Mr. Robot, Digital Identity and Blockchain

We embark on the journey to personality: what does identity mean? How do you get from the analog to the digital identity? Now that we know that our digital identity is made up of a huge amount of data worthy of some Satoshis, the question arises: what are we going to do with it?

The central management of money is a factor that is criticized in the camps of the crypto community again and again. Banks, like governments, have supremacy – they determine (in large part) how much and what money is in circulation. With his proposal to create a digital decentralized peer-to-peer monetary system, the legendary Satoshi Nakamoto created an alternative: Bitcoin.

The blockchain technology behind this revolutionary currency holds even more disruptive potential than the currency itself. In addition to typical fields such as the financial or electoral system, one aspect in particular is increasingly moving into the center of consideration: digital identity. Especially in areas often referred to as “social hot spots”, blockchain can help. Below is a selection of projects that answer the question of how the digital identity comes to the blockchain.

SecureKey: proof of identity via app

The Canadian security firm SecureKey is working with IBM on a software solution to store identity data on the blockchain. Whether driver’s license, ID card or bank information: Everything is available via smartphone app and ready for use. The access and disposal of this data remains with the users. This is primarily about proof of creditworthiness. The confirmation runs automatically without touching data protection issues. Because: The blockchain is both decentralized and transparent.

Moldova: Blockchain against human trafficking

The Republic of Moldova pursues a humanitarian approach. The country, better known as Moldova, is not just struggling with poverty. The country must also act against trafficking in human beings. High corruption paired with lack of money leads some to buy human lives for a handful of euros. The smuggling across the border is then comparatively easy. If someone should ask for the identity of the smuggled persons, bribery will be used.

To counter this, the government is working on a blockchain solution. The forgery-proof and decentralized management of identity data is intended to prevent the trafficking of human beings. In addition, one thinks about collecting identity data such as the fingerprint or a scan of the iris in order to be able to retrieve it during checks.

Jordan: proof of identity for refugees

The refugee camp “Azraq” offers accommodation to about 35,000 refugees in Jordan. The internal administration also works here with identity data. At the cash register in the supermarket is about an iris scanner, which compares the identity data with those on the block chain. Thus, people can in principle pay with a scan of their eyes – the technology then does the rest. All the refugees in the camp have an account on the blockchain – after the scan, the account is checked and the payment is approved at best. Without bank and without government.

Mr. Robot and the question of digital identity

Anyone who has seen Mr. Robot retains a queasy feeling. Quickly you want to mask off your laptop camera, pasting the microphone and throw the computer right out the window – because nothing is certain. The protagonist of the series, Elliot Alderson, says at one point:

“People are always the best security holes. I never found it hard to hack most people.

In the fight against the multinational conglomerate Evil Corp. The paranoid schizophrenic Elliot Alderson hacks almost effortlessly into the lives of his fellow human beings – and somehow into their heads as well. As you watch, you get a dark picture that is as much paranoid as the protagonist of the series. Almost all of us carry the receivers that make such hacks possible in your pocket. Ultimately, our smartphones include just about everything we need: the bank account, shoe size, sexual preferences and taste in music. All this hovers somewhere in this elusive space of the digital.

At the latest, after observing Elliot Alderson’s effortless hacking of identity data, one should question the security of his data. Then you can ask yourself the question: Who owns this data anyway? The answer to both questions lies on central servers. Be it the security and the associated protection of the data or the power of disposal over it – both are in most cases with individual “Evil Corps” and rarely with the individuals.

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How do we regain power over our data?

One more reason to think about how to regain power over your data. Approaches already exist, but so far the urgency to use them does not yet seem to exist. Be it convenience or just ignorance: many people still do not care what happens to their data. If you still want to look for alternatives, we have some suggestions to regain power over your data. In addition, you still get money for it.

Steemit – Be paid for blogging

Steemit resembles the well-known social networks most likely Reddit. The main difference: All blog entries are stored on the blockchain. These blog entries can be posted from accounts. If you create entries that are particularly interesting for reading, listening or seeing, other users have the opportunity to rate them with Steem Power or Steem Dollar. There is also an internal reputation system. The decentralized network provides a first approach to escaping from data bugs through its internal cryptocurrency and wallet system.

Jolocom – Sovereign Digital Identities

The Jolocom project aims to provide its users with a “self-sovereign identity”. An option, therefore, to manage your identity data in a sovereign way via an app. In conjunction with a wallet and the ability to identify by fingerprint, users should also be allowed to decide who they give their data on how and when – especially what they get for it.

Minds – Like Facebook, only better

Minds is a project that probably best suits the habits of the users. It combines the qualities of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook in itself – the users have to get used to it in a change probably the least. The code behind the platform belongs to the community – everyone has access and can change it. By not allowing censorship, the network supports freedom of expression. But it also gives users a platform whose opinion you do not necessarily want to hear. But you can manually filter your news feed to get around it.

Again, users can earn money, with their data. With a peer-to-peer advertising system, users can apply and get paid. You can pay in Bitcoin or by credit card.

Famous last words

Admittedly, the presented selection is conceivably small. In the world of blockchain and decentralization, there are numerous approaches to escape the centralized management of Facebook and Google. But until that happens, a rethink must first take place. Ultimately, Mr. Robot gives a food for thought, according to which one does not necessarily have to accept the centralization of power (through data).

The option to erase his profile and regain power over his data is up to everyone. To tell Elliot Alderson:

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” When you make that decision, there is always the moment of hesitation, this annoying ‘Are you sure?’ – dialogue box, then you make your decision, yes or no.