Brazil is leading the way in utilizing blockchain technology to revolutionize their digital identity verification systems. This strategic move aims to enhance security, efficiency, and streamline processes for the population.
The government of Brazil plans to integrate blockchain technology into their national identity program, with Rio de Janeiro, Goiás, and Paraná taking the pioneering role.
Serpro, Brazil’s national data processing service, is spearheading the development of a private blockchain platform for the revenue service’s shared registry, b-Cadastros.
This blockchain network will facilitate the search, issuance, and modification of new ID cards and tax registration numbers.
Blockchain In National Identity Program Of Brazil
Alexandre Amorim, the president of Serpro, emphasizes the pivotal role of blockchain technology in Brazil’s digital identification project, highlighting its immutability and decentralization as key attributes.
The National Civil Identity Card (ICN) is the cornerstone of this effort, serving as an advanced replacement for Brazil’s traditional paper ID cards. The objective of this project is to centralize the nation’s civil identification system and use the ICN database for user authentication in accessing online public services.
The new ICN card is a plastic card that allows users to generate a secure digital version containing a printed QR code for validation.
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Unification Of identity Issuance Across States
In addition to individual security and convenience, Brazil’s national ID project plays a crucial role in combating organized crime, promoting intergovernmental collaboration, simplifying service access, and streamlining administrative records.
Moreover, adopting blockchain technology facilitates data exchange among government departments, particularly the Federal Revenue, a significant step towards unifying identity issuance across Brazil’s diverse landscape of nearly 30 states.
Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a parallel initiative has been launched, enabling residents to access essential identity documents such as birth certificates, marriage records, and academic verifications through a digital wallet.
This project relies on QuarkID, a solution developed by the Web3 firm Extrimian, and leverages zkSync Era, an Ethereum scaling protocol based on zero-knowledge rollups.
Guillermo Villanueva, CEO of Extrimian, highlights the monumental significance of this development for Latin American governance. He emphasizes that this initiative has the potential to set a benchmark for integrating blockchain technology for the public welfare.
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