Written by Satoshi’s Castle
The Role of Digital Identity
Everyone on planet earth has a right to identity, according to the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. At a base level, identity comprises of first and last names, date of birth, nationality, and sometimes a number.
In a world that’s increasingly digital, the problem is maintaining identity data that is dependant on central authorities that issues and validates these identities.
The U.N also states that 1.1 billion people worldwide have no ownership claim to their identity. Without an identity, people are unable to own real estate, vote, receive government services or perks, open a bank account or find full-time employment.
Without being able to prove who people say they are, they become invisible and become spectators in society.
Patent – SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING A SECURE IDENTITY
Block.One has been very active behind the scenes working on unreleased products which have not been spoken about due to legal reasons. A recent discovery made by Everything EOS reveals a patent which was filed at the end of 2018 and has been approved as of June 2019. This is not a patent-pending but granted.
You can have a look at the patents on these links:
It is a digital identity system based on the EOS blockchain. At a face level, it seems to be a replacement for the current KYC and AML documents.
The way this technology works is very fascinating. An electronic device i.e smartphone is used. The data that is collected will be combined with users private keys through a selfie made by the same terminal.
A quote from the patent further clarifies,” After the two individuals take their joint photo together, the application on each device taking the photo uses recognition techniques, such as 3D-facial recognition, to verify that two individuals are in the photo and that the authenticated individual of the device is one of those two. When the application has confirmed those conditions, the application signs the joint photo with the device’s digital signature capability, then sends a copy of the photo to the other individual’s device.”
In general terms its gathering data on you. It uses a 3D recognition software so you can’t fake it with a regular 2D photo it’s using the actual scan of the face and it is combined with other data points such as your geographical location with GPS, it goes even further to locate any signals that are in the air like your wifi, Bluetooth and various other connections that will help identify where you are. It gathers and builds upon all this information and secures it on the blockchain. With each photo it’s building up an identity of you proving that you are indeed the person you claim to be.
The next phase is to take a photo with someone else and that person confirms on their device not only that they are them but that you are you. This is predicted to multiply out on the platform and eventually you would have a strong proof of identity because you would have so many individuals confirming their identity and the identity of others. This creates the confidence that you are a unique user.
New possibilities open up by creating an alternative to KYC. An on-chain cryptographically secured biometrically proven identification system. This is most definitely going to be used for voice.com where unique users would be rewarded for content creation which theorizes the belief that this is the base layer technology that voice would use.
This is just 1 use case and it can be used by anyone who wants to verify individual user identity at a fraction of the cost because it costs several dollars to verify user identity and this would be basically free on a blockchain.
Proof of Co-Location
Dan Larimer recently tweeted about his patent where he says the idea is to use a proof of co-location, which means it would combine your location and another person’s location who is also using the platform.
This is extremely difficult to fake because it’s not only using your biometric data but its an interconnected web of trust where other users who have also verified their biometric data are cross-referencing your biometric data in the photographs you’ve taken together. This would result in a continuous cross-referencing procedure building its reliability and after a certain point in time, it would become unmistakable that you are a unique ID and user on the platform.
This is probably the best way of moving forward in terms of developing an ID system that provides full control to its users. It will most probably allow users to choose data they desire to share across different platforms while protecting it from theft and possibly monetize their data as well.
However, be advised that blockchain technology isn’t made by the Gods and there’s no feature that makes everything prove that everything recorded on a blockchain is the ultimate truth. Authenticity and verification of any sort of data would be the users’ responsibility who input their personal information on the chain and decentralized autonomous organizations or DAO’s who would have the power to verify and assert the authority the authenticity of that data.
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