NZ Everyday Investor

Digital ID, Digital Wealth / Ep 199

Episode Summary

In May 2016, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the inaugural ID2020 summit brought together over 400 people to discuss how to provide digital identity to everyone on the planet. The ID2020 alliance has partners such as Microsoft, who have an interesting patent around a cryptocurrency system that uses body activity data, Gavi, the vaccine alliance, and the Rockefeller foundation and others.

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Blockchain technology, a transparent and open governance system, and private enterprise, may assist in helping humanity new types of wealth as we transition further into the digital age.

On the flipside of this coin, it can dark, real fast – Are we giving up too much of our freedom here for convenience and for the promise of something better? Will the aggregation of our data and the tendencies for over-bearing governments lead to honey pots of identity, wide open to be harvested from bad actors?

Going even further, will the inevitable linkage between our health status, our ID, and our currency, potentially increase the odds of us heading towards a dystopian future with biblical proportions?

James Brown is the Director of global partners APLYiD. Using biometric technology, APLYiD provide onboarding solutions for organisations that need to quickly and safely verify new customers. Every time you open a new investment account, bank account, purchase a property, you’ll know what a pain it is jumping through identification hoops and how a simple thing like not having a bank statement posted to your current physical address can really make your life difficult – well, fortunately, there's private enterprise out there making it easier to comply with legislation aimed at reducing terrorism and money laundering.

For further research (which I highly recommend on this topic!), check out the following:

For more information on ID 2020 and who’s backing it, then check it out here:

The Microsoft Central article mentioned in the show can be found here:

You can learn more about APLYiD here:

You can read more about Digital ID here:

And for something completely different, the below was written about 2000 years's probably nothing...

Revelation 13:16-18

It [the beast] also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.


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