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Microsoft is moving to turn blockchain-based decentralized identity from a lofty aspiration into a business line. In a white paper posted this week, the software giant says it intends to develop two products designed to give consumers greater control of their personal data – long the Holy Grail of many technologists in the blockchain space and …

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Two United Nations divisions are teaming with the nation of Sierra Leone and a technology non-profit to launch a blockchain-based identification system. The U.N. Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), along with Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio and non-profit Kiva announced a project to “modernize the credit bureau” on Thursday during …

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Privacy-focused internet browser Brave will begin using blockchain identity startup Civic’s verification services to ensure publishers are paid for their content with Brave’s Basic Attention Token (BAT). The companies announced Friday that content producers hoping to participate in Brave’s “verified publishers” program can use Civic’s identity verification and know-your-customer (KYC) services to confirm their identities …

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This space ain’t big enough for all of us. That about sums up the way R3’s technical chiefs, CTO Richard Gendal Brown and lead platform engineer Mike Hearn, view the rivalry among enterprise blockchain solutions. While it may be more genial and less chaotic than the public blockchain world that Hearn left behind when he …

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Digital security firm Gemalto is teaming up with blockchain startup R3 to pilot a new digital identity platform that’s aimed at mainstream users. Called Trust ID Network, Gemalto said the new platform will provide users with more control over how and when their personal data is shared with third parties, and that such “self-sovereign” identities will …

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The city of Dublin, Ohio, has been quietly pursuing a blockchain experiment focused on personal identity. Dublin, a suburb of Ohio’s state capital, Columbus, revealed its work through a request for proposal (RFP) document published last month. With the trial, Dublin becomes the latest municipal government to explore possible public-sector applications of the technology. The city announced …

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Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) government is turning to blockchain for a state-wide test of its driver license digitization program scheduled for November. In an announcement on Aug. 20, the NSW government said it will conduct the pilot for 140,000 license holders in the state prior to a formal roll-out in 2019. Secure Logic, an Australian …

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IBM’s blockchain division is widening its work in the nascent field of “self-sovereign identity” – technology designed to give individuals greater control over their personal data. Announced today, the tech giant is working with Hu-manity.co, whose #My31 app just became available on iOS and Android mobile devices. The app’s name alludes to the idea that …

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Paul Brody is EY’s global innovation leader for blockchain. The views expressed are his own. At the beginning of this year, I wrote a column predicting that companies would find the allure of public blockchains irresistible. While a world of private blockchains provides many enterprises, regulators and central banks with the comfort that there are …

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Like all crypto projects, Civic, the pioneering blockchain-powered identity startup, needs people, lots of people, using its platform. And, according to Civic founder Vinny Lingham, while the technology is all in place for the system to work, it’s this network of users that the company is still struggling to achieve. In an effort to spur …

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U.S. banking giant Capital One is working on using blockchain technology to usher in more convenient and secure user authentication methods for instances such as banking security. In a continuation of a patent application submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) back in June 2017, Capital One sets out a blockchain system that …

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Coinbase has acquired Distributed Systems, a San Francisco-based digital identity startup, the company announced Wednesday. Distributed Systems has already been working on “decentralized identity solutions,” Coinbase Identity project manager B Byrne wrote in a blog post. The startup’s five-person team will join a unit within Coinbase that is dedicated to developing digital identity solutions. Blockchain …

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There are early adopters, then there are early early adopters. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the first coder to work alongside bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, Martti ‘Sirius’ Malmi, is joining a team of developers launching a new cryptocurrency called AXE. The project, which is combining Malmi’s Identifi online reputation system with decentralized database system GUN, is …

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Japan-based tech conglomerate Hitachi and telecommunication giant KDDI are testing a blockchain-based system that can settle retail payments validated using shoppers’ fingerprints. According to a release on Wednesday, a group of staff from the two partners are this week experimenting with a coupon settlement system deployed in a KDDI store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, as …

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KT Corporation, one of the two largest telecoms companies in South Korea, has launched a proprietary blockchain network, aiming to apply the technology across areas including ID verification, data roaming and energy trading. According to a report from CoinDesk Korea, the firm revealed its KT Network Blockchain on Tuesday, boasting a throughput of 2,500 transactions …

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“I never thought we’d get it.” That’s Vinny Lingham, co-founder and CEO of the blockchain identity startup Civic, talking about the company’s acquisition of “Identity.com” – a fitting web domain for a company built around the idea of putting personally identifiable data in the control of its owners. To that point, Lingham said he had …

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Zug, a city in Switzerland known as the “Crypto Valley,” has successfully completed its first test of a local blockchain-based voting system. As CoinDesk reported on June 11, the Swiss city launched an e-voting pilot platform built on blockchain technology as part of the city’s efforts to embrace the technology. The voting process took place …

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A group of financial firms and regulators, including big names like BNP Paribas and Deutsche Bank, have conducted a trial of a know-your-customer (KYC) compliance application built upon R3’s Corda blockchain platform. The 39 participants put the app – built by New York-based tech firm Synechron – through a four-day test of the app using 45 nodes in …

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Talk to any three blockchain entrepreneurs, and at least one of them will pitch a way for internet users to own their own data. Recent privacy debacles at Yahoo, Equifax and Facebook have driven home the realization that anyone with a smartphone is walking, talking, searching, eating, posting, browsing fodder for advertisers, machine learning algorithms …

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Sweden’s land registry authority and a group of participating banks, businesses and startups have completed the third phase of an ongoing blockchain pilot. It was announced Friday that the Lantmäteriet has passed the testing checkpoint with the aid of a number of partners. These include financial firms SBAB Bank and Landshypotek, blockchain startup ChromaWay, tech consultancy …

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