Turkey will use digital identities based on blockchains for online public services

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Turkey intends to use blockchain technology for the online public services login process. Turkish citizens will be verified when logging in to E-Devlet, the digital government portal used in Turkey to access a variety of public services, using a blockchain-based digital identity.

Turkey’s vice president, Fuat Oktay, declared at the Digital Turkey 2023 event that people will be able to access e-wallet applications using a blockchain-based digital identity.

Oktay referred to the blockchain-based application as a revolution for e-government initiatives and added that blockchain will increase the security and usability of online services. The ability for users to keep their digital data on their mobile devices.

The vice president stated, “Our citizens will be able to enter the e-Devlet with a digital identity created in the blockchain network, thanks to the login system that will work within the scope of the e-wallet application.”

Over the years, Turkey has announced a number of blockchain-based projects, but only a small number have actually materialized. Plans for a national blockchain infrastructure in the nation date back to 2019. Its blockchain ambitions, however, have not yet borne fruit, with the exception of a few proof-of-concept projects and a central bank digital currency test that was finally completed after several delays.

The “City Coin” project was under development in Konya, Turkey’s cultural center, as of January 2020, but no new information has been disclosed to the public in the two years since.

 

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