Taking A More Tactical View of Identity And How It Affects Our Daily Lives (Part 2)

Blog | 14 March 2019

Lets’ dive deeper into daily use cases for eligibility, relationship verification, and dependent support. These situations have ways of verifying identities but those ways aren’t always efficient or effective. Let’s go through some of them to see the differences a portable, cross-domain identity solution could make.

One probably has to show some kind of ID on a daily basis. All uses are not necessarily life-or-death important. We simply want to improve our daily experience by making common activities faster and more pleasant. We also aim to reduce any friction in the system like fraud or errors. Imagine replacing each of these individual identity cards with a single blockchain-based solution.

Entering your office and other daily work tasks

Employee badges need to be swiped many times throughout the day in order to access the building, parking garage, conference rooms or elevator floors. Accessing computer systems at work also requires validating one’s identity. College students also have to swipe their IDs to access to their dormitories.

Imagine replacing that badge with a reusable identity certification on a blockchain that has been linked to corporate systems. It would be far simpler for the employer, who no longer has to cut access or worry about retrieving credentials. This new model only has to revoke access on the blockchain and automatically update eligibility all at once.

Helping elderly parents or dependent children get benefits or address daily administrative burdens

There are many situations where we act on someone else’s behalf and need to prove multiple things. Who we are, who the other person is, nature of our relationship, legal standing to intervene, and the other person’s eligibility for whatever we’re trying to access. Only then do we get to interact with nurses, social security, and so on. Similarly, even simple things such as filling out school forms or dealing with doctor appointments require us to prove identity, relationship, and legal status. Let’s imagine a system where all this information automatically available and updated. We would be able to help others without having to constantly prove our identity.

Borrow a book from the library and other town services

Many of us have grown up with library cards, so we think of them as one piece of identity. They actually are a combination of multiple pieces of information, which prove that you:

  1. Are in fact who you say you are,
  2. Reside in the same town as the library, and
  3. Are in good standing with the library and can continue to take out books.

The library re-validates the data regularly to ensure continued eligibility. However, the first two components are already incorporated into blockchain identity systems. The third piece could easily be added as a claim by the library instead of the library having to continue with its own system.

Other common services offered to town residents, like permit parking, also require to link your identity to an asset like a car. The town would benefit from being able to streamline identity management, because all of the separate systems for managing identity would be eliminated.

Get food from the university cafeteria or other school resources

Like employees, students also carry specific badges that grant them access to the cafeteria, to school property, borrow or use school equipment, etc. Like previous examples, that badge validates identity, residency (for public schools,) and eligibility.

It may not seem like these are massively world-changing uses for portable, cross-domain identity. But that is actually the point. No technology changes the world until it changes our daily lives. These mundane but common use cases are exactly the way many of us will begin to use digital identities that leverage blockchain technology. We will benefit from simplifying our daily lives while protecting ourselves from identity theft, fraud and other issues with identity data.

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