Swiss city plans to verify IDs using Blockchain

Authorities of Zug will launch a new ethereum-based identity service
09 July 2017   946

Open-source blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract functionality, which facilitates online contractual agreements 

The capital of the Swiss Crypto valley and the canton of the same name Zug is preparing to introduce a new service for the verification of citizens' identification data, which will be based on the Ethereum block system. This is written by CoinDesk.

The project will be launched in September 2017 and will include a special mobile application that binds a person's identity through the uPort platform to a specific crypto address.

The solution was developed by ConsenSys in partnership with the local startup ti&m and the University of Economics of Lucerne. Registration and verification of local residents will be carried out by local authorities.


Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks.

In the statement of Zug, the project was developed because previous efforts of ID solution development using centralized funds were very complicated and even obsolete nowadays.

We want to create complete digital identification, kind of digital passport for any cases. And we don't want this passport was centralized, we want it to use blockchain technology. 

Dolfi Müller
Major of Zug

City authorities also plan to hold an advisory next spring vote using electronic bulletins. 

Ethereum Community Fund Created

Cosmos, Golem, Global Blockchain Labs, Maker, OmiseGo, Raiden and Tendermint are involved in the creation of the new fund
16 February 2018   98

Prominent members of the Ethereum ecosystem open a fund designed to support projects developed on the blockchain of the second largest crypto currency. This is reported by CoinDesk.

Cosmos, Golem, Global Blockchain Labs, Maker, OmiseGo, Raiden and Tendermint are involved in the creation of the Ethereum Community Fund (ECF). Their goal is to introduce the services on the basis of Ethereum in the infrastructure of companies, which they can be useful.

The fund's founders also intend to launch a grant program that will provide "permanent financial security" to selected projects, the press release said.

The founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin directly participates in the work of the fund, in a letter to CoinDesk confirming that he acts as an adviser.

Ethereum has grown beyond my expectations over the last few years, but the work is clearly not finished. Delivering value that matches the hype should be the mantra of 2018; efforts such as the ECF which help organize the development of the ecosystem are going to help make that possible.

Vitalik Buterin

Co-creater, Ethereum

ECF is not the only organization dedicated to the development of the Ethereum ecosystem. Ethereum Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that also makes a significant contribution to the development of the platform, in January announced the launch of two sponsorship programs designed for developers seeking solutions to scale the network. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance provides resources to companies interested in applying Ethereum, and links Fortune 500 companies with crypto-cash start-ups.