Stoneblock relies on a government-verified identity process at its heart. Stoneblock works alongside existing PKI, if need be, to extend that infrastructure to include the citizen’s mobile device – implementing a mobile-based ID. Our platform enables a government to issue a verified identity to a citizen, based on government rules, which citizens then carry around on their smartphones. Accessible only to them (and their delegates), citizens are able to use their identity to interact with other government agencies for other government services and to claim other digital documents.
Every transaction a citizen performs on Stoneblock is securely attributed to the citizen and they use their mobile device for those transactions. All interactions with e-government applications that use Stoneblock as their digital registry must be digitally signed by the government agency, the officer, and the citizen. Only the citizen (or their nominated delegates) can access the information on Stoneblock. Citizens are therefore empowered even though government processes and document issuance remains under the control of the respective government agency.
Stoneblock is designed to work with existing e-government applications by exposing a secure API to the Stoneblock blockchain. Once government business rules for a document to be verified and issued have been complied with, an existing e-government application can make a call to Stoneblock and place the critical information onto the blockchain. Making the critical information available across government and to other government web sites and data queries.
Stoneblock is rapidly implemented. With the critical security features pushed down into the application’s data layer, customers and our implementers are free to focus on configuring what data they wish to store in the digital registry. Our platform can be up and running in a fraction of the time a relational database installation takes.
The complexity of modern e-government had a purpose – it helped ensure availability and security of the data it has custody of. But that complexity came with a high cost to a government, both upfront and over the long-term. Furthermore, the data belonging to citizen was concentrated into centralised databases. Even with the best disaster recovery and business continuity planning in place, a hack or a problem can make this architecture costly. Stoneblock, because of the way the blockchain works, removes this complexity from an e-government architecture while simultaneously improving availability and security.
Stoneblock’s use of smart contracts means that critical administrative processes pertaining to the issuance and management of government-issued credentials can be automated in a transparent fashion. This maintains the integrity of these processes, allows dependencies to be managed at very low cost and with no need for human intervention, and the mechanism is visible to all government agencies on the platform.