Last month the state of Illinois (USA) announced plans for a pilot project implementing Blockchain technology to digitalise birth certificates. The initiative has the goal of giving citizens authority over their identities and eliminating the laborious paperwork method being used today. The state is reported to be working with a Utah software firm in establishing who ought to have access to the birth register /1/.
Information to be written into Blockchain at birth
In practice, at the birth of a child information including a child’s name, date of birth, and blood type, would be entered into the database by parents or doctors. The information entered would be verified by the Blockchain and afterwards be available to a child’s legal guardian until the child is a legal adult /2/. Information stored on a Blockchain is considered secure from manipulation due to elaborate encryption and distribution of the data.
Blockchain putting power in the hands of citizens
Blockchain is a rising topic of conversation when it comes to public and private records and is being explored by governments for a number of purposes. Bitcoin uses Blockchain to remove central authorities and place power in the hands of users – when it comes to identity, the same results are desirable.
By implementing Blockchain, citizens would be able to prove their identities without the hassle of bureaucracy and paperwork. The Illinois initiative represents a big step in the direction of a more free society using Blockchain.
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