A New Ethereum Digital ID Pilot To Start In Switzerland

A New Ethereum Digital ID Pilot To Start In Switzerland

The Swiss city of Zug, also called the "Crypto Valley" for hosting industry start-ups, has reportedly announced a new Ethereum-based identity service

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The Swiss city of Zug, also called the “Crypto Valley” for hosting industry start-ups, has reportedly announced a new Ethereum-based identity service for residents.

This September residents of Zug will be able to use a mobile app connecting identity with a cryptographic address on the Ethereum blockchain, as cryptocoinnews.com wrote in a publcation last week.

The residents will be able to register their identities on the app, developed by uPort, a self-sovereign ID platform supported by Ethereum software developer ConsenSys.

It is expected that city officials will verify the information, meaning that citizens can use the app for urban services like fees collection, e-signatures and others. In an announcement, the city of Zug wrote that the Ethereum digital ID pilot will test a consensus e-vote in spring 2018, as cryptocoinnews.com made clear.

“We want a single electronic identity – a kind of digital passport – for all possible applications. And we do not want this digital ID Ito be centralized at the city, but on the blockchain.”, said Zug mayor Dolfi Müller as quoted by the article.

In March, the online media reported about Switzerland witnessing the launch of a new government-backed and non-profit blockchain advocacy and development group. The latter is reportedly named the Crypto Valley association.

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