all ecosystems.
|Objective: Privacy for any network||Date||Status|
|Portal v3 (supporting Ethereum tokens as collateral)||Jan 2021||Shipped|
|Portal v4 (multisig & beacon)||Apr 2021||Building|
|pMetamask (shield directly from Metamask)||Q2 2021||Building|
|Bridge to Binance Smart Chain||
|Bridge to Polkadot||Q3 2021|
|Non-ethereum token (PRV, pBTC, pBNB) support on pEthereum||
|Foundations for permissionless bridges (for anyone to build their own connections to Incognito)||R&D|
Incognito has already kickstarted many firsts in the world of privacy – a multi-currency wallet, decentralized exchange, hardware miner, and so on. This year, we’re focusing on ease of use, and expanding our reach via Incognito mode for existing applications and tools.
|Objective: Privacy for applications and tools||Date||Status|
|One-sided pDEX liquidity provision||Mar 2021||Designed|
|Privacy v.2 on the application layer||May 2021||Building|
|Improved privacy for pDEX using one-time addresses||May 2021||Building|
|Web app extension||Dec 2020||Shipped|
|Full Node service||May 2020|
|TOR integration for Node devices||R&D|
|Oracle price feed||R&D|
Privacy is key. But it’s only as strong as its weakest link. This year, we will test every link – an ongoing, difficult process that requires great care and consideration. No shortcuts.
Our strategy here is simple: what will it take to support privacy for the world?
|Objective: Scalable privacy for every eventuality||Date||Status|
|Testing consensus framework||Jan 2021||Shipped|
|Optimization of block creation to increase throughput||May 2021||Building|
|Shard block validation using beacon fullnodes||TBD|
|Improved Highway topology||Jun 2021|
|New staking flow||Feb 2021||Building|
|Node monitor (statuses) + support validators||Mar 2021||Building|
|Dynamic committee size||Jun 2021||Building|
|Random number||Aug 2021|
For the past year, the team has steadily worked towards removing central points of control. Now that our network has learned to walk, we’ll need your help so it can run.
|Objective: Distributed privacy||Date||Status|
|Set up initial variables for decentralized tokenomic management||Q2 2021|
|Release fixed validator slots||Q2 2021|
The next section is simple. We’ve written a lot of code – time to get it audited. We’ve got quite a few users – time for safer storage options and easier key management.
|Objective: Secure privacy||Date||Status|
|Ethererum bridge security audit||
||Shipped (report will be published soon)|
|Mnemonic key management||Nov 2020||Shipped|
Ultimately, Incognito hopes to be run by its community. This year, we aim to put in place variables and structures to ensure it can take care of the people who power its reach.
|Objective: Privacy that belongs to you||Date||Status|
|Provider-determined fee mechanism||Aug 2021|
|Incognito DAO v1||Q3 2021|
|Voting on block reward distribution for custodians, validators, providers, core and community development||
Core devs are just the first community members. They are also just the first builders. It may be helpful to think of everything done so far as samples; the first iterations of many possibilities.
|Objective: Privacy that you can give to others||Date||Status|
|A reliable API layer for builders||Dec 2020||Building|
|Read-only key||May 2021||Building|
|Documentation & samples for pEthereum||Dec 2020||Shipped|
|Devops for development and production, with a focus on automation||Dec 2020||Shipped|
|Documentation (SDK, API, pApps + samples)||Nov 2020||Shipped|
|Documentation for integration with external wallets||Dec 2020||Postponed|
|SDK v.3 with Privacy v.2, with a focus on optimizing weight and speed||May 2021||Building|
Build with us
Incognito is so much bigger than the core team – this roadmap is just the vision of a few devs. So if you can advance the privacy movement, do. You don’t need permission, but you will always have help.
There are so many ways to get involved.
And of course, hang out with all of us here at we.incognito.org.