Civic Integrates with wikiHow to Expand Identity Verification Ecosystem

Civic Improves wikiHow’s Security and User Experience by Enabling 150 Million wikiHow Users to Log In without Usernames or Passwords

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Civic, a Blockchain identity verification technology, today announced the official roll out of its strategic partnership with wikiHow, the world’s leading how-to website. The partnership will help deliver a more streamlined, secure experience for wikiHow users through Civic’s Secure Identity Platform. As a result, over 150 million monthly wikiHow users will now be able to login securely without using a username and password.

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“We are pleased to officially welcome wikiHow to Civic’s Partner Network. This collaboration illustrates our continuing, strong momentum in building our ecosystem for on-demand, secure, and low-cost access to identity verification services,” said Civic CEO, Vinny Lingham.

Jack Herrick, CEO of wikiHow, shares his support for the new partnership, saying:

“wikiHow is partnering with Civic because we believe in their long term goal of decentralizing identity. We hope to live in a future where people, not corporations, control their own personal information. While Civic is still building towards that decentralized vision and has a way to go, as of today Civic ID already offers better security than passwords. So we’re happy to offer Civic login to provide a better user experience for the 150 million people a month who visit wikiHow. ”

New wikiHow account creation is simplified by providing verified identity data with the Civic mobile app. Through Civic’s Secure Identity Platform wikiHow now provides greater assurance in the privacy of data transactions and greater trust in user identity. Civic helps ensure wikiHow accounts are created by the true owner of the identity data, and provides a better user experience, without weak passwords, password reset vulnerabilities, and the hassle of legacy two-factor authentication.

To create a verified ID with Civic, wikiHow users must download the Civic mobile app and complete an Identity Validation Process. The simple, quick process verifies credentials to ensure ownership of the identity and establishes the required level of trust. The data is fully encrypted in the Civic app on users’ devices, not stored by Civic or wikiHow.

After validation, the user is considered a Civic Member with authenticated identity data and may share this data with other Civic partners. Civic-verified identities help businesses lower identity verification costs and reduce the likelihood and impact of data breaches.

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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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