Can blockchain transform ID? – FCW

Blockchain is increasingly getting attention as a way to manage and verify data for governments and large institutions. While best known as the code underpinning the virtual currency Bitcoin, blockchain software can be used to collect, distribute and verify data transactions of all kinds.

Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up on a blockchain-based solution to create digital identity as a means to offer personal documentation for refugees. The effort is one part of a United Nations-based program called ID2020 that is aimed at solving the problem of lack of verifiable ID for some 1.1 billion people worldwide.

The effort, which uses fingerprint and iris biometric data, is intended to scale up from its present base of about 1.5 million digital IDs, said Marty Rodgers, managing director of Accenture’s Washington office. The system runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. Both firms are donating resources for the effort.

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