Dublin seeks proposals for blockchain-based personal identity system
Dublin, a quaint suburb in Ohio’s capital, Columbus has been quietly and efficiently pursuing a blockchain project focused on personal identity.
This was revealed through a request for proposal (RFP) document published last month. This makes Dublin join the list of many municipal governments who are trying to explore the various possibilities offered by blockchain.
According to the RFP document:
“The city hopes to prove the viability of identity, basic voting, opinion survey, and a token of some arbitrary value. It is the city’s belief that more robust applications of blockchain technology may become commonplace and so the city desires to establish a base technical foundation upon which it will build additional functionality.”
Getting the ground ready for future use of blockchain
One proposed use case: enabling registered users to submit votes on the network and see an aggregated result of the votes, according to the RFP.
The document goes on to add other use case scenarios:
- Establish and demonstrate individual identity and elements of the identity of a user.
- Collect, record, store, and report discrete choices of a user.
- Collect, record, store, and report user preferences.
- Establish a token of value within an enclosed system of credits and debits
In an addendum to the RFP, which updated the due date to Sept. 14, 2018, the city added that there is no specific budget fixed allocated for the project. Rather, due to the experimental nature of the proposal, Dublin officials expect to establish a cost for the trial as proposals become submitted.
"We expect this solution to be one of the only functioning distributed ledger applications being run by a municipality in the state of Ohio. We expect to promote the solution widely, using our reputation as a center of innovation to aid the winner in showcasing the solution far and wide," the document states.
On the duration of the project, the document maintains:
“The start date and duration are anticipated to depend on the nature of the winning submission. Provided the City has adequate funds available to fund the winning project, the project should be able to start within two to three weeks of the award, pending the signature of the City’s standard agreements.”
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