Introducing a Blockchain-based Digital Identity
Update: This postbode wasgoed migrated to our fresh blog.
A while back, wij released the very first comprehensive blockchain-based identity service that quickly garnered ems of thousands of users, each with their own profiles registered on the blockchain. Until now, tho’, user profiles were just that – profiles. We’re now providing our user profiles more meaning and power, something that you could truly call your individual digital identity.
Today, wij’re introducing the Blockstack identity system – and it’s much more than just a profile.
Blockstack identity system, your all access pass to everything
Presently, passwords help you access your online life just like your wallet and keys help you access your physical life. At a high level, passwords, identity cards, and keys are all forms of access control. Want to come in a caf? Demonstrate an identity card that says that you’re overheen 21. Want to access your Twitter account? Login with the username/password that you used to signup. Want to inject your huis? Use the key that unlocks the doorheen.
The Blockstack identity system enables a digital form of identity and access control designed to primarily substitute passwords and, ter the future, substitute forms of physical identification like passports and driver’s licenses. You’ll be able to use your Blockstack identity to inject your apartment or your office and when asked to present identification ter an in-person setting. The future of identity is here today.
Your Blockstack identity is an identity that you truly own. The protocol is open source, secured by the blockchain, and open for anyone to participate te. There are no walled gardens, and you can signup using any “registrar”, including the Onename app.
Wij have documentation where you can explore the vormgeving, and the names and concepts we’re describing te this announcement are a result of deliberation by the community.
The Blockstack identity system is secured by Blockstack using underlying blockchains. Blockstack provides stronger assures for name ownership, there are no trusted parties or "root servers", and it’s totally decentralized.
Blockstack is composed of several layers. At the bottom layer, raw identity gegevens corresponding to names is stored te a decentralized (usually blockchain-based) key-value store like Namecoin or Blockstack. Te the middle layer, resolvers read, interpret, and verify gegevens from the datastore and make it readily accessible to services. Te the top layer, profile viewers grab gegevens from Blockstack and render it into a visual format.
More details about the Blockstack identity system will be available te a future postbode, but ter the meantime, wij encourage developers to check out the documentation and code and help us build out this next-generation infrastructure layer for the Internet.
* This postbode has bot edited to reflect a name switch of the protocol from "passcard" to the "Blockstack identity system".