In this article, Digital Identity enabled by Blockchain Technology, I explore how Blockchain Technology based start-ups are using this technology to provide Digital Identity solutions to the refugees, undocumented immigrants, and migrant workers. As per UNHCR Global Trends, 70.8 million individuals were forcibly displaced, worldwide, as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations at end-2018. It is said among them are the world's over 25.9 million refugees, many of whom might have left their proof of identifications behind. Without legitimate proof of identifications, individuals do not have access to various social, economic, and legal benefits. Organizations such as BanQu, AID:Tech, Humaniq, BitNation, Moni, and others are creating solutions so that these individuals can live with at least the basic necessities of life. I also mentioned about the benefits as well as the concerns for using this technology. 

Having worked in Technology sector for years now, I believe Technology solutions need to be designed, keeping the end users in mind. In order to do so, we need to use not only the computational logic but also the sentiments and needs of those who would be benefited, ultimately, using these solutions. 

Here is the link to the article - Digital Identity enabled by Blockchain Technology. Look forward to reading your comments. 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/digital-identity-enabled-blockchain-technology-rajyeshwari-ghosh/

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Brian Christie 7/10/2019 11:28:59 AM

Great article as there is a HUGE global need for digital Identity solutions for the refugees, undocumented immigrants, and migrant workers around the world.  One of the initiatives you reference in your article has led to some interesting headlines:

"World First As Baby Born On The Blockchain In Tanzania" 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ginaclarke/2018/07/25/world-first-as-baby-born-on-the-blockchain-in-tanzania/#7337f3d55023 

First ‘blockchain baby’ is born in Tanzania

https://www.secureidnews.com/news-item/first-blockchain-baby-is-born-in-tanzania/ 

The first ‘blockchain baby’ is here - Using the crypto craze for good.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/27/first-blockchain-baby-charity/ 

AID:Tech is the company that is implementing this new initiative: https://v3.aid.technology/tanzania/  

 

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