The service will enable citizens to encrypt their personal information and receive an ID that is linked to a cryptographic address on the Ethereum blockchain.
The uPort App, a mobile identity for secure digital interactions, has recently launched a pilot of a self-sovereign identity platform that is available to residents of the city of Zug, Switzerland.
The service will enable citizens to encrypt their personal information and receive an ID that is linked to a cryptographic address on the Ethereum blockchain, according to a report published at ETH News.
As uPort explained in a blog post, the registration of residents` ID on the blockchain will unlock access to government eServices like online voting and proof of residency.
The idea is that digital citizenship could enable more trust between citizens and government agencies. In addition, it is opening new and significant opportunities for improved digital interactions between people and governments. For instance, Zug plans to offer an e-Voting initiative in Spring 2018.
How it works?
- Each Zug citizen registers their Uport ID on the Ethereum blockchain after downloading the Uport mobile app
- Then, citizens sign in to the Zug ID web portal by scanning a QR code, using their newly registered Uport ID
- After authenticating into the Zug portal, the citizen enters their personal information and preexisting Zug ID number
- After completing a registration, the citizen has 14 days to visit the Zug records office in person
- In the records office, the Zug official signs into the Zug admin portal using their Uport ID. This enables the official to review the citizen’s submissions by cross-checking the information they provided against their documents in-person, and if approved, issue a digital citizenship credential to their Uport ID
Here is a video demonstrating how the verification process works for citizens and admins: https://vimeo.com/239157292.
As uPort commented, the partnership with Zug is a giant step towards their goal of realizing a global self-sovereign identity system.