The first baby to have their birth certificate officially recorded on the blockchain has been registered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carried out using IBM’s Blockchain Platform, the blockchain birth certificate offers a glimpse at the way that the cryptographic record-keeping technology is creeping into every aspect of our lives. Right down to recording the existence of new beings (like baby Álvaro de Medeiros Mendonça) as they arrive on planet Earth. “The birth certificate is a foundational identity document of which trust is established for downstream derived identity documents such as a [driver’s license],” Dan Gisolfi, chief technology officer for Trusted Identity at IBM, told Digital Trends. “This first of its kind [demonstration means] the establishment of an immutable audit trail of transactions from approvers that leads to a government attestation about an individual’s identity and reputation. Just like in the physical card domain, the issuance of a digital birth record is a stepping stone to bootstrapping a broader digital credential marketplace.” Got that? Amid the marketing speak, this means that blockchain is increasingly being looked as a technology that will be used to record all kinds of official records. Buying a house? Record it on the blockchain. Getting married?… Read full this story
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