City Launching Digital ID This Month

September 28, 2023 2:00 pm Comments

Digital ID has long been a topic of heated contention and a passionate subject of privacy buffs, who warn against digital ID protocols like Worldcoin and those proposed by sovereign nations alike.

One South American city has taken the first strides towards issuing digital ID via a partnership with Quark ID.

According to sources, the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina will begin issuing digital marriage and death certificates utilizing blockchain technology. The program, set to begin in October, will eventually include more official document offerings.

ZKSync announced on Thursday: “Buenos Aires is teaming up with Quark ID to issue digital identification services to millions of citizens in the city, with zkSync Era serving as the anchor blockchain for the program.”

The Block had more details on the future of the program:

The local government plans to roll out more official identity-related credentials on QuarkID over the coming months. In November, proof of income, certificates of academic attendance, and benefit claim documents will also become available to for download and storage on the QuarkID wallet.

Previously, Secretary of Innovation and Digital Transformation Diego Fernandez stated: “We have a huge problem dealing with identity in the digital world…because we don’t have a Digital ID primitive. We are starting to change that.”

Blockworks added:

The full roadmap for QuarkID, set to be released by year-end, aims to extend the service to over 2.5 million users by expanding the list of available credentials, per the statement.

Diego Fernandez, Secretary of Innovation of the Buenos Aires City Government, described the initiative as a digital trust framework serving as a “public good.”

“With this development, Buenos Aires becomes the first city in Latin America and one of the first in the world to integrate and promote this new technology,” he said.

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