Illinois Launches Blockchain Pilot Program for Digitizing Birth Certificates
Illinois has started the process to develop a new pilot program for blockchain technology that will target birth certificates and digitizing them. Essentially, it will allow parents as well as doctors to present an official log of birth that is based on a permission blockchain. Illinois will be working with blockchain identity startup, Evernym.
Jennifer O’Rourke serves as the state’s blockchain business liaison and has expressed that this could lead to a much more broad too-set for identifying people. This can be used over years to come. It will hopefully become much bigger than birth certificates and could open up many doors for blockchain technology.
“In this pilot, businesses and governments would be able to verify and authenticate a citizen’s identity by requesting encrypted access to verifiable claims.”
“Litecoin already had [SegWit] implemented before [Bitcoin] did,” noted Iqbal Gandham, UK Managing Director at eToro, a multi-asset broker and social network trading company.
The framework that has been proposed includes a verification process conducted by existing government agencies. This would verify someone’s registration information right at birth. Following this, they would then cryptographically log data that is related to the person’s name, date of birth, blood type, and much more.
The early pilot stage will focus on generating a user interface that both parents and doctors can access to digitize birth certificates. It will also allow them the ability to access other back office processes that come into pace.
The expectation is that the plot program will be completed “in the near term.”