Brazilian Government Tests Blockchain Identity Tech

Announcements, Blockchain, Innovation, News, Regulation | August 24, 2017 By:

The Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, in partnership with Microsoft and ethereum-focused startup ConsenSys, has developed a successful pilot for document and identity verification.

The ministry used ConsenSys affiliate project uPort, an ethereum-based, self-sovereign identity platform that allows people to own their identity and control their personal information. It is used as an identity application for its proof of concept (PoC) for the purpose of employing blockchain technology for the verification of important notarized documents.

In addition, the ministry verified uPort’s potential to leverage the ethereum blockchain for uploading documents and approving signatures. The ministry said that the pilot showed that the use of the identity applications can provide public agencies with access to a streamlined system for approvals and signature.

Adriane Medeiros Melo, head of Information Technology Department of the Ministry of Planning, said that the Ministry of Planning recognizes the importance of this PoC as a way to explore the potential of blockchain technology to promote the disruption of public services and understand all the risks associated with this new technology.

“This technology promotes the decentralization, audibility, and security of transactions on the Internet, whose potential is to allow the trustworthy exchange of assets through this new channel,” said Melo. “This decentralization mitigates the risks of a system with a unique point of failures, besides lowering the time and price of operations. PoC like this one developed in partnership with Consensys are useful to evaluate the potential of the technology to disrupt the public services as well as to establish a new trust model between the government and the society.”

uPort Project Lead Rouven Heck said that they are excited to support innovative and forward-thinking governments like Brazil, which take the lead in leveraging the power of blockchain. He said that the PoC is an important step in demonstrating how decentralized identity can help build stronger trust between governments and citizens.

“This PoC is especially important, as it demonstrates how a publicly registered identity can interface with a private government blockchain, illustrating the powerful versatility of ethereum,” said Heck. “Ultimately this enables the Ministry of Planning to provide citizens greater access to its software and services in a more secure, private, and efficient manner, and puts the user in control of their own identity.”