Seoul To Put Its Citizen Cards On Blockchain for Its 26M Population

Local South Korean news outlet, Queen, reports that the capital city of Seoul will launch a blockchain-based citizen card as a part of its smart city initiative. Mayor Park Won-soon announced the blockchain initiative at the Korea Future Forum 2019 & Blockchain Tech Show.

Won-soon acknowledged that many new technologies could bring great benefits and that it had many applications, some of which have already been implemented in South Korea – such as in an e-voting system that uses blockchain.

One of the global issues today is smart city, which uses innovative technology to lead the future society such as block chian, big data and AI…we will implement a blockchain integrated authentication system in Seoul’s citizen card and expand the base for easy access to various administrative services. We will do our best to enhance citizen’s utilization rate and convenience through linkage with ZeroPay.

Identity services based on blockchain are going in popularity. Microsoft recently announced that it would be building a decentralized identity service called ION on top of the Bitcoin blockchain.