Microsoft: Digital identities on the blockchain

The Windows maker from Redmond is the first major IT giant in the US to speak publicly about his work on Blockchain. Alex Simons, Microsoft Identity Division’s Director of Program Management, revealed in a blog post that Microsoft has been working on ideas for using blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies for over a year to manage digital identities.

Together with the companies Accenture and Avanade, a prototype based on the cloud service Microsoft Azure has already been created. The official goal of the ID2020 Alliance is to provide some 1.1 billion people on the planet with no governmental documents to identify.

But on Facebook the alarm bells should be loud. With its centralized system, the social network has become the most important tool for online identities and has more than 2 billion users. A decentralized system for digital identities would give users control over their data.


Author: Sara Bauer


 

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