Zug Citizens Will Now Have Access to Digital ID Registration on an Ethereum Blockchain

Zug Citizens Will Now Have Access to Digital ID Registration on an Ethereum Blockchain

Uport, a complete self-sovereign identity & user-centric data platform that's designed based on the Ethereum blockchain, is now available to all citizens of Zug, Switzerland.

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Uport, a complete self-sovereign identity & user-centric data platform that’s designed based on the Ethereum blockchain, is now available to all citizens of Zug, Switzerland. The first official Zug digital ID registration and identification process that’s implemented on an Ethereum blockchain platform is available for the live audience, according to the latest announcement that’s issued by Uport.

Access To E-Services

Zug, an affluent municipality town of Switzerland is widely known as the Crypto Valley as it is the home of various industry startups. The residents of Zug will now have access to a program where they can easily register their residential IDs on a blockchain platform. The process will enable them access to various important e-services, for example, online voting and proof of residency. Uport has designed this platform in partnership with its Swiss partner (ti&m). The platform marks a vital milestone as the process demonstrates that the city government can now issue a digital verification of their citizenship (using Ethereum blockchain). Uport’s partnership with Z0ug also supports the mission of designing a global, online self-sovereign identity system. Obviously, digital citizenship will allow more trust between Zug’s citizens and government agencies. Other than that, it will provide opportunities for facilitating digital interactions between governments and citizens. The city government of Zug will offer e-voting initiative from the next year (Spring 2018).

How Does It Work?

The citizens of Zug will need to download Uport app where they can register their Uport ID and create a global identifier. After completing the registration process, citizens can sign in to the Zug digital ID web portal simply by scanning a QR code.
Once the Zug website portal is authenticated, citizens will need to enter a pre-existing Zug identification number and some mandatory personal information. Note, this process also requires an in-person verification that will be done by a city administrator. After the registration process is completed, the citizens will be given a timeline of 14 days to visit Zug office in-person with a valid official government-issued ID document. The officials will cross-check the citizens’ information against the documents that are submitted in-person (via Uport ID web portal). Once the cross-checking and verification process is done, citizens will receive a Uport citizenship ID.

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