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Azerbaijan to Adopt Blockchain-Based ID System in 2020

News The Republic of Azerbaijan is planning to complete a project of blockchain-based digital identification system by the end of 2019. Farid Osmanov, director of the information technology department at the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA), says that the new system will be adopted in the first qu..

BMW, General Motors, Ford to Start Testing Blockchain Payments in Cars

News Five major automakers — BMW, General Motors, Ford, Renault and Honda — will start testing a blockchain car identification and payment system next month in the United States. Automakers envision self-paying cars, digital IDsNikkei Asian Review reported on Oct. 14 that the partnership aims to t..

Overstock’s VC Arm Puts $2M Into Blockchain-Based ID Systems Startup

News Overstock’s venture capital arm Medici Ventures has made a $2 million investment into Salt Lake City-based Evernym, a startup that develops blockchain-based self-sovereign identity networks. Per a Sept. 26 press release, Medici invested $2 million into Evernym through participation in the com..

Got ID? New Projects Explore Blockchain Identity Systems

Analysis The rapid onset of technological advancement is not evenly spread. Society is increasingly becoming digitally literate and uses emerging technology for work, to communicate and pay for things in ways unimaginable just 15 years ago. So, why are methods of governance largely unchanged since..

Catalonia Announces a Decentralized ID System the Gov’t Won’t Control

News The Catalan government announced IdentiCAT, a decentralized identity system. President Quim Torra and Minister of Digital Policies and Administration Jordi Puigneró announced the project on Saturday, local media outlet VilaWeb reported on Sept. 7. Notably, the government says it will not have..

Sierra Leone Aims to Finish National Blockchain ID System in Late 2019

News The government of Sierra Leone plans to fully adopt a blockchain-enabled national identity system by the end of 2019. United Nations involvedPresident of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio reportedly claimed that the new infrastructure will allow financial institutions to verify identities and bui..

New Blockchain-Based Smart City Project Planned for Cambodian Capital

News A Singaporean startup, Limestone Network, is using blockchain to sustain a smart neighbourhood at the heart of the Cambodian capital. As Tech in Asia reports on August 14, the 100-hectare mixed-use development in Phnom Penh encompasses residential properties, offices, retail centers, schools ..

BitPay Now Requires Your Photo ID for Purchases Over $3K in Bitcoin

News Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay is introducing new identity verification measures for certain high-value payments, refunds and payouts. According to an Aug. 1 announcement from the United States-based firm, the new measures notably do not apply to person-to-person payments using the B..

US Department of Commerce Offering 6-Figure Salary to Crypto Expert

News The United States Department of Commerce is looking to hire a computer scientist specializing in blockchain and identity management. According to a job listing from Aug. 9, the federal agency is seeking someone with at least one year of specialized experience in developing blockchain infrastr..

Civic, BitGo to Release New Wallet for Crypto and Identity Data

News Decentralized identity startup Civic and blockchain security firm BitGo plan to launch a new wallet using BitGo’s multisig technology in Q4 2019. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 23, the two firms revealed that the forthcoming “Civic Wallet” will host hold both cryptocurre..

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