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Illinois Tests A Blockchain-Based Birth Registry/ID System

An anonymous reader quotes Government Technology:

The state of Illinois, which has six blockchain pilots underway, will partner with Utah-based Evernym for a birth registry pilot meant to individualize and secure identities… The endeavor, one of six distinct blockchain explorations Illinois began last summer with a working group, is expected to utilize the Sovrin Foundation’s publicly available distributed identity ledger and expand upon accomplishments of the W3C Verifiable Claims Task Force, the state said… Recognizing that identity — and, now, digital identity — begin at birth, the state will explore using these technologies to create “a secure ‘self-sovereign’ identity for Illinois citizens during the birth registration process,” it said in the announcement.

More from the Illinois Blockchain Initiative site:
Self-sovereign identity refers to a digital identity that remains entirely under the individual’s control. A self-sovereign identity can be efficiently and securely validated by entities who require it, free from reliance on a centralized repository. Jennifer O’Rourke, Blockchain Business Liaison for the Illinois Blockchain Initiative commented, “To structurally address the many issues surrounding digital identity, we felt it was important to develop a framework that examines identity from its inception at child birth… Identity is not only foundational to nearly every government service, but is the basis for trust and legitimacy in the public sector.”
In the proposed framework, government agencies will verify birth registration information and then cryptographically sign identity attributes such as legal name, date of birth, sex or blood type, creating what are called “verifiable claims” or attributes. Permission to view or share each of these government-verified claims is stored on the tamper-proof distributed ledger protocol in the form of a decentralized identifier… This minimizes the need for entities to establish, maintain and rely upon their own proprietary databases of identity information.
Evernym’s “Chief Trust Officer” sees the program as “a major contribution to the larger effort of solving the online identity problem.”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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