The project will support ID2020, a global public-private partnership dedicated to providing legal identification to those without the necessary official documents, a group that now includes about 1.1 billion people, according to Accenture.
The companies unveiled a prototype of the network on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in NY during the second summit of ID2020, a public-private consortium promoting the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of providing legal identity for everyone on the planet. The project aims to provide refugees with better access to education and healthcare. ID2020's goal is to create a secure, established digital ID system for all citizens worldwide.
"Approximately one-sixth of the world's population can not participate in cultural, political, economic, and social life because they lack the most basic information: Documented proof of their existence", Accenture said in an announcement. Accenture's blockchain is a computer ledger system used to securely and privately track data.
Accenture and Microsoft, which worked on the prototype with managed service provider Avanade, are inviting other companies to join their project.
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ID is key for accessing education, healthcare, voting, banking, housing, and other family benefits, the press release noted. That's because blockchain is compatible with different systems in different industries.
Running on Azure, the prototype is a sophisticated decentralised, or "distributed", database architecture, maintained by multiple, trusted parties on the blockchain, eliminating the need for a central authority. "Having a digital identity is a basic human right", said Accenture's financial services practice managing director, David Treat, in an interview with Reuters.
The new platform will connect existing record-keeping systems of commercial and public entities through blockchain. "Our prototype is personal, private and portable, empowering individuals to access and share appropriate information when convenient and without the worry of using or losing paper documentation".
The Microsoft/Accenture prototype was developed atop a platform that had initially been built by Accenture. The prototype was built on top of an existing Accenture platform, which powers the biometric identity management system used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.