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Coin Central’s Bennett Garner recently had the chance to interview David Sønstebø, one of the co-founders of IOTA, to talk about how IOTA is implementing its Tangle in the real world. As part of the conversation, they also discussed monetizing data, protecting user privacy, and IOTA’s priorities for 2018.
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The long interview went in-depth on how and why IOTA is impacting the IoT landscape. They also talked about the challenges facing IoT (and IOTA) over the years ahead. Without further ado, let’s get to David…
BG: Thanks for speaking with Coin Central today, David.
DS: Thanks for having me.
BG: You recently announced a partnership with the city of Taipei to implement citizen ID cards on IOTA. How did the Taipei partnership come about? What’s the backstory?
DS: The origins of this story go back to us getting in touch with a group of developers from Taiwan. One of them, Jim Huang, is a guru of sorts in Taiwan for Java development. He connected us with a group he co-founded known as BiiLabs, a Taiwanese startup that focuses on distributed ledger technology and specifically IOTA.
After some discussion back and forth, we sent one of our core developers, Lewis Freiberg, up from Australia to Taiwan. While he was there he met with a lot of the development community. He also met with the Ministry of IT in Taipei.
From there, the ball got rolling. Some of the universities got involved and got excited about using IOTA for securing data and automated payments.
Of course, Taiwan, being known as the capital of semiconductors, it makes sense that Taipei would want to be among the leading smart cities. That led to dialogue with the city government, and that’s essentially the origin story of this partnership.
BG: I’m sure this is an early stage project, but can you share more information about what you’ll be actually implementing in Taipei?
DS: Sure. First, I wouldn’t call this a pilot project or a proof of concept. This is legitimate, and it’s intended to become production ready. Of course, we’re starting out with a minimum viable prototype and an iterative approach, but the goal is to establish IOTA as the de facto standard for Taipei City.
All the details of the TangleID implementation are still up in the air. The idea, however, is to use distributed ledger for immutable identity. This would be ID cards for people, but we’re also interested in identity of things. We’re focusing on creating an identity of things layer on IOTA for basically all the devices in the world, eventually.
Every single device has a unique identifier. It has the ability to do autonomous attestations and that requires an identity protocol which is notoriously hard to create. Those are the kind of things we want to explore here for citizens, but also for the devices themselves. Autonomous vehicles, they need to have their own identity and their own attributes. Answers to questions like how much it costs to ride with this autonomous vehicle from location to location, how long will it take for the trip, and other fleet management operations.
BG: One of the applications you’ve mentioned previously is the prevention of voter fraud. Can you tell us more about that and any other applications you see?
DS: If you presume that every single citizen has its own identity with this TangleID protocol, they are tied together on the distributed ledger which is, of course, immutable. You have that data integrity ensured. Then you can issue a vote and there’s no way for anyone to hack in and alter that vote in a database and change it to something else. That is the strength of the distributed ledger when it comes to election infrastructure.
This is what I’m envisioning, and it depends a lot on what the city of Taipei is thinking as well. They have to consider how active their voting will be if their citizens vote on different issues.
The beauty is the fact that IOTA doesn’t have any fees or transactions and it doesn’t have a scalability limitation, which means you can have millions of people vote very easily. Imagine a scenario in the future where a city has smart infrastructure and people can vote on things as broad as how traffic should be operating today. It could be a seamless process that seems like a futuristic idea right now but could be a reality in as short as three years.