September 29, 2023

Buenos Aires Issues Blockchain-based IDs

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

In exciting news, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is taking steps to modernize its bureaucracy by implementing blockchain technology. Starting this October, city residents will be able to access their identity documents through a digital wallet.

The initial documents available on the blockchain will include birth and marriage certificates, as well as proof of income and academic verification. The announcement also states that health data and payment management will eventually be integrated into the system. By the end of 2023, a roadmap for expanding this blockchain-based solution nationwide will be developed.

QuarkID, a digital identity protocol developed by Extrimian, a Web3 company, supports the project’s infrastructure. QuarkID wallets utilize the zkSync Era, an Ethereum scaling protocol that employs zero-knowledge rollups. This technology enables one party to verify a statement’s truth to another without disclosing any particular information about the statement.

“This is a monumental step towards a safer and more efficient future for government services in Latin America,” CEO of Extrimian Guillermo Villanueva said.

The wallets will store self-sovereign data, allowing citizens to control the delivery of their credentials when interacting with government, businesses, and individuals.

QuarkID’s settlement layer, ZkSync Era, will ensure citizens possess the required credentials. The digital identity framework developed by the Argentine government and the City of Buenos Aires is intended to be a public good.

Diego Fernandez, secretary of innovation for Buenos Aires, explained that Buenos Aires is the first Latin American city and one of the world’s first to incorporate and promote this technology, setting a precedent for other countries in the region to employ blockchain technology for the betterment of their citizens.

Argentine officials are investigating Worldcoin, a digital ID project, due to privacy concerns regarding customer data collection, storage, and use.

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