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.

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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.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

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 Virgin.com, 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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