World Identity Network Launches with Broad, Cross-Industry Support

The World Identity Network has officially launched, the organization has announced.

World Identity Network Launches with Broad, Cross-Industry SupportIts aim is to lead a global effort to advance universal ID using sophisticated solutions like blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). WIN is being led by Marian Dahan, a key figure in the World Bank’s Identification for Development program. WIN will offer advisory services and technological support to governments and other organizations pursuing universal, digital identity, with an agnostic approach on the tech side that embraces various platforms, such as Bitcoin and Etherium.

In a statement announcing WIN’s launch, a range of organizations voiced their support for the organization and its mission, including UNOPS, the Inter-American Development Bank, Accenture, the European Commission, and Gemalto. WIN also said it “is set to collaborate with the BitFury Group, ConsenSys uPort, IOTA, the Sovrin Foundation and the Secure Identity Alliance members.” Given the enthusiasm for biometric solutions shared by several of these organizations, from Accenture to the United Nations, such technology seems likely to play an important role in WIN’s efforts.

The organization was launched at last week’s Blockchain Summit, held on a private island owned by billionaire Richard Branson.

August 4, 2017 – by Alex Perala