Blockchain Startup SingularDTV to Tap Into uPort for Identity Solution


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SingularDTV has announced plans with uPort to deliver decentralized, self-sovereign identity to the SingularDTV ecosystem.  Decentralized identity will play an important role in the new type of user experience SingularDTV is creating, an experience not possible on the internet due to its centralized networking architecture which fosters a lack of synergy between network and data.

uPort, an application developed by venture production studio ConsenSys, is a self-sovereign identity and key management system built on the Ethereum Blockchain consisting of an easy-to-use mobile app, Ethereum smart contracts, and open-source libraries. Businesses can accept uPort identities, while users can easily access and curate their identities and build their reputations. uPort uses standards built in collaboration with leading organizations such as Microsoft.  The uPort Whitepaper can be accessed here.

Zach LeBeau, CEO of SingularDTV, commented:

“Decentralization offers a completely new paradigm of user experience and functionality that the internet cannot deliver.  Identity will play an important role in the SingularDTV ecosystem.  It is one of many revolutionary applications we will be integrating into our platform.”

Currently, digital identity is managed much differently on the internet.  Facebook and Twitter, for example, own their users digital identities.  But on SingularDTV, both audience and content producers will control and own their identities.  Decentralized digital identity is also uniform throughout Ethereum.  On the internet however, a merchant on Amazon who has been selling products for several years and has built a reputation based on a collection of reviews and ratings is not able to take that same identity history to eBay if they want to begin selling there.  Instead they need to build their identity and reputation from the beginning.  With decentralized identity on Ethereum, users can take their identities with them everywhere.


Rouven Heck, Product Lead of uPort, added:

“We are excited to work with the SingularDTV team. They are building an exciting new ecosystem, where uPort can best demonstrate the power of a user-centric reputation based identity system.”

uPort is a self-sovereign identity and key management system built on the Ethereum Blockchain consisting of an easy-to-use mobile app, Ethereum smart contracts, and open-source libraries.

SingularDTV is a Blockchain entertainment studio and rights management platform building a decentralized entertainment industry on the Ethereum Blockchain.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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