ID Pass Open-Source EOS dApp For Self-Sovereign Digital Identity Management | Blockchain-Based Protection From Cyber Crime

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Because of a lack of proper documentation, millions of vulnerable people across the world do not have access to essential basic services vital to their welfare such as banking, education, healthcare, and justice. One in seven, in fact. ID Pass can help create a ‘self-sovereign’ identity that unlocks the key to these basic services.

ID PASS is a sustainable open-source digital identity solution designed for governments and humanitarian organizations. “It enables them to issue a decentralized, private, trusted, and recoverable form of identity to all population subsets, including citizens, residents, and refugees,” said Jeremi Joslin, CTO of Newlogic, a software company that, he explained, has been involved in the humanitarian sector for years.

Origin of ID Pass

Joslin and his three Newlogic co-founders Jeremy Bethmont, Loic Bistuer, and Greg Martel attended June’s EOS Global Hackathon event in Hong Kong. There they met Paul Wehner and Raman Shalupau, with whom they joined forces to work on ID PASS. An attempt to offer levels of privacy and security missing in current identity systems, it took top prize at the event.

“We wanted to find a solution,” said Joslin. “And after investigating various standards, we settled on one that is based on work done by the RWOT (Rebooting the Web-of-Trust) group around self-sovereign identity and implementing it for the most vulnerable groups of people.”

Blockchain Infrastructure To Anchor Identity

So where did blockchain come into the equation? “While the lack of an identity document may hinder access to essential services, having an identity document can also constitute a threat to an individual’s privacy and safety,” he noted. “So we wanted to create a solution that does not rely on a shared central database storing all the data. And to achieve that, we needed a blockchain to act as a decentralized public key infrastructure anchoring a person’s identity, and a smart card to store the data.”

The team expanded to include a project manager, business analyst, UX designer, and three software developers. Engagements included familiarizing humanitarian agencies and governments with blockchain, and demonstrated how it could help them achieve strategic objectives. They also planned to release more open-source code.

Integration With Other EOSIO Projects

Thanking the EOS community and for their support, Joslin also divulged that the team had been “talking with other EOSIO projects about potential integration, which the standardized account system could facilitate.” He added that they had engaged with multiple organizations to carry out a pilot project in the first quarter of 2019.

“With its account system, focus on performance, and ability to run as a consortium blockchain, EOSIO’s blockchain architecture fits the objective we’re trying to achieve.”

That objective — of providing robust documentation of identity for all, including the world’s poorest and most vulnerable — is one that ID PASS believes could affect millions of lives for the better.

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