Microsoft Picks Bitcoin to Create a New Identity System

Microsoft Picks Bitcoin to Create a New Identity System

Microsoft is developing a Bitcoin-based decentralized identity system that aims to significantly improve privacy, security, and control while achieving tens-of-thousands of operations per second. Credentials, in the new identity system, will be wholly owned and controlled by the user.


Microsofts New ID Network on the Bitcoin Blockchain

For over a year, Microsoft had been experimenting with various blockchain technologies to create a new type of system for digital identities that will enhance privacy, security, and control.

In the end, the technology giant determined that Bitcoin was the only technology with the performance characteristics capable of powering a truly worldwide decentralized identity system. On May 14, 2019, Alex Simons, Vice President of Program Management, announced:

Today, were announcing an early preview of a Sidetree-based DID network, called ION (Identity Overlay Network) which runs atop the Bitcoin blockchain based on an emerging set of open standards that weve developed working with many of our partners in the Decentralized Identity Foundation.

And, Simons added, This approach greatly improves the throughput of DID systems to achieve tens-of-thousands of operations per second.


Bitcoin is the only unit of value relevant in the operation of the on-chain aspects of the ION network

To create a scalable foundational layer for fully decentralized identities, Microsoft, in collaboration with the Decentralized Identity Foundation, is introducing ION and formally describing it as follows,

ION is a public, permissionless, Decentralized Identifier (DID) network that implements the blockchain-agnostic Sidetree protocol on top of Bitcoin (as a Layer 2 overlay) to support DIDs/DPKI at scale.

In addition to being permissionless and decentralized, one of the IONs key points is that it is fully Bitcoin-based. And there will be no token sales. In effect, documentation at the GitHub specifies,

ION doesnt introduce new tokens/coins Bitcoin is the only unit of value relevant in the operation of the on-chain aspects of the ION network.


Moreover, according to Simons, the new ID system will allow users seamless access to all the applications in their digital world. The system will be self-sovereign, in which users will be the owners of their personal data.

Thus, just as any Bitcoin user is the only person fully responsible for his or her private keys, a Microsoft user will also be fully responsible for his or her own credentials.

How do you think the Microsoft Bitcoin-based identity system will impact Bitcoins value? Let us know in the comments section below!

Images via Daniel Butcher/Decentralized Identity Foundation, Shutterstock

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