Be The Next Banksy: Privacy Protection For Elrond NFT Content Creators Via HOPR
[Banksy](https://preview.redd.it/fctfx7c1src71.jpg?width=1372&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a8296986d2b26bc3b671040e10f8777d1f2cf6b5) is the best-known street artist and arguably one of the most influential modern artists. His unconventional methods of expression, such as having one of its paintings automatically destroy itself moments after being auctioned for $1.4M USD, are further amplified by his anonymity.
Perhaps more artists would be able to make bolder statements if they could protect their privacy as well as Banksy.
On this note, we want to share an update about our collaboration with Binance-incubated HOPR, the privacy-preserving Layer 0 protocol. We mentioned in our [partnership announcement](https://elrond.com/blog/enhanced-privacy-hopr-tools-network/) that we aim to work together and enhance privacy for Elrond tools and products.
HOPR has been making a lot of progress lately by bringing their network and token online and making a lot of breakthroughs required for operating a Tor-like network in a truly decentralized and incentivized manner. You can watch their latest updates from EthCC in a presentation by cryptographer [Amira Bouguera](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM90ft5PNww).
Through our collaboration with HOPR we are looking at ways to protect the metadata of Elrond accounts interacting with the network, such as originating IP or location, thus increasing the privacy of our users.
For example, a content creator can drop their NFT in the upcoming Maiar NFT Marketplace with full confidence of their identity and whereabouts remaining private, beyond what is possible now with centralized VPN solutions, or limited capacity Tor networks.
We are also exploring a broader integration for the Maiar app, which in its future iterations could have even stronger privacy properties when connecting via HOPR’s Layer-0 network.
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