SettleMint looks to blockchain self-sovereign identity with IdentiMint

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A core tenet of blockchain technologies is trust – but not just from a standpoint of having records on an immutable ledger. The concept of blockchain for digital identity – enabling ‘more secure management and storage of digital identities by providing unified, interoperable, and tamper-proof infrastructure with key benefits to enterprises, users, and IoT management systems’, as ConsenSys puts it – is increasingly key.

One essential part of this, from the user side, is self-sovereign identity. The idea is an ambitious one. Digital identity has always been viewed from an organisational perspective rather than an individual one. With self-sovereign identity, it becomes one entity. Each account, be it a subscription, ID information or more, will be one the user controls.

SettleMint, a blockchain platform as a service provider based in Belgium, has been exploring this trend keenly. The company has unveiled the rollout of IdentiMint, the reference implementation of a blockchain-based self-sovereign identity solution.

The company explains its rationale thus. “Self-sovereign identity is emerging as a critical prerequisite for not only identity security, but also freedom and democracy in the information age,” SettleMint says. “It can be considered a counter to the prevailing model that has centralised corporations collecting, managing, owning, and profiting from individuals’ identity data, which can include everything from home address and telephone number to health status and income bracket.”

IdentiMint comes in by enabling people to collect digitised and encrypted pieces of information about themselves, and manage them all in one place. As credentials are collected – from governments, banks, hospitals and the like – they become verifiable by others. Having a ‘mobile wallet’ on their phone, the individual can verify a particular piece of information with a trusted party instantly.

SettleMint argues there are three elements to this identity. The first – with news such as Facebook’s purported changes to WhatsApp in mind – relates to ‘upending predatory surveillance capitalism business practices.’ Secondly, organisations can improve their customer experience; and thirdly, they can reduce costs, such as overheads for data security.

“An infrastructure that supports recognised identity providers to easily verify this data while safeguarding the data privacy rights of individuals is needed,” said Matthew Van Niekerk, co-founder and CEO of SettleMint. “A better balance than we have today is long overdue.”

Alongside this, SettleMint was recently selected to join the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Innovators community, as a platform partner for its work on blockchain and digital assets. This publication has variously reported the WEF’s initiatives and thoughts around blockchain technologies, from Covid-19 vaccine rollouts to greater social impact.

SettleMint joins companies such as ConsenSys, as well as Hedera Hashgraph and Bitfury, as ‘leaders and change makers within blockchain technology’, as the company put it.

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  1. Billy Bell on

    The Blockchain label needs to be dumped when referring to Hashgraph.

    Hashgraph enables Companies to share a Distributed Immutable Ledger.

    The technology of Hedera Hashgraph is superior to any other DLT as it’s:

    Fast — It’s now ‘throttled’ to 10,000 TPS but can process transactions much faster in a single shard (a network of computers) and the number of shards is almost infinite on a World Wide Scale.

    Fair — No valid transaction is discarded and it’s timestamped in the order that it was received.

    Secure (aBFT) — Hashgraph is mathematically proven to be aBFT; which is the highest form of security for a distributed ledger.

    Efficient — The Hashgraph algorithm achieves the maximum limit of sharing data on a distributed ledger.

    Compliant– Hashgraph has a team that understands the necessity of compliance and has Real-time auditability for every interaction.

    Governance — The governance model is based on the original model used by National BankAmericard Inc., founded in 1968, and later renamed VISA.

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