The ID2020 Alliance gets reinforced with titans of the IT industry and world politics: Microsoft, Hyperledger, UN International Computing Center and agency Mercy Corps join the initiative. Microsoft has already donated $1 mln. Among the most distinguished donors are the Rockfeller Foundation and Accenture.
The project aims to provide digital identity, equal to a passport, and would incorporate forms of legal identification issued by the government. The process is promised to be smooth for both people and institutions. The focus is user’s direct ownership and control over the personal data. The addressed issue is the fact that approximately 1.1 bln people can’t prove their identity and as a consequence, can’t access benefits and services.
Additionally, in June 2017 Microsoft and Accenture unveiled a prototype of the ID2020 project. It was deployed on a private ethereum blockchain located in Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform. The app was built over a six-week period with all the intended functions - it proves that in the future the project won’t take much long to be deployed as a fully operational solution. The prototype itself serves as a cryptographically protected store of the verified data. Existing identity providers are responsible for the verification.
As for the reactions, on Twitter for example were mainly skeptical about the idea:
@Dibbs_ZA said «They are going to be pushing that system they developed with Accenture, then this is definitely going in the wrong direction. Their statement: You own the key to your data. Reality: YOUR secure data is in THEIR vault which you require THEIR permission to access».
@jfoxdev said «Unnerving. Not to go biblical, but uhh... eh, just count me out on this one».
@CryptoLobos said «What exactly means "private version of ethereum"?!! Seems to contradict decentralization and public ledger idea».