Blockchain Could Provide ID for Those Who Need It Most

Students in developing countries and refugees fleeing violence need reliable proof of their identity — and the blockchain might just work

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Blockchain is a decentralized database that stores information, an immutable digital ledger that can be applied to any number of uses.

“We need to build systems that allow people to essentially bootstrap themselves using these kinds of tapestry credentials.”

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